Former Sri Lankan opening batsmen Sanath Jayasuriya released a statement saying the two-year ban which was imposed on him by the International Cricket Council ICC has ended. The statement released by Jayasuriya stated that the terms of his agreed sanctions have been met and his period of ineligibility has also ended.
The cricketing authority had banned the former national cricketer from all forms of cricket after he admitted breaching two counts of the ICC Anti Corruption Code. In October 2018, the former Sri Lanka International was charged by the ICC for breaching the anti-corruption code.
The accusations relate to articles 2.4.6 and 2.4.7 of the ICC’s code of conduct. These relate to “failure or refusal to co-operate” with an ongoing ICC investigation into alleged match-fixing and “concealing, tampering with or destroying any documentation or other information that may be relevant”.
The ICC were investigating the activities conducted during Jayasuriya’s tenure as Sri Lanka’s chairman of selectors between August 2016 – August 2017.
I’m Eligible To Participate In Cricket Related Activities: Sanath Jayasuriya
Sanath Jayasuriya in the press released said that he has always maintained a high degree of integrity throughout his cricketing career. To further add, he thanked the Sri Lankan public who supported him throughout this challenging period.
“I am happy to announce that, the ICC ACU, has informed me that the terms of my agreed sanction have been met and my period of ineligibility has concluded. I am now, therefore, re-eligible to participate or be otherwise involved in the game of Cricket,” Sanath Jayasuriya said in a statement.
“I reiterate the fact that I have always maintained a high degree of integrity throughout my cricketing career. I have always put country first and the cricket-loving public are the best witness to this aspect. I am grateful & extend my sincere thanks to the Sri Lankan public and my fans who supported me throughout this period. You were a source of great strength to me during this difficult time.”
“I thank the Anti-Corruption Unit of the ICC for the cooperation extended to me in this regard and I extend my appreciation for the services rendered to me by my lawyers Mr Kalinga Indatissa, Presidents Counsel and Mr. Vishwa de Livera Tennekoon, Attorney-at-Law,” he added.
— Sanath Jayasuriya (@Sanath07) November 3, 2020