Sanath Jayasuriya responds to ICC corruption charges: I conduct myself with integrity

Will Macpherson
CHarges: Sanath Jayasuriya: AFP/Getty Images

Sri Lanka legend Sanath Jayasuriya has defended his integrity after being charged with two counts of breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code, but is yet to fully deny the allegations against him.

Jayasuriya, who played 110 Tests, 445 ODIs, won the World Cup in 1996 and was a long-serving Sri Lanka captain, has 13 more days to respond the charges, which pertain to refusal to co-operate with investigations into his second spell in charge of selection, which ended in August last year.

There is particular focus on the Fourth ODI against Zimbabwe in Hambantota a month earlier and Jayasuriya is said to have destroyed a phone and a SIM card ICC officials wanted to be handed over.

In a statement released this morning, Jayasuriya said: “I have always conducted myself with integrity and transparency with matters concerning the sport.” He also issued a reminder that he was charged with not co-operating with corruption investigations, rather than corruption itself.

The Sri Lanka team, who face England in the Third ODI in Kandy tomorrow, distanced themselves from the former selector, reminding media that he is no longer involved with the team and team manager Charith Senanayake said: “As a team and a board we cannot comment.”