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ICC charges Sri Lanka’s team performance analyst for corruption

Sri Lanka cricket has been in continual corruption controversy; just a day after former cricketers Nuwan Zoysa and Avishka Gunawardene’s suspension, the International Cricket Council (ICC) have now charged performance analyst Sanath Jayasundara with two counts of breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code.

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On Saturday, it is revealed that Jayasundara is charged for trying to bribe the country’s sports minister to influence an international match.

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Article 2.1.3 – offering a bribe or other Reward to the Sri Lankan Sports Minister to contrive in any way or otherwise influence improperly the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of an International Match. OR (in the alternative)

Article 2..1.1 – contriving in any way or otherwise influencing improperly the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of an International Match.

2. Article 2.4.7 – obstructing or delaying an ACU investigation into possible corrupt conduct under the ICC Anti-Corruption Code.

Jayasundara has been given 14 days to respond to the charges.

Back in January, Sri Lanka sports minister Harin Fernando revealed that he had been offered bribe to include players in the nation’s World Cup squad and had immediately filed a complaint to the ICC Anti-Corruption Unit.

“Recently someone tried to bribe me as well,” Fernando had said, without naming who approached him. “I was offered a bribe to get some players into the team. I reported the incident to the ICC.”

Sri Lankan media reported that Jayasundara has been accused of offering bribe on behalf of a spin-bowling all-rounder, in a bid to find him a place in the World Cup 2019 squad.


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