Hard-hitting former Sri Lanka opener Sanath Jayasuriya has been charged with two counts of breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code.
The cricket governing body dropped the bombshell on Monday afternoon (SA time), saying that Jayasuriya has been charged with the following breaches of the Code:
* Article 2.4.6 – Failure or refusal, without compelling justification, to co-operate with any investigation carried out by the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU), including failure to provide accurately and completely any information and/or documentation requested by the ACU as part of such investigation;
* Article 2.4.7 – Obstructing or delaying any investigation that may be carried out by the ACU, including concealing, tampering with or destroying any documentation or other information that may be relevant to that investigation and/or that may be evidence or may lead to the discovery of evidence of corrupt conduct under the Anti-Corruption Code.
Jayasuriya has been a chairman of selectors since his retirement from Test cricket in December 2007 and limited-overs cricket in June 2011, and has also been elected as a member of parliament.
The 49-year-old had an illustrious career, making his name as an opener at the 1996 World Cup, and he played in 110 Tests and 445 ODIs.
A former captain of the national team as well, Jayasuriya has been given 14 days to respond to the ICC, who said in a statement on Monday that they would not be commenting further at this stage.