A former performance analyst at the Sri Lanka Cricket Board, Sanath Jayasundara, has been banned from all cricket for 7 years for violating the ICC Anti-Corruption Code, the ICC revealed on Monday (July 5). He was convicted on two charges – section 2.1.3 and section 2.4.7.
This sentence includes Jayasundara’s ban which was backdated on 11 May 2019, when he was provisionally suspended. Jayasundara, a longtime SLC employee, is accused by the ICC of offering bribes to Sri Lanka’s Minister of Sport Harin Fernando for improperly influencing the outcome, progress, behavior or any other aspect of an international match. in January 2019.
Sanath Jayasundara’s attempt to bribe a minister is a serious offense: Alex Marshall, general manager of the ICC’s integrity unit
It is Minister Fernando, who according to him reported the alleged attempted bribery to the ACU in January, less than a month after he was appointed Minister of Sports. Jayasundara has worked with Sri Lanka’s u.19 team, in addition to his duties at the Brain Center, and in the past also worked with the national team.
His offense, according to Article 2.1.3, was to offer a bribe or other reward to the Sri Lankan Minister of Sport to think in any way whether the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of an international match was improper to influence ‘.
According to section 2.4.7, he was found to obstruct or delay an ACU investigation into possible corrupt conduct under the ICC Anti-Corruption Code.
“Jayasundara’s attempt to bribe a minister is a serious offense, while the attempts to cover up his tracks and the lack of remorse are extremely disappointing. We will not tolerate corrupt behavior in our sport, and my team will relentlessly prevent such behavior. This ban should serve as a deterrent to anyone who may be tempted on the wrong path, “ Alex Marshall, general manager of the ICC’s integrity unit, said in a statement.
The Sri Lankan team was knocked out by England in the white ball series that lost 5 out of 6 matches, including all three T20I matches and two ODI matches, as the third ODI of the series was wiped out, but it is likely that they would lose has it too, after being bowled out for 166 runs.
They will then face India at home in a series of three one-day matches and 3 T20Is starting from 13 July, and the Premadasa Stadium in Colombo will host all the matches. India is led by Shikhar Dhawan.