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Mahela Jayawardene slams Jayasuriya for ICC ban, asks ‘Why not cooperate?’
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Mahela Jayawardene slams Jayasuriya for ICC ban, asks ‘Why not cooperate?’

Colombo, Feb 27: Former Sri Lankan cricket team skipper Mahela Jayawardene on Wednesday criticised his former teammate Sanath Jayasuriya after he was banned from all forms of cricket for two years by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after the latter admitted to breaching two clauses of the Anti-Corruption Code.

Jayawardene took to twitter to express his views over Jayasuriya's suspension, in which he said , "It’s a sad day for Sri Lankan cricket to see one of their favorite sons getting a two year suspension from @ICC. Why not cooperate? If anyone loves the beautiful game in our country should expose the corrupted so we protect the next generation."

According to ICC's official website, Jayasuriya, the former Sri Lanka Cricket Chair of Selectors, admitted to breaching the following provisions of the Code-

Article 2.4.6 – Failure or refusal, without compelling justification, to cooperate 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 Unit (ACU) Code.

It is learnt that the legendary batsman Jayasuriya was banned after he failed to co-operate with the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) of the ICC in their investigation concerning corruption in the country. But Jayasuriya termed the decision as "unfortunate", claiming that ICC has no evidence of "corruption, betting or misuse of inside information" against him.

"It is unfortunate that even though I provided the ICC ACU with all the information as demanded by the officials the ICC ACU thought it fit to charge me under the Code although there were no allegations of corruption, betting or misuse of inside information." Jayasuriya in his defence said that he has always played the game with highest integrity. In admission to charges, he has accepted a sanction of two-years. UNI