International cricketers given match-fixing warning ahead of World Cup as third Sri Lankan is charged with breach of anti-corruption code
- International cricketers have been reminded of the perils of match-fixing
- The ICC have charged a third Sri Lankan with breaches of their code of conduct
- Performance analyst Sanath Jayasundara has been provisionally suspended
- Alleged transgressions include offering bribe/reward to nation’s sports minister
International cricketers were given a pre-World Cup reminder of the perils of match-fixing on Saturday after the ICC charged a third Sri Lankan with breaches of their anti-corruption code.
Twenty-four hours after former players Nuwan Zoysa and Avishka Gunawardene were given a fortnight to respond to multiple charges, Sanath Jayasundara, a performance analyst with the national team, was provisionally suspended and afforded the same length of response time.
His alleged transgressions include offering a bribe or reward to the country’s sports minister (in Sri Lanka, the sports minister has the power of veto on the selected XI) to contrive to influence aspects of an international match and obstructing or delaying an anti-corruption unit investigation.
International cricketers have been reminded of the repercussions of the perils of match-fixing
In February, World Cup winner Sanath Jayasuriya, who had served a period as Sri Lanka’s chairman of selectors, was hit with a two-year ban for failing to cooperate with the ACU.
The latest charges against Zoysa, Gunawardene and Jayasundara follow a 16-day amnesty in Sri Lanka in January which allowed domestic and international participants to report corrupt conduct if they had previously failed to do so.
The latter two men are alleged to have breached article 2.1.4 of the code: ‘directly or indirectly soliciting, inducing, enticing, instructing, persuading, encouraging or intentionally facilitating any participant to breach article 2.1.’
After former players Nuwan Zoysa (above) and Avishka Gunawardene were given a fortnight to respond to multiple charges, Sanath Jayasundara was provisionally suspended
Zoysa was also accused of breaching this directly: ‘being party to an agreement to influence improperly the result, progress, conduct or other aspects of a match.’
The ICC crackdown followed claims by broadcasters Al Jazeera during 2018 that they had unearthed multiple examples of spot-fixing in international matches over the past decade.
Facing accusations that they were not doing enough to tackle corruption, the anti-corruption unit, headed by Alex Marshall, homed in on Sri Lanka last autumn.
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