Sanath Jayasuriya was the tournament player when Sri Lanka won the 1996 World Cup
Former Sri Lankan captain Sanath Jayasuriya has been banned from cricket for two years after recognizing two violations of the International Cricket Council's anti-corruption code.
The 49-year-old suspect, who was charged in October, admitted to failing to cooperate in an investigation and "concealing, tampering with or destroying evidence".
This is part of a broader investigation into corruption in cricket in Sri Lanka.
Jayasuriya, who retired in 2012, is a former chairman of the selection board.
"This code conviction shows how important it is for cricket participants to cooperate in investigations," said Alex Marshall, chief executive of the International Cricket Council (ICC) anti-corruption unit.
"Encouraging participants to cooperate under the code is an essential weapon in our efforts to rid our sport of corrupters.These rules are essential to maintain the integrity of our sport."
Jayasuriya was a tournament player when Sri Lanka won the World Cup in 1996, scoring 21 centuries and pocketing 323 wickets in 445 international matches.
He also scored 40.07 points in 110 test matches.
The former minister retired from international cricket in 2011, but continued to play matches from Twenty20 until 2012.
After being charged, Jayasuriya claimed to have acted with "integrity", adding that the charges "do not contain allegations of match-fixing, pitch-fixing or any other similar corrupt activity".
Why was Jayasuriya charged?
In September 2017, Marshall asked Jayasuriya to return all mobile phones after being "satisfied", they may contain information that could contribute to a wider investigation.
Jayasuriya told investigators that he had two phones and handed them over.
The next day he remembered that he had two other phones that had been "lost" after falling out of his pocket "in a grassy area somewhere in Colombo".
He later admitted that one of these phones had been deliberately "destroyed" when he was stressed. However, he did not know that the number had sounded when the investigators had tried to call him.
Jayasuriya then admitted that his driver had recovered the SIM card from the destroyed phone and that it had been placed in another phone.
He added that he had continued to monitor the phone for SMS, although he did not use it to make calls. However, he let his driver use it on the weekends, which is why he had rung when the investigators tried it.
His attorney told investigators: "It is only an error that he has committed." That it is an error or a "mistake" lie, or lie or violation, you will have to decide. "
The ICC amnesty pays off
In January, the ICC held an unprecedented meeting 15 days amnesty as part of its investigation into corruption in Sri Lanka.
Failure to report an approach, incident or information may result in a cricket ban of up to five years, but those who have come forward with amnesty with information about corrupt behavior , that they had previously failed to report, would not be indicted.
The ICC said 11 players and "other participants" had submitted new information.
"I am very grateful to those who participated in the amnesty and, thanks to the shared information, we now have a much clearer picture of the situation in Sri Lanka and our investigations are continuing," added Marshall.