An­other crick­eter in ACU net

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) - - FRONT PAGE - By S.R. Pathi­ravithana

The Anti Cor­rup­tion Unit of the In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil (ICC) is likely to book an­other high pro­file Sri Lanka ex-in­ter­na­tional crick­eter on cor­rup­tion charges next week, the Sun­day Times re­li­ably un­der­stands. Then upon its find­ings the Anti Cor­rup­tion Unit (ACU) is likely ex­tend its book­ing list.

An ex-crick­et­ing Lankan in­sider speak­ing to the Sun­day Times on grounds of anonymity said, “It is cer­tain that for­mer Lankan cricket cap­tain and se­lec­tion com­mit­tee chair­man Sanath Jaya­suriya will be charged, but his of­fence is such it would carry a ban of max­i­mum two years. It is also learned that Jaya­suriya has con­fessed to say that he was black­mailed. How­ever it would be a wakeup call.”

How­ever, he said that for­mer ex-in­ter­na­tional Nuwan Zoysa’s case may be more se­vere. He said “As it is Nuwan Zoysa may face a life ban. But, now that Zoysa is said to have con­fessed to his in­volve­ment and if he comes out with the truth he may get away with a lesser ban”.

The ACU of­fi­cials are also very in­ter­ested in the where­abouts of first-class crick­eter He­mal Mendis who is at­tached to Sri Lanka Cricket.

Ear­lier Sanath Jaya­suriya was charged with not co­op­er­at­ing with a match-fix­ing probe and con­ceal­ing in­for­ma­tion to the In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil. "The In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil (ICC) has charged Jaya­suriya on two counts of breach­ing the ICC An­tiCor­rup­tion Unit (ACU) and given him 14 days to re­spond," the ICC said in a state­ment.

How­ever Jaya­suriya, 49, has re­port­edly filed his an­swers with the ICC and is await­ing ICC’s re­sponse.

Zoysa was pro­vi­sion­ally sus­pended by the ICC with im­me­di­ate ef­fect. The In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil charged Sri Lankan bowl­ing coach Nuwan Zoysa with three counts of breach­ing the ICC An­tiCor­rup­tion Code.

The charges are as fol­lows: 1. Ar­ti­cle 2.1.1 – be­ing party to an ef­fort to fix or con­trive or to other­wise in­flu­ence im­prop­erly the re­sult, progress, con­duct or other as­pect of an In­ter­na­tional match.

2. Ar­ti­cle 2.1.4 – di­rectly so­lic­it­ing, in­duc­ing, en­tic­ing or en­cour­ag­ing a player to breach Code Ar­ti­cle 2.1.1.

3. Ar­ti­cle 2.4.4 – fail­ing to dis­close to the ICC’s Anti- Cor­rup­tion Unit full de­tails of any ap­proaches or in­vi­ta­tions he re­ceived to en­gage in cor­rupt con­duct un­der the Code. Mean­while the ICC sleuths also in­ter­viewed He­mal Mendis and re­port­edly took pos­ses­sion of his mo­bile phone.

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