Sanath Jayasuriya states his 'integrity and transparency' in wake of ACU charges

Jayasuriya has played close to 600 international matches

Jayasuriya has played close to 600 international matches

Meanwhile, when contacted by the Daily News, Sri Lanka Cricket CEO Ashley de Silva said he was unaware of Jayasuriya's response and said that he too was only aware of the charges leveled by the ACU.

Hard-hitting former Sri Lanka opener Sanath Jayasuriya has been charged with two counts of breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code.

One of Sri Lanka's greatest cricketers, Jayasuriya was the player of the 1996 World Cup which is the country's first and only World Cup trophy.

He is also charged with obstructing the investigation by "concealing, tampering with or destroying evidence".

"I have always conducted myself with integrity and transparency with matters concerning the sport and I will continue to do so".

"However, I am under advice to state that the above charges do not contain any allegations pertaining to match-fixing, pitch fixing or any other similar corrupt activity", he added.

The ICC's Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) is understood to have interviewed Jayasuriya several times before their charges were eventually laid.

Jayasuriya played 110 Tests, 445 one-day internationals and 31 Twenty20s for Sri Lanka during his illustrious career between 1989-2011. "I am under strict legal advise that no comment is to be made in respect of the above charges as such a course would offend the ICC Rules", Jayasuriya said in a statement.

He is Sri Lanka's third-most prolific Test batsman with 6,973 runs, and only three players - Sachin Tendulkar, Kumar Sangakkara and Ricky Ponting - have scored more than his tally of 13,430 runs in ODIs.

England are now in Sri Lanka competing in a five-match ODI series and Hussain emphasised the enormity of a player of Jayasuriya's stature being charged.

The news has rocked Sri Lanka, who are now hosting a one-day series against England, the top-ranked team in the world. In 2011, former Lankan skipper Hashan Tillakaratne had, in a meeting with then Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, alleged that Jayasuriya and his former national teammate Aravinda De Silva and current SLC president Thilanga Sumathipala were involved in fixing of worldwide matches.

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