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ICC charges Jayasundara for bribery of Sri Lanka minister

Colombp – The
International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Saturday it has charged a Sri
Lankan team advisor with trying to bribe the country’s sports minister
to influence an international match.

The move against Sanath Jayasundara, a performance analyst for the
national team, came after minister Harin Fernando said in January that a
Sri Lanka Cricket employee had offered him inducements to change the
national squad.

“Recently someone tried to bribe me as well,” Fernando said, without
naming who approached him.

“I was offered a bribe to get some players
into the team. I reported the incident to the ICC.”

Cricket’s world body said Jayasundara had two weeks to respond to two charges brought against him.

He was accused of “offering a bribe or other reward to the Sri Lankan
sports minister to contrive in any way or otherwise influence
improperly the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of an
international match.”

On Friday, two former Sri Lankan Test players, Nuwan Zoysa and
Avishka Gunawardene, were charged with match-fixing and given two weeks
to respond.

The charges against the two relate to a T10 league played in the United Arab Emirates in December, the ICC said.

Sr Lanka has been hit with a series of match-fixing controversies in recent months.

In February, the ICC banned former skipper and ex-chief selector
Sanath Jayasuriya from the game for two years for failing to cooperate
with an anti-corruption investigation.

Last month, ex-Sri Lanka fast bowler Dilhara Lokuhettige was suspended over three match corruption accusations.

And last year, a match-fixing controversy blew up over a sting operation carried out for a TV documentary.

Fernando said in December the country had been rated as the most corrupt cricket nation by the ICC.

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