Sanath Jayasuriya is one of the greatest names of the past generation of the cricketing world. Having played against the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting, Jayasuriya's path to greatness is studded with great achievements and immense success both as a batsman and also as the captain of the Sri Lankan cricket team.
When you are that successful, your fame and image in the society becomes that much important to you and must be protected with all your heart. Having being looked up to as a role model, an inspiration to the younger generation of not the Sri Lankan fans but also those around the world, it was highly essential for someone like Jayasuriya to protect his legacy from even the smallest of stains, and this one is a biggie.
After being charged with the breaching of the ICC Anti-Corruption Code on two counts in October 2018 [one, failing to provide timely evidence and document as requested by ICC, and two, delaying or obstructing ICC's investigation against corruption] the former Sri Lanka Cricket Chair of Selector has been banned from the sport and any activity related to it.October 15, 2018
Jayasuriya accepted the sanctions, however it was the letter of justification for his actions and why he failed to provide timely assistance to the ICC in their war against corruption, that the former cricketer later uploaded on Twitter that seems to have irked many of his fans.
Message to my fan... pic.twitter.com/YFeCR4opEs— Sanath Jayasuriya (@Sanath07) February 26, 2019
Ever since the beginning of the letter, it feels as if Jayasuriya is trying to hide his guilt.
“It is clear that there were no Corruption charges, Betting charges or Misuse of Inside Information charges levelled against me under the Code.” However, failing to provide material evidence which is at the disposal of the suspect is deemed as obstruction of justice and is considered to be an act to hide a crime, which is why the Anti-Corruption unit banned the former skipper.
Later on, in the letter, Jayasuriya says after he was slapped with the allegations of violating the Anti-Corruption Code on two counts, he had two options:
1. Deny all said charges and fight them in the Anti-Corruption Tribunal
2. Accept all charges and face the sanctions
His reason behind choosing the latter is not only baseless and childish but also hints at his fear of what could have happened if the case had gone to the Tribunal.
“It was understood that such a process would exhaust a lot of time, resources, efforts… and money from both the ICC ACU and myself.”
Finally, in an attempt to give a small boost to his pride, he went on to say that he “voluntarily” suspended himself from his duties.
While some of his fans believe that the whole corruption case against Sanath Jayasuriya is a conspiracy theory:
Sanath take legal actions against @ICC if possible. Remember this dirty racist ICC baned Kusal Perera with false charges after the 2014 wt20. But at the end their lies were exposed. Don't give up. #Staystrong #StayBlessed #Cricket— Lahiru Gamage (@LahiruGamage84) February 26, 2019
The relatively wiser ones are not biting into Jayasuriya's facetious explanations:
Amazed by the support people are giving you, there are more fools out there in the world..It's appalling & disgusting to be honest that you didn't cooperate with ICC didn't come out clean.. please don't use the rubbish witch Hunt story & drama..— Sreekanth Nair (@NairShreekanth) February 26, 2019
Why not just hand over the phone - response is confusing and evades the topic??— Babar Hashmi (@BabarHashmi1) February 26, 2019
Dude - you sold matches one way or the other. You and anyone who sold matches should be tried for treason. Why do you peechang yourself when you are a legend. Sadly, the the political maraya got you too!— Sumedha Desilva (@sumdesilva) February 26, 2019
you did not cooperate, says it all. save your explanations.— BShaw (@Ducatio_) February 26, 2019