Cape Town - The International Cricket
Council (ICC) on Wednesday announced that it has suspended Galle International Stadium
Warnaweera for three years after he failed to co-operate with the ICC
Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) in an ongoing investigation.
Warnaweera was charged
with an offence under Article 2.4.6 of the ICC
Anti-Corruption Code, which relates to “failing, without compelling justification,
to cooperate with any reasonable investigation carried out by the ACU in
relation to possible breaches of the Anti-Corruption Code, including failure to
provide information and/or documentation requested by the ACU that may be
relevant to such investigation”.
In particular, Warnaweera
failed, on two separate occasions, to attend a scheduled interview with the ACU
in relation to an ongoing investigation and failed to provide documents required
from him in connection with the investigation pursuant to a Demand issued under
Article 4.3 of the Code.
Warnaweera also failed to
respond in any manner to the charge and, pursuant to Article 4.8.1 of the Code,
he is consequently deemed to have accepted that he committed the offence
charged, waived his right to a hearing, and acceded to the imposition of a
sanction within the range specified in the Code.
Sir Ronnie Flanagan, chairperson of the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU), said: “The ICC takes no pleasure in
imposing a suspension, but this decision clearly illustrates what the Code
means to the ICC and how seriously we take matters that relate to corruption.
“It should also act as a
reminder to participants of the need to comply with their obligations under the
Code. The ICC has a zero-tolerance approach towards corruption and it
will not hesitate in taking such decisions in its endeavor to eliminate this
menace from the sport.”
A copy of the decision
issued by the ICC imposing the sanction can be found here.
Sri Lanka Cricket has been informed of the decision.
All breaches of Articles 2.4.1 to 2.4.6
carry a minimum suspension of six months and a maximum of five years.