There is no suggestion the alleged wrong-doing has anything to do with England or the current series, but Moeen knows they will have to adhere to the ICC’s pre-series warning to stay alert to the dangers.
“It is always a concern when it involves the sport we love and people pay to watch,’ said Moeen as England tried to prepare for another game that will probably be affected by rain.
“We just carry on and play but you want people to watch thinking everything is right and played fairly. You don’t want people thinking, “Is there money on this game?” or “Why is that guy struggling?” You don’t want people thinking, “Is he playing for something else?”
“This is so important because you want to inspire the next generation and bring new people to the game.”
Jayasuriya, one of the most significant figures in limited-overs history, reacted to two charges of breaching the ICC’s anti-corruption code by saying: ‘I have always conducted myself with integrity and transparency concerning the sport and will continue to do so.
“I am under advice to state the charges do not contain any allegations pertaining to match-fixing, pitch-fixing or any other corrupt activity.”
It is learnt the ICC investigation centres on Sri Lanka’s 3-2 home defeat by Zimbabwe in July 2017, when Jayasuriya was chairman of selectors.
Angelo Mathews stood down as captain in the wake of that shock one-day defeat and has been left out by Sri Lanka now for what are said to be fitness reasons.
England was addressed by ICC anti-corruption chief Alex Marshall before the series and Moeen, who insists he has never been approached by any match-fixer, is confident Eoin Morgan’s side will remain vigilant.
“He was just keeping us aware,” said Moeen of Marshall’s briefing. “It was good information that we need to know. As a group we don’t let anybody in. Our job is to stay tight and protect the environment in the team.”