Dickwella, Mendis and Gunathilaka handed one-year bans
In respect to a breach of COVID-19 safety requirements during the limited-overs tour of England last month, Sri Lanka Cricket has banned Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, and Niroshan Dickwella from all forms of international cricket for one year, as well as six months from domestic cricket.
Recommendations Of the Executive Committee of the SLC
According to the SLC’s executive committee’s recommendations, once the one-year ban is fulfilled, the trio will be subjected to a second one-year ban from international cricket, which will constitute a two-year suspended sentence. The three Sri Lankan players were also fined ten million rupees and would be required to attend obligatory counseling as advised by the board’s doctor.
“The Executive Committee of SLC, at its meeting held today, has given due consideration to the recommendations of the panel of inquiry, and in further consideration of the impact to the individual players, and their contribution to the national team, have decided unanimously to impose the following measures on the said, three players:
Fined 10 Million
Each player will be fined ten million rupees in Sri Lankan rupees. A one-year suspension from all international cricket and a six-month suspension from domestic cricket. Following the completion of the one-year punishment, each player will face a one-year ban from international cricket, which will be suspended for a period of two years. The executive committee had previously provisionally suspended the trio from all forms of cricket and instructed them to return home after they breached the bio-bubble in Durham, based on the manager’s report.
Gunathilaka, by the way, has been caught on the wrong side of the law before. In 2017, he was suspended for six games due to misbehavior. After late-night partying, he was claimed to have skipped a training session. In another incident, he showed up at the stadium without his equipment bag on a match day. He was suspended in 2018 after an incident involving an alleged sexual assault.
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