Sri Lanka’s Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa has expressed his disappointment at the failure of three national cricketers to comply with the COVID-19 protocols. On Monday, three Sri Lankan players in Kusal Mendis, Niroshan Dickwella and Danushka Gunathilaka, were spotted in a public space in Durham violating the biosafety protocols. Not only did the trio have a suspension of the upcoming ODI series against England, but they could also be subject to a lengthy ban on international cricket.
Kusal Mendis, Niroshan Dickwella and Danushka Gunathilaka have faced suspension pending an investigation by the Sri Lankan Cricket (SLC) executive committee into violating the bio-bubble rules. A video appeared on social media, and all three wandered around in a public space to the whitewash of the tourists in the T20 series. They were also immediately sent home from the UK.
Sri Lanka’s Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa tweeted that opportunity and time is a must to invest in young people to represent their country and revive the national team. However, Rajapaksa underlined that players are also expected to maintain discipline and that they must have intent. He called for strict action against those who did not follow the rules.
Opportunity and time can be invested in young people to represent the country, to try to revive #Srilanka cricket. However, playing with a lack of intent and poor discipline should not be tolerated. @OfficialSLC must take strict action against players who violate these rules!
– Namal Rajapaksa (@RajapaksaNamal) 28 June 2021
It can be between 3 months and 1 year: the Sri Lankan cricket official
A cricket official in Sri Lanka told cricwire.lk that the suspended cricketers could be banned for between three months and a year. “It can be between 3 months and 1 year”. The problems outside the field further angered Sri Lanka ahead of the ODI series against England while they were planning to bounce back from the T20I loss. The two parties will start the three-match ODI match by squaring off in the opening match on Tuesday in Chester le Street.