The Sri Lankan Cricket Board has reportedly decided to punish the trio of Kusal Mendis, Niroshan Dickwella and Danushka Gunathilaka for their violation of the bio-bubble during the recent tour of England by each imposing a one-year ban.
This big decision was taken on Wednesday (June 30) by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) after the three cricketers were removed from the ODI group and asked to fly back home after social media videos and clips surfaced about how they break the COVID. 19 minutes and comes from the team hotel in Durham.
Kusal Mendis, Niroshan Dickwella and Danushka Gunathilaka will be out of action until June 2022, May Miss T20 World Cup 2021- Report
The trio of Kusal Mendis, Niroshan Dickwella and Danushka Gunathilaka have been seen violating the bio-bubble and spending time in a public place in Durham after the 3-0 T20I series against Sri Lanka against England. A video of them sharing smoking in public also went viral. The three Sri Lankan cricketers have since faced major setbacks from the fans.
The trio also admitted that they went to Durham’s town center, a place where they were categorically asked to avoid. Mendis and Dickwella were even seen smoking in the streets of Durham.
The three players arrived in Sri Lanka on Tuesday afternoon, and they are currently in a 14-day quarantine and are currently facing a minimum ban of one year and heavy fines, depending on the outcome of their investigations.
“They are likely to receive a minimum suspension of one year if convicted of multiple breaches of their contract,” one official told AFP earlier, on condition of anonymity.
According to reports, SLC has decided to ban the three cricketers for 1 year. As a result, they will also miss the T20 World Cup, which will be held in the UAE and Oman in October-November.
Their absence will be a major blow to Sri Lanka’s chances as they did not deserve a direct entry into the Super 12 stage of the ICC T20 World Cup. They will have to play the qualifying round to find a place to sleep in the next phase.