The Sri Lanka Cricket Board (SLC) confirmed on Wednesday (July 7) that it has put together a five-panel panel to investigate the disciplinary matter investigating Kusal Mendis, Niroshan Dickwella and Danushka Gunathilaka, who were returned from Sri Lanka. recent tour of England.
The trio were convicted of violating the Sri Lankan bio-bubble on the eve of the first ODI between Sri Lanka and England, as they (Mendis and Dickwella) were filmed and photographed by fans in the public domain, outside the team cinema. -bubble. The three were immediately punished and sent back home, where they quarantined on arrival.
Danushka Gunathilak and Kusal Mendis repeat offenders
The three players were suspended until the investigation was completed and were not part of the Sri Lanka training group for the upcoming white ball series against India.
“Sri Lanka Cricket wants to announce the appointment of a 5-member panel to investigate the alleged misconduct of three players, namely Kusal Mendis, Danushka Gunathilaka and Niroshan Dickwella while touring England with the national team,” said SLC in a statement.
The panel includes Judge Nimal Dissanayaka (Judge of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka), Panduka Keerthinanda, Attorney, Asela Rekawa, Attorney, Uchitha Wickremasinghe, Attorney and Major-General (Retd.) MRW De Zoysa.
Danushka Gunathilaka has also been convicted numerous other times in the past. He was suspended in six suspensions for misconduct in 2017. He allegedly skipped a workout. In another incident, he showed up on the ground during a play day without his suitcase. In 2018, he was suspended after an alleged incident of sexual assault.
Meanwhile, Kusal Mendis was arrested in July 2020 and later released on bail for driving over a 64-year-old man in Panadura. Mendis will be appointed vice-captain of the Sri Lankan team in a year’s time.
Players sign SLC contract after Ultimatum
The impasse of the central contract in Sri Lanka finally ended on July 7 when 25 cricketers signed new performance-related contracts ahead of the home series against India after the SLC set the ultimatum.
Sri Lanka’s Test captain Dimuth Karunaratne and veteran Angelo Mathews have been left out of the central contracts, and it has been reported that they could be paid in tests on an appearance basis. This led to Angelo Mathews informing SLC of his plans to retire from international cricket.
Mathews’ annual fee would drop from $ 130,000 a year to $ 80,000. Karunaratne was offered $ 70,000, a drop of $ 30,000 under the new deal.