In some breaking news coming in, it has been reported that Sri Lankan cricketers Kusal Mendis, Niroshan Dickwella and Danushka Gunathilaka have been banned from international cricket for a year and for a period of 6 months from domestic cricket by Sri Lankan cricket. They have also been imposed a fine of 10 Million Rupees each.
This is regarding the Durham Bubble breach which the above mentioned players were involved in. The trio was caught on camera on the streets of Durham during the limited overs series against the hosts, which was a bio-bubble breach and they were sent back home midway into the tour and were suspended with immediate effect.
They had then faced a disciplinary committee headed by a retired judge, which recommended two year bans for Mendis and Gunathilaka along with 18-month sanction for Dickwella. However, the Sri Lankan board settled for a year long ban for each of the cricketers.
“It’s a very eminent committee that has made these recommendations – a committee that has a former Supreme Court judge – so we will have to take it very seriously,” SLC secretary Mohan de Silva told ESPNcricinfo. “But we will be taking the matter up for discussion at the executive committee meeting on Friday.”
This is a big decision as Mendis, Gunathalika and Dickwella are the senior members of the Sri Lankan team which is already struggling to prove its worth in international cricket currently.
“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:
A fine of Sri Lanka Rupees 10 Million for each player. A one-year ban from all forms of international cricket and a six months ban from domestic cricket.
Upon completion of the said one year ban, each player will be subjected to a further ban of one year from playing international cricket which will be suspended for a period of two years.
Mandatory counselling under a doctor recommended by the board,” SLC’s release read.