The Sri Lankan cricket board (SLC) on Monday, suspended three players – batsman Kusal Mendis, wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella and opener Danushka Gunathilaka. Not only this, these three players have been asked to return to Sri Lanka immediately and will also be fined for their misconduct.
Recently, two videos went viral in which Dickwella and Mendis were seen hanging out on the streets in Durham after the final T20I on Sunday, which Sri Lanka lost by a whopping margin of 89 runs. All three players were a part of the playing XI in that game. Sri Lanka were whitewashed by England in the three-match T20I series and many experts say the visitors just didn’t turn up for the contest. In the end, England marched to the victory quite easily in all the matches, which seemed to be a cakewalk for them.
“Sri Lanka Cricket executive Committee has suspended Kusal Mendis, Danushka Gunathilaka & Niroshan Dickwella for breaching the bio-bubble and they will be immediately recalled to Sri Lanka,” SLC secretary Mohan De Silva said in a statement.
Reacting to the video, which was posted by a Sri Lankan fan, SLC chief Shammi Silva said, “an investigation is underway as they have breached the (code of) conduct.”
The players were allowed to go out in Cardiff but owing to the rising cases of coronavirus in Durham county, there were strict bio-bubbles put in place. There was no sign of any breach until a Sri Lankan fan captured the three players roaming on the streets and uploaded the video on Twitter and that’s when the incident came into the limelight.
After seeing the video, the team management confirmed that there was a breach in bio-bubble and immediately took up the issue with the board.