Sri Lanka batsman Kusal Mendis was on Sunday arrested for knocking down a pedestrian while driving, police said. Mendis hit a 74-year-old man, killing him in the wee hours, in the Colombo suburb of Panadura.
The accident occurred near the 13th KM post in the Horethuduwa area in Panadura at 5.30 a.m. on Sunday. The cricketer has been produced before a doctor for an examination and will be produced before court.
“He was returning from a wedding after dropping one of his friend and reportedly fell asleep” a top SLC official told Cricket Age.
Police Spokesperson SSP Jaliya Senaratne confirmed the news of Mendis’ arrest. Also it has been learnt that the victim was a resident of Gorakapola area in Panadura.
The 25-year-old wicket-keeper batsman has represented Sri Lanka in 44 Tests and 76 ODIs. Mendis was part of the national squad which had resumed training after the Covid-19 lockdown. He has scored 2,995 runs at an average of 37 in Tests and 2,167 runs at an average of 30 in the ODIs. Mendis has also played 26 T20Is in which he has scored 484 runs at an average of 18.6.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka’s international assignments, including a tour by India, have been cancelled due to the pandemic. A six-member unit of coaches and other support staff are working with the players during the camp at the Pallekele stadium.