Colts Cricket Club Suspend Dilruwan Perera For Abusive Behavior

Written by N Krishnamurthy

Sri Lanka off-spinner Dilruwan Perera has been suspended by Colts Cricket Club with immediate effect on misconduct charges, Cricket Age reliably learns.

A right-arm off break bowler and a handy lower order batsman, Dilruwan so far has played 40 tests, 13 ODIs and 2 T20Is matches for Sri Lanka. Of late, he has become a permanent member of Sri Lanka test side, especially in home condition.

According to sources, Dilruwan was accused of verbally abusing Colts Cricket Club’s General Manager on August 7 over a pitch related matter for practice.

As Colts has been regarded as Sri Lanka’s most prestigious Cricket Club, the management held an ExCo meeting Yesterday (September 3) and unanimously decided to suspend Diluwan until further inquiry.

“Club ExCo has termed his (Dilruwan) behavior a serious breach of discipline and thus decided to suspend his club membership” a top official of Colts told Cricket Age.

It has learned that, of late Dilruwan had become a big trouble maker for the Colts, having involved in a series of misbehaving activities. He was accused of not allowing fellow off-spinner Akila Dananjaya bowling regularly during the recently concluded domestic Tier A tournament, by pressurizing acting captain Sadeera Samarawickrama.

He was also accused of rude behavior with club officials, fellow players and cricket committee members.

“He had become a dictator instead of becoming a role model for younger players in the dressing room. It’s unfortunate that he has no gratitude for the club, which has given him everything” the top Colts official added.

The Colts management is likely to make a formal complaint about Dilruwan’s misconduct to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) as well. That puts Dilruwan’s participation in the upcoming Bangladesh test series in doubt as well.


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