On Friday the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) officially suspended Kusal Mendis, Danushka Gunathilake and Niroshan Dickwella from International cricket for one year and two years suspended term, along with rupees 10 million individual fine.
The SLC media statement reads:
In the matter of Disciplinary Action against;
- Mr. Danushka Gunathilaka
- Mr. Kusal Mendis
- Mr. Niroshan Dickwella
Consequent to the recommendations made by the Independent Panel of Inquiry appointed by Sri Lanka Cricket, Under allegations of;
- Breaching Covid-19 safety guidelines, instructions & regulations of the team
Management and by the said act putting into jeopardy the safety of said
players, fellow team members and others involved in the said tour, and;
- Violating the instructions & regulations of the team Management with regard
to the team curfew by failing to be at the hotel room by 10.30 p.m.,
- By such actions, bringing disrepute to Sri Lanka Cricket and the Country
The Executive Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket at its meeting held today(30/07/2021)
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 punitary
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 SLC.
Yesterday, yhe five-member disciplinary committee formed by SLC had recommended a two-year bans for batsmen Danushka Gunathilaka and Kusal Mendis with 18-month sanction for wicketkeeper-batter Niroshan Dickwella for their recent breach of bio-secure bubble during their tour of United Kingdom. They were immediately put under suspension and sent back home. They faced a five member disciplinary committee headed by a judge and it has found the trio guilty.