Sri Lanka Sports Minister instructs National Selection Committee to share reports on exclusion of Chamika Karunaratne
Chamika Karunaratne has been banned from all forms of cricket for a one-year period.
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The Sports Minister of Sri Lanka, Roshan Ranasinghe instructed the Sports Director General to submit a report on Chamika Karunaratne’s exclusion from the ODI team which is playing against Afghanistan currently in a three-match ODI series. Sri Lanka all-rounder, Chamika Karunaratne has been handed a one-year ban following a ‘disciplinary inquiry’ by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC).
The ban was slapped after the player was found guilty of breaching several terms in the ‘Player Agreement’ during the recently concluded ICC T20 World Cup 2022 held down under. In response to the violations, SLC handed out a one-year ban on the all-rounder after an assessment.
Furthermore, the Sports Minister wants a report from the National Selection Committee as to why the player was excluded from the squad. The reason behind the Sports Minister's move could be due to the fact that the all-rounder was adjudged Player of the Series in the two previous series that Sri Lanka featured in. Moreover, Karunaratne played a vital role in the Asia Cup 2022 success for the Lankan Lions, and due to the same, the Sports Minister requires an assessment of the player.
Chamika Karunaratne banned from all forms of cricket
As per the decisions made by the SLC, the all-rounder will not be allowed to take part in any of the formats, be it Tests, T20Is, or even the ODIs for a one-year period.
"Considering the seriousness of the violations committed by Mr. Karunaratne, the Inquiry Panel by its report has recommended to the Executive Committee of the SLC to strongly warn the player to refrain from further violations and to impose a punishment that will not have an impact on his cricketing career," SLC stated.
"Subsequent to the said findings and recommendations of the inquiry panel the Executive Committee of SLC has handed a one-year ban from taking part in all forms of Cricket, and the said ban will be suspended for a period of one year,” SLC added.