Sri Lanka Cricket suspends Shehan Madushanka from all forms of cricket for possession of drugs

Sri Lanka Cricket suspends Shehan Madushanka from all forms of cricket for possession of drugs

Sri Lanka is currently under lockdown to tackle COVID-19 pandemic but the player wasn't adhering to the lockdown guidelines when he was detained.

Shehan Madushanka
Shehan Madushanka. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

Sri Lanka cricketer Shehan Madushanka, on Sunday, landed into much trouble as he was detained by the police for the possession of heroin. Madushanka hit the headlines after he was caught in Pannala while carrying two grams of heroin.

This was the very first instance of any contracted player being remanded over the possession of drugs. While breaking the lockdown rules amid COVID-19 outbreak, the Sri Lanka player was caught driving a car with another person at the time of his arrest.

Following his arrest, Madushanka was sent on police remand for two weeks. In the recent development of news, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), as anticipated, has suspended the pacer from all forms of cricket.

25-year-old Madushanka broke into the international scene in January 2018 with an ODI hat-trick on debut against Bangladesh. After doing so, he etched his name into the record books by becoming the fourth player in One-day history to achieve such feat. He has so far donned the Sri Lanka jersey in a couple of T20Is along with a solitary One-day International.

Shehan Madushanka was detained in Pannala while he was in a car

Prior to the arrest, the pacer was driving his car with another person in the car. According to reports, he was found with two grams of heroin when he was detained in Pannala.

“Madushanka was stopped while driving with another person in a car during a nationwide coronavirus curfew. He was carrying just over two grams of heroin when detained in the town of Pannala on Sunday,” a police official had revealed as quoted by Times Now.

Sri Lanka is currently under lockdown to tackle COVID-19 pandemic but the player wasn’t adhering to the lockdown guidelines when he was detained. The Sri Lankan government has currently restricted the movement of vehicles to encourage social distancing measures.

Talking about his domestic career, the pacer has played 14 First-class, 19 List-A and 17 T20 matches in which he has scalped 20, 14 and 15 wickets respectively. Amid being sidelined from the national side due to injuries, the arrest is expected to plunge more misery on the 25-year-old’s cricketing career.