Sri Lankan cricketer banned from all forms of international cricket

Sri Lankan cricketer banned from all forms of international cricket

The miseries just don't seem to elude the Islanders.

Sri Lanka cricketer Danushka Gunathilaka
Sri Lanka cricketer Danushka Gunathilaka. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Sri Lankan cricket has recently been marred by quite a few controversies in the last couple of months. Dinesh Chandimal was earlier found guilty for applying undesired objects on the cricket leather during the second Test of Sri Lanka’s tour of the West Indies in St Lucia. He also isn’t playing in the Lanka’s ongoing home Test series against Faf du Plessis’ South Africa.

In the same series in the Caribbean, Jeffrey Vandersay was slapped with a one-year ban and fined with 20 percent of his annual contract fees. The miseries just don’t seem to elude the Islanders as it has recently been learned that Danushka Gunathilaka, Sri Lanka’s opening batsman, has been suspended for breaching the Player Code of Conduct as per reports in ESPNCricinfo.

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has also decided to withhold Gunathilaka’s match fee for the country’s ongoing Test match against the Proteas at Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo. Further enquiry is expected to be done on the grave matter and more details are awaited on what seems to be another blot in the reputation of cricket in the Asian country.

Not the first time for Danushka

The 27-year old cricketer has previously also been involved in acts of misconduct. Back on October 17, when India toured the nation, Gunathilaka was meted out with a six-match suspension. He was said to have skipped a training session after late-night partying. The ban was eventually reduced to three games. Earlier this year, the Lankans played a triangular ODI series, involving Zimbabwe and Bangladesh.

Gunathilaka found himself in an unwanted loop even in that series. During the final of the tournament against Bangladesh, he was reprimanded for breaching ICC’s Level 1 Code of Conduct. Subsequently, he was also awarded one demerit point for his unsportsmanlike behaviour on the cricket pitch.

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