Sri Lankan team management sent spinner Jeffrey Vandersay back home

Sri Lankan team management sent spinner Jeffrey Vandersay back home

The Sri Lankan team has had quite a few troubles on the tour of West Indies.

Jeffrey Vandersay
Jeffrey Vandersay of Sri Lanka. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

The Sri Lankan team management has decided to send leg-spinner Jeffrey Vandersay back home. He has been sent back on disciplinary grounds while the rest of the team prepares to take on Windies in the third and last Test of the series. Vandersay is said to have breached his contractual obligations and the team management after a discussion with Sri Lanka Cricket took the call.

This is not the first time the 28-year-old has been involved in a disciplinary breach. In the past, he has been reprimanded by the team management and Sri Lanka cricket, in 2017 he had skipped domestic matches ahead of the tour of India and had been warned after that.

Cricbuzz reported that after the conclusion of the 2nd Test in St Lucia, Vandersay along with three other teammates went to a nightclub and didn’t return back to the hotel in time. In fact, he was not even in his hotel room the next morning. When the team management couldn’t locate the player, they lodged a complaint with the police.

Vandersay reported at the hotel later in the day and justified his absence telling the team authorities that his accompanies left him alone at the nightclub, he didn’t remember the route and was lost. Hence he couldn’t report back to the hotel in time.

Skipper Chandimal banned

This is not the only untoward incident that has happened in the Sri Lankan camp on the tour. Earlier skipper Dinesh Chandimal was found guilty of tampering with the ball in the 2nd Test. Further, when the umpires decided to change the ball and award the opposition five penalty runs, Chandimal’s team didn’t take the field for over 2 hours.

Crucial game time was lost in a match that was already hampered by rain. The game ended in a draw and the match referee Javagal Srinath found Chandimal along with team head coach Chandika Hathurusingha and manager Asanka Gurusinha guilty of a level 3 offence. He was thus after a hearing banned for a match and Suranga Lakmal will lead the team in the last Test of the series.

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