Sri Lanka cricket board has suspended Kushal Mendes, Niroshan Dickwella, Danushka Gunathilaka after they penetrated covid rules and the biosecure bubble in the UK. All these 3 players were to play an important role in the upcoming ODI series against England, but unfortunately, they had to fly back home after the video of them roaming outside the hotel went viral.
The trio was flown back to Sri Lanka, once their video went viral in public. The Sri Lankan cricket board also said that all these 3 players will be suspended until and unless the investigation is complete.
Sri Lanka Trio Faces One Year Ban
According to reports coming out, the trio I will also mister home series against India which is scheduled to start from July 13, just a few days from now. The viral video has drawn the anger of fans and authorities, and the players are receiving extensive hate. Talking about the incident, a top Sri Lankan cricket official told Iceland cricket, that these players will receive at least 1-year long ban because of so tight covid rules.
Island Cricket said, “SLC required a report from the team manager to check the genuineness of the video, following which they suspended the players. SLC sources said they have launched an investigation concerning the occurrence to determine if the cricketers had penetrated the bi a bubble and if found l they will confront a boycott of to at least one year and hefty fines.”
SLC has decided to bring back cricketers Kusal Mendis and Niroshan Dickwella for breaching the bio-bubble.
— DANUSHKA ARAVINDA (@DanuskaAravinda) June 28, 2021
Namal Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka Sports Minister, said he is totally upset about this incident. Communicating his displeasure, Namal sail, “Opportunity and time can be invested into youngsters to the present the country, in an attempt to revive #Srilanka cricket. However, playing with a lack of intent and poor discipline should not be tolerated. SLC must take strict action against players who violated these rules”.
Will They Play The Upcoming Series Against India?
The trio was bound to play the upcoming 6 matches white ball home series against India, which was scheduled to begin from 13 July. Their names also sent for the 14 days isolation program to fulfill the coronavirus guidelines. However, now they will have to prove their in oceans in the incident that happened in Durham, which seems quite impossible. So, there’s a high possibility that the trio will not be part of the ODI series against India to be played in Sri Lanka.
Presently, Shikhar Dhawan captained young Indian team has landed in Sri Lanka. This new young Indian team is headed by “The Wall”, Rahul Dravid for the first time. The team will play 3 ODI and 3 t20i against Sri Lanka, starting from 13th July.
The Sri Lankan team is presently playing series against England. They have badly lost the t20i series 3-0. The start of the ODI has also not gone well for them, as they lost it too against the hosts.
However, there isn’t any official statement yet released from any Sri Lanka Cricket Board official, but looking at all the circumstances, it’s a very high probability that they will receive a long ban.