Sri Lanka Cricket on Thursday (October 5) slapped a six-match ban on Danushka Gunathilaka, the opener, for “misconduct” during the recent series against India.
SLC had ordered an investigation last month following a complaint from Asanka Gurusinghe, the team manager against Gunathilaka. The board said Gunathilaka was also fined 20 percent of his annual contract fee for violating the board’s constitution as well as the terms of his contract.
“The charges relate to misconduct and behaving in a manner unbecoming of a player, and the breach of several clauses of his contract which relate to fitness and discipline,” an SLC official told AFP.
An SLC statement said Gunathilaka pleaded guilty to the charges without spelling out what exactly they were.
Sri Lanka suffered the embarrassment of losing all nine international matches in their home campaign against India, who took the Test series 3-0 and then won the One-Day International series 5-0 before triumphing in the lone Twenty20 International by seven wickets in Colombo earlier last month.
Gunathilaka has also been dropped from the squad for a five-match ODI series against Pakistan in the UAE. Having made his international debut in 2015, he averages 42.41 in 12 ODI matches he played this year. AFP