Sri Lanka Cricket punish World Cup star for ‘serious violation’ of player code

Bail denied for Sri Lankan international cricket player on sexual assault charge.


By Simon Brunsdon

Sri Lanka’s trip to Australia for the T20 World Cup has gone from bad to worse.

The country’s governing cricket body on Thursday announced a penalty for all-rounder Chamika Karunaratne for disciplinary reasons while on the tour Down Under.

A board inquiry found the 26-year-old guilty of breaching the code of conduct, although the exact nature of the breach has not been made public.

He has been whacked with a $7600 fine and a suspended one-year ban.

“Considering the seriousness of the violations committed by Mr Karunaratne, the inquiry panel by its report has recommended to the executive committee of the SLC to strongly warn the player to refrain from further violations and to impose a punishment that will not have an impact on his cricketing career,” a statement said.

The news comes a week after fellow Sri Lankan World Cup cricketer Danushka Gunathilaka was granted bail in Sydney as he awaits trial on rape charges.

He was arrested at the team’s hotel in Sydney just hours before the players and staff were due to fly out of Australia, having failed to make the World Cup semi finals.

The two individual players are not the only headaches for Sri Lanka Cricket.

The ICC’s corruption unit is set to launch an investigation into two Test matches played against Pakistan earlier this year.

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