Durham bubble breach – Gunathilaka, Mendis and Dickwella suspended from worldwide cricket for one yr
They won’t be allowed to play home cricket for six months, ruling them out for a lot of the subsequent season
As well as, they are going to be in probation for 2 additional years, throughout which one other yr’s suspension will cling over their heads. SLC has mandated counselling with a physician beneficial by the board as effectively.
Regardless of Gunathilaka having served two earlier suspensions, and though Mendis had precipitated the demise of a pedestrian whereas driving final yr, the board has opted handy them the identical sentence because the one imposed on Dickwella, who had no prior disciplinary breaches. Though the worldwide suspensions are shorter than the inquirers had beneficial, the fines are understood to be twice what have been recommended.
The three gamers are being handled this harshly partly due to the general public backlash towards their actions. Had it not been for footage, captured by members of the general public and posted on social media, Sri Lanka’s medical workers might not have been conscious that these gamers even left the group resort and breached the bio-bubble on June 27.
They are going to be a major loss to the nationwide group, nevertheless. Dickwella was the Take a look at group’s No. 1 wicketkeeper, and was on the fringes of the limited-overs groups. Gunathilaka was one among Sri Lanka’s white-ball openers, whereas Kusal Mendis was discovering his approach again into the nationwide groups following a patch of lean type.
The suspensions don’t essentially must be career-ending for the three gamers. Gunathilaka will probably be 31 earlier than he’s eligible to play for Sri Lanka once more. Dickwella will probably be 29, and Mendis 27.
Along with breaching the bubble, the cricketers have been discovered responsible of violating the group’s curfew, which was 10:30pm, and “bringing disrepute to Sri Lanka Cricket and the nation”.
Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo’s Sri Lanka correspondent. @afidelf