Sri Lanka Ban Chamika Karunaratne: All-rounder Chamika Karunaratne has been handed a one-year suspended ban from all forms of cricket for breaching the contract by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) during the ICC T20 World Cup in Australia. . Karunaratne has been found guilty of all the charges leveled against him, including breach of several clauses in the player agreement. The SLC said a disciplinary inquiry was conducted by a three-member inquiry panel into the alleged breach by the nationally contracted player.
Earlier reports indicated that Karunaratne had allegedly visited a casino during the World Cup. However when questioned by IANS, the SLC did not reveal the exact allegations against the bowling all-rounder.
SLC said, "Considering the seriousness of Karunaratne’s breaches, the inquiry panel, in its report, recommended to the SLC Executive Committee a stern warning to the player to avoid further breaches and recommended a punishment that would have no impact on his cricketing career. Will not have effect."
Following the findings and recommendations of the inquiry panel, the Executive Committee of SLC imposed a one-year ban from participation in all forms of cricket, and the said ban was suspended for a period of one year. Karunaratne was also fined $5,000.
Karunaratne has also been dropped from the ODI team against Afghanistan in the three-match series starting in Kandy from 25 November. Another injured batsman, Danushka Gunatilka, was remanded in a court case in Sydney over an alleged sexual harassment complaint by a woman he interacted with on a dating app. Although granted bail, Gunatilaka is barred from leaving Australia.
A breach in player agreement clause during the #T20WorldCup in Australia has seen the player handed a one-year ban by Sri Lanka Cricket 😮
— ICC (@ICC) November 23, 2022