England vs Sri Lanka: In a recent update, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has suspended three of their cricketers, Kusal Mendis, Danushka Gunathilaka and Niroshan Dickwella for breaching the bio-bubble protocols in England. Recently, a video surfaced on the social media where Mendis and Dickwella can be seen breaching the bio-bubble and sharing a smoking substance in public. It has also been understood that Gunathilaka was also accompanying the duo.
All the three players are now being sent back to Sri Lanka immediately from Durham. This also means that Dickwella, Mendis and Gunathilaka will miss the upcoming three-match ENG vs SL ODI series starting on 29 June. SLC Secretary Mohan De Silva revealed the above development and also stated that the investigation for the same matter is already going on at the moment.
“Sri Lanka Cricket executive committee has suspended Kusal Mendis, Danushka Gunathilaka & Niroshan Dickwella for breaching the bio- bubble and they will be immediately recalled to Sri Lanka. An investigation is underway as they have breached the (code of) conduct,” SLC Secretary Mohan de Silva said in a statement according to Cricbuzz.
The visiting Sri Lanka team recently suffered a poor 0-3 whitewash in the three-match T20I series against England. Both the fans as well as former Lanka greats were already after the national team for their disappointing performance in the T20I matches and now this bio-bubble breach by the players has certainly worsen the things.
Apart from these three suspended cricketers, Sri Lanka batsman Avishka Fernando has also been ruled out for the upcoming ODIs against England due to a grade two tear to his quadriceps. He sustained the injury while fielding during the second T20I match in Cardiff and also sat out for the third T20I. There will be a lot of pressure on the Kusal Perera-led side to perform well in the upcoming ODIs.
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