The one-year ban imposed on Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis and Niroshan Dickwella from all forms of international cricket has been lifted by Sri Lanka Cricket.
Secretary of the SLC Mohan Silva when contacted by NewsRadio confirmed the decision.
The ban was imposed on the 30th of July after the trio was found guilty of breaching the bio-secure bubble during a tour to the United Kingdom last year.
Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis and Niroshan Dickwella were found guilty of breaching COVID-19 safety guidelines, instructions and regulations of the team management and by the said act putting into jeopardy the safety of the players, fellow team members and others involved during the tour, violating the instructions and regulations of the team Management with regard to the team curfew while also bringing disrepute to Sri Lanka Cricket and the country.
07th January, 2022
In the matter of Disciplinary Action taken on the 30th of July 2021 against;
1. Mr. Danushka Gunathilaka
2. Mr. Kusal Mendis
3. Mr. Niroshan Dickwella
Sri Lanka Cricket has decided to lift the one-year suspension imposed on the above 3 players from playing International Cricket, across all three formats, with immediate effect.
The latest decision was taken following a request made by the 3 players to Sri Lanka Cricket to lift the ban imposed on them, pursuant to the conclusion of the LPL 2021.
Based on such request, Sri Lanka Cricket obtained a report from the Doctor, appointed by SLC to provide counseling for the 3 players during their period of suspension.
Upon consideration of the said report submitted by the Doctor, the Executive Committee of the SLC decided at a meeting held today (7th January, 2022) to remove the suspension of the said three players,.
However, the lifted suspension will remain suspended for a period of two years, during which the 03 players’ conduct will be closely monitored by the SLC.
Accordingly, the 3 players will be able to engage in playing domestic cricket with immediate effect and will also be available for national selection, subject to complying with mandatory fitness standards.