Sri Lanka bans Chamka Karunaratne for one year for breach of contract

Sri Lanka bans Chamka Karunaratne for one year for breach of contract


Chamika Karunaratne played a key role in Sri Lanka’s Asia Cup win earlier this year.© AFP

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) on Wednesday announced that they have imposed a one-year suspended ban on all-rounder Chamikaka Karunaratne for breaching several provisions of the player agreement during the recently concluded T20 World Cup in Australia. Karunaratne played a key role in Sri Lanka’s Asia Cup triumph earlier this year. The SLC also said they have imposed a suspended sentence or a $5,000 fine against the 26-year-old. The player had pleaded guilty to all the charges leveled against him by the SLC’s executive committee.

“Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to inform that a disciplinary inquiry conducted by a three-member inquiry panel has probed alleged breaches by nationally contracted player, Chamika Karunaratne for breach of several clauses in the player agreement during the recently concluded ICC T20 World Cup Held in Australia, Mr Karunaratne had pleaded guilty to all the charges brought against him, the SLC said in a statement.

“Considering the seriousness of the breaches committed by Mr. Karunaratne, the Inquiry Panel vide its report has recommended to the Executive Committee of the SLC that the player be severely warned to desist from further breaches and a punishment which is not effective his cricketing career,” the statement added.

“Following the said findings and recommendations of the Inquiry Panel, the Executive Committee of SLC has imposed a ban of one year from participation in all forms of cricket, and the said ban shall be suspended for a period of one year.”

“And further a fine of US$5,000 was also imposed against Mr. Karunaratne in addition to the above suspended sentence,” the statement concluded.

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Karunaratne played eight matches during the T20 World Cup and took five wickets.

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