Sri Lankan Cricket has been facing setbacks for the last few months. After displaying poor performances against Bangladesh, England, and India things got worse for Sri Lankan National team when three of their players breached bio-bubble protocols on their England tour.
The trio of Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Mendis, and Danushka Gunathilaka had reportedly breached bio-bubble protocols in England. As soon as the news got confirmed the trio was called back from Sri Lanka on an immediate basis. They were suspended for the entire white ball series against India & it was announced that they will soon face an inquiry by the Lankan board.
The disciplinary inquiry is set to take place on the 29th of July as per the reports. SLC appointed a five-member panel to conduct the inquiry in order to rule whether Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Mendis, and Danushka Gunathilaka were guilty of violating the protocols set for the players or not. The five-member panel will be headed by Nimal Dissanayaka who is a retired judge of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka. According to the reports, the three players have already submitted their written apology to the board & have accepted their mistake.
The suspended trio could face a lengthy ban from competitive cricket as they have put the entire team & series at risk because of their inappropriate behavior in England. They could receive a ban from 3 to 12 months if they are found guilty of violating the rules & instructions given to them on their tour.
However, there is also a possibility that the players could get away with a stringent warning depending on how things turned out during the inquiry. If the trio is found to be guilty & receives a ban of one year then it will surely have an adverse effect on Sri Lanka’s performance in the T20 World Cup 2021 which is slated to be played later this year.