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Chamika gets one-year suspended ban despite Minister’s concern about his omission

  • SLC says Chamika pleaded guilty to several disciplinary charges
  • Sports Minister had ordered report on his non-selection earlier

Following Minister of Sports Roshan Ranasinghe ordering a report on the reasons for the non-selection of Sri Lanka Cricketer Chamika Karunaratne in the national team, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) announced yesterday (23) that the all-rounder had pleaded guilty to all charges levelled against him over the alleged breaching of several clauses in the Player Agreement during the recently concluded ICC T20 World Cup held in Australia.

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said in a press release that Karunaratne had pleaded guilty at the disciplinary inquiry carried out by the three-member inquiry panel.

Considering the seriousness of the violations committed by Karunaratne, the inquiry panel in its report has recommended to the SLC Executive Committee to strongly warn the player to refrain from further violations, and to impose a punishment that will not have an impact on his cricketing career.

Subsequent to the said findings and recommendations of the inquiry panel the SLC Executive Committee has handed a one-year ban from taking part in all forms of cricket, and that the said ban will be suspended for a period of one year.

In addition to the said suspended sentence, a fine of $ 5,000 was also imposed on Karunaratne.

The announcement by the SLC came only a day after Minister of Sports Roshan Ranasinghe directed Sports Ministry officials to call for a report from the national team selectors as to why Karunaratne was not included in the squad to play Afghanistan in the upcoming three-match one-day international (ODI) series.

The directives were given during the meeting of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Sports and Youth Affairs held at the Parliament complex on Tuesday (22).

Accordingly, the officials had scheduled to query the selection committee members as to why Karunaratne was excluded from the national squad despite him being named Player of the Tournament at two tournaments, and securing second place in the current rankings.