Having soft-peddled for years on player discipline, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) this week took a drastic decision to ban three of country’s most promising players on grounds of misconduct. The bans were not early as tough as the punishment recommended by the disciplinary committee, which felt the behaviour of the players had brought disrepute to sport and country.
Players Kusal Mendis, Danushka Gunathilaka and Niroshan Dickwella were banned from international cricket for a period of one year, from domestic cricket for six months and fined Rs 10mn each. At the end of this, they will have to complete a further one-year ban suspended for two years. This means that any misconduct during those two years will bring on a one-year ban.