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Sri Lanka Cricket Bans Chamika Karunaratne For One Year
By CricShots - Nov 23, 2022 8:40 pm
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The Sri Lankan all-rounder Chamika Karunaratne on Wednesday received a ban of one year from all forms of cricket over violating the contract of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) during the ICC T20 World cup 2022 in Australia. Karunaratne pleaded guilty to all charges leveled against him including breaching several clauses in the Player Agreement, SLC stated adding “the disciplinary inquiry was carried out by the three-member inquiry panel into the alleged violations by the nationally contracted player”.

Chamika Karunaratne
Chamika Karunaratne made useful contributions for Sri Lanka against Bangladesh

Earlier, some of the reports suggested that Chamika Karunarante had reportedly been involved in a fisticuff at a casino during the World Cup. However, when questioned by the IANS, SLC has no intention of revealing the details of the exact charges against the bowling all-rounder.

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Explaining the same, SLC stated, “Considering the seriousness of the violations committed by Mr Karunaratne, the Inquiry Panel by its report has recommended to the Executive Committee of the SLC 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.”

Danushka Gunathilaka
Danushka Gunathilaka accused of assault charges

Following the findings and recommendations of the inquiry panel, the SLC’s Executive Committee has handed a one-year ban from taking part in all forms of Cricket, and the said ban was suspended for a period of one year. Karunarante was also fined USD 5,000.

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Chamika Karunarante has also been dropped from the ODI squad for the upcoming three-match series against Afghanistan starting on November 25 in Kandy. Another injured batter Danushka Gunathilaka was remanded over a court case in Sydney over an alleged sexual assault complaint by a woman whom he had found on a dating app. Though granted bail, Gunathilaka is restricted from leaving Australia.

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