Bio-Bubble Breach Case in England: SLC to commence hearing today (29)
Sri Lanka Cricket Board will start hearing against National cricketers Kusal Mendis, Danushka Gunathilaka and Niroshan Dickwella in the bio-bubble breach case today (29 July). Vice-captain Kusal Mendis, wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella and Danushka Gunathilaka were found guilty of breaching the biobubble during the recent England tour.
Earlier, videos and images of these cricketers roaming in the Durham marketplace went viral. On receiving the news, the SLC Board suspended the three cricketers and ordered their immediate return home.
Due to suspension, these three players are also absent from the ongoing India vs Sri Lanka 2021 series. As per COVID-19 protocols, players have to follow bio-bubble rules and regulations during a series. According to SLC sources, these players had been given show cause notice. A panel will hear their plea on the matter.
The members of the panel are: Justice Nimal Dissanayaka (Retired Judge of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka), Panduka Keerthinanda, (Attorney-atLaw), Asela Rekawa (Attorney-at-Law), Uchitha Wickremasinghe (Attorneyat-Law) and Major General (Retired) M.R.W. de Zoysa. The Sri Lanka tour of England was conducted from 23 June to 4 July.
The series comprised three T20I matches followed by 3 ODI games. Ahead of the 1st ODI, Kusal Mendis, Danushka Gunathilaka, and Niroshan Dickwella were found breaching the bio-bubble. The three-match T20I series ended in a whitewash, with the Eoin Morgan-led English side winning the 1st match by 8 wickets, the 2nd by 5 wickets and the 3rd by 89 runs respectively.
Sri Lanka escaped a similar fate in the ODI series as the 3rd ODI was washed out due to rain. Earlier, the visitors lost the 1st match by 5 wickets and the 2nd by 8 wickets.