ECONOMYNEXT –Cricketers Kusal Mendis and Niroshan Dickwella are facing possible suspension from Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) after social media reports surfaced about a possible breach of bio-bubble in Durham, England, Sunday night (June 27), reports said.
Sri Lanka manager Manuja Kariyapperuma has told ESPNcricinfo that the team management would be investigating the matter on Monday (28), but could not confirm whether a breach had actually taken place.
“However, the area that Mendis and Dickwella have been seen to be in, in the images that have come out, does not appear to be in the vicinity of the team hotel in Durham,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Kariyapperuma as saying.
“If it is discovered that Mendis and Dickwella had indeed breached the bubble, they would likely be required to isolate for several days, and are not going to be available for the first two ODIs of the three-match series, at least. It is also possible that Sri Lanka Cricket would impose additional penalties on each player,” he said.
However, another video that is circulating online shows Sri Lankan batsman Danushka Gunathilaka also roaming the streets of Durhan with Mendis and Dickwella.
Following the disappointing T20 series defeat versus England, former Sri Lankan cricketers claimed it was the worst defeat Sri Lanka has ever experienced.
“Watched last night’s match, I’m disappointed to see the team play the way they played. It looks like they never played cricket before. For me, it’s very sad as a former player.
It’s not the first time, It Has been happening for a long time, Nations pride has been tarnished (sic),” Sri Lanka bowling legend Muttiah Muralitharan tweeted.
“Very sad day for Sri Lankan cricket. The situation is critical. We need immediate measures to save cricket,” tweeted former captain Sanath Jayasuriya.
Very sad day for Sri Lankan cricket. The situation is critical. We need immediate measures to save cricket
— Sanath Jayasuriya (@Sanath07) June 27, 2021
Meanwhile, cricket fans in Sri Lanka have launched a social media campaign to unfollow current cricketing stars on social media following the series defeat versus England which has also got the attention of international media. (Colombo/June28/2021)