Sri Lankan all-rounder Chamika Karunaratne has been handed a one year suspended ban by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) for breaching several clauses in the Player Agreement during the recently concluded ICC T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia.
On Wednesday, November 23, the SLC confirmed that the right-hander has plead guilty to all charges levelled against him over the alleged breach at the disciplinary inquiry carried out by the three-member inquiry panel appointed by the Sri Lankan cricket board.
Apart from the one-year suspended ban, Karunaratne was also fined USD 5,000 by the SLC. They also issued a serious warning against further violations.
The SLC said in an official statement: “Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to inform that at the disciplinary inquiry carried out by the three-member inquiry panel into the alleged violations by the nationally contracted player, Chamika Karunaratne, for breaching several clauses in the Player Agreement during the recently concluded ICC T20 World Cup held in Australia, Mr. Karunaratne had pledged guilty for all charges levelled against him.”
The statement further reads: “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.”
The SLC concluded, “Subsequent to the said findings and recommendations of the inquiry panel the Executive Committee of SLC has handed a one-year ban from taking part in all forms of Cricket, and the said ban will be suspended for a period of one year. And further to the said suspended sentence a fine of USD 5,000/- was also imposed against Mr. Karunaratne.”