Sri Lanka suspend Gunathilaka for six matches

Danushka Gunathilaka was suspended after a complaint by team manager Asanka Gurusinha.

FILE: Sri Lanka’s Danushka Gunathilaka walks back to the pavilion after losing his wicket for 76 runs during the ICC Champions Trophy match between India and Sri Lanka at The Oval in London on June 8, 2017. Picture: AFP.

NEW DELHI – All-rounder Danushka Gunathilaka has been suspended for six limited overs matches and fined 20% of his annual fee for misconduct during last month’s series loss to India, the SLC said on Thursday.

Gunathilaka was suspended after a complaint by team manager Asanka Gurusinha. Local media reported the 26-year-old had missed a training session.

“The board had asked the selectors not to consider Danushka for six white-ball games,” Gurusinha said. “Yes, it is for disciplinary reasons that they made that decision.”

Sri Lanka lost all three tests, five one-dayers and the solitary Twenty20 international against India.

Gunathilaka pleaded guilty to the charges on 29 September and will miss Sri Lanka’s one-day series against Pakistan, which will be held in the United Arab Emirates later this month.