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Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has suspended batsman Danushka Gunathilaka from all forms of international cricket for breaching the ‘Player Code of Conduct’.
An inquiry will be launched, and Gunathilaka will not receive his match fee from the ongoing second Test against South Africa in Colombo.
Gunathilaka’s suspension will begin as soon as the match concludes.
“The decision to suspend the player was taken following an initial inquiry conducted by Sri Lanka Cricket, after the team management reported that the player have violated the ”Code of Conduct’,” SLC said in a statement as quoted by ESPNcricinfo.
It is understood that Gunathilaka violated the team curfew set for the ongoing Test series against South Africa.
Since this is not the first time he has been in hot water, there is a possibility that a harsher punishment could be handed down to the 27-year-old.
In January, Gunathilaka was reprimanded and given one demerit point by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for giving Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal a send-off in the T20 tri-series final.
Last year, he was suspended for six white-ball matches after missing a training session, failing to bring his gear for a match and having a poor attitude towards training.
The punishment was later cut to three matches, but the remaining three games were part of a one-year suspended sentence.
In addition to this, he was also fined 20 percent of his annual contract fee.