Lasith Malinga Faces Six Month Suspension After Breaching Contract
In what can be termed as a definite blow to the future and career of Sri Lankan pace icon Lasith Malinga, the pacer was found guilty of breaching his contract and subsequently suspended for six months.
The move to ban him was taken by the Sri Lankan Cricket Board after Malinga apparently breached his contract by talking to the media. As a result, apart from being banned for six months, Malinga will also have to give up 50% of his match fees for his next ODI for Sri Lanka.
The sentence initially was far harsher placed at a one year ban, but then it got suspended by six months. Thereby, the pacer, who recently marked his return to ODI’s in the ICC Champions Trophy, will be unavailable for selection for the upcoming ODI series against Zimbabwe at home.
Malinga breached his contract, as he openly responded to the criticism of a Sri Lankan minister for the team’s poor fielding performance in the Champions Trophy. An inquiry panel was set up for the case and thereby Malinga was found guilty of the same.
In a statement, the Sri Lankan Cricket (SLC) Board confirmed the sentence.
“The special inquiry panel comprised of SLC Hony. Secretary Mr Mohan de Silva and SLC Chief Executive Officer Ashley de Silva and Chairman Disciplinary Committee Mr Asela Rekawa AAL, found the player guilty of breach of contract after an inquiry held this afternoon at SLC Headquarters where Malinga accepted the charges levelled against him and tendered a formal apology,” the report said.
“The finding were subsequently reported to a specially convened Executive Committee this evening, who imposed a sentence of a 1 Year suspension, suspended by six months (whereby the punishment would be imposed in the event of a similar infraction within the stipulated 6 month period) and a 50% fine of his next ODI match fee.”
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