Three players from Sri Lanka U-19 were found in drinking state. This incident happened during the U-19 Asia Cup 2019 when the match between India and Sri Lanka was abandoned. The semifinal was called off without any ball played.
Both the teams went back to their hotels without playing. According to the source, the three teammates drank the alcohol and puked in the corridor. Seeing their position, doctors were called and their blood samples were taken. The reports revealed the presence of alcohol.
All three are school and college-going, one of them is a spinner and the other two are a batsman. The source denied revealing the identity to the public as it can destroy their future. He further said that strict actions will be taken against the Sri Lankan players and chances of their selection in further U-19 matches are less.
“They were drunken and then vomited in the hotel corridor. The doctor was called immediately and their blood samples were taken and the results were found to be positive”, the source said.
“A representative of the School Boys Association, who is also a member of the Ex-Co, suggested heavy punishment and accordingly, they will not be selected for the forthcoming U-19 tour of Bangladesh”, the source further added.
There have been cases in the cricket world when the players were found drunk in the field. South African player Herschelle Gibbs is said to be drunk before hitting 175 against Australia.
On September 12, Sri Lanka U-19 had semifinals with India U-19 but unfortunately, rain halted the Sri Lankans to make their place in final. India was on the top in its Group so they gained the opportunity to fight in final with Bangladesh.
Sri Lanka U-19 is the team which have been the most time in the final of Asia Cup but always ended up as runners-up.