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Ahead of India Series, Five-Member Panel to Probe Sri Lanka Cricketers' Bio Bubble Breach

Kusal Mendis

Kusal Mendis

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) on Wednesday instituted a five-member panel to probe the bio-bubble breach by Kusal Mendis, Dhanushka Gunathilake and Niroshan Dickwella

Ahead of the limited-overs series against India, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) on Wednesday instituted a five-member panel to probe the bio-bubble breach by Kusal Mendis, Dhanushka Gunathilake and Niroshan Dickwella during the national team’s tour of England.

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“Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce the appointment of a 5-member panel to inquire into the alleged misconduct of three players, namely Kusal Mendis, Dhanushka Gunathilake, and Niroshan Dickwella while touring England with the national team," said SLC in a statement.

The three players have been suspended until the completion of inquiry.

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Justice Nimal Dissanayaka (Retd Judge of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka), Panduka Keerthinanda (attorney-at-law), Asela Rekawa (attorney-at-law), Uchitha Wickremasinghe (attorney-at-law) and major general (Retd) M.R.W. De Zoysa are the members of the panel.

The three players had left the bio-secure environment in the team hotel in England late last month ahead of the ODI series and stepped out on to the street. They were sent back and excluded from the team. They will not be playing the limited-overs series against India.

“The players have been suspended pending a full inquiry, but have confessed to having gone out," Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) vice-president Mohan de Silva had told ESPNcricinfo.

“They are being recalled from the tour with immediate effect."

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first published:July 07, 2021, 22:40 IST