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Chamika Karunaratne was banned from all forms of cricket by Sri Lanka Cricket

Chamika Karunaratne was banned from all forms of cricket by Sri Lanka Cricket for a year because he broke several terms in the Player Agreement during the ICC T20 World Cup 2022.

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) handed out a one-year ban on all-rounder Chamika Karunaratne on Wednesday for breaking multiple terms of the Player Agreement during the recent T20 World Cup in Australia.

Karunaratne was crucial to Sri Lanka’s victory earlier this year at the Asia Cup. Following a disciplinary investigation, Karunaratne pleaded guilty to all of the allegations leveled against him by the SLC Executive Committee.

Roshan Ranasinghe, Sri Lanka’s Sports Minister, instructed the Sports Director General to request a report on Chamika Karunaratne’s exclusion from the Sri Lanka ODI team’s match against Afghanistan on November 23.

The team has not yet been officially announced by the board for this reason. In preparation for the one-day international series that will begin on November 25, Friday, at Pallekele, Kandy, the Afghanistan team landed in Sri Lanka yesterday.

In a statement, Sri Lanka Cricket stated, “Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to inform that Mr. Karunaratne had pledged guilty for all charges leveled against him at the disciplinary inquiry carried out by the three-member inquiry panel into the alleged violations by the nationally contracted player, Chamika Karunaratne, for breaching several clauses in the Player Agreement during the recently concluded ICC T20 World Cup held in Australia.”

The SLC added, “Considering the seriousness of the violations committed by Mr. Karunaratne, the Inquiry Panel has recommended to the Executive Committee of the SLC in its report to impose a punishment that will not have an impact on his cricketing career and to strongly warn the player to refrain from further violations.”

According to sources within the Sports Ministry, the squad for the Afghanistan series has not yet been approved due to several concerns regarding numerous dubious picks, including the removal of all-rounder Chamika Karunaratne.

Karunaratne has also assessed a fine of 5,000 United States dollars.

“The Executive Committee of SLC has imposed a one-year ban from participating in any form of Cricket in response to the aforementioned findings and recommendations of the inquiry panel, and the aforementioned ban will be suspended for a period of one year.

Additionally, Mr. Karunaratne was assessed a USD 5,000/- fine in addition to the suspended sentence, as stated by SL.

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