Colombo - Sri Lanka fast bowler Lasith Malinga has received
a suspended one-year ban after pleading guilty to comments he made to the media
in breach of his contract, the country's cricket board has said.
The 33-year-old's sanction will be suspended for six months
and he would also lose 50 percent of his match from the next one-day
international he plays in case of a similar breach, Sri Lanka Cricket said in a
After his return from the Champions Trophy, Malinga had
twice breached the terms of his contract by making statements to the media
without the prior written consent of the board's Chief Executive Officer, SLC
had said while launching a disciplinary inquiry against the fast bowler.
Malinga has been named in the 13-man squad for Sri Lanka's
first two ODIs against Zimbabwe at home. The African nation will play five ODIs
and a lone test on their tour.
Former South Africa wicketkeeper-batsman Nic Pothas has been
named Sri Lanka's interim coach after Graham Ford stepped down last week.