Colombo - Sri Lanka Cricket on Thursday slapped a six-match
ban on all-rounder Danushka Gunathilaka for "misconduct" during the
recent series against India which the islanders lost 9-0.
The cricket board had ordered an investigation last month
following a complaint from team manager Asanka Gurusinghe against the
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said Gunathilaka was also fined 20
percent of his annual contract fee for violating the board's constitution as
well as the terms of his contract.
"The charges relate to misconduct and behaving in a
manner unbecoming of a player, and the breach of several clauses of his
contract which relate to fitness and discipline," an SLC official said.
An SLC statement said Gunathilaka pleaded guilty to the
charges without spelling out what exactly they were.
Sri Lanka suffered the embarrassment of losing all nine
international matches in their home campaign against India.
Virat Kohli's visitors took the Test series 3-0 and then won
a one-day international series 5-0 before triumphing in the lone Twenty20
international by seven wickets in Colombo earlier last month.
Gunathilaka has also been dropped from the squad for a
five-match ODI series against Pakistan in the UAE.
Gunathilaka, who made his international debut in 2015,
averages 42.41 in 12 ODI matches he played this year.