Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) on Wednesday announced that it was suspending national player - Chamika Karunaratne - for a year with immediate effect subsequent to a disciplinary inquiry carried out by the three-member inquiry panel into the alleged violations of breaching several clauses in the Player Agreement during the recently-concluded ICC T20 World Cup held in Australia.
The all-rounder pleaded guilty for all charges levelled against him.
Considering the seriousness of the violations committed by Karunaratne, the Inquiry Panel by its report has recommended to the Executive Committee of the SLC to strongly warn the player to refrain from further violations and to impose a punishment that will not have an impact on his cricketing career.
Subsequent to the said findings and recommendations of the inquiry panel the Executive Committee of SLC has handed a one-year ban from taking part in all forms of Cricket, and the said ban will be suspended for a period of one year.
In addition to the said suspended sentence, a fine of USD 5,000/- was also imposed against Karunaratne.
SLC is yet to provide details on the three charges.
The news comes only a few hours after the minister called for a report over the 29-year-old's exclusion from the side, which is yet to be approved for the Afghanistan's three-match ODI series, starting on Friday (25).
*Updated at 6.40 p.m. on Nov 23, inlcluding the report summoned by the sports minister