Lasith Malinga gets one-year ban, fined for media remarks

Jun 28, 2017 10:09 IST

Sri Lankan fast bowler, Lasith Malinga has been handed over a suspension ban of six months after a disciplinary inquiry found him guilty of breaching his contract by speaking to the media without permission. 

Malinga will also be fined 50 percent of the match fee from his next one-day international. He will be facing a disciplinary inquiry over his comments about Sri Lanka's Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara. 

Malinga gets suspended ban for breach of contract

Key Highlights 

Malinga appeared before Sri Lanka Cricket’s (SLC) special inquiry panel on 27 June 2017, where he accepted the charges against him and tendered a formal apology. 

The specially convened executive committee meeting then imposed a "1 Year suspension, suspended by six months (whereby the punishment would be imposed in the event of a similar infraction within the stipulated 6 month period) and a 50% fine of his next ODI match fee.

The three-member inquiry panel comprised SLC secretary Mohan de Silva, CEO Ashley de Silva and chairman of the disciplinary committee, Asela Rekawa.

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Background 

• The inquiry was initiated by Malinga's response to sports minister Dayasiri Jayasekara, who had publicly questioned the level of fitness of the players and alleged that the catches, which were dropped during the Champions Trophy matches were due to players' inadequate fitness, in particular, their 'big bellies'. 

• Jayasekara further insisted that the future selection would be based on the fitness of players. 

• Malinga, since his return from the Champions Trophy in England, had on two occasions breached his contract that clearly bars him from making any statements to the media without the prior approval of the SLC's Chief Executive Officer. 

• The first violation was around 19 June, followed by a subsequent breach on 21 June.

• Malinga publicly ridiculed the minister's knowledge of cricket, saying that catches are missed in any game and implying indirectly that Jayasekara was no more than an armchair critic and had not played cricket at a sufficiently high level for his criticism to be taken seriously.

• He further added that nobody had raised fitness issues when Sri Lanka defeated India during one of the league games.

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