Sri Lankan cricketers 'under investigation' for breaching Covid rules

Sri Lankan cricketers 'under investigation' for breaching Covid rules

Three Sri Lankan cricketers are SENT HOME from their tour of England for breaching Covid bubble rules after video emerged showing them on a night out in Durham

  • Video appears to show Kusal Mendis and Niroshan Dickwella relaxing in Durham
  • Sri Lankan Cricket has launched an investigation according to
  • If pair are found to have breached Covid rules it is likely they will have to isolate 
  • Sri Lanka are due to play England in first ODI on Tuesday after losing T20 series

Sri Lankan cricketers are being sent home for breaching their team’s bio-secure bubble, after videos  posted on social media appeared to show them relaxing in a public place. 

The first video appeared to show Kusal Mendis and Niroshan Dickwella in Durham after Sri Lanka’s latest T20 match against England and ahead of their One Day International match at Chester-le-Street on Tuesday.

A second video was posted, which according to France24, shows opening batsman Danushka Gunathilaka, joining the pair in Durham city centre.

Sri Lankan cricket chief, Shammi Silva, launched an investigation said on Monday that ‘an investigation is underway as they have breached the (code of) conduct.’ 

Sri Lanka team manager Manuja Kariyapperuma said that the team management would be investigating the matter on Monday, but could not confirm whether a breach had actually taken place. 

According to ESPNcricinfo, Kariyapperuma said the area that Mendis and Dickwella have been seen in, does not appear to be in the vicinity of the team hotel in Durham.

Now the three players will be sent home.

Videos posted on social media appeared to show Sri Lankan cricketers out in Durham

According to reports, Niroshan Dickwella, is being investigated for an alleged breach of Covid rules

The players were apparently filmed by Sri Lankan cricket fans. The Sri Lankan team had played England at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton on Saturday and suffered a crushing defeat, losing by 89 runs.  

Sportsmail understands that the players were not in breach of government rules regarding Covid 19 by being out in the city centre, but rather the question was had they broken team protocols?

Both the England and Sri Lanka sides are staying in Durham at the Radisson Blu hotel on the west bank of the River Wear.

The England players are allowed to leave the hotel and walk around outside, but they have been told to remain on the west bank of the river and not cross into the city centre or go to restaurants.

It is understood that similar advice was given to the Sri Lankan team. The Sri Lankans held a meeting to discuss the videos on Monday morning to consider whether their rules had been broken.

The Sri Lankans have travelled to England without a media manager,with communications being managed from Colombo, where the team has its headquarters, which has further complicated the situation.

A Sri Lanka cricket board source in Colombo told AFP. that ‘no team member was supposed to go out of their hotel unescorted’.

The breach of Covid security compounds a miserable tour so far for Sri Lanka.

They have been swept away by England in the T20 series, losing 3-0. It was their fifth Twenty20 series defeat in a row.

Following their thumping defeat at Southampton on Saturday, disappointed fans launched a campaign to shun the team on social media. Reports in Sri Lanka said the hashtag #unfollowcricketers began to trend on Facebook on Sunday as thousands of fans boycotted the social media pages of Mendis and Gunathilaka.

A spokesman for the England and Wales Cricket Board said: ‘We are supporting [Sri Lanka] with their investigation.’ 

Kusal Mendis is also under investigation for allegedly breaching Covid rules set for his team

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