Dhanushka Gunatilake has been banned for six matches Dhanushka Gunatilake has been banned for six matches
Jul 27, 2018

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Sri Lankan cricket fans want stricter punishment for national players who are found to have violated discipline, according to BBC Sinhala Service.

They are of the view that disciplinary violations continue due to leniency in past cases.

Has a history of disciplinary issues

The most immediate incident involves opening batsman Dhanushka Gunatilake, who has now been banned for six matches over the violation of ‘player code of conduct and contractual obligation’.

In that incident during the second Test against South Africa, he had spent a night out with a friend of his who is accused of raping a foreign woman at a hotel room.

Gunatilake will also be denied his payments for the match.

He was suspended for three matches last October for misconduct during the home series against India, amid reports he had skipped training and turned up to a match without the kit.

During the tour of West Indies in June, leg-spinner Jeffrey Vandersay was given a one-year suspended ban and fined 20 percent of his annual contract after admitting a misconduct charge.

During the same series, captain Dinesh Chandimal, coach Chandika Hathurusinghe and manager Asanka Gurusinha were banned for four one-dayers and two Tests for acting against the spirit of the game.

MahelaJayawardhana 670px 26 04 17 An academy will be a solution – Mahela JayawardenaCommenting on these incidents, former cricketer Mahela Jayawardena said players should be educated, from the beginning, about how they should conduct themselves, and also how to face the media.

He noted that he has suggested to Sri Lanka Cricket to form an academy in which national level players from 15 years upwards should be given such training.

However, his proposal has met with no response.