Sri Lanka fast bowler Lasith Malinga was suspended for one year after he pleaded guilty to a breach of contract by speaking to the media without permission, Sri Lanka Cricket announcing the outcome of the disciplinary Inquiry held against him said.
Lasith Malinga’s sanction is suspended for six months and the fast bowler will also be fined 50 percent of the match fee from his next One-Day International, Sri Lanka Cricket said. The charge against Malinga came from his response to criticism by Sri Lanka’s sports minister over the team’s fitness levels.
The special inquiry panel found the player guilty of breach of contract after an inquiry held Tuesdays afternoon at SLC Headquarters where Malinga accepted the charges levelled against him and tendered a formal apology.
The finding were subsequently reported to a specially convened Executive Committee, who imposed a sentence of 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.
Malinga, since his return from the Champions Trophy in England, had on two occasions acted in “contravention of the terms of agreement,” which specifically bars him from making any statements to the media without the prior approval of the SLC’s Chief Executive Officer.
Malinga had publicly ridiculed the minister’s knowledge of cricket, saying that catches are missed in any game and implying that he was no more than an armchair critic.
He further added that nobody had raised fitness issues when Sri Lanka defeated India during a league game.