Facing the consequences of his offensive statements, Sri Lankan fast bowler Lasith Malinga has been suspended for a period of six months and will be fined 50% of match fee from his next match. The following has been imposed on Malinga for breaching his contract where he isn’t allowed to make any statements to the media without the consent of Chief Executive Officer of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC).
After the meetings between the player and the board officials, The board released a statement today which said, “Malinga has on two occasions since his return from the Champions Trophy acted in contravention of the terms of agreement which specifically bar him from making any statements to the media without the prior written consent of the Chief Executive Officer.”
It all started after Sri Lanka’s defeat in the knockout match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan during the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 where Pakistan emerged as the winners. The Sports Minister of Sri Lanka Dayasiri Jayasekera criticized the players saying that they aren’t fit and have big bellies which constrain them from doing a good performance during the fielding. Malinga reacted to the minister’s statements by saying that, “I don’t care about the criticism from those who are simply warming chairs, This is like a monkey getting into a parrot’s nest and talking about it, ” After this board met the player and he admitted to his statements following which the board has put the ban.
Jayasekera told AFP, ” He is now under investigation for making statements to the media in breach of his contract with Sri Lanka Cricket, In my criticism of the appalling fitness levels of our players, I did not name Malinga, but he has chosen to put the hat on and attack me publicly,” The three-member panel, after inquiry, has imposed the six-month ban on the bowler.
Malinga is regarded as one of the best bowlers in the world and is widely recognized as the yorker expert. Ever since his debut in 2004, Malinga has been a key entry to all the Sri Lankan squads for any series or any ICC tournaments. He is the highest wicket-taker for Sri Lanka in the T20 internationals and is also the second highest wicket-taker for the same.