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Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has rescinded the domestic cricket ban handed to Kusal Mendis, Danushka Gunathilaka and Niroshan Dickwella, subject to the players paying their respective fines. 

The three cricketers were banned from international cricket for a year and from domestic cricket for six months, along with a fine of approximately Rs. 10 million, after breaching the bio-secure bubble while on tour in England in July. 

The Daily Mirror yesterday exclusively reported that the reduction in the domestic cricket ban was to be decided on at a management committee meeting last morning, and SLC Secretary Mohan de Silva confirmed the players will be allowed to represent their clubs next month.

“We will inform the Ministry that we will allow them to return subject to them paying their fines,” de Silva said. 

The players were also mandated to visit an SLC recommended counsellor and while they are yet to receive the final report, which a key determinant for the rescinding of the ban, indications are that the cricketers have responded positively. 

The six-month ban will end on December 28 this year, which will only be after the Major League 50-over club tournament starting next month and the Lanka Premier League (LPL). 

Meanwhile, former national captain Angelo Mathews will also be considered for selection after he wrote to SLC and made himself available for national duty. 

Following a months long impasse between SLC and the national cricketers, Mathews asked that he not be considered for selection, due to personal reasons. 

However, Mathews had written to SLC on Monday, expressing a desire to return and as such will now join the squads training at the High Performance Centre for future international tours.  

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  • Jude Wednesday, 13 October 2021 01:23 AM

    Good move!!

    Ram Wednesday, 13 October 2021 01:48 AM

    Reduction of the sentence is unacceptable. I recall when Warnapura

    come back Lisa Wednesday, 13 October 2021 03:33 AM

    the 'phottu' reverse gear is now a fashion in all dealings of importance. lol.

    Wele Vidane Wednesday, 13 October 2021 05:55 AM

    Can’t you (cricket board) pay that fine also on behalf of them?

    Chris Wednesday, 13 October 2021 07:13 AM

    Angelo Mathews is not a cricket loving individual but a cricket playing businessman. He's not playing for the country but for himself and his bank balance

    Lala Wednesday, 13 October 2021 07:41 AM

    You can do anything if you have a political or politicians behind you. Present law of country.

    SL Wednesday, 13 October 2021 09:02 AM

    Cricket Board CEO and his clan must be responsible for this discipline debacles in SL cricket. Now again they are becoming a band example by taking this ignorant act. Our country is lacking disciplined leaders

    Joker Wednesday, 13 October 2021 09:20 AM

    A joke

    N SENA Wednesday, 13 October 2021 11:45 AM

    WILL THIS DO ANY GOOD FOR THE GAME?

    dickie bird Wednesday, 13 October 2021 12:47 PM

    A damn JOKE. This is typical Phottu's HOTU politics. Ban should be a Ba. In the circumstances, its time to rescind the CUSTODIAL SENTENCES of the Prisoners. Gota


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