FILE - Shehan Madushanka celebrates a wicket during his ODI debut. Photo: @PoppingCreaseSA/Twitter
FILE - Shehan Madushanka celebrates a wicket during his ODI debut. Photo: @PoppingCreaseSA/Twitter

Sri Lanka suspends fast bowler after heroin arrest

By Reuters Time of article published May 26, 2020

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COLOMBO – Sri Lanka fast bowler Shehan Madushanka has been suspended from all forms of cricket with immediate effect after he was arrested for alleged possession of illegal drugs, the country's cricket board said on Tuesday.

The 25-year-old took a hat-trick in his first one-day international against Bangladesh in January, 2018, in Dhaka and played two more Twenty20 internationals on that tour before being sidelined with injuries.

He was caught with 2.7 grams of heroin by police on Saturday and then remanded in custody till June 2, Sri Lanka police said.

"The decision to suspend will remain intact until a full inquiry is conducted by the SLC into the matter," Sri Lanka Cricket said in a statement.

Madushanka's representatives could not be reached for comment.

According to The Indian Express, Madushanka’s arrest was the first time a contracted player was remanded over a drug charge. The cricketer and his friend were arrested on May 23.

Reuters

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