Niroshan Dickwella, Danushka Gunathilaka, and Kusal Mendis are the three Sri Lanka players who have been handed a one-year ban for breaching bio-bubble protocols during England tour in July this year. After some rumours of Nirshan Dickwella leaving Sri Lanka cricket to play for the USA starting doing rounds, one of the cricketer’s close associates has revealed that the reports are baseless.
Niroshan Dickwella, Danushka Gunathilaka, and Kusal Mendis have faced a one-year ban for breaching bio-bubble protocols during their recent tour to England. As a result, they were immediately called back from the tour and an inquiry was initiated by Sri Lanka Cricket over the matter. After founded guilty, they were banned from representing the country for one year.
Niroshan Dickwella’s USA Reports Are Just Gossip
Pakistan Observer quoted one of Dickwella’s close associates as saying that reports of the Sri Lankan cricketer leaving the country and play for United States is just rumour. The source mentioned that the Sri Lanka wicketkeeper is practicing hard to make a comeback to the national team.
“He (Dickwella) is taking advice from a few top consultants in a personal capacity. He will be a pure and proud Sri Lankan no matter what. These USA reports are just gossip without any credentials. Dikka will use these as a motivational factor. Dikka’s aim is to practice hard and come back to the national team as a mentally and physically strong man and win games for”, the source said.
“He gained everything because of Sri Lanka cricket. He will be nothing but 100% committed to Sri Lanka cricket. He made a mistake, he accepted his fault and apologized to SLC verbally and in writing,” the source further mentioned.
Niroshan Dickwella, Danushka Gunathilaka, and Kusal Mendis were charged with breaching bio-bubble protocols after videos of them smoking and roaming on the streets of England’s Durham city went viral on social media. They were immediately called back from the tour.
They also did not play in recent India’s tour of Sri Lanka. After the investigation, all these three players were found guilty of the act and handed a one-year ban for the same. However, reports suggest that they are going to request Sri Lanka Cricket Board to relax their punishment tenure.