Bhanuka Rajapaksa, who played seven T20 matches for Sri Lanka, last played against India in Indore in 2020.
Sri Lanka Cricket has fined batsman Bhanuka Rajapaksa $5000 for breach of contract by players. Along with this, he was banned for one year from playing all forms of cricket, which has been suspended for two years. Also Read – England vs Pakistan, ODI Series: Announcement of England team for ODI series against Pakistan
The investigation has found the top-order batsman guilty of breach of contract for the Sri Lankan national players for 2019-20 while appearing in a media interview. Rajapaksa had been vocal on keeping him out for the tour of England. Also Read – India tour of Sri Lanka 2021: Disgraceful to host India’s ‘second-class’ team: Arjuna Ranatunga
However, with a focus on future tours, Rajapaksa has been selected in the 13-man squad currently training in Colombo, under a bio-secure environment. Rajapaksa became eligible after passing a fitness test, one of the prerequisites for national selection. He is expected to join Bio-Bubble tomorrow. Also Read – Bio-Bubble Breach: Kusal Mendis, Niroshan Dickwella, Danushka Gunathilaka banned for one year, also ruled out of T20 World Cup
Sri Lanka Cricket said in a statement, “The investigation found Rajapaksa guilty of breach of the players’ 2019-2020 contract, following which he has been banned from all formats for one year, which has been suspended for two years. He has also been fined $5,000.”
“Meanwhile, it has been decided to include Rajapaksa in the 13-member squad as part of a bio-bubble focusing on future tours,” he added.