An independent panel has revealed shocking news about the Sri Lankan team after investigating their off-field behavior during the T20 World Cup 2022.
According to the details, some of the players and officials were involved in casino parties and corruption during the marquee event in Australia last year.
Sri Lanka, who won the Asia Cup 2022 just days before the T20 World Cup 2022, performed poorly, finishing fourth in their Super 12 group.
Danushka Gunathilaka was arrested hours after the side’s campaign ended and has been charged with four counts of sexually assaulting a woman in Sydney.
The report revealed that Chamika Karunaratne, who was fined and suspended, was involved in an altercation at the casino with six of his teammates.
During the investigation, team manager Mahinda Halangoda said some of the players went to the casino for dinner due to the early closing of the restaurants.
Mahela Jayawardene traveled with the team as a consultant at the board’s expense, but found himself busy growing his business in Australia.
The board spent $7,000 to send Jerome Jayaratne, a former high performance manager who played no part in the set-up, to Melbourne for 10 days.
The investigation team urged the Sports Ministry to take all the documents under its custody to conduct a thorough audit of the Sri Lanka Cricket Board.
The cricket board is yet to respond to the situation, but the Sports Minister said he will look into the report and take appropriate action after doing so.