The Srilankan Cricket Board has on Thursday suspended middle-order batsman Kithuruwan Vithanage, from all forms of cricket organized by the Sri Lanka Cricket Board (SLC). The suspension on Vithanage comes after a report from the disciplinary committee recommending an action against him, with immediate effect.
Coming to the details, the duo of Ramith Rambukwella and Kithuruwan Vithanage have been reported to have involved in a late-night brawl last month with a group of unidentified men. Following the incident, Vithanage sustained injuries and was later admitted to a local hospital in Colombo.
While further details about the incident has not been made public, it is understood that the Sri Lankan board has taken up the late-night conflict seriously and had ordered an investigation within the board. The Disciplinary committee, which has inquired into the case, eventually recommended the suspension of the player from both International and domestic cricket with immediate effect.
The statement from the Sri Lankan board read, “We hereby, suspend Kithuruwan Vithanage from all forms of cricket associated with the Sri Lanka Cricket Board for a period of one-year with immediate effect. The decision has been taken, taking into consideration the outcome of a hearing conducted by the disciplinary committee”.
The statement from the board further added that it has cross-checked all the evidences provided by citizens, involved in the incident in question, including those of Kithuruwan Vithanage and has felt that the behavior of the player was not acceptable, being a role-model and icon of the youth of Sri Lanka.
Vithanage, has the privilege to appeal against the decision of the disciplinary committee. The middle-order batsman has featured in ten-tests, six-One Day Internationals and three- T20Is till date.