Sri Lanka’s performance in the T20 international series against England was dismal. On Sunday, Sri Lanka lost their third T20I by a massive 89-run deficit. England scored 180 runs, with Dawid Malan scoring 76 runs. The Sri Lankan batsmen were befuddled as they were knocked out for 91 runs. With that loss, England took a 3-0 lead in the three-match series.
Due to their performance, they have received a lot of backlash on Twitter. To make matters worse, a video of Niroshan Dickwella and Kusal Mendis reportedly breaching the bio-bubble in England has surfaced.
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) punished three players for breaching the bio-bubble on their current tour of England, including batsman Kusal Mendis and wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella, and ordered their immediate return to the country.
The two, along with opener Danushka Gunathilaka, were spotted on the streets of Durham after Sri Lanka’s 89-run loss in the final T20 international on Sunday night.
In the game, all three players were members of the starting XI.
“The Sri Lanka Cricket executive Committee has suspended Kusal Mendis, Danushka Gunathilaka, and Niroshan Dickwella for breaking the bio-bubble,” SLC secretary Mohan De Silva said in a statement.
“An investigation is underway since they have breached the (code of) conduct,” SLC chief Shammi Silva said in response to the video, which was submitted by a Sri Lankan fan.
In the T20 series that ended on Sunday, Sri Lanka was defeated 0-3 by India. Since October 2020, this was the island nation’s fifth consecutive series loss in T20 internationals.
Former greats including Sanath Jayasuriya, Muttiah Muralitharan, Roshan Mahanama, Hashan Thilakaratne, and Tillekaratne Dilshan expressed their displeasure with the defeat.
The first of three One-Day Internationals between Sri Lanka and England will be played tomorrow at Chester le Street.