Sri Lanka batting coach awards flower to face disciplinary investigation into England bio-bubble violation
Former drummer from Zimbabwe Grant flower, who is the current batting coach of the Sri Lanka team, will be the subject of a disciplinary investigation by the Sri Lanka Cricket Board of Directors (SLC) into the violation of the bio-bubble in England after completing his quarantine period.
Grant Flower was one of the Sri Lankan contingent who tested positive for COVID-19 upon returning from the White Balloon tour in the UK. Several players and coaches have tested positive for the deadly virus and Flower was diagnosed after undergoing a PCR test. At the same time, SLC Data Analyst GT Niroshan was also declared infected.
SLC to investigate possible biological bubble violation in England
Immediately after her identification, Flower was isolated from the rest of the team members (players and coaches) who are in quarantine after returning from England and will follow Sri Lanka government protocols on COVID-19. However, it has been reported by the Island Cricket website that the Sri Lanka Board of Directors (SLC) will be investigating the bio-bubble violation in which Grant Flower, who was Sri Lanka’s hitting coach. in England, will also be involved. .
Three players from Danushka Gunathilaka, Vice Captain Kusal Mendis and Niroshan Dickwella were filmed and photographed by fans during the England tour, breaking COVID-19 protocols and roaming and smoking outside the hotel. ‘team in Durham.
This led SLC to recall the trio immediately halfway through the tour, which saw the tourists lose 5 out of 6 games to England with one game called off. Team management have also removed Danushka Gunathilaka, Niroshan Dickwella and Kusal Mendis from the upcoming white ball series against India which begins on July 18 at home and is also expected to impose a one-year ban.
Apart from this, the board of directors set up a panel of five members, including Judge Nimal Dissanayaka (retired judge of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka), Panduka Keerthinanda, lawyer, Asela Rekawa, lawyer, Uchitha Wickremasinghe, prosecutor and division general (retired) MRW De Zoysa, to conduct a full investigation into the matter.
Of the trio, Danushka Gunathilaka and Kusal Mendis are repeat offenders. Gunathilaka was suspended for six matches for misconduct in 2017 and in 2018 he was suspended after an alleged incident of sexual assault. Meanwhile, Kusal Mendis was arrested in July 2020, and then released on bail, for running over a 64-year-old man in Panadura. Mendis was appointed vice-captain of the Sri Lankan team within a year.