Sri Lankan pacer suspended from all forms of cricket after heroin arrest

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Shehan Madushanka (Pic Source: AFP)

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) have suspended fast bowler Shehan Madushanka from all forms of cricket after he was arrested for alleged possession of illegal drugs.

“Sri Lanka Cricket decided to suspend Shehan Madushanka from all forms of cricket, with immediate effect,” SLC said in a release.

“The decision was taken following the player was arrested by the Police and later sent on remand custody for alleged possession of illegal drugs. The decision to suspend will remain intact until a full inquiry is conducted by the SLC into the matter.”

A police official told media that Madushanka had two grams of heroin with him when he was caught in the town on Pannala on Sunday.

The 25-year-old Madushanka has played one ODI and two T20Is, all between January and February 2018. Despite taking a hat-trick against Bangladesh in his only ODI, he had not been in the frame for national selection over the last 18 months, partly because his first stint in the team had been cut short by an injury.

However, he has been active as a cricketer and was playing in Sri Lanka’s domestic competitions before the coronavirus pandemic.

As a country, Sri Lanka takes a dim view of hard drugs, and if convicted, the rookie pacer can expect a hefty suspension from SLC as well.

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