Sri Lankan pacer, Shehan Madushanka, who made headlines by picked up an ODI hat-trick on his international debut, has been detained by Sri Lanka Police on a charge of possession of heroin.
As per news agency AFP, Madushanka has been sent to two-week police remand by a local magistrate. He was detained from Sri Lankan town of Pannala where he was driving a car with another person despite a lockdown in the country.
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is planning to suspend the contract of Madushanka after he was caught with two grams of heroin.
SLC CEO Ashley de Silva said, “We have not been officially informed on this yet. He is a contracted player. We will take action to suspend his contract if he carries a drug charge.”
Madushanka’s arrest was the first time a contracted player has been remanded over a drug charge. The magistrate at Kuliyapitiya in the north-western province ordered him to be remanded till June 2.
The 25-year-old broke into the international scene in early 2018 with a hat-trick on debut against Bangladesh in the fourth ODI of a five-match series, making him the fourth player in one-day history to achieve the feat.
His international appearances have been limited to his debut ODI and two T20 internationals, all against Bangladesh.