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Sri Lanka suspends fast bowler Shehan Madushanka after heroin arrest

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is planning to suspend the contract of medium pacer Shehan Madushanka after he was arrested for possessing heroin.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: May 27, 2020 9:00:52 am
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Sri Lanka fast bowler Shehan Madushanka has been suspended from all forms of cricket with immediate effect after he was arrested for alleged possession of illegal drugs, the country’s cricket board said on Tuesday.

The police official told media that Madushanka was in possession of two grams of heroin when he was caught in the town on Pannala on Sunday.

The 25-year-old took a hat-trick in his first one-day international against Bangladesh in January, 2018, in Dhaka and played two more Twenty20 internationals on that tour before being sidelined with injuries.

He was caught with 2.7 grams of heroin by police on Saturday and then remanded in custody till June 2, Sri Lanka police said.

“The decision to suspend will remain intact until a full inquiry is conducted by the SLC into the matter,” Sri Lanka Cricket said in a statement.

Madushanka’s arrest was the first time a contracted player was remanded over a drug charge. The cricketer and his friend were arrested on May 23 for possessing heroin.

With Reuters inputs

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