Sri Lankan Cricket is fining Test Captain Dimuth Karunaratne USD 7500 (approximately Rs. 1.3 million) for a Code violation with regard to last Sunday’s incident where he was caught driving under the influence.
Karunaratne was arrested after he crashed into a three-wheeler in Colombo in the early hours of Sunday morning injuring the Tuk-tuk driver. He was in police remand and is currently out on bail. His driving license is suspended. ESPN quoted SLC secretary Mohan de Silva as saying “when you are preparing for an important competition like the World Cup, and we’re spending so much money on this upcoming [Super Provincial] domestic tournament, we just cannot tolerate this kind of nonsense.”
Karunaratne will be captaining Kandy in the Provincial Tournament which is scheduled to start tomorrow (4).
He had Offered an Apology through his Facebook page. SLC however was keen to ensure such incidents are not repeated; the hefty fine, it felt, will send a “strong message” to the rest of the players. “We just want to send a strong message to everyone that we mean business,” de Silva said.