Sri Lanka suspends cricket player after heroin arrest

Police found 2g of the drug in Madushanka’s car. (Twitter pic/Parthiban Shanmuganathan)

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s cricket board Tuesday suspended pace bowler Shehan Madushanka from all forms of the game, two days after he was arrested allegedly in possession of heroin.

The right-arm bowler was stopped while driving with another person in a car on Sunday and found to have two grams of the drug, police said.

He took a hattrick against Bangladesh on his one-day international debut in January 2018.

He also played two T20 matches against Bangladesh in 2018, but has not played an international since due to injuries.

Sri Lanka Cricket secretary Mohan de Silva said they suspended the 25-year-old pending an internal disciplinary inquiry.

He was remanded into custody on Monday.

“We have suspended him with immediate effect and he also cannot take part in any form of the game,” de Silva said.