Sri Lanka’s star pacer Lasith Malinga is all set to face a disciplinary inquiry from Sri Lankan cricket board for ‘repeated breach’ of the terms of his contract.
A release from the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said that the quick, since his return from the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, has on two occasions acted in contravention of the terms of agreement which prohibit him from making any statements to the media without the consent of the Chief Executive Officer.
“Accordingly it was decided upon the instance of his first infraction, on or about 19th June 2017 to take Disciplinary action, the Executive Committee having noted that Malinga, is a senior national player with experience ductus exemplo,” the release stated.
It further said that subsequent to a repeated breach on or about the 21st June 2017, the Committee has expedited the said inquiry to be conducted by a Disciplinary Panel comprised of Secretary SLC Mohan de Silva, Chief Executive Officer Ashley de Silva and Chairman Disciplinary Committee Asela Rekawa AAL.
To address many other issues plaguing the board, it called an emergency meeting on Tuesday. They discussed the resignation of coach Graham Ford, interim appointment of a head coach, and the inquiry against Malinga.
Malinga didn’t react well to Sri Lanka’s sports minister Dayasiri Jayasekara criticising the Lankan cricket team after their loss to Pakistan in a must-win encounter in the recently-concluded ICC Champions Trophy.
Malinga called Jayasekara a monkey in the interview and said that he does not care about the criticism from those who are simply warming chairs. “A monkey knows nothing about a parrot’s nesting hollow”, he said. The bowler will face a three-member disciplinary committee which will forward the outcomes from the hearing to the executive committee for disciplinary action against the bowler.
Although the Sri Lankan sports minister could have refrained from criticizing his own team, Malinga too could have been a bit polite with his retaliation.