Danushka Gunathilaka
Danushka Gunathilaka in action during the ongoing Test © AFP

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has suspended Danushka Gunathilaka from international cricket for breaching the ‘Player Code of Conduct’ during the second Test. the suspension will be valid after the ongoing Test between Sri Lanka and South Africa, at Sinhalese Sports Club, Colombo.

An SLC release said: “The decision to suspend the player was taken following an initial inquiry conducted by Sri Lanka Cricket, after the team management reported that the player have violated the ‘Code of Conduct’. The suspension will come into effect immediately after the conclusion of the 2nd test played between Sri Lanka and South Africa. The SLC also will withhold Gunathilaka’s fee for the ongoing test match, until the outcome of the inquiry.”

Sri Lanka, 1-0 up in the series, are on the verge of clinching the series: chasing 490, South Africa collapsed against Sri Lankan spinners — Rangana Herath, Dilruwan Perera, and Akila Dananjaya — for the fourth time in the series. They are currently 131 for 5.

Gunathilaka has had an excellent Test so far. He had dominated the first morning of the Test with 57, adding 116 with Dimuth Karunaratne. In the second innings he led the charge with a 68-ball 61, this time dominating the 91-run stand with Karunaratne.