Lahiru Kumara, 21, who snapped 17 wickets at an average of 19.88 across three Tests in the recent tour of West Indies. @ Getty Images
Lahiru Kumara, 21, who snapped 17 wickets at an average of 19.88 across three Tests in the recent tour of West Indies. @ Getty Images

Sri Lanka pacer Lahiru Kumara has been ruled out of the first Test against England beginning at Galle on Tuesday.  Kumara, 21, who snapped 17 wickets at an average of 19.88 across three Tests in the recent tour of West Indies, has been found guilty of breaching the team’s code of conduct.

“Lahiru Kumara, who was in the 16-member Test squad to face England in the three-match series, has been found guilty of breaching the code of conduct of the team,” Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said in a statement issued on Monday.

Kumara, who has played 12 Tests and picked 40 wickets, will be replaced by Dushmantha Chameera, who last played a Test against South Africa at St George in 2016, but picked just one wicket.

England are on their last leg of their tour of Sri Lanka. Both teams were involved in a five-match ODI series which England won 3-1 with one match washed out. England had cruised to a 30-run win over the hosts in the one off Twenty20 International as well.

Meanwhile, Danushka Gunathilaka was recently suspended from all forms of international cricket by SLC after breaching the Players’ Code of Conduct. Jeffrey Vandersay was also asked to pack his bags midway during the West Indies tour (before the third Test) for breaching contractual obligations.