Sri Lanka skipper Dimuth Karunaratne arrested for drink driving

Sudhir Gupta 16:41 31/03/2019
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Dimuth Karunaratne.

Sri Lankan Test captain Dimuth Karunaratne was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol in Colombo, local police said on Sunday.

Karunaratne was taken into custody following an early morning accident that resulted in the driver of a three-wheeler taken to hospital.

“We have released him on personal bail, but he was asked to be in court on Monday for a magisterial inquiry,” a police spokesman was quoted as saying by AFP.

The incident comes as Sri Lankan board decides captain of the one-day team for the 2019 World Cup in England.

Karunaratne led Sri Lanka to a stunning Test series win in South Africa and has been tipped to lead the one-day side as well.

“Sri Lanka Cricket will also follow the due process as per his ‘Player Contractual Obligation’ … and conduct an inquiry in order to take necessary action,” the board said in a statement.

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