Sri Lankan motor accident September 13, 2003

Lokuarachchi banned for four months

Wisden CricInfo staff

Sri Lanka's allrounder Kaushal Lokuarachchi, who was recently involved in a fatal motor accident, has been suspended from all cricket for four months and will miss the forthcoming home series against England.

Lokuarachchi, 21, had been returning from a late-night party when he lost control of his car and ploughed into a woman and her adult son in the Colombo suburb of Kadawatha. The mother subsequently died from her injuries in hospital, and Lokuarachchi was arrested and released on bail.

The Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka suspended Lokuarachchi from all cricket pending an inquiry into the incident, and he has now been found guilty of breaching the board's disciplinary code by breaking rest during a training period. His formal suspension will end on December 31, after which time his conduct will continue to be strictly monitored for a two-year probationary period.

A court case is looming, and if Lokuarachchi is found guilty of reckless driving, he could be fined and banned from driving for up to a year.