Personal commitments were cited as reasons for withdrawal June 21, 2007

Atapattu not to face disciplinary action

Cricinfo staff



Atapattu's past record has saved him from facing a disciplinary action © Getty Images

Marvan Atapattu, former Sri Lankan captain, will not face disciplinary action over his decision to pull out of the home series against Bangladesh. Atapattu, who is one of Sri Lanka's 18 contracted players, cited personal reasons for his withdrawal after being named in the Test side as a replacement for the rested Sanath Jayasuria.

An action by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) was expected on Atapattu's decision as he was all set to make his international comeback after a gap of 18 months. Jayantha Dharmadasa, the SLC chief, however, decided to go easy on Atapattu keeping in view his disciplinary record and services.

"We will have to consider Marvan's services to the country as a player and captain," he said suggesting that the national governing body would not pursue any drastic action.

"We will speak to him on his contractual obligations (with Sri Lanka Cricket), but stop short of taking disciplinary action," a senior SLC official told AFP.

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