Sri Lanka news August 29, 2014

Vithanage to face disciplinary inquiry


Kithuruwan Vithanage will face a disciplinary inquiry over leaving the team hotel overnight during the first Test against Pakistan at Galle, Sri Lanka Cricket has confirmed. According to an email from team manager Michael de Zoysa, Vithanage had left the hotel at about 7pm after the third day's play, and had not returned until 6:30 am the following morning.

Captain Angelo Mathews and coach Marvan Atapattu had viewed the incident as a serious enough disciplinary breach that they had requested Vithanage be removed from the squad for the second Test, particularly because Vithanage was likely to bat on the following day. However, Vithanage was allowed to stay with the side at the behest of chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya.

"SLC will conduct an inquiry into the incident, with the disciplinary committee headed by president's counsel Palitha Kumarasinghe," SLC CEO Ashley de Silva said. The inquiry is scheduled to begin on September 2, at 4pm."

No solid curfews or bedtimes were in place for players during the Test, but leaving the team hotel without informing the manager, particularly until late into the night, is a clear breach of disciplinary protocol. Vithanage is also believed to have left the team hotel without permission on previous tours, with Jayasuriya having spoken to him sternly about the issue. De Zoysa cites two incidents: one in Bangladesh earlier in the year, and another on a flight to the UK.

De Zoysa's email also highlights concerns over fixing when players leave the hotel unannounced, and suggests the matter be referred to anti-corruption authorities if the disciplinary inquiry sees the need to do so.

According to the email, Vithanage had apologised for leaving the team hotel and said he had done so to attend a bana and pirith ceremony [Buddhist religious ceremony] at a temple. He was not picked in squad for the ODIs.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. @andrewffernando

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  • Buddhika on September 3, 2014, 17:56 GMT

    Either Player is Senior or Junior decipline should implemented in same basis. In SL issue is If it's Senior no discipline executed but junior discipline executed in brutal way. TM Dilshan has several this kind of bad disciplined incident but no inquiry or action taken. When is Caption he blammed youngsters lot of time in and out the filed also he blamed Thilan Samaraweera in a Brutal way and it's was proven at that time. You all know how he told randiv to ball a no ball to prevent shewag century. All lot of oral argument with Umpires and Other Country Players. But he Still playing all 3 format without any issue. TM Dilshan degrade our team gentlemen picture lot of times. Y not take any action to him Why only youngster having such a inquiry.

  • Anthony on September 2, 2014, 9:13 GMT

    This is unbelievable behaviour, unbecoming of a professional. It is even more serious if we are to believe that he returned to the hotel at 6.30am with him being in the Test eleven and also with the likelihood of his having to bat that day. It appears that he has already committed three breaches of discipline. In mitigation he is still a young man but can Sri Lanka Cricket in this important World Cup Year afford to take any more chances with this cricketer however talented he may be ? Normally, it should be two strikes and you are out. Vithanage appears to have had more than his fair share!

  • mano on September 2, 2014, 5:29 GMT

    Discipline must be given the highest priority. Sri Lankan team has been regarded as one of the most diciplined teams in the world for many years. if this guy behaves like this he could well become a big show off on the field which will disgrace the whole team. He must be punished and penalised for this at the early stages. If he cant follow the seniors behavioir and protect the reputation of the country, he must not be included in an team. Discipline must come first. 3 diciplinary breaches is more than enough. He could be the best player we have but our countgry's reputation must come first!

  • Dummy4 on August 31, 2014, 19:27 GMT

    I am not sure how anyone is going to be successful without self-disciplined!

  • manjula on August 30, 2014, 16:54 GMT

    At international level there is lots of commitments. If the player is as such during an tournament it is not worth investing because they are not going to add value to the SL cricket.

  • Buddhika on August 30, 2014, 12:11 GMT

    This time is become worst time for SL youngsters. Kusal not even in squad while Upul Tharanga Contentiously failing. While After superb batting performances Gunathilake has not a even a space in a Squad. After very good performances in England Dusyantha Chameera or Lahriu Gamage has no chance in squad While Kula continuously failing. Chandimal just a passenger in a team and play slogggers positions instead of 3,4 when rarely enter to playing XI. Now Vithanage out of squad because of minor incident Only Thri proven to be failed. But other side 38 year old Dilshan still played T20 and Still not officially retired from Test even Also Injury Prone Welagedara playing Tests blocking chance of youngster. Seniors have fascinating time while Juniors have crying time

  • Harsha on August 30, 2014, 3:36 GMT

    Well…well…well, this much pubilicised occurrence put the cat amongst the pigeons for Viihanage. No matter how much he apolagises, the fact remains; he broke a major rule in discipline. Jaya - Sooraya should do well to keep away from all of this, given his recent track record of female oriented misdemeanor. He is not in a position to advice this young bloke. I hope SLC would put Vithanage in his rightful place. Sure, he may be talented, but should be taught a tough lesson, thus deterring all up-and-coming young talent from breaking the most important disciplinary ethics…………

  • Charindra on August 30, 2014, 2:21 GMT

    He should be disciplined. Without a track record in international cricket or even a reputation, he has already had 3 disciplinary breaches. If he ever makes it to Mathews or Malinga level, he'll be uncontrollable.

  • Dummy on August 29, 2014, 19:00 GMT

    I think he should not be punished if he was working part time over night to earn some money. As he did not play in IPL yet and we all knw how much slc pays their players.

  • mohommad on August 29, 2014, 14:04 GMT

    Self discipline is a must. He can learn a lot from senior players like Sanga. Hats off to the Manager who took prompt action. Jayasuriya must not interfere in such matters.

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