Hi guys. I would like to apologise to everyone for letting you all down. SLC have given me a suspended sentence for a year which I won't take for granted and promise that i will do everything to make my country and team proud.— Jeffrey Vandersay (@Vandersay) July 20, 2018
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Sri Lanka legspinner Jeffrey Vandersay has been put on probation with a one-year suspended sentence from all forms of international cricket and also fined 20% of his annual contract fee. Vandersay was penalised by SLC for a misconduct reported over a night out in St Lucia during the recent West Indies tour. It means he can continue to play but will be suspended from all forms of cricket for a year if there is a breach of contractual obligation again within the next 12 months.
"Vandersay was imposed with the above punishment, following the player's admission of guilt over the incident," an SLC statement noted. "SLC has also informed the player that during the period of serving the aforesaid suspended sentence, any breach of the contractual obligation shall be severely dealt with together with the suspension."
Vandersay had been sent home from the West Indies mid-tour following the second Test in St Lucia after the player had failed to report back to the team hotel following a night out. While Vandersay's companions that evening had arrived back in time for the team's departure the following morning, Vandersay himself is said to have missed the deadline. After the sanctions were announced, he apologised for his conduct on Twitter.
Sri Lanka's particularly strong sentence is also thought to be down to the fact that Vandersay had been warned at least once prior by the team management over his conduct.