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Lasith Malinga Gets Ban For Breach Of Contract

Malinga gets suspended 1-year ban & fined 50% match fee
Fast bowler Lasith Malinga has been given a suspended ban of six months and fined 50 percent of the match fee of his next odi appearance, after a disciplinary inquiry found him guilty of breaching his contract.

Malinga appeared before SLC's special inquiry panel, where he accepted the charges against him and tendered a formal apology.

A specially convened executive committee meeting then imposed a "1 year suspension, suspended by six months and a 50% fine of his next ODI match fee.

The inquiry was precipitated by Malinga's response to sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara, who had alleged that Sri Lanka's poor fielding standards were due to players' inadequate fitness.

Malinga had not taken direct aim at Jayasekara in a stinging response, but nevertheless had implied in an interview that the sports minister was no more than an armchair critic, and had not played cricket at a sufficiently high level for his criticism to be taken seriously