"Sri Lanka's Lasith Malinga celebrates taking the wicket of Pakistan's Mohammad Hafeez (not pictured) during their third one-day international (ODI) cricket match in Colombo June 13, 2012." *** Local Caption *** "Sri Lanka's Lasith Malinga celebrates taking the wicket of Pakistan's Mohammad Hafeez (not pictured) during their third one-day international (ODI) cricket match in Colombo June 13, 2012. REUTERS"

Srilankan cricket star Lasith Malinga suspended

Srilankan cricket star Lasith Malinga suspended

Srilankan cricket star Lasith Malinga suspended
Srilankan cricket star Lasith Malinga suspended

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka fast bowler Lasith Malinga suspended one-year ban after pleading guilty to comments he made to the media in breach of his contract, the country’s cricket board has said.

The 33-year-old’s sanction will be suspended for six months and he would also lose 50 percent of his match from the next one-day international he plays in case of a similar breach, Sri Lanka Cricket said in a statement.

After his return from the Champions Trophy, Malinga had twice breached the terms of his contract by making statements to the media without the prior written consent of the board’s Chief Executive Officer, SLC had said while launching a disciplinary inquiry against the fast bowler.

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