Star Sri Lanka cricketer Kusal Mendis on July 5 (Sunday) has been arrested for knocking down a pedestrian while driving. As per reports, the vehicle collided with a cyclist driving on the road resulting in the death of the person.
As per reports in Sri Lankan media, the incident took place near the 13th KM post in the Horethuduwa area in Panadura at 5.30 a.m. on Sunday. Police spokesperson SSP Jaliya Senaratne confirmed the news of Mendis’ arrest.
Kusal Mendis arrested
The police also confirmed that Kusal Mendis has been produced for medical examination. He will now appear before the court. Meanwhile, the 74-year-old victim was a resident of Gorakapola area in Panadura.
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is going through a difficult phase in recent times. A couple of months ago, police arrested fast bowler Shehan Madushanka for possessing illegal drugs. In the wake of the incident, SLC suspended the cricketer from all forms of cricket.
Following that, former Sri Lanka sports minister claimed that some cricketers sold the 2011 World Cup final. After thorough investigation and interrogation, police had to drop the case due to no conclusive evidence.
So far, Kusal Mendis has played 44 Tests and 76 ODIs for Sri Lanka. 2,995 runs at an average of 37 in Tests and 2,167 runs at an average of 30 in the ODIs. He was also a part of the 2019 World Cup squad. The 25-year-old was part of the national squad which had resumed training after the COVID-19 lockdown.