Sri Lankan batsman Kusal Mendis has been arrested by the police in Horethuduva for running over a pedestrian, who succumbed to his car on Sunday morning.
Mendis’ car hit a 64-year-old man who was traveling on a bicycle in the Colombo suburb of Panadura on the morning of 5 July. According to reports, the man was a local resident who died while being admitted to the hospital. Police said Mendis would be produced before a magistrate later today. It is not yet known whether either of them was under the influence of alcohol.
The 25-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman has played 44 Tests, 76 ODIs and 26 T20Is for Sri Lanka. He has scored 2995 runs in Tests at an average of 36.97, 2167 runs in ODIs at an average of 30.52 and 484 runs in the shortest format of the game in international cricket.
Mendis was part of the national team that resumed training after the COVID-19 lockdown. Sri Lanka’s international assignments including the tour of India have been canceled due to the pandemic.
Mendis’ arrest is another major blow to Sri Lankan cricket which is already embroiled in controversy following allegations of match-fixing in the 2011 World Cup final.