Renowned cricket coach Avishka Gunawardena charged by the ICC

Renowned cricket coach Avishka Gunawardena charged by the ICC

10 May 2019 06:59 am

In a sensational twist of fate, the yo-yo career fortunes of renowned Sri Lankan cricket coach Avishka Gunawardena, is in real hot water. His stock hit new low when the International Cricket Council (ICC) imposed a provisional ban on the south paw upon findings of the ICC anti-corruption unit. Along with Gunawardena another Lankan coach Nuwan Zoysa who was already under scrutiny of the anti-corruption Unit of the ICC also have been also been charged.

Zoysa is already suspended following a charge of three breaches of the Code in November last year.  The final decision on this is still pending.

Both cricket coaches have been given 14 days from May 9 to file their respective replies to the World cricket authority.  

Some of the common charges aimed at the two Lankans coaches are – Directly or indirectly soliciting, inducing, enticing, instructing, persuading, encouraging or intentionally facilitating any participant to breach Code Article 2.1.

This is the third such high profile charge by the ICC anti-corruption unit since the banning of former Sri Lanka cricketer, national cricket captain and Chief Selector Sanath Jayasuriya.   

It was only in February this year Avishka Gunawardena was appointed the Sri Lanka provisional batting coach to the national team in the absence of batting regular Lankan batting coach Jon Lewis.

Soon after his return as the A team coach, Gunawardena was mysteriously demoted by Sri Lanka Cricket to the ranks of a junior coach without reason.