Sri Lanka Test Captain Karunaratne Arrested for Drink Driving

Sri Lanka’s test captain Dimuth Karunaratne – who led his team to a record-breaking win against South Africa last month – was arrested on Sunday for drink driving after an accident injured at least one person near the main hospital in capital Colombo, a police spokesman said.

Sri Lanka’s Dimuth Karunaratne reacts in pain after a ball hit by a delivery from England’s Ben Stokes (not pictured). REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

Sri Lanka won a two-test series against South Africa in March under Karunaratne’s captaincy to become the first Asian team to win a test series in the African nation.

Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera told Reuters on Sunday that “he was arrested early this morning for drinking and driving after the vehicle driven by him hit a three-wheeler and injured its driver,”

Karunaratne has been granted bail and will appear in court today, Monday.


Karunaratne, who has no history of disciplinary problems, or his lawyer was not immediately available for comments.

Sri Lanka Cricket confirmed the incident and said it will follow due process in determining the future course of action.

“Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to inform that a road accident has occurred in the early hours of Sunday between a three-wheeler and a vehicle driven by national player Dimuth Karunaratne,” the board said in a statement.

“Dimuth is undergoing due legal procedures with regard to the incident.

“In the meantime, Sri Lanka Cricket will also follow the due process as per his ‘Player Contractual Obligation’ with the organisation and conduct an inquiry in order to take necessary action.”

The left-handed opening batsman has played 60 tests for the island team.

(Reporting by Shihar Aneez; editing by Sudipto Ganguly)