Sri Lanka batsman Kusal Mendis arrested over fatal crash

Agence France-Presse. Colombo | Published: 13:05, Jul 05,2020


Sri Lanka batsman Kusal Mendis plays a shot during their first ODI match against Bangladesh at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo in July 2019. — AFP photo

Sri Lanka batsman Kusal Mendis was arrested Sunday after being allegedly involved in a fatal crash with a cyclist, who died instantly, just outside the country's capital Colombo, police said.

The 25-year-old batsman was driving an SUV at Panadura before dawn when the incident happened, police said.

Mendis has been named in the 16-player squad for a two-match home Test series against England in March, but the tour was cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

More than 3,000 people are killed annually in traffic accidents in Sri Lanka.

A former spin bowler, Kaushal Lokuarachchi, was given a four-year suspended jail sentence for crashing into a woman pedestrian and killing her in 2003.

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