Sri Lanka cricketer Kusal Mendis arrested over car accident that killed pedestrian

Mendis hit a 74-year-old man, killing him in the wee hours, in the Colombo suburb of Panadura.

Published: 05th July 2020 12:16 PM  |   Last Updated: 05th July 2020 01:33 PM   |  A+A-

Sri Lanka's Kusal Mendis. (Photo | AFP)

Sri Lanka's Kusal Mendis. (Photo | AFP)


COLOMBO: Sri Lanka wicketkeeper-batsman Kusal Mendis was arrested on Sunday following a fatal car crash in Panadura - south of Colombo, according to media reports.

As per the report in ESPNCricinfo, Mendis' vehicle hit a 64-year-old cyclist at around 5 a.m. on Sunday, who tragically passed away after being admitted to the hospital.

The victim was reportedly a local resident and succumbed to his injuries.

According to the report, Mendis will have to appear before a magistrate in the next 48 hours while it is not known yet clear if he or the victim, were under the influence of alcohol.

Mendis was part of the training squad that took part in the 12-day residential camp at the Colombo Cricket Club -- which ended on Wednesday -- following the enforced break put forward by coronavirus pandemic.

The 25-year-old has so far played 44 Tests and 76 ODIs for the national team. He has scored 2,995 runs in Tests at an average of 36.97, while 2,167 runs in ODIs at an average of 30.52. In the shortest format, he has 484 runs under his belt in 26 T20Is.


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