Sri Lanka's star cricketer arrested for drunken driving accident

Sri Lankan Test cricket captain Dimuth Karunaratne has been arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after an accident in the capital police said on Sunday. — AFP  File

Sri Lankan Test cricket captain Dimuth Karunaratne has been arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after an accident in the capital police said on Sunday. — AFP File

Sri Lanka Test captain Dimuth Karunaratne was reportedly arrested for drunk driving in Colombo on Sunday morning.

Dimuth Karunaratne scored a hundred and three half-centuries in four innings. Though the victim sustained minor injuries the cricketer was apparently under the influence of alcohol when the accident occurred.

Borella Police is conducting further investigations on the incident.

"We have released him on personal bail, but he was asked to be in court on Monday for a magisterial inquiry", a police spokesman said, adding that his vehicle was detained.

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According to reports, Sri Lanka Cricket could impose their own sanctions on the player, depending on the outcome of court proceedings.

Karunaratne not only led Sri Lanka to an outstanding Test series win in South Africa in February, he was also being talked about by the national selectors as Sri Lanka's prospective World Cup captain.

But in the run-up to the World Cup, Sri Lanka has displayed a mock situation where it has picked as many as 84 players some of whom are half baked schoolboys from which the "best 15" will be sent to England to contest the most prized event in global cricket.

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