In a shocking decision, Sri Lankan cricket board imposed a one-year ban on Lasith Malinga. Despite multiple warnings from the cricket board, he had spoken to the media twice and therefore pleaded guilty to a charge of speaking to the media without permission.
Source: News Nation
Moreover, Malinga will also be fined 50 percent of the match fee from his next one-day international. According to the Espncricinfo, Sri Lanka Cricket said: “1 Year suspension, suspended by six months (whereby the punishment would be imposed in the event of a similar infraction within the stipulated 6 month period) and a 50% fine of his next ODI match fee.”
Actually, Lasith Malinga gave a response to sports minister Dayasiri Jayasekara’s criticism, who in a statement stated that Sri Lanka’s poor fielding standards were due to the players’ insufficient fitness.
In response to this, Malinga indirectly aims at Jayasekara and said as per reported by The Indian Express: “I don’t care about criticism from those who are simply warming chairs. What does a monkey know about a parrot’s nesting hollow? This is like a monkey getting into a parrot’s nest and talking about it.”
He further added that when Sri Lanka defeated India during a league game at that time nobody had raised fitness issues.