New Delhi| Jagran Sports Desk: Sri Lanka wicketkeeper-batsman Kusal Mendis was held by police on Sunday, July 5, for killing a 64-year-old man in an accident in south Colombo's Panadura, said reports. A report published by ESPNCricinfo said, Mendis' car hit a cyclist today at 5 in the morning. The injured man was admitted to nearby hospital, who later died.

Report added that the Sri Lankan cricketer is currently under police custody and will be produced before the magistrate in the next 48 hours. However, it is not clear if he was under the influence of alcohol or not.

He was also a part of the 12-day training squad at the Colombo Cricket Club, organised by the Sri Lanka cricket board to resume the sport under the shadow of novel coronavirus, which ended last Wednesday.  

The 25-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman has been handy in front and behind the wickets for Sri Lanka as he has near 3,000 runs against his name in Tests at an average of 36.97, while in the one dayers he scored 2,167 runs at an average of 30.52.


Not just this, he is also a good player in the shorter format. In only 26 T20Is,  he has 484 runs under his belt.

Earlier in 2003, in a similar incident, Sri Lanka's spin bowler, Kaushal Lokuarachchi, was jailed for 4 years after crashing into a woman pedestrian and killing her.

More than 3,000 people lose their lives annually in road accidents in Sri Lanka, said a report.

Posted By: Gaurav Sharma