Sri Lanka suspended three players and sent them home from its cricket tour of England on Monday after they broke the squad's anti-coronavirus rules by being pictured outside the team hotel.

Sri Lanka Cricket said vice-captain Kusal Mendis, wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella and opening batsman Danushka Gunathilaka “will be flown back to Sri Lanka, with immediate effect” and remain suspended until an inquiry is complete.

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Video footage showing two of the players out late in Durham, where the first of three one-day internationals will be held on Tuesday, was posted on Twitter on Monday morning.

Sri Lanka was already facing criticism from fans after losing last week's Twenty20 series 3-0 to England in three lopsided games.