Sri Lanka's Kusal Mendis arrested following fatal car crash

The 25-year-old wicket-keeper batsman has represented Sri Lanka in 44 Tests and 76 ODIs.

Sri Lanka batsman Kusal Mendis   -  Getty Images

Sri Lanka batsman Kusal Mendis was on Sunday arrested after a vehicle he was driving hit a 64-year-old man, killing him in the wee hours, in the Colombo suburb of Panadura. He is to be produced before a magistrate later today, police said.

The 25-year-old wicket-keeper batsman has represented Sri Lanka in 44 Tests and 76 ODIs. Mendis was part of the national squad which had resumed training after the COVID-19 lockdown.

Sri Lanka’s international assignments, including a tour by India, have been cancelled due to the pandemic.

More than 3,000 people are killed annually in traffic accidents in Sri Lanka.

A former spin bowler, Kaushal Lokuarachchi, was given a four-year suspended jail sentence for crashing into a woman pedestrian and killing her in 2003.

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