Malinga banned for a year for his Monkey comment on Sri Lanka Sports Minister
The 33 years old right-arm fast-medium with a unique round-arm action Sri Lankan cricketer Lasith Malinga invited trouble for himself after his comments on Sri Lanka's Sports Minister. On tuesday, Sri Lanka cricket board member stated that Malinga will be facing a one year cricket ban after the fast bowler pleaded guilty to a charge of speaking to the media without permission.
The Sri Lanka cricket also suspended the sanction for six months and Malinga will also be fined 50 percent of the match fee from his next one-day international.
The controversy started, after the early exit from the Champions Trophy 2017, Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera criticised the Lankan team for their lack of fitness. Dayasiri Jayasekera said, "he had the players tested for body fat and most players had excess of fat for a cricketer. The typical body fat amounts for a cricketer should be about 16 percent, but most of our players have over 25 percent. I want the results analysed and in future no one will be included in a national squad if they are above 16 percent.”
On which Malinga replied, "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."
Malinga also faced an investigation on Thursday after his remarkable comment on Minister.