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Dimuth Karunaratne fined $7000 by SLC over drink-driving incident
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Dimuth Karunaratne fined $7000 by SLC over drink-driving incident

Sri Lanka's cricket board fined Test captain Dimuth Karunaratne $7,000 after he was arrested for drink-driving, with the player also ordered to stand trial next month.

Karunaratne has apologised for his "unbecoming" actions after he was detained for crashing into a taxi on Sunday, leaving its driver injured.

"Sri Lanka Cricket decided to impose a fine of $7,000 on Dimuth Karunaratne, after the player was found to have violated the 'Player Contractual Obligation,'" the board said in a statement.

However, the board will take no further action as he had maintained a "very high professional standard as a player".

A magistrate has also suspended Karunaratne's driving licence and fixed a trial for May 2. The 30-year-old was also asked to take a medical test.

Police told the court that while driving under the influence, Karunaratne went through a red light and hit a taxi whose driver was hospitalised for minor injuries.

"My actions were utterly unbecoming of a Sri Lankan national cricketer and I do apologise to all of you for this incident," Karunaratne said in a statement on Monday.

The incident came as Sri Lanka decides who will be lead the national side at the upcoming World Cup in England.

Karunaratne, who led Sri Lanka to a stunning 2-0 Test series win over South Africa last month, had been considered one of the favourites for the position.