Sri Lanka Test captain arrested after traffic accident

Sri Lanka Test captain arrested after traffic accident
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Sri Lankan Test cricket captain Dimuth Karunaratne has been arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after an accident in the capital, police said on Sunday.

Karunaratne, 30, was taken into custody following the pre-dawnaccident that resulted in the driver of a three-wheel taxi being taken tohospital.

"We have released him on personal bail, but he wasasked to be in court on Monday for a magisterial inquiry," a policespokesman said, adding that his vehicle was detained. The incident comes as SriLankan cricket officials mull who to name as captain of the one-day squad forthe World Cup hosted by England and Wales from May 30.

Karunaratne, who led Sri Lanka to a stunning Test seriesvictory against South Africa last month, had been in the frame to lead theone-day side as well.

Sri Lanka's cricket board said it would investigate theincident.

"Sri Lanka Cricket will also follow the due process as per his 'Player Contractual Obligation' … and conduct an inquiry in order to take necessary action," the board said in a statement.

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