Sri Lanka batsman Kusal Mendis was arrested on Sunday after being allegedly involved in a fatal crash with a cyclist, who died instantly, just outside the country's capital Colombo, police said.

The 25-year-old batsman was driving an SUV at Panadura before dawn when the incident happened, police said. They also confirmed that the accident had occurred in Panadura, just south of Colombo, where the victim suffered serious injuries before dying while being admitted to hospital.

Furthermore, there no mention of whether Mendis or the victim were under the influence of alcohol.

Mendis has been named in the 16-player squad for a two-match home Test series against England in March, but the tour was cancelled because of the global 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.

Feature image courtesy: AFP / Lakruwan Wanniarachchi