Just a day after the Sri Lanka Cricket Board suspended its cricketer Danushka Gunathilaka from ‘all forms of cricket’ following his arrest in Sydney on Sunday for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman, the SLC has appointed a panel of three members to investigate the matter. Gunathilaka was arrested in Sydney on alleged rape charges on Sunday morning. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the arrest was made from the team’s hotel in Sydney’s central business district in connection with an alleged sexual abuse complaint against a 29-year-old woman. The sexual assault was reported at a Rose Bay property earlier in the week.
The team manager will be questioned immediately by the jury regarding the behavior of the cricketer and the course of events. “Sri Lanka Cricket would like to announce the appointment of a 3-member Inquiry Committee consisting of Justice Sisira Ratnayake (Retired High Court Judge), Mr. Niroshana Perera, Barrister, and Mr. Asela Rekawa , lawyer. , to open an investigation into the alleged incident involving player Danushka Gunathilaka,” SLC said in an official statement.
“The committee will also focus the investigation into various alleged incidents which have come to Sri Lanka Cricket’s attention and which allegedly took place during the national team’s stay in Australia,” he added. “The panel in this process will demand an immediate explanation from the team manager regarding his conduct, with references to the occurrence of such incidents. Upon submission of said report by the panel, the Sri Lanka Cricket Executive Committee will take serious action disciplinary action against players and/or officials if there is evidence of misconduct or negligence in the performance of their official duties,” the statement continued.
“The woman met the man after communicating with him for several days via an online dating app. It is alleged that he then sexually assaulted her on the evening of November 2, 2022. As part of the investigations in A crime scene search was undertaken by specialist police at an address in Rose Bay yesterday.Following further enquiries, a 31-year-old man was arrested at a hotel in Sussex Street, Sydney, shortly before 1 morning hour today (Sunday November 6, 2022),” said a statement from New South Wales Police quoted by ESPNcricinfo. Earlier, Gunathilaka was denied bail after the local court hearing here in Sydney on Monday. According to an article in the “Sydney Morning Herald”, Gunathilaka appeared in Downing Center Local Court on Monday via video link from cells in Surry Hills. He was handcuffed and wearing a gray T-shirt, blue jeans and flip-flops, as his lawyer Ananda Amaranath applied for bail.
Due to a hamstring injury, Gunathilaka was forced to withdraw from the T20 World Cup during the preliminary round. He was replaced in the roster but remained in Australia with the team. Since his debut in November 2015, he has featured for Sri Lanka in eight Tests, 47 ODIs and 46 T20Is. (ANI)
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