Sri Lanka Board Names Panel To Probe Danushka Gunathilaka Incident | Cricket News


COLOMBO: Sri Lanka Cricket constituted a three-member panel that includes a retired High Court judge to investigate an alleged sexual assault case Danushka Gunathilaka, SLC said on Tuesday.
The 31-year-old batsman was charged with sexual assault while inside Australia to play in the T20 World Cup and was denied bail by a court in Sydney on Monday.
SLC said on Sunday it would cooperate with Australian law enforcement but launched its own investigation into “several alleged incidents” in Australia.
“The committee will also focus the investigation on several alleged incidents which have come to the attention of Sri Lanka Cricket and which are said to have taken place during the national team’s stay in Australia,” said an SLC statement.
“The panel in this process will seek an immediate explanation from the team manager about his (the manager’s) behaviour, with references to the occurrence of such incidents.”
After receiving the panel’s report, the SLC’s executive committee will take “strict disciplinary action” against any player or official found guilty of any “offence or negligence”, the cricket board said.
Gunathilaka, who was suspended from all forms of cricket on Monday, played a first round World Cup match against Namibia on October 16, but was ruled out of the rest of the T20 tournament due to a hamstring injury.
Sri Lanka were eliminated in the group stage of the World Cup on Saturday, losing to England in their final match of the tournament.


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