Ban on Gunathilaka lifted by SLC, making him eligible for national return


Ban on Gunathilaka lifted by SLC, making him eligible for national return

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The independent inquiry committee, appointed by Sri Lanka Cricket, has recommended a complete removal of the ban that was imposed on Danushka Gunathilaka on November 22. This ban had been initiated following his arrest and subsequent charges related to alleged sexual assault in Australia. This recommendation received formal approval from the executive committee of the SLC during a meeting held on October 13. However, Gunathilaka was also issued a caution to consistently maintain the image and standards expected of a national representative in all his future actions.

Gunathilaka had been arrested last year during the T20 World Cup due to accusations of sexual intercourse without consent made by a woman. He faced 11 months of travel restrictions in Australia and had been initially charged with four counts of rape, though these charges were later dropped by the prosecution before trial. The court proceeded with only one count of “stealthing.

Maintaining his innocence, Gunathilaka underwent a four-day trial presided over by Judge Sarah Huggett in the Downing Centre District Court, ultimately resulting in his acquittal. As a result of this decision, he is now cleared to resume his cricketing career and is eligible to return to national duty.

After a thorough assessment of Mr. Gunathilaka’s exoneration and keeping in mind his significant contributions to the sport and its impact on the nation’s cricketing aspirations, the Inquiry Panel, led by Retired High Court Judge Sisira Ratnayake, along with Mr. Niroshana Perera, Attorney at Law, and Mr. Asela Rekawa, Attorney at Law, unanimously recommended the immediate removal of his cricketing ban. This decision permits him to resume his regular cricket activities and make his return to national duty,” as per the SLC media release.


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