Sri Lanka Cricket investigating ‘various alleged incidents’ at T20 World Cup after Danushka Gunathilaka arrestt

Sri Lanka is investigating “several alleged incidents” at Australia’s T20 World Cup following the arrest of Danushka Gunathilaka on sexual assault charges.

Gunathilaka was arrested Sunday morning at the team hotel and charged with four counts of sexual intercourse without consent.

The 31-year-old, who is still in custody after being refused bail twice, has been suspended from all forms of the game by Sri Lanka Cricket.

The governing body has now announced the formation of a three-person panel to investigate that incident and other alleged occurrences.

Danushka Gunathilaka (Getty Images)
Danushka Gunathilaka has been denied bail twice after being charged with sexual assault

A statement said: “Sri Lanka Cricket would like to announce the appointment of a three-member investigative panel composed of Judge Sisira Ratnayake (Retired Supreme Court Judge), Mr Niroshana Perera, Attorney at Law, and Mr. Asela Rekawa, Attorney-at-Law, to to investigate the alleged incident involving player Danushka Gunathilaka.

“The commission will also investigate several alleged incidents that have come to the attention of Sri Lanka Cricket and are said to have taken place during the national team’s stay in Australia.

“The panel in this process will immediately ask the team manager for an explanation of his conduct, with references to the occurrence of such incidents.

“After submission of the said report by the panel, the Sri Lanka Cricket Executive Committee will take strict disciplinary action against the players and/or officials if it is proven that there has been any misconduct or negligence in the performance of official duties.”

Sri Lanka have been eliminated from the Super 12 stage of the T20 World Cup – their last game on Saturday was a four-wicket defeat to England – with the side, bar Gunathilaka, since flying home.

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