SLC Denies Authorizing Or Retaining Any Lawyers In Sri Lanka To Represent Danushka Gunathilaka

On Thursday, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) reminded the public that it had not hired or authorised any Sri Lankan lawyers to speak on behalf of SLC or cricketer Danushka Gunathilaka. 

In relation to Danushka Gunathilaka, Sri Lanka Cricket noticed that some recent public statements made by a lawyer gave the appearance that the lawyer was speaking for and on behalf of Sri Lanka Cricket. 

Danushka Gunathilaka. Photo- BCCI

Sri Lanka Cricket Denies Statements Made By Danushka Gunathilaka’s Lawyer

“Therefore, Sri Lanka Cricket holds no responsibility over such statements or the veracity of such statements made by the said lawyer,” the cricket authority said in a statement.  

State-run Daily News said that the Sports Ministry has made plans to quickly get a report on the cricketer’s life in Sydney prison through the Sri Lankan mission in Canberra, citing Sports Ministry Secretary Dr. Amal Harsha De Silva. 

In Sydney, Mr. Gunathilaka was charged with four counts of sexual assaulting a lady. He was remanded in custody without bail. 

Danushka Gunathilaka
Danushka Gunathilaka (Image Credits: Twitter)

Danushka Gunathilaka faces four charges of sexual intercourse without consent after being arrested by police in Sydney on November 5 – shortly after his team played their final T20 Cricket World Cup match.  

Due to allegations that Danushka Gunathilaka sexually assaulted a lady in Sydney last week, Sri Lanka Cricket is looking into “several alleged events” at the T20 World Cup. 

After a police investigation, Gunathilaka was apprehended at the Sri Lanka team hotel early on Sunday morning and charged with four charges of having sex without consent. 

Danushka Gunathilaka
Danushka Gunathilaka (PC-AFP)

The 31-year-old, who has competed in eight Tests, 47 ODIs, and 46 T20s, is still being held in custody in Australia after twice having his bail request denied. The rest of the team has gone home minus Gunathilaka, who has been suspended from all forms of cricket by Sri Lanka Cricket. 

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