Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has decided to revoke the ban on Danushka Gunathilaka, enabling the talented left-handed batter to make a comeback to the national team.
According to reports and all cricket updates The decision was made following an independent inquiry committee’s recommendation, which emphasized Gunathilaka’s acquittal from all charges filed against him in the District Court of New South Wales, Australia. The news marks a significant turning point in Gunathilaka’s cricketing career.
Ban Imposed in November 2022 After Sexual Assault Charge
In the wake of a sexual assault charge in Australia during his visit as part of the Sri Lanka T20 World Cup team, Danushka Gunathilaka was arrested and subsequently faced a ban in November 2022. The allegations had cast a shadow over the cricketer’s career and raised concerns about the impact on the reputation of cricket and the nation.
After an extensive legal battle that lasted for months, Gunathilaka was acquitted of all charges against him in the District Court of New South Wales. His return to Sri Lanka in early October 2023 was met with the news of the ban’s revocation, allowing him to resume his regular cricket activities and rejoin the national squad.
SLC’s Statement and Committee’s Decision
Sri Lanka Cricket, in its statement, acknowledged the suspension, clarifying that it was contingent upon the legal proceedings and the potential ramifications of the actions on cricket’s reputation. The inquiry panel, led by Retired High Court Judge Sisira Ratnayake, along with legal experts Mr. Niroshana Perera and Mr. Asela Rekawa, unanimously recommended lifting Gunathilaka’s ban, considering his exoneration and the positive impact on the nation’s cricketing ambitions.
The decision has been met with anticipation and support from the cricketing community, as Gunathilaka looks forward to returning to the field and showcasing his talent once again.
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