December 7, 2022

Mystery as Sri Lanka cricket star gets 12-month suspended ban over T20 World Cup in Australia

Mystery as Sri Lankan cricket star is given a one-year suspended ban for misconduct at the T20 World Cup in Australia – after his teammate was suspended while facing rape charges

  • Cricketer Chamika Karunaratne issued 12-month suspended ban for misconduct
  • Follows T20 World Cup in Australia & arrest of teammate Danushka Gunathilaka
  • Gunathilaka charged with four counts of sexual assault, yet to enter any pleas
  • Matter will return to the courts in January, batsman was recently granted bail 

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Sri Lankan star Chamika Karunaratne has been slapped with a 12-month suspended ban for misconduct stemming from his time in Australia during the T20 World Cup.

The paceman, 26, was also fined $5,000, the island nation’s cricket board confirmed on Wednesday.

Sri Lanka Cricket did not provide further detail, only stating Karunaratne breached ‘several clauses’.

‘A three-member inquiry panel recommended that the board ‘strongly warn the player to refrain from further violations and to impose a punishment that will not have an impact on his cricketing career,’ the statement added.

The development comes as teammate Danushka Gunathilaka was suspended earlier this month after he was charged with four counts of sexual assault by NSW Police just before the team left Australia after the World Cup.

Sri Lankan star Chamika Karunaratne has been slapped with a 12-month suspended ban for ‘misconduct’ during the T20 World Cup in Australia

'Playboy' teammate Danushka Gunathilaka was suspended earlier this month by the Sri Lankan cricket board after he was charged with four counts of sexual assault by NSW Police

'Playboy' teammate Danushka Gunathilaka was suspended earlier this month by the Sri Lankan cricket board after he was charged with four counts of sexual assault by NSW Police

‘Playboy’ teammate Danushka Gunathilaka was suspended earlier this month by the Sri Lankan cricket board after he was charged with four counts of sexual assault by NSW Police

He is accused of raping a Sydney woman he met on a dating app.

Police allege Gunathilaka ignored the woman’s request to ‘take it slow’ and instead allegedly choked and assaulted the 29-year-old woman.

The top-order batsman then allegedly forced himself on the woman in her bedroom.

Police facts allege the woman agreed to continue with sexual activity – but only if Gunathilaka wore a condom.

‘He protested, but eventually agreed,’ police facts allege.

Gunathilaka (above) was recently granted bail, following $150,000 surety from a friend

Gunathilaka (above) was recently granted bail, following $150,000 surety from a friend

Gunathilaka (above) was recently granted bail, following $150,000 surety from a friend

Gunathilaka (pictured) has not entered any pleas to the charges and the matter will return to court in January

Gunathilaka (pictured) has not entered any pleas to the charges and the matter will return to court in January

Gunathilaka (pictured) has not entered any pleas to the charges and the matter will return to court in January

Gunathilaka was recently granted bail, following $150,000 surety from a friend.

He was also required to pay a further $50,000 himself.

The cricketer has not entered any pleas to the charges and the matter will return to court in January.

He did not play in the T20 World Cup on Australian shores due to injury. 

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