Danushka Gunathilaka cleared of misconduct charges: selected for Bangladesh tour

Bipin Dani

Sri Lankan all-rounder Danushka Gunathilaka will be on a plane to Bangladesh.
The 30-year-old Danushka has been “cleared of ‘’ all misconduct charges and is included in the 18-member squad for the Bangladesh tour, it is learnt here.

Without revealing the identity of the national player, the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) had recently conducted the enquiry against his alleged misbehaviour and based on the findings and recommendations of the enquiry panel, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) board had warned the player not to engage in any conduct which violates the standards of honesty, morality, fair play, and sportsmanship which result in bringing disrepute to SLC.

The committee had also directed the player to attend mandatory counseling sessions to be conducted by a doctor for a one year period. However, the counselling sessions have not begun yet.

Danushka Gunathilaka is believed to have hired a lawyer (Nishan Premathirathne) and also submitted the letter from Chaminda Bandara (Doctors House) to prove his innocence.

Both parties-SLC and Danushka-have buried the hatchet- and the SLC may reconsider its decision to insist for a 1-year counselling.

Selectors could not have ignored Danushka’s recent performance in West Indies and his name has been sent to the sports ministry for approval, it is learnt here.

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