Controversial Sri Lankan cricketer Danushka Gunathilaka is still only a suspect in the incident, and if he is proven guilty, Sri Lanka will enforce all its laws against him, Sports and Youth Affairs Ministry Secretary Dr. Amal Harsha de Silva said.
Addressing the media, he said Danushka Gunathilaka was a cricketer who was approved by the Sports Minister and sent to Australia representing the country.
“We cannot escape from our responsibility. We should appear for him, if he has come up with a problem. If he had committed this fault with his will and knowledge, he has to pay all his expenses for the legal assistance he was offered. We have no authority to help him out with his personal issues, spending public money,” he said.
“Danushka has only allegations against him, therefore he is still representing the country. During a discussion, Justice Minister Ali Sabry also said that he is only a suspect, not a culprit. But if he had done anything wrong, he should bear the full responsibility for it,” Silva said.
“If he is proven guilty, he should settle all expenses incurred by the Sri Lanka Cricket (CLC) Board. “Discipline is a must when it comes to sports, and we will do our best to maintain our image,” Silva stressed. (Chaturanga Samarawickama)