Test skipper Dimuth Karunaratne has made a public apology after an alleged drink driving incident, describing his own behaviour as "utterly unbecoming of a Sri Lankan national cricketer”
Karunaratne who is likely to get the limited over captaincy ahead of the World Cup in England was involved in an accident early on Sunday morning in which a three wheeler driver suffered minor injuries. He was arrested and subsequently bailed out. After he was produced before courts, his driving licence was suspended.
Sri Lanka cricket on Sunday said they would conduct an disciplinary inquiry against Karunaratne following the incident.
His apology, in full:
Dear Friends / Fellow SL Team members / Cricket Fans World Over / All those at Sri Lanka Cricket and each and every Sri Lankan:
You may be aware of some disturbing news which occurred last morning! The vehicle I was driving back home unfortunately met with a minor accident in Colombo.
I firstly need to apologize to the owner of the other vehicle who had a few very minor injuries and was absolutely decent in his manner to very amicably sort out the matter directly with me.
As I type i am very pleased to note and would like to inform all of you that he has been discharged from hospital where he was under precautionary observation and is now resting at home.
Rest assured that my moral obligation towards his betterment and well been will be well looked after and that's guaranteed.
This morning I produced my self in court and did follow the due Legal process of Sri Lanka and did abide by all formalities therein required . I shall continue to assist / follow with what ever Legal obligations are necessary from my end.
I am very much aware that perhaps my actions were utterly unbecoming of a Sri Lankan National Cricketer and I do apologize to all of you for this incident.
Thank you for your understanding on this matter during this tough time I am currently going through.