#Metoo Storm Hits Cricket, Lasith Malinga Accused Of Sexual Harassment During IPL Season

First Arjuna Ranatunga, now Lasith Malinga

The #Metoo movement has led to shocking revelations of sexual harassment faced by women. Men in power have been called out and shamed for their deeds in the past. Now, the #Metoo storm has hit the shores of cricket.

The latest entrant in the list of alleged predators is Sri Lankan fast bowler Lasith Malinga. The former Mumbai Indians (MI) player has been accused by an anonymous woman for sexually harassing her in a Mumbai hotel during an Indian Premier League (IPL) season.

Singer Chinmaya Sripaada gave voice to the anonymous women’s alleged incident with Malinga. Here’s what the alleged victim had to say:

“I’d like to remain anonymous. A few years back when I was in Mumbai, I was looking for my friend in the hotel we were staying in. I bumped into a very famous Sri Lankan cricketer during the IPL season who said my friend was in his room. I go in and she’s not. He then pushed me in the bed and proceeded to climb onto my face.”

The year or the particular IPL season is not clear from the alleged victim’s account. The 35-year-old has played for MI till IPL 10. It was only in the last season he was not roped in by the team as a player but as bowling coach.

“Mind you I’m tall and about same body weight & I couldn’t fight him back. I closed my eyes and mouth but he used my face. Then the hotel staff knocked on the door to replenish the bar which he went to open the door. I quickly ran into the washroom, washed my face and left as soon as the hotel staff left. I was humiliated. I knew people would say that you knowingly went to his room, he’s famous, you wanted it or worse you deserve it,” she wrote further.

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Till now, neither Malinga nor Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) have made any comments over the alleged sexual assault. However, Malinga is not the only one accused of sexual harassment. Sri Lanka’s World Cup winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga has been accused of sexual harassment by an Indian flight attendant during his tour.