Women hotel guests of West Indies cricket stars arrested
Sri Lankan police arrested three British women who were found socialising in the hotel rooms of West Indies players, including batsman Chris Gayle, at the World Twenty20.
Hotel sources said the women arrested yesterday were guests of Gayle and his teammates Andre Russell, Fidel Edwards and Dwayne Smith.
The sources insisted there was no breach of security at the tightly guarded seventh floor of the deluxe Cinnamon Grand hotel reserved for players and team officials.
"There was no wrongdoing on the part of the players or the women and we are surprised at the police action," a source at the hotel said.
"It is not against the law to be a guest of a player."
There was no immediate comment from the International Cricket Council (ICC) or the West Indies team, who will play Australia in the semi-finals tomorrow. Police sources said they were awaiting instructions from the ICC, the organisers of the World Twenty20, to establish if they should press charges.
On September 24, a Sri Lankan broke into the rooms of two Australian cricketers at the same hotel and offered them sex.
He was fined 1,000 rupees (HK$60) and handed a one-month suspended jail term.
The ICC described it as a "minor isolated incident".