Australian cricketers said on Monday they were assisting a police investigation into shocking allegations that an under-19 cricketer was sexually assaulted while touring India and Sri Lanka in the 1980s.
Cricket Australia have said they support ex-Australian Under-19 Jamie Mitchell, whose allegations he was raped on the tour by a team official were first reported by the national television channel ABC Sunday.
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“We recognize and applaud the courage of Jamie Mitchell in speaking out about his experience,” the governing body said in a statement, adding that it was “fully assisting” a police investigation.
“We do not tolerate any form of abuse,” said Cricket Australia boss Nick Hockley.
Mitchell told ABC he was sexually assaulted in Colombo on the last night of the tour in 1985.
A team official named in the ABC report denied the wrongdoing and no charges were laid.
“Instead of being a highlight of my cricket life, this tour has caused me trauma and distress for many years,” Mitchell said in a statement released by his lawyers to Australian media.
“Cricket Australia has a chance to stand out by facing this problem and doing the right thing.
“And that means transparency, starting with proper answers to a lot of questions. I will send a list to Cricket Australia.”
Former Australia captain Greg Chappell, who was national coach at the time of the alleged attack, told Nine Entertainment newspapers he was appalled by the allegations.
“I hope CA responds in a human manner and empathizes with individuals rather than trying to defend the organization,” he said.
“It was a shocking revelation. I wish nothing like it had happened, but realism tells you other areas of life have seen this kind of thing happen.”
An Australian Federal Police spokesperson said they were not commenting on “specific investigations”.