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Sri Lanka Cricket suspends Danushka Gunathilaka from all forms of game after rape charges in Australia

New Delhi: On Monday, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) suspended 31-year-old left-hand batter Danushka Gunathilakathe from all forms of cricket with immediate effect after he was charged and arrested on rape charges in Sydney. Sri Lanka Cricket will not consider him for any selections, it said in a statement.

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: On Monday, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) suspended 31-year-old left-hand batter Danushka Gunathilaka from all forms of cricket with immediate effect after he was charged and arrested on rape charges in Sydney. Sri Lanka Cricket will not consider him for any selections, it said in a statement.

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In an official statement, SLC said, “The Executive Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket decided to suspend national player Danushka Gunathilaka from all forms of cricket with immediate effect and will not consider him for any selections after being informed that Mr. Gunathilaka was arrested and charged with sexual assault of a woman in Australia.

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“Furthermore, Sri Lanka Cricket will take the necessary steps to promptly carry out an inquiry into the alleged offense, and, upon conclusion of the aforementioned court case in Australia, steps will be taken to penalize the said player if found guilty.

“Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to emphasize that it adopts a “zero tolerance” policy for any such conduct by a player and will provide all the required support to the Australian law enforcement authorities to carry out an impartial inquiry into the incident,” read the statement after it was confirmed on SLC’s official Twitter handle.

Sydney police arrested Sri Lankan opener Danushka Gunathilaka in the early hours of Sunday. Gunathilaka was arrested by the Sydney Police from the team hotel after a woman accused him of rape. Currently, Gunathilaka is in Sydney, while the rest of the Sri Lankan team has returned to Colombo.

According to the New South Wales Police, ‘the two met after several days of conversation through an online dating app. It is alleged that on the evening of 2 November 2022, Danushka sexually assaulted the woman. The incident took place at the woman’s residence ‘Rose Bay’ itself. After conducting a crime scene examination, the police arrested 31-year-old Danushka from a hotel on Sussex Street in Sydney.

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