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Sri Lanka left-handed batsman Danushka Gunathilaka arrested in alleged rape charge

Sydney: Sri Lankan top-order batsman Danushka Gunathilaka has been arrested in Sydney on charges of sexual assault, team sources said on Sunday. Gunathilaka was included in the T20 World Cup squad. The Sri Lankan team played its last match in the World Cup against England on Saturday. The Sri Lanka team left for home on Sunday morning without him after being knocked out of the T20 World Cup.

By Priyanka Verma 
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Sydney: Sri Lankan top-order batsman Danushka Gunathilaka has been arrested in Sydney on charges of sexual assault, team sources said on Sunday. Gunathilaka was included in the T20 World Cup squad. The Sri Lankan team played its last match in the World Cup against England on Saturday. The Sri Lanka team left for home on Sunday morning without him after being knocked out of the T20 World Cup.

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The left-handed batsman has played more than 100 international matches for Sri Lanka, including the 2022 T20 World Cup match against Namibia. The Lankan team was defeated in this match. It has been learnt that the 31-year-old Gunathilaka was arrested and taken to Sydney City police station in the wee hours of Sunday following an investigation into alleged sexual assault of a woman on November 2.

The cricketer reportedly met the 29-year-old woman through a dating app in Sydney earlier this week. “Sex Crimes Squad detectives have charged a Sri Lankan national following an investigation into the alleged sexual assault of a woman in Sydney’s east last week,” the report said.

“The woman met with the man after communicating with him for a number of days via an online dating application; it’s alleged he then sexually assaulted her on the evening of Wednesday 2 November 2022.” “As part of ongoing investigations, a crime scene examination was undertaken by specialist police at an address in Rose Bay yesterday. Following further inquiries, a 31-year-old man was arrested at a hotel on Sussex Street, Sydney, shortly before 1am today (Sunday 6 November 2022),” the report added.

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