Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) executive committee on Monday suspended 31-year-old left-hand batter Danushka Gunathilaka from all forms of cricket with instant impact following his arrest in Sydney on Sunday morning for allegedly sexually assaulting a 29-year-old lady in Rose Bay earlier final week.
Gunathilaka, who was dominated out of the T20 World Cup within the first spherical itself with a hamstring harm, was changed within the squad. The 31-year-old, who has performed eight Tests, 47 ODIs and 46 T20Is, nonetheless remained with the aspect throughout its marketing campaign.
Sri Lanka Cricket additionally mentioned the cricketer is not going to be thought-about for any alternatives “after being informed that Mr. Gunathilaka was arrested and charged with sexual assault of a woman in Australia”.
“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 penalise the said player if found guilty,” mentioned the assertion.
SLC additionally mentioned it is going to present all attainable help to the Australian law-enforcement businesses to hold out an neutral inquest.
“Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to emphasise 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,” mentioned the assertion.
A report in Daily Mail on Monday mentioned Gunathilaka was moments away from leaving for the airport to fly again house when he was pulled out of the group bus and apprehended by police.
According to New South Wales Police division, the 31-year-old Sri Lankan cricketer was speaking with a girl for just a few days “via an online dating app before they met in person”. The newest report mentioned he was in contact with the girl on Tinder earlier than he allegedly sexually assaulted her on the night of November 2.
Gunathilaka, who spent Sunday night time behind bars, has reportedly utilized for bail in a Sydney courtroom. He faces 4 counts of rape.
The report mentioned Gunathilaka and his teammates had been getting ready to go away their resort in Sydney’s CBD (central enterprise district) round 1 a.m. on Sunday after being eradicated from the T20 World Cup hours earlier, when the police arrived and dragged the cricketer off the bus.
The report added that whereas your entire Sri Lankan aspect, led by skipper Dasun Shanaka flew house, Gunathilaka was taken for questioning and charged. “He was refused bail and spent Sunday night in the holding cells of Surry Hills Police Station.”
Gunathilaka’s defence lawyer Ananda Amaranath was quoted as saying within the Daily Telegraph that, “He was hoping it (case) would get to court on Sunday, so he’s disappointed that didn’t happen, but he is holding up OK.”
“He is quite concerned about what will happen if he can’t get back to Sri Lanka… these are serious charges and it could take a year or more for this to be finalised, so he is very worried about that too.”
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) had confirmed on Sunday morning that they’d been notified by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in regards to the arrest of their batter Gunathilaka in Sydney on the allegations of sexual assault of a girl.
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