Sri lanka News – Sri Lanka cricketer Dhanushka Gunathilaka has been arrested on allegations of sexual assault of a woman, who he had met through an online dating application, while in to play in the T20 World Cup Tournament, Australian police has said.
“Yesterday detectives from the State Crime Command’s Sex Crimes Squad and Eastern Suburbs Police Area Command commenced a joint investigation under Strike Force Veteran following reports a 29-year-old woman had been sexually assaulted at a residence in Rose Bay earlier this week,” New South Wales, Police said in a statement on November 06.
The police said the woman had met Gunathilaka on several occasions after communicating through an online dating application.
“It’s alleged he then sexually assaulted her on the evening of Wednesday 2 November 2022” Police said.
He has been charged with four counts of sexual intercourse without consent.
Sri Lanka Cricket said they were informed by the International Cricket Council said Gunathilake had been arrested on sexual assault charges and he would appear in court on November 07.
“SLC will closely monitor the proceedings in court and, in consultation with the ICC, will expeditiously initiate a thorough inquiry into the matter and take stern action against the player if found guilty,” the statement said.
Gunathilake had been arrested at his hotel shortly before 01 am on Sunday November 06, 2022.
SLC said, Gunathilaka who was replaced in October, midway through the ICC World Cup due to injury, was retained in the squad as a “stand-by player”, as he was fast recovering from the injury.
“The decision was taken by the team management in consultation with the doctors and selectors, as Gunathilaka was fast recovering from the injury he suffered,” SLC said.
“Hence, it was decided to keep the player with the team, as he had already acclimatized to the climatic conditions in Australia, and can continue to train with the squad with a view to
immediately drafting him back into the 15-member squad should the need arise.” (Colombo/Nov06/2022)
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