Danushka Gunathilaka suspended in middle of Sri Lanka vs South Africa Test after rape allegation against friend

Gunathilaka will be barred from all forms of the game pending the outcome of an investigation, the board said, without specifying the alleged misconduct.

Agence France-Presse, Jul 23, 2018 15:44:31 IST

Colombo: A Sri Lankan Test cricketer has been suspended after a Norwegian woman accused his friend of raping her in a hotel room where he was present, an official said Monday.

Danushka Gunathilaka suspended in middle of Sri Lanka vs South Africa Test after rape allegation against friend

File image of Danushka Gunathilaka. AP

Dhanushka Gunathilaka, 27, and his friend, who cannot be named, took two Norwegian women to the hotel where the player was staying in Colombo in the early hours of Sunday.

One of the women later accused the second man, a British passport-holder of Sri Lankan origin, of raping her and police arrested him.

The 26-year-old "is under arrest and we are continuing our investigations," a police official told AFP. "A Norwegian tourist made the complaint of rape."

He said there was no allegation against Gunathilaka, who is currently Sri Lanka's best-performing batsman in an ongoing tour by South Africa.

However Sri Lanka Cricket on Sunday night suspended him on a "misconduct" charge, although he is allowed to play in the match that is currently taking place.

The governing body's rules stipulate that during matches players must be back in their hotel rooms by midnight and cannot have guests.

The cricket board will also "withheld Gunathilaka's fee for the ongoing Test match until the outcome of the inquiry," it said.

Sri Lanka vs South Africa: Danushka Gunathilaka suspended in middle of second Test over misconduct charge

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Updated Date: Jul 23, 2018 15:44:31 IST






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