Sri Lankan cricketer suspended after friend accused of rape

Sri Lanka Suspends Danushka Gunathilaka From International Cricket Pending Inquiry

Sri Lanka Suspends Danushka Gunathilaka From International Cricket Pending Inquiry

Batsman Danushka Gunathilaka has been suspended over a misconduct charge in the middle of Sri Lanka's second Test against South Africa, the country's cricket board.

According ti the report, Gunathilaka and his friend took two Norwegian women to the hotel where the player was staying in Colombo in the early hours of Sunday.

The 26-year-old "is under arrest and we are continuing our investigations", a police official told AFP.

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

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Gunathilaka is now a part of the Test team that is playing against South Africa. SLC has also made a decision to withhold Gunathilaka's fee for the match until they get the outcome of the investigation. Gunathilaka's match fee for the ongoing second Test against South Africa will be withheld while the suspension comes into effect immediately after the match at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground.

On Sunday, the SLC had announced via a media release stating that Gunathilaka was suspended, pending inquiry, for violation of the "Player Code of Conduct". In January this year, he had been officially reprimanded for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct during the final of the T20 tri-series against Bangladesh. He was subsequently dropped from the ODI squad selected for the Pakistan series.

But South Africa's Theunis de Bruyn delayed Sri Lanka's victory by scoring his first Test century in a 232-ball innings.

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