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Gunathilaka charged for alleged sexual assault, arrested in Sydney

Sri Lanka batter was picked up by the police from the team hotel in Sydney on Sunday morning

Danushka Gunathilaka leaves the field after a training session, Dhaka, May 22, 2021

Danushka Gunathilaka was ruled out of the T20 World Cup during the first round with a hamstring injury  •  AFP/Getty Images

Sri Lanka batter Danushka Gunathilaka has been charged by police after an alleged sexual assault in Sydney's east. He was arrested in the early hours of Sunday morning from the team hotel in Sydney's central business district after a police investigation into reports that a 29-year-old woman had been sexually assaulted at a residence in Rose Bay earlier in the week.
"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," a New South Wales police statement said. "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).
"He was taken to Sydney City Police Station and charged with four counts of sexual intercourse without consent. The Sri Lankan national was refused bail to appear at Parramatta Bail Court via AVL [audio visual links] today."
SLC issued a statement on Sunday morning after the news had become public.
"Sri Lanka Cricket confirms that it was notified by the ICC that player Danushka Gunathilaka has been arrested on the allegations of sexual assault of a woman in Sydney, and Mr. Gunathilaka is due to appear in court tomorrow (7 November 2022)," the statement said. "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."
Gunathilaka was ruled out of the T20 World Cup during the first round with a hamstring injury. He was replaced in the squad but remained with the team in Australia. He has played eight Tests, 47 ODIs and 46 T20Is for Sri Lanka since making his international debut in November 2015.
Sri Lanka's tournament ended on Sunday following a defeat in their final group match against England at the SCG.