Ban on Sri Lanka's opener Danushka Gunathilaka for breaching rules
Sri Lanka's cricket board today slapped a six-match ban on batsman Danushka Gunathilaka for breaching player rules as police investigated the alleged rape of a Norwegian woman in his hotel room.
Gunathilaka, 27, was questioned by police on Tuesday after his associate Sandeep Jude Selliah, 26, was accused of raping one of two Norwegian women with them in a room at the team hotel.
Police said Gunathilaka was not an accused, but a cricket board hearing found him guilty of breaching team discipline and violating his contract.
The incident is said to have happened in the early hours of Sunday just before Sri Lanka completed a Test win over South Africa.
Gunathilaka will now miss five one-day internationals starting Sunday against South Africa and a one-off T20 match.
He had already been excluded from Sri Lanka's ODI squad pending the disciplinary hearing. Gunathilaka was already on probation for another transgression when the new charges were slapped over his conduct at the weekend.
The six-match ban takes into consideration a misconduct offense in October last year. Local media said that punishment came after he missed a training session following late-night partying.
Gunathilaka and Selliah were with two Norwegian women at the team hotel in Colombo during the 2nd Test. One woman later accused Selliah, a British passport-holder of Sri Lankan origin, of raping her. He was later arrested by police.
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