Danushka Gunathilaka, Sri Lankan top order batter in Australia to play the T20 World Cup, was arrested on charges of rape, news reports say. Gunathilaka was ruled out of the tournament earlier due to an injury. The Sri Lankan team is said to have returned home without the cricketer.
The 31-year-old Gunathilaka was arrested and taken to the Sydney City police station early morning Sunday following a probe into alleged sexual assault of a woman on November 2.
“Daushka Gunathilaka has been arrested for an alleged rape. The Sri Lankan team has left Australia without him,” a source close to the Sri Lankan team told PTI.
Sri Lankan team was eliminated from the T20 World Cup after losing to England on Sunday.
Gunathilaka, a left-handed batter, played against Namibia in the first round match of the ongoing T20 World Cup and was out for a duck.
Later, he was ruled out of the tournament due to an injury even as the team qualified for the Super 12 stage. The Lankan team finished fourth in Group 1.
The New South Wales police, on its website, has also mentioned about the arrest of an unnamed Sri Lankan national.
“Sex Crimes Squad detectives have charged a Sri Lankan national following an investigation into the alleged sexual assault of a woman in Sydney’s east last week,” the report said.
According to details on the wesbite, a 29-year-old woman had been sexually assaulted at a residence in Rose Bay earlier this 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.
“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),” the report added.
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is yet to issue a statement on the matter.