Sri Lanka Cricket has suspended batsman Danushka Gunathilaka from six international matches for breaching the board’s Player Code of Conduct and Contractual Obligation. The offence was understood to be a breach of curfew during the second Test against South Africa in Colombo, and a relation to an alleged sexual assault that is said to have occurred at the team hotel on the night of July 21 – the second day of the match. Gunathilaka will also not be paid the match fee for the Test, “along with any bonus and or other payments in connection thereto,” an SLC release said.
Out of the six matches he was suspended for, three were handed over the latest violation of the Player Code of Conduct and Contractual Obligation he had entered into with SLC. A further three-match suspension was given out from the suspended sentence of one year, which Gunathilaka was serving since last October. He had initially been suspended for six matches last year, but it was later revised to three matches and he was also fined 20% of his annual contract fee.
Sri Lanka Police had later confirmed that Gunathilaka himself was not under investigation even though he was linked to the alleged assault in the team hotel. The alleged incident of assault was reported to the police by a Norwegian woman and a British citizen had been arrested as a suspect. It was believed the man arrested was an acquaintance of Gunathilaka.
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