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Gunathilaka suspended after sexual assault charge

Gunathilaka has played eight Tests, 47 one-day internationals and 46 Twenty20s for Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Cricket have suspended Danushka Gunathilaka after he was charged in relation to an alleged sexual assault.

Gunathilaka, 31, has been charged with four counts of sexual intercourse without consent while at the T20 World Cup in Australia.

He was denied bail on Sunday and again on Monday by a court in Sydney.

Sri Lanka cricket saidexternal-link Gunathilaka had been suspended “from all forms of cricket with immediate effect”.

It added: “Sri Lanka Cricket will take the necessary steps to promptly carry out an inquiry into the alleged offence, and, upon conclusion of the court case in Australia, steps will be taken to penalise the said player if found guilty.

“Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to emphasise that it adopts a ‘zero tolerance’ policy for any such conduct by a player and will provide all the required support to the Australian law enforcement authorities to carry out an impartial inquiry into the incident.”

Gunathilaka was arrested shortly before 01:00 local time on Sunday morning at the team hotel.

It is alleged he sexually assaulted a 29-year-old woman on Wednesday, 2 November.

The arrest came hours after Sri Lanka’s final game of the World Cup – a four-wicket defeat by England on Saturday.

Gunathilaka was ruled out of the tournament with injury on 20 October but had remained with the squad in Australia.

New South Wales police say he met with the woman after communicating for a number of days on a dating app.

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