Dhanushka gunathilaka

Suspended Sri Lankan batsman cricketer Danushka Gunathilaka has been given a clean chit in the rape case involving his friend.

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After the incident came to light, Sri Lankan Cricket (SLC) board had suspended the opener suspended from all forms of the International cricket for breaching “player code of conduct”, pending inquiry.

However, the Officer-In-Charge (OIC) of the Kollupitiya Police Station where a Norwegian woman accused Gunathilaka’s friend of raping her in a hotel room where Gunathilaka was present, said in a statement to dailymirror.lk, “We are not holding any further inquiries against this cricketer.”

He further added, “SLC is free to investigate him for breaching the ‘Player Code of Conduct’”.

The officer also revealed that Gunathilaka’s friend, a club-level cricketer in England has been arrested. “We have arrested and remanded his friend who is alleged to have raped a Norwegian girl. It is a non-bailable offence. His friend is a club cricketer in England and he came to Sri Lanka to meet his father,” he added.

Gunathilaka has been no stranger to controversy. In January he was officially reprimanded for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct during the Twenty20 International tri-series against Bangladesh when he gave Tamim Iqbal a send-off, which earned him one demerit point.

In 2017, after displaying a poor attitude towards training when Sri Lanka hosted India, the batsman was suspended for six white-ball matches for misconduct – later revised to three with three matches being part of a suspended sentence – and was subsequently omitted from the one-day international squad to face Pakistan.

In the recently concluded second Test match against South Africa, Gunathilaka had played a big part, scoring 57 and 61.