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Gunatilak, who is badly trapped in the charge of rape, is ashamed of the Sri Lankan Cricket Board, can be punished for so many years

Sydney: Sri Lankan cricketer Danushka Gunathilak appears to be badly implicated in an alleged attempt to rape an Australian woman. Gunatilak is alleged to have almost killed the victim woman by strangulation. This claim has been made in media reports quoting police documents. The woman has alleged that Sri Lanka international cricketer Gunathilak sexually assaulted her four times at her home in Sydney’s Rose Bay on November 2 while on a date with her. Gunathilak was part of the Sri Lankan team participating in the ongoing T20 World Cup.

Sydney Police later arrested 31-year-old Gunathilak from the team hotel while other members of the Sri Lankan team returned home after the team was eliminated from the Super 12 stage. The left-handed batsman was denied bail on Monday and could face a maximum jail term of 14 years. The woman alleged in her complaint that Gunatilak tried to strangle her thrice during the sexual assault.

Australian media quoted police documents as saying, ‘The complainant tried to remove the hand by grabbing the wrist of the accused but the accused pressed the throat harder. The complainant was afraid of losing her life and she was not able to escape from the grip of the accused.

“She was constantly trying to get away from the hands of the accused, which is a clear indication that what was happening was not happening of her will,” he said. The next hearing of the matter will be on January 12. Taking the matter seriously, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has suspended Gunathilak from all forms of the game. Embarrassed by this incident, the Sri Lankan government has asked SSLI to conduct an immediate inquiry into the matter.

Gunatilak played in Sri Lanka’s first round match against Namibia and returned to the pavilion without opening an account. He was later ruled out of the tournament due to injury but remained with the team after the team made it to the Super 12 stage. Gunatilak has a long association with controversies. Earlier in the tour of England in 2021, along with his teammates Kusal Mendis and Niroshan Dickwella, he was suspended for a year by the Sri Lanka Board for violating the bio-secure environment of the team.

In 2018, the board had banned him for six months for violating the rules of the team. In the same year, Gunatilak had to face suspension after an unidentified friend of his was accused of raping a Norwegian woman. The board also suspended Gunathilak for six limited-overs matches in 2017 for not attending the practice session and arriving for a match without his cricketing equipment. Gunatilak has played eight Tests, 47 ODIs and 46 T20 Internationals for Sri Lanka.

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