Sri Lanka opening batsman Danushka Gunathilaka has been handed a six-match suspension by the country’s cricket board (Sri Lanka Cricket) for breaching “player code of conduct”.
The offence was understood to be a serious breach of curfew during the second Test against South Africa in Colombo which the hosts won thereby clinching the two-match series. Gunathilaka will also not be paid any match fees for the Test, “along with any bonus and or other payments in connection thereto,” ESPNcricinfo quoted an SLC release as saying.
The first three matches of the six-match suspension are for the batter’s current breach of the code of conduct, while the other three have been enforced from the one-year suspended sentence of a three-match ban that was in force from October 2017. Then, the 27-year-old was suspended for six one-day matches following a display of poor attitude towards training in a series against India.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Sri Lankan batter was quizzed by the police after a Norwegian woman was allegedly raped in a hotel room while he was present. Gunathilaka was quizzed by police about an incident at the weekend when his friend Sandeep Jude Selliah, 26, was accused of raping one of two Norwegian women in their room.
Gunathilaka has been left out of the 15-man squad to play a five-match ODI series against South Africa starting at Dambulla on Sunday.
The issue of misconduct is not a new thing with the left-handed batsman.
Earlier, International Cricket Council (ICC) had admonished the Sri Lankan player for breaching level 1 of the ICC code of conduct by giving Bangladeshi player Tamim Iqbal a send-off while he was on his way to the dressing room. The incident happened in January during the final match of the T20I tri-series against Bangladesh.
(With agency inputs)