Danushka Gunathilaka under the Gun: Three Items

ONE=ESPNcricinfo News Item, July 2018

Sri Lanka batsman Danushka Gunathilaka has been suspended from all forms of international cricket by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) pending an inquiry. The development came at the end of the third day’s play in the second and final Test between Sri Lanka and South Africa in Colombo. Without offering details or much comment, an SLC statement said: “The decision to suspend the player was taken following an initial inquiry conducted by Sri Lanka Cricket, after the team management reported that the player had violated the ‘Code of Conduct’.”

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But as per reports in AFP, a Norwegian woman accused his friend of raping her in a hotel room where Gunathilaka was present, an official said on Monday. Gunathilaka and his friend, who cannot be named, took two Norwegian women to the hotel where the player was staying in Colombo in the early hours of Sunday.

One of the women later accused the second man, a British passport-holder of Sri Lankan origin, of raping her and police arrested him. The 26-year-old “is under arrest and we are continuing our investigations,” a police official told AFP. “A Norwegian tourist made the complaint of rape.”

He said there was no allegation against Gunathilaka, who is currently Sri Lanka’s best-performing batsman in an ongoing tour by South Africa. [GROSS ERROR here… Editor Cricketique]

However Sri Lanka Cricket on Sunday night suspended him on a “misconduct” charge, although he is allowed to play in the match that is currently taking place. The governing body’s rules stipulate that during matches players must be back in their hotel rooms by midnight and cannot have guests.

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 ongoing Test match, which Sri Lanka are in a superb position to win and seal the series 2-0, Gunathilaka has played a big part, scoring 57 and 61.

(With inputs from AFP and ICC)

TWO: Daily Mirror Report 24 July 2018, where the ttile is “Gunathilaka ‘innocent’ of rape charges: Police”

Sri Lankan batsman Danushka Gunathilaka, who has been suspended by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), has been declared ‘innocent’ of any allegations of rape. This was revealed by the Officer-In-Charge (OIC) of the Kollupitiya Police Station. He said: “We are not holding any further inquiries against this cricketer.”“SLC is free to investigate him for breaching the ‘Player Code of Conduct’,” he added.

Gunathilaka’s name came into light when his friend was arrested on allegations of rape, at the same time the 27-year-old all-rounder was suspended by the SLC pending investigation.

Gunathilaka’s suspension came after he and his friend were alleged to have taken two female tourists to their hotel. “We have arrested and remanded his friend who is alleged to have raped a Norwegian girl,” the officer added. “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. This cricketer is a right-handed opening batsman and a medium pacer who plays for Kensington and Chelsea Cricket Club. (Bipini Dani)

Sri Lanka’s Danushka Gunathilaka is pictured before the start of the fourth day of the second Test match between Sri Lanka and South Africa at the Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) international cricket stadium in Colombo on July 23, 2018. – Batsman Danushka Gunathilaka has been suspended over a misconduct charge in the middle of Sri Lanka’s second Test against South Africa, the country’s cricket board said on July 22. (Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFP) (Photo credit should read ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

THREE: ESPNcricinfo Profile  ………….. Danushka Gunathilaka     

Full name Mashtayage Danushka Gunathilaka

Born March 17, 1991, Panadura

Current age 27 years 129 days

Major teams Sri Lanka, Colombo Cricket Club, Schools Invitation XI, Southern Express, Sri Lanka A, Sri Lanka Board President’s XI, Sri Lanka Cricket Combined XI, Sri Lanka Under-19s, Sri Lanka Under-23s, Sylhet Sixers, Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club

Nickname Dana

Playing role Allrounder

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Height 6 ft 1 in

Education Mahanama College, Colombo

Mashtayage Danushka Gunathilaka
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests Insights on test 5 10 0 259 61 25.90 472 54.87 0 2 29 3 4 0
ODIs Insights on odi 33 32 1 957 116 30.87 1114 85.90 1 7 97 15 12 0
T20Is Insights on t20i 15 15 0 310 51 20.66 248 125.00 0 1 29 10 4 0
First-class 48 78 2 2356 152 31.00 3580 65.81 3 13 294 44 59 0
List A 111 107 15 3522 121* 38.28 4234 83.18 6 27 345 75 54 0
T20s Insights on t20 65 63 5 1383 102* 23.84 1072 129.01 1 7 122 59 17 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests Insights on test 5 3 78 58 1 1/16 1/57 58.00 4.46 78.0 0 0 0
ODIs Insights on odi 33 15 282 268 6 3/48 3/48 44.66 5.70 47.0 0 0 0
T20Is Insights on t20i 15 7 82 106 5 2/3 2/3 21.20 7.75 16.4 0 0 0
First-class 48 53 3471 1868 62 6/70 9/118 30.12 3.22 55.9 3 1 0
List A 111 51 1600 1282 39 5/28 5/28 32.87 4.80 41.0 1 1 0
T20s Insights on t20 65 32 444 591 23 2/3 2/3 25.69 7.98 19.3 0 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut Sri Lanka v India at Galle, Jul 26-29, 2017 scorecard
Last Test Sri Lanka v South Africa at Colombo (SSC), Jul 20-23, 2018 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut Sri Lanka v West Indies at Colombo (RPS), Nov 1, 2015 scorecard
Last ODI Bangladesh v Sri Lanka at Dhaka, Jan 27, 2018 scorecard
ODI statistics
T20I debut New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Mount Maunganui, Jan 7, 2016 scorecard
Last T20I Sri Lanka v Bangladesh at Colombo (RPS), Mar 16, 2018 scorecard
T20I statistics
First-class debut Colombo Cricket Club v Ragama Cricket Club at Colombo (CCC), Feb 25-27, 2011 scorecard
Last First-class Sri Lanka v South Africa at Colombo (SSC), Jul 20-23, 2018 scorecard
List A debut Sinhalese Sports Club v Colombo Cricket Club at Colombo (SSC), Sep 2, 2009 scorecard
Last List A Kandy v Dambulla at Colombo (PSS), May 17, 2018 scorecard
T20s debut Basnahira North v Schools Invitation XI at Colombo (Burgher), Apr 21, 2008 scorecard
Last T20s Sri Lanka v Bangladesh at Colombo (RPS), Mar 16, 2018 scorecard
Recent matches
Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
57, 61, 0/1 Sri Lanka v South Africa Colombo (SSC) 20 Jul 2018 Test # 2313 Insights on
26, 17 Sri Lanka v South Africa Galle 12 Jul 2018 Test # 2311 Insights on
53, 1c/0s SL Board XI v Sth Africans Colombo (PSS) 7 Jul 2018 Other
29, 21 Sri Lanka v West Indies Bridgetown 23 Jun 2018 Test # 2309 Insights on
0/52, 13* Kandy v Dambulla Colombo (PSS) 17 May 2018 LA
2/39, 59 Kandy v Colombo Colombo (RPS) 14 May 2018 LA
5, 1/47 Kandy v Galle Colombo (PSS) 11 May 2018 LA
6, 0/12 Kandy v Dambulla Colombo (PSS) 8 May 2018 LA
Kandy v Dambulla Katunayake 30 Mar 2018 FC
0/6, 119 Sinhalese v Nondescripts Colombo (SSC) 25 Mar 2018 LA

A poised, attacking left-handed opener groomed in part at Sinhalese Sports Club, Danushka Gunathilaka was plucked from the domestic system largely on potential, and drafted into Sri Lanka’s A team for the tour of New Zealand in mid-2015. He impressed on that trip, hitting two smart fifties from four innings, to finish as the team’s second-highest run-scorer

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