SL cricketer Danushka Gunathilaka arrested in Sydney for alleged sexual assault, faces ‘stern’ action

**EDS: FILE PHOTO** Indore: In this Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020 file photo, Sri Lankan batsman Danushka Gunathilaka plays a shot during the second T20 match against India, at Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore. Gunathilaka arrested on charges of sexual assault in Sydney, Australia, on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022. (PTI Photo/Ravi Choudhary)(PTI11_06_2022_000047B)

Sydney : Sri Lanka cricketer Danushka Gunathilaka, who was with the national squad for the T20 World Cup in Australia, was arrested on charges of sexual assault here on Sunday, prompting the Lankan government to order an “immediate investigation” into the incident.

It has been learnt that the 31-year-old Gunathilaka was arrested and taken to Sydney City police station in the wee hours of Sunday following an investigation into alleged sexual assault of a woman on November 2.

“Daushka Gunathilaka has been arrested for an alleged rape. The Sri Lankan team has left Australia without him,” a source aware of the developments told .