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Danushka Gunathilaka’s ban lifted by Sri Lanka

The Sri Lankan Cricket Board (SLC) has lifted the ban imposed on star cricketer Danushka Gunathilaka after she was acquitted of sexual harassment allegations. As a result, Danushka Gunathilakar was no longer prevented from returning to cricket.

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) announced the release of Gunathilaka’s ban in a press release on Tuesday (October 17). As before, the 32-year-old batsman can participate in all types of cricket activities.

Gunathilaka was arrested in the case of sexual harassment while playing the T20 World Cup held in Australia last November. He contacted the plaintiff through a dating app.

After that, Gunathilaka, who was waiting to return home with the team, was arrested from the team hotel on the charge of rape. The following day he was banned from all forms of cricket by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC).

Gunathilaka was later granted bail during the trial but was barred from leaving Australia. Although four counts of harassment were initially alleged, three of them were dropped by the public prosecutor last May.

Last month, Gunathilaka was also found innocent of one of the remaining charges. As a result, he returned to the country after about 11 months.

Gunathilaka, who made his international debut against the West Indies in 2015, has so far played 8 Tests, 47 ODIs and 46 T20Is for Sri Lanka.

October 17/NBW


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