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Sri Lanka v South Africa: Hosts' victory marred by Danushka Gunathilaka suspension

Sri Lanka v South Africa: Hosts' victory marred by Danushka Gunathilaka suspension

The miseries just don't seem to elude the Islanders as it has recently been learned that Danushka Gunathilaka, Sri Lanka's opening batsman, has been suspended for breaching the Player Code of Conduct as per reports in ESPNCricinfo.

Dhanushka Gunathilaka, 27, and his friend, who can not be named, took two Norwegian women to the hotel where the player was staying in Colombo in the early hours of Sunday.

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has also chose to withhold Gunathilaka's match fee for the country's ongoing Test match against the Proteas at Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo.

The 26-year-old "is under arrest and we are continuing our investigations", a police official told AFP.

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He said there was no allegation against Gunathilaka, who is now Sri Lanka's best-performing batsman in an ongoing tour by South Africa.

The batsman scored 57 and 61 runs in the second and final Test, with Sri Lanka on track for a series whitewash after trouncing the visitors in Galle last week.

On Sunday, the SLC had announced via a media release stating that Gunathilaka was suspended, pending inquiry, for violation of the "Player Code of Conduct". SLC has also chose to withhold Gunathilaka's fee for the match until they get the outcome of the investigation. The opener was handed a six-match ban from white-ball cricket - eventually reduced to three games - in October 2017. The incident had occurred during the series against Pakistan when he had allegedly skipped a training session after late night party.

Sri Lanka's Danushka Gunathilaka hits a boundary in second Test match against South Africa - Colombo, Sri Lanka - July 21, 2018.


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