Sri Lankan batter Danushka Gunathilaka, who was arrested and accused of sexually abusing a woman in Australia on Sunday while competing in the T20 World Cup 2022, has been banned from all forms of cricket. The Executive Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket said that Gunathilaka will not be taken into consideration for any national call-ups in any format of the game.

Sri Lanka Cricket has emphasized that it has “zero tolerance” for any such conduct and has pledged to take the necessary steps to launch an inquiry into the alleged infringement as soon as feasible. The national cricket governing body of Sri Lanka said in a press release on Monday that it will also provide Australian law enforcement with all the help they need to conduct a fair inquiry into the incident. For charges of sexual assault, bail was rejected.

A Sydney court denied bail to Sri Lankan cricketer Gunathilaka after he was charged with sexual assault during the T20 World Cup. Gunathilaka was permitted to see the bail hearing from Sydney’s Downing Center court through a video hookup, according to a Reuters story. Gunathilaka was disqualified from the T20 World Cup in the first round due to a hamstring injury.

Gunathilaka was taken into custody by Sydney police on Sunday after an alleged sexual assault incident in Rose Bay. “The man and lady met via an online dating site after exchanging communications for a few days; it is said that on the evening of Wednesday, November 2, 2022, he sexually assaulted her. According to a statement from the New South Wales police, a crime scene examination was conducted at a residence in Rose Bay yesterday as part of ongoing investigations. The 31-year-old has participated in 46 T20 Internationals, 47 ODIs, and 8 Tests for Sri Lanka.