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SYDNEY: Sri Lankan cricketer Danushka Gunathilaka was arrested and charged on Sunday for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman in Sydney, police said, hours after the national team lost to England at World Cup 20.

Gunathilaka missed the World Cup during the first round with a hamstring injury but remains with the team in Australia.

“Sex crimes detectives have charged a Sri Lankan national following an investigation into the alleged sexual assault of a woman east of Sydney last week,” New South Wales police said in a statement.

The Sri Lankan cricket board confirmed that the man was 31-year-old Gunathilaka.

“Sri Lanka Cricket confirms that it has been notified by the ICC (International Cricket Council) that player Danushka Gunathilaka has been arrested on charges of sexually assaulting a woman in Sydney,” it said in a statement.

“SLC will closely monitor the proceedings in court and, in consultation with the ICC, will immediately begin a thorough investigation into this matter and take strong action against the player if found guilty.”

Gunathilaka was arrested at a Sydney hotel in the early hours of Sunday and charged with four counts of sexual intercourse without consent.

Police said the couple met after communicating for several days on a dating app.

“The two met in Sydney at a prearranged meeting,” Detective Inspector Jane Doherty, commander of the New South Wales state Sex Crimes Squad, told reporters.

“They drank and went looking for food before returning to the young woman’s house.

“Police will allege that while they were at home, the man assaulted the woman several times while performing sexual acts on her.”

Gunathilaka was denied bail and will appear in Sydney’s Waverley Court on Monday. Police said they would again try to have bail denied.

Batsman Gunathilaka made his international debut in 2015 and has played eight Tests, 47 ODI and 46 T20.

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