Suspended Danushka Gunathilaka not picked as Sri Lanka name squad for ODI series against South Africa

Sport360 staff 15:48 24/07/2018
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Gunathilaka (L) was suspended by the SLC pending an inquiry.

Sri Lanka on Tuesday named their 15-man squad for the upcoming five-match ODI series against South Africa with batsman Danushka Gunathilaka not considered for selection.

The opening batsman was suspended from all forms of international cricket pending an inquiry by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) on Sunday after Gunathilaka’s friend was accused of raping a Norwegian tourist at the team hotel.

The incident is said to have occurred on Sunday after the third day’s play in the second and final Test between Sri Lanka and South Africa with Gunathilaka allegedly present in the room at the said time.

The Sri Lankan governing body have not revealed when the disciplinary inquiry will begin against the 27-year-old. The left-hander was the second highest run-getter for the hosts in their 2-0 series clean sweep against the Proteas and had registered half-centuries in each innings of the final Test at Colombo which ended on Monday.

The five-match ODI series between the two sides is set to get underway on Sunday at Dambulla. Sri Lanka have given a maiden call-up to Prabath Jayasuriya in Gunathilaka’s absence in the 18-man squad which will be led by Angelo Mathews while Dinesh Chandimal continues to serve the suspension handed to him by the ICC.

SRI LANKA 15-MAN SQUAD

Angelo Mathews (Captain), Dasun Shanaka, Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Upul Tharanga, Kusal Mendis, Thisara Perera, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara, Kasun Rajitha, Akila Dananjaya, Prabath Jayasuriya, Lakshan Sandakan, and Shehan Jayasuriya.

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