Danushka Gunathilaka has been allowed out of jail on bail after being accused of sexual assault while he was in Australia with Sri Lanka for the T20 World Cup.
While the batsman is no longer behind bars, the conditions of his bail mean that he is completely banned from using Tinder or any other form of social media.
Gunathilaka was accused of sexual assault and arrested at the Sydney Hyatt Regency Hotel where he was staying on four charges of sexual intercourse without consent.
The social media ban is a pertinent part of the bail conditions because the 31-year-old reportedly met his accuser on the global dating app Tinder.
He has not yet given a plea to the court.
While the police prosecutor opposed bail because they felt, as a Sri Lankan citizen, Gunathilaka was a significant flight risk and may even pose a danger to the accuser.
However, the judge admitted that she had to consider how the case would be handled if he were an Australian citizen and decided it was clear that granting bail was the correct decision.
“Of course he would be on bail in these circumstances,” Murugan Thangaraj SC, for Gunathilaka, said as reported by ESPNcricinfo.
The police report of the arrest reveals that Gunathilaka corroborated large parts of the victim’s story but denied that it was not consensual or that he had been violent.
“There is no capacity demonstrated for him to be able to flee,” Thangaraj said after pointing out the batsman had already surrendered his passport.
Bail cost Gunathilaka $150,000 surety and various conditions, such as not using Tinder, any other dating apps or any form of social media unless he is accompanied by a member of his legal team.
The batsman will have to reside at a location supplied by the authorities and report to the police every day while the trial continues.
The case will return to court on 12 January.