Wednesday, 19 February 2020 06:39

Gunathilaka ruled out of Windies series with back injury

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Sri Lanka one-day opener Danushka Gunathilaka has been ruled out of the upcoming ODI and T20I cricket series against West Indies with a recurring back problem which according to team manager and chief selector Ashantha de Mel may require surgery.

“Danushka has a back injury and has been ruled out of the West Indies series. He is under treatment and may require surgery. All-rounder Shehan Jayasuriya is likely to replace him in the final 15,” said De Mel. Wicket-keeper/batsman Niroshan Dickwella is scheduled to miss the opening match of the three-match ODI series starting at the SSC grounds on Saturday after contracting dengue.

“Niroshan’s case is not all that serious and we have retained him in the ODI squad and hope to play him in the second match onwards,” said De Mel.

With Dickwella ruled out Kusal Perera the other wicket-keeper in the squad is likely to take on the gloves for the first ODI.

Sri Lanka named a 20-member squad for the ODI and T20I series from which a final squad of 15 will be picked before the start of the respective series. Meanwhile Oshada Fernando who was selected to play in the second one-day warm-up match against West Indies at Katunayake on Thursday has suffered a deep cut in his hand and will miss out the match.

Asela Gunaratne who batted and bowled well (64 and 0/18 in 5 overs) in the first warm-up one-dayer against West Indies at the P Sara Oval on Monday will get another opportunity to reclaim a place in the national squad when he replaces Fernando for the second warm-up match.

(Daily News)

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