Opening batsman Danushka Gunathilaka will miss the Asia Cup due to an injury and will be coming back to the island, Sri Lanka Cricket team’s manager Charith Senanayake confirmed to ThePapare.com today.
Danushka Gunathilaka has sustained a back injury during his team’s practice session on Wednesday in Dubai.
He also missed Sri Lanka’s 6 most recent international encounters due to a suspension for breaching the ‘Player Code of Conduct and Contractual Obligation’ by Sri Lanka Cricket.
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) today in a Media Release officially..
Gunathilaka, who showed tremendous form during the recently concluded SLC T20 League, where he was adjudged ‘Man of the Tournament’, was the most likely contender to partner the experienced Upul Tharanga at the top of Sri Lanka’s batting order.
Batting all-rounder, Shehan Jayasuriya, has been announced as Gunathilaka’s replacement.
Jayasuriya was a part of the Sri Lanka ODI squad against South Africa scoring 0 and 18 in the first two ODI and was later dropped.
He also had a decent SLC T20 League and was named among the five standbys for the initial 16-man squad. Jayasuirya, who is also a player regarded as an opener and a part-time spinner, just like Gunathilaka, has more often batted in the middle order for Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka Test captain, Dinesh Chandimal has been ruled out…
Experienced batsman and Test captain Dinesh Chandimal was also ruled out from the Asia Cup due to an injury while strike bowler Akila Dananjaya too confirmed his unavailability for the first two games as his wife is expecting the couple’s 1st child.
Sri Lanka will play Bangladesh on the 15th of September kick-starting the 6-team regional tournament.