Sri Lankan wicket-keeper batsman Kusal Perera is set to miss the upcoming ODI series against South Africa which starts on the 2nd of September, ThePapare learns.
Perera was tested positive for COVID-19 on the 15th of August and was in isolation for 10 days. However, as per the current health guidelines for COVID patients in Sri Lanka which require a further 4 days of quarantine at home, Perera is yet to join the team-bubble in Colombo.
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He missed the recently-concluded home series against India and the Dialog-SLC Invitational T20 League due to a shoulder injury which he picked up in England. The team management is hoping that he will have ample training time and will be available for selection for the three-match T20I series against South Africa.
In the absence of Perera, Minod Bhanuka or Dinesh Chandimal will be fighting for the wicket-keeper batsman position in the playing XI. 29 players are currently training in Colombo in a bio-secure environment, and the squad is expected to be pruned down to 22 ahead of the series opener.
The South Africa ODIs will be played on the 2nd, 4th and 7th of September, followed by the T20Is on the 10th, 12th and 14th of September at R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium.