25-year-old wicket keeper batsman Sadeera Samarawickrama has been added to the Dambulla Viiking squad for LPL 2020.
The Viiking squad consisted with only 21 players though the organizing committee of LPL has allowed 22 players in each squad. With Oshada Fernando’s injury, their selection pool of players has reduced to 20 players and Samarawickrama’s addition will be a boost for the Viiking camp.
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Samarawickrama will undergo mandatory quarantine and will be eligible to play match 5 for the franchise. Samarawickrama was surprisingly not picked for any franchise in the initial draft or when the teams were making changes to their squads due to player unavailability.
Samarawickrama was part of the Sri Lanka U19 squad for 2014 Youth World Cup. He has already represented Sri Lanka in the senior national team in all three formats but hasn’t been part of the national squad since October 2019.
He was the highest run scorer of the 2016–17 Premier League Tournament and was also named the best batsman in domestic cricket in that 2016–17 season at Sri Lanka Cricket’s annual awards.
Updated squad – Dambulla Viiking
Dasun Shanaka, Niroshan Dickwella, Lahiru Kumara, Oshada Fernando, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Madushanka, Upul Tharanga, Angelo Perera, Ramesh Mendis, Pulina Tharanga, Ashen Bandara, Dilshan Madushanka, Kavindu Nadeeshan, Sachindu Colombage, Malinda Pushpakumara, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Samit Patel, Paul Stirling, Aftab Alam, Anwar Ali, Samiullah Shinwari, Sudeep Tyagi
Update of Oshada Fernando’s Injury
Oshada Fernando has been ruled out for at least a week from the ongoing Lanka Premier League tournament following a MRI scan done after he injured his ankle in Dambulla Viiking’s match against Kandy Tuskers on Saturday (28).
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“The report on Oshada’s injury has come through and as we suspected, it is a soft tissue injury around his ankle. He will be unavailable for at least one week”, said a member of the Dambulla Viiking medical staff.
Fernando had to retire hurt due to the injury he sustained while batting and played no further part in the game as the Viiking’s went on to beat the Tuskers by 4 runs on the DLS method.
However, Fernando might play some part in the Viiking’s squad towards the latter stages of the tournament.