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Asia Cup – Sri Lanka to be with out Dushmatha Chameera – Wanindu Hasaranga a doubt too

Sri Lanka will nearly definitely be with out Dushmantha Chameera for the whole lot of the Asia Cup, and seem unlikely to have Wanindu Hasaranga of their XI for the group stage both.

In the meantime, Kusal Perera and Avishka Fernando – who have been more likely to make the Asia Cup squad – have examined constructive for Covid-19, and at the moment are below remark. Their inclusion will depend on the pace of their restoration.

Chameera picked up a shoulder harm in the course of the course of the latest Lanka Premier League (LPL), simply as he was coming again after an ankle surgical procedure. He final performed an ODI on June 7, when he took 4 for 63 in opposition to Afghanistan, however didn’t function in any official matches within the ODI World Cup qualifier, having injured himself in the course of the warm-ups for that match.

Sri Lanka crew supervisor Mahinda Halangoda informed ESPNcricinfo that Chameera is more likely to be dominated out of the Asia Cup, although the board is ready on additional experiences to substantiate this.

Hasaranga missed the LPL ultimate with a thigh pressure. In keeping with his administration, Hasaranga appears unlikely to be match for Sri Lanka’s matches in opposition to Bangladesh and Afghanistan (within the group stage of the Asia Cup). And if Sri Lanka make it out of the group stage, Hasaranga’s availability will rely on whether or not he can play with out danger of additional harm.

Sri Lanka are intent on having Hasaranga out there for the World Cup and, as such, might be conservative together with his reintroduction to top-flight cricket. That is additionally the case with Chameera – Sri Lanka’s first-choice tempo spearhead when match.

It was solely after growing signs, Halangoda mentioned, that Perera and Fernando have been directed to take Covid-19 assessments. They’re believed to have picked up the virus in the course of the late levels of the LPL, and must return destructive check outcomes earlier than they will turn out to be out there.

Fernando has not performed an ODI since January, principally resulting from harm. Perera has not performed an ODI since 2021, resulting from each harm and modest kind.

The harm to Hasaranga is an particularly harsh blow to Sri Lanka’s Asia Cup possibilities. He was in glorious kind within the LPL, topping each wicket-taking and run-making charts. Whereas Sri Lanka have managed their assault with out Chameera – who has usually been changed by Dilshan Madushanka, Kasun Rajitha and Asitha Fernando – they don’t have a examined alternative for Hasaranga.



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