Sri Lanka miseries with the fitness of their players continue as just a day after Kusal Perera was ruled out of the Twenty20 series. Now, all-rounder, Asela Gunaratne became the latest causality in the list.
The all-rounder Gunaratne has also been ruled out of the ongoing two-match T20 series against Bangladesh.
The 32-year-old Kandy-based Gunaratne injured his right-arm during a fielding drill. He got caught in an awkward position while he was diving to stop the ball.
Overall, Gunaratne is the third player Sri Lanka have lost for the T20 series. Earlier captain Angelo Mathews and wicketkeeper-batsman Perera were ruled out of the short-paced competition.
Mathews suffered a hamstring injury during the tri-series ODI series which involved Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. Perera, on the other hand, has not yet recovered from a side strain which he also suffered during the ODI series.
The 32-year-old right-handed batsman Asela Gunaratne will return to Sri Lanka on Thursday.He will undergo MRI scans before beginning his rehabilitation procedure.
However, Sri Lanka Cricket (SCL) board has confirmed that no replacement will be called in for the injured Gunaratne.Perera is yet to recover from a side strain. Image Courtesy: Twitter
This is the second injury that Gunaratne has suffered while playing in the past 12 months. He had fractured his left thumb during the Test series against India.
Pertinently, the finger split kept the batting all-rounder Gunaratne out of action for close to five months.
The first T20I is underway at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka. The final match of the series will be played on 18th February in Chittagong.
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