Sri Lanka fitness woes seem to be never-ending in the international arena. After all-rounder, Asela Gunaratne earlier was ruled out of the two-match Twenty20 International series against Bangladesh. He has now been ruled out of the upcoming Nidahas Trophy 2018.
Gunaratne was added to the T20I squad against Bangladesh. He returned home without playing a match due to an arm injury.
Batting all-rounder Gunaratne injured his right arm during a fielding drill. He got caught in an awkward position during a fielding drill.
Fast bowler Shehan Madushanka has also been ruled out of the tri-nation series. The trophy also includes Bangladesh and India.
Madushanka was taken off the field against Tigers. He hurt left hamstring while bowling his third over during the second T20I in Sylhet on Sunday (February 18).
Chairman of Selectors Graeme Labrooy confirmed the news. Both players are said to be highly unlikely going to feature in the upcoming tri-nation tournament.
(Photo Credit: Getty Images)Madushanka made his debut in the tri-nation final against Bangladesh in January 2018. He became the fourth bowler in the history to bag hat-trick on a debut.
Gunaratne and Madushanka have joined the long list of causalities in the Lankan camp. It includes T20I captain Angelo Mathews. Followed by wicketkeeper-batsman Kusal Perera, fast bowlers in the form of Dushmantha Chameera and Nuwan Pradeep.
All four will have to prove their fitness by Monday in order to be considered for selection.
The series will start on sixth March as hosts Sri Lanka takes on India in the opening match at R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
All games will be played at that venue including the final on March 18. The series is organized to celebrate Sri Lanka’s 70th anniversary of independence.
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