SL vs IRE: Sri Lanka Call Up Niroshan Dickwella, Matheesha Pathirana And Asitha Fernando As Injury Cover

Niroshan Dickwella
Niroshan Dickwella (Image Credit: Twitter)

Sri Lanka has chosen to add extra reserves to the team in case of more difficulties after five of its players sustained injuries during the T20 World Cup qualifying phase.

Dilshan Madushanka, Dushmantha Chameera, and Danishka Gunathilake were three of the five players that were forced to withdraw from the game owing to injuries. Pramod Madushan and Pathum Nissanka, the other two players, are still on the team despite having minor wounds. 

Dushmantha Chameera
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Sri Lanka Head Of High Performance Tim McCaskill To Join Along With Back-up Players

Niroshan Dickwella, a wicketkeeper-batsman, as well as the fast bowlers Asitha Fernando and Matheesha Pathirana, as well as Tim McCaskill, the head of high performance, will be flown in this week to train in Sydney. 

“We want to keep them ready to be used in any emergency,” said the same source. 

Nissanka missed his team’s last qualifying round contest on Thursday because he had to go have a precautionary scan. His fitness will be the main topic of the training session because he is reportedly in some discomfort. After the second game on Tuesday, Madushanka also had a scan, and it appears that he has a greater chance than Nissanka of participating in the match.

Pathum Nissanka
Pathum Nissanka Photo Credits: Twitter

Injuries have hampered Sri Lanka’s World Cup campaign this year. The past champions were considered the dark horses of the competition by some analysts, but a slew of injuries have severely hampered their campaign. 

On the eve of the World Cup, Dilshan Madushanka, of whom much was expected, was ruled out due to a ruptured quad muscle. When Chameera (calf), Madushan (hamstring), and Danushka Gunathilaka (hamstring) went in for scans on Tuesday, it was a triple blow. Although Chameera and Gunathilaka were no longer eligible, Madushan continued his trip. 

Sri lanka National Cricket Team. PC- Getty
Sri lanka National Cricket Team. PC- Getty

The Sri Lankan cricket team travelled to Tasmania in preparation for their first match of the second round on Sunday in Hobart after advancing to the Super 12 stage of the ICC T-20 World Cup following their victory against the Netherlands in Geelong.

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