Dushmantha Chameera may miss the Asia Cup for Sri Lanka after hurting his left peroneal muscle during a training session on Friday. The 20-man squad for the six-nation competition that will begin on August 27 in Dubai included Chameera, but the selectors were obliged to hunt for a replacement after learning that the seamer should take two weeks off.
The likely cover for Sri Lanka’s squad will be announced on Monday, two days before the team departs for the UAE, according to sources on the selection committee. Nuwan Thushara. Chameera, 30, has not played red-ball cricket since March of this year as per a doctor’s recommendation to postpone the lengthier format pending the outcome of an operation to address a chronic ankle ailment. He was permitted to participate in the two shorter forms, where the burden is more doable, nonetheless. After the World T20 in October, Chameera is anticipated to undergo surgery.
In addition to Chameera, injuries will prevent them from competing in the Asia Cup, as will Binura Fernando and Kasun Rajitha. Asitha Fernando and Pramod Madushan have taken their places in the team that Roshan Ranasingha, the Minister of Sports, announced on Friday.
The four-team SLC Invitational Tournament saw Fernando suffer a hamstring ailment, while Rajitha suffered a shoulder issue, according to the selectors. Sri Lanka declared a 20-man squad, which is three more than what is permitted. They will be accompanied by the trio of Pramod Madushan, Dinesh Chandimal, and Nuwanidu Fernando.
The right-arm seamers Asitha Fernando and Chamika Karunaratne will be in charge of the seam attack as Chameera, Binura Fernando, and Rajitha are out. Dilshan Madushanka and Matheesha Pathirana, who have no caps, have been added but are unlikely to play right away.