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Sri Lankan star ruled out of Asia Cup 2018
- Updated: September 11, 2018
With the 2018 Asia Cup less than a week from getting underway, the Sri Lankan were dealt with a massive blow as their former captain and star batsman Dinesh Chandimal has been ruled out of the tournament. Chandimal suffered a finger injury last week while playing in one of the SLC T20 League matches and that is the reason why he will be giving Asia's premier ODI tournament a miss.
In spite of the injury, Chandimal was provisionally included in the 16-member squad as the selectors expected him to be fit in time for the tournament. Unfortunately, the right-hander will need more time for his broken middle finger to heal and has been pulled out of the tournament.
In his absence, Niroshan Dickwella, who was named in the standbys when the initial squad was announced, has been named as a replaced for the former Sri Lankan skipper. Chandimal, who was handed a six-match ban for his involvement in ban tampering during Sri Lanka's Test series against South Africa in July, was trying to making a full-fledged return to international cricket as he just played the one-off T20I against the Proteas last month.
Apart from Chandimal, Sri Lanka will also be missing the services of their off-spinner Akila Dananjaya for some part of the Asia Cup as he's expecting the birth of his first child at that time.
The 2018 Asia Cup will have as many as six teams taking part in it and will get underway in the United Arab Emirates on September 15. Sri Lanka are in Group B along with Bangladesh and Afghanistan and the top two teams will qualify for the Super Fours.
Updated Sri Lankan squad: Angelo Mathews (c), Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Upul Tharanga, Niroshan Dickwella, Danushka Gunathilaka, Thisara Perera, Dasun Shanaka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Akila Dananjaya, Dilruwan Perera, Amila Aponso, Kasun Rajitha, Suranga Lakmal, Dushmantha Chameera, Lasith Malinga