Dinesh out of Asia Cup

Sri Lanka Test captain Dinesh Chandimal was withdrawn Monday from the 16-member squad for the Asian Cup because of an injury during a recent domestic tournament, the Board said.

By Our Bureau & Agencies
  • Published 11.09.18
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Dinesh Chandimal

Calcutta/ Colombo: Sri Lanka Test captain Dinesh Chandimal was withdrawn Monday from the 16-member squad for the Asian Cup because of an injury during a recent domestic tournament, the Board said.

The 28-year-old batsman had injured a finger during a domestic Twenty20 match and needed more time to recover, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said in a statement.

Chandimal will be replaced by wicketkeeper-batsman Niroshan Dickwella at the six-nation Asia Cup tournament which begins in the United Arab Emirates on Saturday.

This is yet another setback for Chandimal, who has been earmarked by SLC as a key limited-overs player ahead of next year's World Cup. Earlier, Chandimal had missed almost the entire series against South Africa at home because of a spirit of cricket violation.

Dickwella was one of the standout players during the South Africa tour and his exclusion from the initial squad was a surprise. The 25-year-old has been out of Sri Lanka's T20I team since their tour of Bangladesh in February.

He played in last month's domestic T20 tournament, but managed just 24 runs in four innings.

Meanwhile, Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed said his team would treat the match against Hong Kong as an opportunity to gain momentum which can be carried into tougher contests.

"Momentum is very important," he said. "During the Champions Trophy, we carried forward the momentum which we had gotten against South Africa and Sri Lanka. We will try to do the same here... We will try to gain momentum in our first match [against Hong Kong] and go into the contest against India with full preparation."

The squad: Angelo Mathews (captain), Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Upul Tharanga, Niroshan Dickwella, Danushka Gunathilaka, Thisara Perera, Dasun Shanaka, Dhanajaya de Silva, Akila Dananjaya, Dilruwan Perera, Amila Aponso, Kasun Rajitha, Suranga Lakmal, Dushmantha Chameera and Lasith Malinga.