Colombo, Aug 29 (IANS) Co-host Sri Lanka announced their squad for the upcoming Asia Cup 2023, scheduled to take place from August 30 to September 17, with four key players missing out due to injuries.
Leg-spinner all-rounder Wanindu Hasaranga, pacers Dushmantha Chameera, Lahiru Madushanka and Lahiru Kumara are four key Sri Lankan players who will miss the upcoming continental tournament due to injury.
Kusal Perera, returning after a hiatus of two years to the ODI squad, is still recovering from flu and will join the rest of the squad once he recovers, according to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) statement.
Hasaranga is recovering from a strain in his thigh that he copped during the Lanka Premier League, where he was the top run-scorer and highest wicket-taker. Chameera has a pectoral injury, Madushanka hurt himself during a practice match last week and Kumara has a side strain.
Seamers Binura Fernando and Pramod Madushan have been named in the squad in the absence of the injured Chameera, Madushanka, and Kumara.
Elsewhere in the squad, Matheesha Pathirana and Kasun Rajitha are the other fast bowlers in the squad. Dunith Wellalage is a spinning all-rounder, who will join Hemantha and Maheesh Theekshana in the spin bowling group. Wicketkeeper-batter Sadeera Samarawickrama is also included in the squad.
Sri Lanka’s opening game in the Asia Cup is against Bangladesh on August 31 in Pallekele.
Sri Lanka squad for the Asia Cup: Dasun Shanaka (c), Pathum Nissanka, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis (wk), Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dunith Wellalage, Maheesh Theekshana, Matheesha Pathirana, Kasun Rajitha, Dushan Hemantha, Binura Fernando, Pramod Madushan