Sri Lankan Vice Captain, Angelo Matthews, has been declared unfit to play in the first test against England.
Matthews, is struggling is recover from a calf muscle injury he sustained during the Asia Cup, which saw him leave the tournament early.
Sri Lanka’s chief selector, Asantha de Mel, believes that Matthews may have to consider giving up his medium-pace bowling, in order to keep his spot as a batsman on the roster.
“I don’t think we can use Mathews as an all-rounder in the future, Mathews has some problem with his legs and it is very unlikely he will bowl much. We have to look at him purely as a batsman” he said.
With Matthews out of the picture, Chamara Silva has been called up to take his spot, after he made a brilliant knock of 163 against England, while playing for the Sri Lanka Development XI squad.
Silva, who has represented the Sri Lankans in 11 tests, played the bulk of those matches in the sides tour of the West Indies in April 2008.
Meanwhile, Tharanga Paranavitana and Lahiru Thirimanne are battling for the right to partner Tillakaratne Dilshan, and the wicketkeeper position is being contested for between Prasanna Jayawardene and Dinesh Chandimal.
With Matthews position in jeopardy, the Sri Lankans are in desperate need of another all-rounder to replace him, until he fully recovers from his injury.