Chandimal to be dropped for second Test?

Chandimal may be forced to watch the second Test from the pavilion

Chandimal may be forced to watch the second Test from the pavilion

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Sri Lanka wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Chandimal could be watching the second Test against South Africa in Colombo from the sidelines after Niroshan Dickwella was called up.

Dickwella, who has been representing Sri Lanka A, was flown back home from London and will train with the national team on the eve of the match.

Chandimal has been donning the keeping gloves ever since Prasanna Jayawardene broke his finger. However, his spot in the Test squad is under threat as his batting has been extremely inconsistent.

To make matters worse, Dickwella, who is just 21, has already been earmarked as a prodigy and is renowned for his aggressive batting.

In the 35 first-class innings he has played, Dickwella has scored three centuries and five half-centuries at a decent average of 34.35. He was also named Sri Lanka’s schoolboy cricketer of the year in 2012 after he led Trinity College to victory in the national championship.

Besides Dickwella, opener Kaushal Silva and veteran batsman Kumar Sangakkara both have experience behind the stumps. However, it is unlikely that they will be asked to keep since it will leave them tired and nowhere near their best when they come out to bat.

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