Chandimal to miss first Test against India

“He was admitted to hospital this morning at 9am, and he’s definitely out of the first Test”

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Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal has been ruled out of the first Test against India in Galle after being diagnosed with pneumonia.

Sri Lanka manager Asanka Gurusinha revealed that Chandimal could also miss the second Test should he need more time to recover.

“We were actually only told late last night – the blood Test came a bit late. He’s got pneumonia,” Gurusinha said. “He was admitted to hospital this morning at 9am, and he’s definitely out of the first Test.

“The doctors have advised us this morning to say: ‘Finish the first Test’ and they’ll advise us afterwards. If they tell us he needs another week to recover, that’s it. We can’t do anything.”

With Chandimal out of the first Test, which begins on July 26, veteran spinner Rangana Herath is likely to stand in as captain.

“Most probably the captain is going to be Rangana, because for now it’s just one Test, and he has done the job before,” Gurusinha said. “But we haven’t worked everything out. We will sit down and do that this afternoon.”

Meanwhile, all-rounder Asela Gunaratne is set to be fit for the first Test after he complained of tightness in his hamstring during Sri Lanka’s one-off Test against Zimbabwe earlier this month.

“He’s good – we got the green light from the physio this morning, but we’ll still have to put him through his paces over the next few days,” Gurusinha said. “Asela is a very resilient guy. Very tough.”

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