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Sri Lanka have been dealt a massive blow just days ahead of the Asia Cup as batsman Dinesh Chandimal has been ruled out of the tournament with a fractured finger.
Chandimal fractured his right middle finger while playing in Sri Lanka’s recent domestic Twenty20 competition.
There were initially hopes that Chandimal would be fit for the Asia Cup, but after failing to sufficiently recover, Sri Lanka have called up wicketkeeper-batsman Niroshan Dickwella to replace him.
Dickwella was surprisingly left out of the original squad, even though he has been one of Sri Lanka’s most consistent performers as of late.
Chandimal’s injury is yet another setback for him as he missed a majority of the recent series against South Africa after being found guilty of a spirit of cricket offence.
Sri Lanka will begin their Asia Cup campaign against Bangladesh on September 15, and will then face Afghanistan two days later.
Sri Lanka’s Asia Cup Squad: Angelo Mathews (capt), Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Upul Tharanga, Niroshan Dickwella, Danushka Gunathilaka, Thisara Perera, Dasun Shanaka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Akila Dananjaya, Dilruwan Perera, Amila Aponso, Kasun Rajitha, Suranga Lakmal, Dushmantha Chameera, Lasith Malinga