Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal ruled out of England series due to groin injury
Chandimal suffered a groin injury in the 211-run defeat in the first Test against England.
Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal has been ruled out of the rest of the Test series against England due to a groin injury, Sri Lanka Cricket announced on Sunday.
Captain Dinesh Chandimal; who suffered a groin strain during the 1stday of the 1st test match will be out for two weeks.— Sri Lanka Cricket (@OfficialSLC) 11 November 2018
Charith Asalanka comes in as the replacement.
In the absence of Chandimal, the test team will be captained by Suranga Lakmal. #SLvENG
The 28-year-old spinner suffered the injury – a grade one tear – in the 211-run defeat in the first Test against England on Friday (9 November) in Palle, at the Southwest coast of Sri Lanka. He has been ruled out for at least two weeks.
The second Test against England begins Wednesday (14 November) at the central city of Pallekele, while the third and final encounter will be in Colombo from 23 to 27 November.
Uncapped all-rounder Charith Asalanka has been called-up, while Suranga Lakmal will take over as captain.
Skipper Dinesh Chandimal suffered a groin strain during the 1st day of the ongoing 1st test match played between Sri Lanka and England at the Galle Cricket Stadium.— Sri Lanka Cricket (@OfficialSLC) 6 November 2018
He is currently under observation and is not yet ruled out of the game. #SLvENG pic.twitter.com/K8pHeRoReO
Further, spinner Akil Dananjaya, 25, has been reported for suspected illegal bowling actions.
Dananjaya is required to undergo testing within 14 days. He will be allowed to continue bowling in international cricket until the results of the testing are known.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka’s team manager, Charith Senanayake has resigned to the position for personal reasons. Jeryl Woutersz has been named as his replacement.