Sri Lanka’s veteran batsman, Kumar Sangakkara is a doubtful starter for the five-match ODI series against India as he is struggling with a back injury while all-rounder Thisara Perera is also unlikely to feature in the series.
Sangakkara, who had questioned the wisdom of the hurriedly arranged series between India and Sri Lanka, has developed a slight back injury, according to team sources, who added that Thisara Perera is also suffering from a hamstring injury of a serious nature.
Sri Lanka chairman of selectors, Sanath Jayasuriya, said either wicket-keeper batsman Niroshan Dickwella or left-handed batsman Kithuruwan Withanage will replace Sangakkara, in case the senior batsman is unable to regain his fitness.
Kumar Sangakkara had recently taken to twitter to convey his dismay at the last-minute decision by Sri Lanka to tour India. The decision was taken by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) after the dramatic pull out by the West Indies team from their tour of India.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had requested SLC for a short ODI tour to replace West Indies and it was immediately agreed to by the Sri Lankan board. The tour starts with a practice match against India A on October 30. The first ODI will be played on November 2 while the last game of the series is scheduled on November 16.
“Our 6 weeks of pure fitness work ends abruptly. Have a week to do a months requirement of skills work before India. Planning ahead anyone”, Kumar Sangakkara asked in a tweet, disappointed that the India tour has upset the work schedule of the players.
Sri Lanka last played an international series in August this year, against Pakistan at home. They were not supposed to play till mid-November when England tour the Island Nation for a series of 7 ODI matches.
The 5 ODI’s are scheduled to be held at Cuttack, Hyderabad, Ranchi, Kolkata and Ahemdabad.Since MS Dhoni is not playing the first three ODI’s Ranchi is likely to get the 4th or 5th ODI.