Dhananjaya de Silva Withdraws From West Indies Tour After Father’s Murder
Sri Lanka batsman Dhananjaya de Silva has withdrawn from the upcoming tour of West Indies after his father Ranjan de Silva was brutally assassinated.
The unfortunate incident happened less than 12 hours before Dinesh Chandimal & Co. boarded the flight to Dubai. From there, they left for the Carribean Islands. Mr Ranjan de Silva was gunned down in the Mount Lavinia, a municipality south of Colombo. He was taken to Kalubowila hospital but was pronounced dead upon admission. He had recently contested in the local government elections.
The recent loss would be a huge blow for Dhananjaya who would have been keen to do well in the upcoming series in order to cement his place in the Test team. The right-handed batsman had made a comeback during the Delhi Test match against India last year. In the second innings, he had scored an unbeaten hundred which had helped Sri Lanka salvage a morale-boosting draw. So far, the 26-year old has played 13 Tests, scoring 1,006 runs with the help of 4 fifties and 2 tons.
History beckons Sri Lanka:
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka will be eyeing history in the upcoming series. The Islanders have never won a Test series in the Caribbeans. They came closest to winning a series on their last tour which happened around a decade ago. The Mahela Jayawardene-led side had won the first Test which was Sri Lanka’s maiden Test win in the Caribbean. However, the hosts won the second Test to draw the two-Test series one-all.
Not only history but experience is also against the Islanders. Apart from veteran spinner Rangana Herath (who played one Test in the West Indies in 2008), no member of the team has played a Test in the Caribbean.
The three-match Test series gets underway on June 6 at Port-of-Spain. The last Test will start on June 23.
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