Sri Lanka’s injury woes worsen as a veteran is called up.

Sri Lanka’s injury woes worsen as a veteran is called up.

Sri Lanka’s beleaguered squad for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 has been forced to make yet another change.
Matheesha Pathirana has not recovered from a shoulder injury, and his participation in the rest of the tournament has been canceled.

Angelo Mathews, a traveling reserve, has been chosen as his replacement, and the Event Technical Committee has approved the move.

Pathirana played in Sri Lanka’s first two defeats, to South Africa and Pakistan, but was unable to bowl to his full potential, conceding 185 runs in both games.

And the 20-year-old fast bowler’s tournament run has come to an end.

His substitute Mathews has a wealth of experience, having played 221 One-Day Internationals for Sri Lanka over the course of his career. With a first-XI call-up in India, Mathews will have played in each of the last four ICC Men’s Cricket World Cups, having appeared in 2011, 2015, and 2019.

However, the 35-year-old Mathews brings a very different skill set to that of strike-bowler Pathirana, whose continued absence will be felt keenly by an injured squad.

Prior to the World Cup, key bowler Wanindu Hasaranga suffered an injury that forced him to miss the entire campaign, while seamer Dushmantha Chameera was only named as a reserve due to injury issues.

Sri Lanka’s injury woes worsened when captain Dasun Shanaka was ruled out of the tournament with a torn quadriceps, and Chamika Krunaratne took his place.

And the new design The Lankans will be hoping for some second-string performances when they face England in their next match on Thursday in Bengaluru.




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