Eranga replaces Matthews in Sri Lanka squad

Eranga replaces Matthews in Sri Lanka squad

By: || Updated: 01 Jan 1970 12:00 AM

Mirpur (Dhaka): Sri Lanka suffered a major setback Wednesday after
star all-rounder Angelo Mathews Wednesday ruled out of the ongoing Asia
Cup with a calf injury. He has been replaced with fast bowling all-rounder
Shaminda Eranga.

"The last couple of days Angelo has had some
fitness tests, he hasn't pulled through those well, so we made a call to
send him back home. He will try to get ready for the Test matches (against
England) that starts in about 10 days. The selectors will decide (on his
replacement)," said Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene.

Lanka Cricket's chief selector Ashantha de Mel said that Eranga was picked
to boost the team's fast bowling department since Lasith Malinga also
looked uncertain.

"Lasith Malinga is nursing a groin strain and
he was left out of the first match against India," de Mel said.

was named in Sri Lanka's Test squad to play Pakistan in the UAE last year
but had to withdraw with a shoulder injury.

"He (Eranga) will
most probably play in tomorrow's game against Pakistan. We thought Eranga,
who has recovered from his shoulder injury, would be useful because he can
bat as well," he added.

Jayawardene said the team would take a
call on Malinga's availability Thursday morning.

"Malinga played
through injury in the final two matches of the CB series, so we decided to
give him a break yesterday (against India)," Jayawardene said.

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