Karunaratne out of World Cup with broken finger

5 March 2015 09:56 am - 13     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Sri Lanka batsman Dimuth Karunaratne has been ruled out of the World Cup after a fracturing the little finger on his left hand at practice in Sydney.

"Dimuth injured his hand during a fielding session and X-rays indicated a fracture just above the base of his left small finger," Sri Lanka's chairman of selectors Sanath Jayasuriya said.

"Dimuth has to undergo surgery and will be out for about four weeks. He will return home and we have requested the ICC technical committee to include leg-spinner Seekkuge Prasanna in the squad as his replacement."

Prasanna was sent to Australia as cover for left-arm spinner Rangana Herath, who had four stitches to his left index finger after hurting himself while trying to hold onto a difficult return catch from Jos Butler in Wellington. Herath is an uncertain starter for Sunday's match against Australia in Sydney.

In addition to Prasanna, Sri Lanka hope to bolster their batting by flying in Kusal Perera from home. "We have only seven fit batsmen in the side and Kusal is being brought in as a precautionary measure," Jayasuriya said.

Karunaratne is the fourth Sri Lankan player to be injured from the originally selected squad. Fast bowler Dhammika Prasad broke his hand two days out from their first warm-up fixture in the World Cup and allrounder Jeevan Mendis suffered a hamstring injury at training on February 24.

  Comments - 13

  • Vinnie Shan Friday, 06 March 2015 09:13 AM

    Better late than never. At last the selector has thought of including Kushal. He will be the ideal player to play in Sydney. Should be included for the quarters.

    Man Friday, 06 March 2015 09:26 AM

    Kusal is useless. Just check the average of him in the Premier tournament in SL, now. Select the player who had best average in the last 50 over tournament, who has not been selected, so far.

    tharuni Thursday, 05 March 2015 04:29 PM

    Look like gods are on our side. This is what you call blessing in disguise.

    Chameera Thursday, 05 March 2015 04:30 PM

    Finally.... :))

    Pramod Thursday, 05 March 2015 04:31 PM

    Finally Jayasuriya got sense by getting Kusal back in the side. Best decision

    Bubble Banda Friday, 06 March 2015 09:58 AM

    No problem, there are somany young talented players could do better than him.

    Desmond Jeromme Friday, 06 March 2015 10:00 AM

    Relying on one player for this competition is not good. We have better players in the waiting list. Let the next best come in.

    Horri Jimonis Friday, 06 March 2015 10:02 AM

    Prasanna is a good choice and he is the right replacement. At least now, Jayasuriya is woken-up from a sound sleep.

    Bubble Banda Thursday, 05 March 2015 04:55 PM

    Never mind - we are aiming for the world cup, we need only devoted players like Sanga

    Vijith Pieterz Thursday, 05 March 2015 05:00 PM

    If SriLanka should prosper in Cricket in the future, Jayasuriya should be out.

    Ali Thursday, 05 March 2015 05:48 PM

    Tharanga shud get his well deserved chance now

    aravinda Thursday, 05 March 2015 06:34 PM

    Nice...i do not think he did much to sri lankan team yet...he need to show more talent to get into team back...though he shows good results in test matches does not mean he is good in one day internationals...he need to prove that....from some ever destiny he is out..now please replace him with a good one...

    Dilruk Thursday, 05 March 2015 07:19 PM

    Thank you for the sacrifice made on behalf of the country. First Jeevan... Now Dimuth... Next will be Nuwan or Dinesh..

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