Despite earlier indications that all-rounder Wanindu Hasaranga could be part of Sri Lanka’s Cricket World Cup squad, the ace-spinner was not included in the 15-member contingent that leaves for India today.
The spinner is still recovering from a grade 3 hamstring tear and is expected to be fully fit towards the latter stages of the tournament, with multiple reports suggesting that selectors could be compelled to still include him in the squad with the expectation of him featuring at the back end of the World Cup.
However, SLC confirmed that the player had not been included, with leg-spinner Dushan Hemantha, who was earlier set to travel as a reserve, taking his place.
Hasaranga can however be added to the squad in the event that any of the 15 players who have been named sustain an injury during the course of the tournament.
“His recovery will be monitored, and if he is declared fit to play, he will be considered as a replacement in the event of an injury to a squad member during the tournament,” SLC said in a statement.
The squad is otherwise as expected, with selectors resisting the urges and calls to make wholesale changes following the defeat to India in the Asia Cup final.
Dushmantha Chameera, who has yet to recover from a pectoral injury has also been ruled out, with Kasun Rajitha retaining his place in the team as a result.