Sri Lanka’s injury woes continue as veteran called up. Matheesha Pathirana is still dealing with a shoulder injury, and the selectors have decided he won’t be able to continue in the tournament. They’ve chosen Angelo Mathews, who was a traveling reserve, to take his place, and the Event Technical Committee has approved this change. Pathirana played in Sri Lanka’s first two matches against South Africa and Pakistan but couldn’t perform at his best, giving away 185 runs in those games. Unfortunately, his tournament has come to an early end.
Sri Lanka’s injury woes continue as veteran called up
On the other hand, Mathews brings a wealth of experience, having played 221 ODIs for Sri Lanka in his long career. If he plays in the upcoming match in India, it will mark his fourth ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup appearance after participating in 2011, 2015, and 2019. However, Mathews has a different set of skills than the strike bowler Pathirana, whose absence will be a big loss for the team, which is already dealing with injuries.
Sri Lanka faced more injury problems when captain Dasun Shanaka was ruled out of the tournament due to a torn quadricep, and Chamika Krunaratne will replace him. With these changes, Sri Lanka’s revamped team will hope for strong performances from their backup players when they take on England in their next match in Bengaluru on Thursday.