Sri Lanka have suffered another injury setback at the ICC World Cup 2023, with fast bowler Lahiru Kumara ruled out for the remainder of the tournament due to a left thigh injury. Dushmantha Chameera, a reserve player, has been called up to replace Kumara in the squad. Kumara sustained the injury during training in Pune ahead of Sri Lanka’s crucial match against Afghanistan.
The Event Technical Committee approved Dushmantha Chameera as his replacement on Sunday. Kumara played a key role in Sri Lanka’s convincing 8-wicket victory over England in their previous match. He picked up three wickets for 35 runs in seven overs, and was named ‘Player of the Match’ for his performance.
Dushmantha Chameera has been officially approved as a replacement for Kumara in the Sri Lanka squad for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, as confirmed by Sri Lanka Cricket.
“Chameera approved as replacement for Kumara in Sri Lanka squad. The Event Technical Committee of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 has approved Dushmantha Chameera as a replacement for Lahiru Kumara in the Sri Lanka squad,” Sri Lanka Cricket tweeted.
🚨 Chameera approved as replacement for Kumara in Sri Lanka squad 🚨
The Event Technical Committee of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 has approved Dushmantha Chameera as a replacement for Lahiru Kumara in the Sri Lanka squad.
Chameera, who has played 44 ODIs, was named as… pic.twitter.com/XFwzKDCwX8
— Sri Lanka Cricket 🇱🇰 (@OfficialSLC) October 29, 2023
Dushmantha Chameera suffered an injury before the start of the tournament and was unavailable for selection. However, he has regained full fitness and has been added to the squad as a reserve player. He has taken 50 wickets in 44 ODIs at an average of 33.16, with the best figures of 5/16.
Sri Lanka have made three changes to their squad during the tournament, including Chameera’s inclusion. Earlier, Chamika Karunaratne and Angelo Mathews were roped into the team due to injuries to skipper Dasun Shanaka and young fast bowler Matheesha Pathirana.
Sri Lanka squad: Kusal Mendis (c), Kusal Perera, Pathum Nissanka, Dushmantha Chameera, Dimuth Karunaratne, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Maheesh Theekshana, Dunith Wellalage, Kasun Rajitha, Angelo Mathews, Dilshan Madushanka, Dushan Hemantha, Chamika Karunaratne.