Sri Lanka fast bowler, Dushmantha Chameera has been ruled out of the second Test against India. It is set to be a day-night affair with a pink ball at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru from March 12. Chameera didn’t feature in the playing XI of the 1st Test that was played in Mohali. Sri Lanka is already 0-1 down in the series having lost the first game by a huge margin of an innings and 222 runs.
As for Dushmantha Chameera, it has been reported that his workload is being managed as the Sri Lankan team is scheduled to play a lot of games in the near future. He is also part of the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) which is set to commence on March 26 as he was bought by Lucknow Super Giants after the franchise bought him for INR 2 crore.
According to the reports in The Island, the Sri Lankan team has been advised by the medical panel to manage the workload of Dushmantha Chameera. It has also been suggested that he should only be playing limited-overs cricket until the upcoming T20 World Cup later this year in Australia. A 50-over World Cup is also set to be played next year in India.
It is still unknown whether the pace bowler was in contention to play the day-night Test in Bangalore but it seems unlikely that he will play any Test match at least for the next few months.
Confirmation from Sri Lanka that Dushmantha Chameera will not take part in second Test. The team has been advised by the medical panel to manage him and play him only in white ball cricket until the World Cup. Sense that’s the end of his Test career.
— Rex Clementine (@RexClementine) March 11, 2022
Meanwhile, it has also been reported that Sri Lanka batter Pathum Nissanka has some back issues ahead of the second and final Test against India. In case, he is ruled out of the Test match, Sri Lanka only has Dinesh Chandimal and Kusal Mendis as replacements in the squad and it remains to be seen who gets the nod.