Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka 2014: Suranga Lakmal has been ruled out from Test series
Lakmal’s availability for the three-match ODI series after the Tests is also under serious doubts.
Suranga Lakmal’s left ankle got injured during the second and final Test against South Africa in Colombo © Getty Images (File Picture)
Galle: 5 Aug, 2014:
Suranga Lakmal, the Sri Lankan medium pacer has been ruled out from the Test series against Pakistan. Right-armer Lakmal has been sidelined by a left ankle injury sustained during the second and final Test against South Africa in Colombo recently. Sri Lanka had named Lakmal in the Test squad hoping he would regain fitness for the Pakistan series. But he failed to do so. Also it is being feared that Lakmal had sustained a stress fracture as well.
Lakmal’s availability for the three-match One-Day International (ODI) series after the Tests is also under serious doubt, as his recovery is now expected to take at least three weeks. The Sri Lankan team management have decided not to name any replacement for Lakmal in the Test squad. Team manager Michael de Zoysa, confirmed this news to a Pakistani daily, Dawn.
Meanwhile seamer Shaminda Eranga is pushing for a recall. Eranga is recovering from a hand injury sooner than expected. Sri Lankan Management is expecting him to play the first Test starting on Wednesday at Galle.