Dinesh Chandimal, who suffered a grade one tear in the first Test at Galle, which the tourists won by 211 runs, will be out of action for the next two weeks. @ AFP/Getty Images
Dinesh Chandimal, who suffered a grade one tear in the first Test at Galle, which the tourists won by 211 runs, will be out of action for the next two weeks. @ AFP/Getty Images

Sri Lanka suffered massive blow on Sunday after their skipper Dinesh Chandimal was ruled out for the second Test against England beginning on November 14 at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium due to a groin injury.

Chandimal, who suffered a grade one tear in the first Test at Galle, which the tourists won by 211 runs, will be out of action for the next two weeks. According to a report in Cricbuzz on Sunday, vice-captain Suranga Lakmal will lead the side in Chandimal’s absence.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka Cricket have included youngster Charith Asalanka as replacement for the injured Chandimal, raising questions after he went past Kusal Perera and Lahiru Thirimanne, much more experienced players who were on the stand-by list when the Test squad was announced, in the pecking order.

Asalanka, a left-handed middle order batsman, earned his placed in the side on the back of an well played 63-ball 68 for Sri Lanka Board XI in the second warm-up match against England before the series began.

The 21-year-old Asalanka has scored 1185 runs in 29 first-class matches at an average of 26.93 and picked 24 wickets with his off-break bowling. He led the national team at the under-19 level in the 2016 World Cup.