Dinesh Chandimal bats
Dinesh Chandimal (Getty Images)

A hairline fracture has put Dinesh Chandimal‘s Asia Cup 2018 participation in doubt. Chandimal injured the middle finger of his right hand during the recently concluded Sri Lanka Cricket T20 League.

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) on Tuesday confirmed that Chandimal had sustained a broken finger and that his condition will be reassessed by a medical specialist during the week. Based on that, a decision will be taken on his Asia cup participation. *

Earlier, as reported by ESPNcricinfo, the Sri Lanka selectors had kept a close watch on Chandimal’s fitness. Niroshan Dickwella has reportedly been lined up as a potential replacement should Chandimal fail to recover full fitness in time.

In addition, Sri Lanka will be without the services of their lead spinner Akila Dananjaya for the first two matches of Asia Cup due to personal reasons. Dananjaya will stay back for the birth of his first child.

Sri Lanka recently announced a 16-member strong squad for the Asia Cup that starts from September 15 in the UAE. Veteran pacer Lasith Malinga made a comeback into the national squad after last playing in September 2017.

Sri Lanka will face Bangladesh in the tournament opener in Dubai and then Afghanistan on September 17. They have been placed in Group B alongside Bangladesh and Afghanistan. India and Pakistan will be joined by a qualifier in Group A.

The top two teams from each group will progress to the Super Four stage. The top two teams from the second stage will enter the final scheduled for September 28.

Sri Lanka Squad: Angelo Mathews (captain), Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Upul Tharanga, Dinesh Chandimal, Danushka Gunathilaka, Thisara Perera, Dasun Shanaka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Akila Dananjaya, Dilruwan Perera, Amila Aponso, Kasun Rajitha, Suranga Lakmal, Dushmantha Chameera, Lasith Malinga

* This article was updated at 5:14pm IST after Sri Lanka Cricket released a statement on Chandimal’s condition.