Explosive Sri Lanka opener Kusal Perera has been ruled out of the white-ball series against the Shikhar Dhawan-led Indian cricket team due to a right shoulder sprain, according to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) on Friday. Fast bowler Binura Fernando will also not be available for the ODIs against India due to an injury. Perera suffered a right shoulder sprain during training. Perera was Sri Lanka’s main choice to be wicketkeeper after Niroshan Dickwella was suspended having breached the bio-bubble in the UK.
The 30-year-old Perera was the captain of the Lankan team in England but since the central contract dispute between players and the cricket board, Dasun Shanaka has been appointed captain at his expense. “Kusal Janith Perera will not be able to take part in the ODI and the T20I series against India owing to an injury. The wicket-Keeper batsman suffered a right shoulder sprain during training,” SLC said in a statement.
“Fast Bowler Binura Fernando sprained his left ankle during a practice session held yesterday (July 15, 2021). It’s a lateral ligament sprain. Fernando will be unavailable for the ODI series of the India Tour of Sri Lanka,” it added.
Sri Lanka had recently played against England in three ODIs and three T20Is and the cricketers returned to their country on Tuesday evening. The Islanders failed to win a single match on their tour to England as they suffered a 3-0 defeat in T20Is and a 2-0 loss in the ODI series.
SLC also confirmed that fast bowler Binura Fernando sprained his left ankle during a practice session held on Thursday. It’s a lateral ligament sprain so that’s why Fernando will also be unavailable for the ODI series versus India.
Earlier, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) announced the revised itinerary of India’s upcoming limited-overs series against Sri Lanka.
“The tour comprising 3 ODIs and as many T20Is will now start from July 18th, 2021,” read an official statement from BCCI. The three ODIs will now be played on July 18, 20, and 23. While the three T20Is will go ahead on July 25, 27, and 29.