Lahiru Gamage Angelo Mathews Danushka Gunathilaka Dasun Shanaka Sri Lanka West Indies
Lahiru Gamage (left) and Angelo Mathews © AFP

Angelo Mathews and Lahiru Gamage are both flying back from West Indies today, just before the second Test between West Indies and Sri Lanka, at Darren Sammy International Stadium Gros Islet, St Lucia, starting June 14. Mathews, a crucial cog in the Sri Lankan middle-order, had scored 11 and 31 in the first Test at Queen’s Park Oval, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, which Sri Lanka lost by 226 runs. Mathews will return due to a personal reason.

Gamage, who had a wicketless first Test (he conceded 110 from 41 overs), suffered a finger injury (a fracture was later spotted) while batting in the first Test. He is also returning home with Mathews. Dasun Shanaka and Danushka Gunathilaka, the replacements, will leave Sri Lanka tonight.

Injuries have haunted the Sri Lankan national cricket team throughout 2016 and 2017. Some curious selections, of both team and captain, has not helped their cause. Mathews himself has led Sri Lanka for a while, as have Dinesh Chandimal and Rangana Herath, both of whom are parts of the side.

The depleted Sri Lankan squad reads Dinesh Chandimal (c & wk), Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Kusal Perera (wk), Akila Dananjaya, Dhananjaya de Silva, Asitha Fernando, Rangana Herath, Lahiru Kumara, Suranga Lakmal, Kusal Mendis, Dilruwan Perera, Kasun Rajitha, Roshen Silva, Mahela Udawatte, Jeffrey Vandersay.

The third Test of the series will start June 23, at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados. The match will be played with a pink ball under lights.