- Sri Lanka’s World Cup preparations marred by key players’ fitness concerns.
- Wanindu Hasaranga and Dushmantha Chameera facing doubts over their participation.
- Maheesh Theekshana expected to recover in time for Sri Lanka’s opening game.
Sri Lanka’s preparations for the upcoming World Cup have hit a roadblock, with key players facing fitness concerns. Allrounder Wanindu Hasaranga’s participation in the tournament is in doubt as he has aggravated a hamstring tear, potentially requiring surgery. Fast bowler Dushmantha Chameera, recovering from a pectoral injury, is struggling to bowl without discomfort, casting uncertainty over his availability.
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However, there is a glimmer of hope with spinner Maheesh Theekshana, who sustained a hamstring strain during an Asia Cup match against Pakistan. He is expected to recover in time for Sri Lanka’s opening World Cup clash against South Africa on October 7.
Chair of SLC’s medical committee, Arjuna de Silva, expressed concerns about Hasaranga’s condition, stating that he has a grade 3 tear and a T-junction hamstring injury. The setback has sidelined Hasaranga, who was a pivotal player and a balance-provider in the team. His absence is anticipated to last a minimum of 4-6 weeks, making his participation in the initial rounds unlikely.
Chameera’s fitness is also a cause for concern. While he has resumed bowling in the nets, de Silva cautioned against rushing him back due to the inherent risks. Chameera first suffered the pectoral injury before the World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe and then re-injured himself during the Lanka Premier League (LPL) in August. His history of injuries, including an ankle issue that saw him miss the T20 World Cup last year, adds to the apprehension.
On a positive note, Theekshana’s grade 3 tear, though serious, does not involve the T-junction, increasing optimism that he will regain fitness in time for the World Cup.
Lahiru Kumara and Dilshan Madushanka, who were sidelined due to injuries during the Asia Cup, are on the path to full recovery. Kumara dealt with a recurring side strain, while Madushanka suffered a torn oblique muscle.
Sri Lanka is yet to finalize their World Cup squad but is scheduled to depart for India on September 26. The fitness status of these key players will play a crucial role in shaping their strategy and prospects in the tournament.