Avishka Fernando fails fitness test, set to miss Bangladesh tour
Sri Lanka top-order batter Avishka Fernando will miss three-ODI tour of Bangladesh after failing a fitness test.
Players in contention for Bangladesh tour have attended a 2-kilometer run that should be completed within 8 minutes and 35 seconds. 23-year-old Avishka failed the test and selectors have decided to omit him from the 18-man squad. He will however remain in the radar for limited-overs tour of England.
“He [Avishka] will not be traveling to Bangladesh but we have included him in the preliminary squad for the England series to train with the rest of the players,” Sri Lanka Cricket chief selector Pramodya Wickramasinghe said as quoted by Sunday Times Sri Lanka.
Avishka previously missed limited-overs leg of West Indies tour after he could not attend a fitness test with injury.
Sri Lanka will be led by Kusal Perera in Bangladesh. Kusal Mendis will return to the side to play the deputy’s part. The proposed squad does not include Dimuth Karunaratne, who was the captain in West Indies, Dinesh Chandimal and Angelo Mathews.
Youngsters have been given priority for the forthcoming series. A final announcement will be made once Sri Lanka’s Sport Ministry approves the squad.
Sri Lanka will land in Dhaka on May 16. The series will begin on May 23.
Proposed Sri Lanka ODI squad: Kusal Janith Perera (captain), Danushka Gunathilaka, Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis (vice-captain), Dhananjaya de Silva, Ashen Bandara, Niroshan Dickwella, Dasun Shanaka, Isuru Udana, Chamika Karunaratne, Lakshan Sandakan, Wanindu Hasaranga, Ramesh Mendis, Dushmantha Chameera, Shiran Fernando, Binura Fernando, Asitha Fernando, Akila Dananjaya.