Gunaratne ruled out of T20I series

In a series full of injury blows, Sri Lankan all-rounder Asela Gunaratne is the latest one who is ruled of the T20I series against Bangladesh due to injury.

The 32-year-old sustained the injury while diving during one of the fielding drills and getting his arm caught in an awkward position. Gunaratne’s injury is the latest blow for Sri Lanka who will also miss the services of Kusal Perera as the batsman suffered a side strain during the tri-nation series. While the Sri Lanka selectors named Kusal Mendis as the replacement for Perera, they won’t be naming any for Gunaratne.

Last year, Gunaratne had fractured his left thumb during the Test series against India and had to undergo a reconstructive surgery which kept him out of action for close to five months.

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The tourists are also without limited-overs skipper Angelo Mathews who was forced to return home early due to a hamstring injury.

The first T20I between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka gets underway at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur, Dhaka on February 15. The second and final match of the series will be played at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium on February 18.

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