Gunaratne ruled out of the Nidahas Trophy
Sri Lankan batsman Asela Gunaratne has been ruled of the upcoming Nidahas Trophy due to injury. An SLC release said he sustained a “grade II rotator cuff strain with contusion” while taking part in a fielding drill on their recent tour of Bangladesh.
Although Sri Lanka won each of the three trophies that had been up for grabs, the 32-year old did not have the best time personally: he made only 35 ODI runs in four innings.
While Gunaratne is the only player to have been ruled out so far, several others are also battling to regain fitness. Most notable among these is captain Angelo Mathews who missed the majority of the Bangladesh tour with another in a long line of hamstring injuries, and is yet to make a full recovery.
Fast bowler Shehan Madushanka is also in doubt for the tournament as he sustained an injury during the final match of the Bangladesh tour. Batsman Kusal Perera, meanwhile, had been out with a side strain since mid-January.
The Nidahas Trophy will be contested by India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. It will begin on 6th February with the hosts Sri Lanka taking on the in form India.