All-rounder Wanindu Hasaranga may be out of the 2023 ODI World Cup completely in India, and may even require surgery, after aggravating his grade 3 hamstring tear over the past few days.
The World Cup squad is likely to be announced tomorrow with several players still not fully deemed fit.
Meanwhile, fast bowler Dushmantha Chameera, and spinner Maheesh Theekshana also still on the road back from injury.
But there is greater hope those two can play some role in the World Cup.
The chair of SLC’s medical committee, Arjuna de Silva, has told ESPNcricinfo that “medically it seems unlikely that Wanindu will be fit” for much of the World Cup’s duration.
The selectors may still pick him of course, in the hopes he will be available towards the end of the round robin stage.
But medical advice is that such a move will be a significant risk.
Chameera, who is recovering from a pectoral injury, is bowling in the nets and building up his workload.
But Theekshana, who strained his hamstring in the Asia Cup match against Pakistan, is currently in rehab.
Quicks Dilshan Madushanka and Lahiru Kumara, who missed the Asia Cup through injury, are now essentially back to full fitness, de Silva said.
The first World Cup match for Sri Lanka in on the 7th of October against South Africa.