The Sri Lankan cricket team finds itself as the captain of the Sri Lankan team, Dasun Shanaka, and Matheesha Pathirana, are reported to be nursing injuries, and unable to participate in the upcoming match against Australia.
The magnitude of these injuries became evident when both players missed the Sri Lankan team’s training session at the Lucknow Stadium in India.
These injuries were sustained during the team’s initial training match.
Kusal Janith, who had been recovering from a shoulder injury, re-aggravated it during the match and is yet to make a full recovery. The responsibility of wicketkeeping was handed over to Sadheera Samarawickrama during the match against Pakistan.
Kusal Mendis, who had managed to score a century through aggressive batting, left the stadium immediately after his dismissal, heading for the hospital due to an upset stomach, rather than returning to the pavilion.
Vanindu Hasaranga and Dushmantha Chamira were already unavailable for selection due to their existing injuries. Mahish Teixanta, a mid-tournament replacement, has also been sidelined due to injury.
Insiders have raised concerns about the state of the sport in Sri Lanka, suggesting that corruption may be running deep within the cricketing system. Questions have arisen regarding the allocation of substantial funds to develop players’ physical fitness, leading to calls for transparency and accountability.
The deteriorating condition of the Sri Lankan cricket team has led to public frustration, with some questioning the team’s preparedness for the World Cup.