Sri Lanka's captain Dasun Shanaka has been sidelined from the World Cup.


Sri Lanka’s captain Dasun Shanaka has been sidelined from the World Cup.

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Sri Lanka’s ODI captain, Dasun Shanaka, has been forced to exit the ongoing World Cup in India due to a debilitating thigh injury. To fill the void, Chamika Karunaratne, previously on standby, has been included in the squad.

This setback is a significant blow to Sri Lanka, one of the four teams that have yet to secure a victory in the World Cup.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) disclosed that Karunaratne, with 23 ODIs under his belt, was chosen as Shanaka’s replacement following the latter’s exit due to a right thigh muscle injury sustained during the match against Pakistan on October 10th.

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The injury necessitates a three-week recovery period, as stated in the ICC’s official announcement, with the Technical Committee giving its approval for the alteration.

Kusal Mendis, the influential batsman for Sri Lanka and the designated vice-captain, will now assume the role of captain in Shanaka’s absence.

Shanaka’s absence presents a valuable opportunity for Karunaratne, who hasn’t participated in an ODI for Sri Lanka since March of this year.


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