Sri Lanka Cricket has issued an ultimatum to its contracted gamers after eight of them failed a health take a look at in Colombo.
A pool of 20 shortlisted gamers for the upcoming tour of West Indies underwent health assessments in Colombo and eight of them did poorly failing the assessments. The listing contains a number of everlasting members within the facet and a few senior gamers.
The gamers have now been given an ultimatum to get their act collectively earlier than one other health take a look at on February third. In the event that they failed the second health take a look at, they are going to be ineligible for choice for the tour of West Indies. Sri Lanka will play two Assessments, three ODIs and three T-20s within the Caribbean.
Health has been a rising concern inside the crew and Head Coach Mickey Arthur has demanded excellence on this side. Opening batsman Avishka Fernando was despatched house from Galle lead as much as the Take a look at collection in opposition to England after he failed the health take a look at. It’s believed that Fernando had failed a second health take a look at as nicely carried out yesterday.
It has been argued that gamers remaining at house throughout COVID occasions had resulted in poor health ranges. However query marks about health requirements had been there for some time now.
In the meantime the bio-bubble in Galle has been pruned to 17 gamers after Sri Lanka Cricket knowledgeable crew administration to ship house 5 gamers. The bubble can be decreased by an extra two on the day of the match making the squad to fifteen gamers, like throughout pre-Covid days.
The reserves partaking in card video games when the batting was collapsing on day one of many Take a look at match had angered followers and former gamers. It’s believed that the drastic measure to ship gamers house was taken as a response to it. The gamers weren’t within the dressing room when cameras caught them taking part in playing cards however in a flooring above the dressing room.
Accordingly, Dimuth Karunarante, Kusal Mendis, Nuwana Pradeep, Minod Bhanuka and Lahiru Kumara have been despatched house. Karunaratne and Mendis weren’t concerned in card video games. The previous has been launched as he’s injured whereas the latter has been despatched to the Excessive Efficiency Heart at RPS to work on technical features of the sport. Mendis picked up 4 geese in a row.
Suranga Lakmal and Oshada Fernando, two gamers who engaged in card video games, have recovered from their accidents and are anticipated to characteristic within the second Take a look at match. Whereas Lakmal is anticipated to share the brand new ball with Asitha Fernando, Oshada is anticipated to fill the vacant quantity three slot.
Niroshan Dickwella will proceed to bat at quantity six however has been requested to supply extra consistency.