Champions Trophy 2013 May 22, 2013

Dilhara Lokuhettige replaces injured Welegedara

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sri Lankan fast bowler Chanaka Welegedara is unlikely to travel to England for the Champions Trophy, after failing to recover sufficiently from an ankle injury he sustained on May 18. Welegedara failed a fitness test on Wednesday morning, and Sri Lanka Cricket have since named seam bowler Dilhara Lokuhettige as a replacement. The selection was cleared by the sports minister, but has not yet been approved by the ICC.

Lokuhettige, 32, played eight ODIs for Sri Lanka in 2005, and two Twenty20 internationals in 2008. He has six ODI wickets at 36.83. He has largely been picked on his form in the recently concluded List A tri-series in Pallekele, where he was the joint highest wicket-taker: nine scalps at an average of 17.66. If approved, he will be one of four pace specialists on tour, with Lasith Malinga, Shaminda Eranga and Nuwan Kulasekara also traveling. Allrounders Thisara Perera and Angelo Mathews are part of the squad as well.

"SLC have written to the ICC Event Technical Committee regarding this replacement," an SLC statement said. "The replacement of a player requires the approval of the Event Technical Committee before the replacement player can be officially added to the squad."

Welegedara had picked up the injury during the penultimate match of the tri-series, which he left, in pain, during his third over. His chances of traveling to England had looked promising on Tuesday after scans revealed no breaks or fractures, but inflammation persisted and he was unable to put sufficient weight on his landing foot.

Welegedara, also 32, was the leader of Sri Lanka's Test pace attack, but has been plagued by injury in the last 12 months, in which he only completed one Test match. He strained his groin playing England in March last year, before tearing a shoulder muscle before the Pakistan series in July. He recovered in time to travel to Australia at the end of the year, but tore a hamstring early in the second Test in Melbourne, and has not played any international cricket since. Largely regarded a Test specialist, Welegedara has not played limited-overs international cricket since June 2010.

The Sri Lanka squad leaves for England in the early hours of Monday morning.

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  • Deleepa on May 29, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    1. Dilshan 2. Kushal 3. Sanga 4. Chandimal 5. Mahela 6. Mathews 7. Thisara 8. Kula 9. A Mendis 10. Akila D 11 Malinga

  • Dummy4 on May 27, 2013, 14:47 GMT

    Sanath Aiya Can you try thisara for NO 03 position as hope he can more runs in power play overs 1. Dilshan, 2. Kushal, 3. Tisara 4. Sanga,5. Mahela, 6. Chandimal, 7. Angelo, 8. Thirimanne / Mendis,, 9. Kula, 10. Herath, 11. Malinga I Think this batting order is good we have a good bowling attack 1,malinga 2,kule 3,Angelo 4,Thisara 5,Herath 6 Dilshan 7,Thirimanne / Mendis, we will win the Trophy this year

  • Nadeera on May 25, 2013, 7:30 GMT


  • Nadeera on May 25, 2013, 6:53 GMT

    I like to give a chance to Kpugedara.Because Mathews+Kapugeadara+Thisara can be dangerous trio...

  • poorwaka on May 24, 2013, 15:28 GMT

    my XI - 1. Dilshan 2. Kushal 3. Sangakkara 4. Chandimal 5. Mahela 6. Mathews 7. Thisara 8. Lokuhettige 9. Kulasekara 10. Sachithra 11. Malinga Sachithra instead of Herath because he gets a good bounce in English pitches and can bowl well to both left and right hand batsmen. Lokuhettige because he's in good form and can swing the ball both ways around 135kmh+ and can do what Jeevan does with the bat. I'd get Thirimanne in place of Chandimal but since he's the vice-captain of the team, they won't drop him. So this team it is.. hopefully this team will be good enough to beat any team in any day.

  • Dummy4 on May 24, 2013, 11:29 GMT

    this team is the right team that's what i think ,but we should keep hearth in the playing xi because he is the best spinner ewe got work he do in test is amazing but no one give the recognition he deserves,even in major ODI tournaments he does a great job but some how i feel he gets dropped from finals and we loose or earlier we use someone and when he fails we call back hearth i think mehela never gave him a chance so hope anjo will play him in all matches and we will win the trophy because i believe the teams that have good spinners will do well in eng.

  • sajan on May 24, 2013, 6:49 GMT

    Sanath Aiya Can you try thisara for NO 03 position as hope he can more runs in power play overs and Lokuhetti can use in last five overs. your selection committee is one of the best up-to-date, Pl do not think of players like Rabukwella, Kupu anymore.........Pl select current informed player as this replacement. we are unlukey the some informed player like chinthaka jayasinghe who left the country because of De mel's selection commitee.But I feel current informed players will have a luck to knock the for national team.

  • Uwaisul on May 24, 2013, 1:11 GMT

    But unfortunately he will not get a chance in the playing 11 unless there is an injury to one of the pace bowlers, even in that case Eranga is there. 1. Dilshan, 2. Kushal, 3. Sanga, 4. Chandimal, 5. Mahela, 6. Anjelo, 7. Thirimanne / Mendis, 8. Tisara, 9. Kula, 10. Herath, 11. Malinga

  • lasitha on May 23, 2013, 16:49 GMT

    well done sana, hope he would make it to the 11 ,with the normal batting line up i would love to see him at 9 with perera at 8( perera alone is not enough for bighitting at the end) and malinga and kule/eranga/herath. come on people look at the batting order if we go in with this line up. please comment on this

  • Uwaisul on May 23, 2013, 15:43 GMT

    No Suranga Lakmal or Dilhara Fernando. Thanks Santh.

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