Champions Trophy 2013 May 18, 2013

Injured Welegedara doubtful for Champions Trophy

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Chanaka Welegedara is in doubt for the Champions Trophy after sustaining a foot injury during Rest of Sri Lanka's List A match against Sri Lanka A on Friday. Welegedara bowled only 2.4 overs, before leaving the field with pain in his right foot and ankle. Sri Lanka leave for England on May 26, and are scheduled to play their first warm-up match on May 30 against Pakistan.

"Welegedara came off immediately and is currently unable to put any weight on his right foot," a Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) release said. "He is getting scans over the weekend and will have the results by Monday. He will not take part in the final of the SLC President's trophy, to be played on Monday."

Welegedara, 32, had been the leader of Sri Lanka's Test-match 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 year's end, 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 had not played limited-overs international cricket since June 2010.

He is one of four specialist fast bowlers named in the 15-man squad for the Champions Trophy, with Lasith Malinga, Shaminda Eranga and Nuwan Kulasekara also picked. Farveez Maharoof, who is not in the national squad but may have been a potential replacement, was also injured during the match and will likely be unavailable for two weeks.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2013, 8:45 GMT

    great news! welegedera always gets injured so he is no use. maharoof would have definitely been the first choice of replacing welegedera, but now that he's injured as well they should bring in seamer who can bat like damika prasad, isuru udana or kaushalya weeraratne. or they should give a youngster a chance, like chaturanga kumara, chatura pieris or this vimukthi perera everyne's talking about

  • POSTED BY Prem2248 on | May 20, 2013, 2:36 GMT

    3 fleet-footed seniors together with the wounded-soldier like spinner and Welagedara have to be dropped in giving those places to future players (Kaushal silva,AngeloPerera,ShehanJayasuriya,GayanManeshan,SachithraSerasinghe,ChathurangadeSilva,NDickwella,KusalMendis;MalindaPushpakumara,ChathuraPeris,CJayampathi,ChathurangaKumara,Tha'Khausal,Ajantha,Dulanjan,Ramesh Mendis). The youngsters have to be picked when their confidence at its peak. Some players have been picked for the things they've done in their previous births but not on the present form. The only truth is SL has hardly won single series with these over-hyped pros & other henchmen, since2007, but these henchmen are still indispensable for the J&Ps. The J&Ps have already ruined careers 2 of the best Sc'boy batters namely IanDaniels&BRajapaksha the leading batters in the YWC of 2000 &2010 respectively. Their performances immediately after leaving schools was exceptional compared to that of 3 senior pros.Stats Cric. Archives.

  • POSTED BY on | May 19, 2013, 18:27 GMT

    Wanted to leave a comment on "Lessons for the Sri Lanka Premier League" article but could not find anywhere... The proposed Caribbean league will eat SLPL alive...it will die down very soon due to lack of credibility in SLC. SL will bounce back between current mentality and Arjuna's mentality of leadership and governance of the game for the next few years until they realize that correct path is none of them!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 19, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    Dear selectors ..please do not selected useless Dilhara Fernando and Suranga Lakmal...they have not done anything for SL...If need a fast bowler who has a batting skills....can select Dilhara Lokuhettige or Isuru Udana....they are much suited for England conditions and can be used as pinch hitters.....If need to add a batsman...he should be Angelo perera....

  • POSTED BY Crick_Expert on | May 19, 2013, 6:38 GMT

    I am Pakistani fan and eager to see SL team strong in bowling, hope Chanak Welegedara will get well soon.

  • POSTED BY trav696 on | May 19, 2013, 5:05 GMT

    This V Perera bowler looks like a promising left arm fast medium bowler. He has really good bowling figures and good economy rates. It is out of V Perera of D Fernando for me. How fast does V Perera actually bowl?

  • POSTED BY trav696 on | May 19, 2013, 4:49 GMT

    I really hope they bring Dilhara Fernando into the squad. He is a much better pick than Welegedara, who's only strength is that he is a left arm fast medium bowler. Dilhara is a fast bowler who would be good in English conditions. He may not be as economical as Welegedara, but will definitely take more wickets. I hope they consider him...

  • POSTED BY on | May 19, 2013, 4:00 GMT

    It is important to have a left arm genuine pacemen in the side for early summer English conditions. All right arm attack may have issues with most sides have more right handed batsmen. It is high time that we find replacement for Welagedara who has not been in good physical shape over the past one year so. I remember when Vassy played so many years without getting injured too often if not at all. Now that he is the bowling coach it is his turn to unearth someone of his calibre.

    All the best SL for Champions Trophy!

  • POSTED BY on | May 18, 2013, 22:53 GMT

    Between Angelo and Thisara they can only survive 15 overs... that's in a good day and if Sanga and Thirimanne play in the same game, they will bogged down for ages and compromise the run rate and added pressure batsmen following them. Too bad we have been relying on them (seniors and the reshuffling) forever instead of thinking outside the box and picking few good utility players. SLC is so incompetent and even if they have a magic crystal ball they would not know how to use it to gain any advantage. Unless the stars are aligned, SL won't make that far this time. Even if they do, they will crash at the final, like they always do.....so think of the Next big tournament and pick few exciting players, it's not that we don't have them. We always give preference to seniors.

  • POSTED BY MH19 on | May 18, 2013, 22:25 GMT

    Welagedara is a fantastic left armer for test cricket i placee like South Africa,Australia,NZ,Eng not in subcontinent for sure.I think now he lack fitness may be the age is catching up and he must be totally neglecting his fitness and drills and for me now another Dilhara Fernando.Everyone is talking on this page about Vimukthi Perera and I have never heard off.Looks like he should get the nod as all are talking about him.Better to nurture a yougster and also Sachithra Serasinghe lookd good on performance but do not know if he is a spinner or a paceman.

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2013, 8:45 GMT

    great news! welegedera always gets injured so he is no use. maharoof would have definitely been the first choice of replacing welegedera, but now that he's injured as well they should bring in seamer who can bat like damika prasad, isuru udana or kaushalya weeraratne. or they should give a youngster a chance, like chaturanga kumara, chatura pieris or this vimukthi perera everyne's talking about

  • POSTED BY Prem2248 on | May 20, 2013, 2:36 GMT

    3 fleet-footed seniors together with the wounded-soldier like spinner and Welagedara have to be dropped in giving those places to future players (Kaushal silva,AngeloPerera,ShehanJayasuriya,GayanManeshan,SachithraSerasinghe,ChathurangadeSilva,NDickwella,KusalMendis;MalindaPushpakumara,ChathuraPeris,CJayampathi,ChathurangaKumara,Tha'Khausal,Ajantha,Dulanjan,Ramesh Mendis). The youngsters have to be picked when their confidence at its peak. Some players have been picked for the things they've done in their previous births but not on the present form. The only truth is SL has hardly won single series with these over-hyped pros & other henchmen, since2007, but these henchmen are still indispensable for the J&Ps. The J&Ps have already ruined careers 2 of the best Sc'boy batters namely IanDaniels&BRajapaksha the leading batters in the YWC of 2000 &2010 respectively. Their performances immediately after leaving schools was exceptional compared to that of 3 senior pros.Stats Cric. Archives.

  • POSTED BY on | May 19, 2013, 18:27 GMT

    Wanted to leave a comment on "Lessons for the Sri Lanka Premier League" article but could not find anywhere... The proposed Caribbean league will eat SLPL alive...it will die down very soon due to lack of credibility in SLC. SL will bounce back between current mentality and Arjuna's mentality of leadership and governance of the game for the next few years until they realize that correct path is none of them!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 19, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    Dear selectors ..please do not selected useless Dilhara Fernando and Suranga Lakmal...they have not done anything for SL...If need a fast bowler who has a batting skills....can select Dilhara Lokuhettige or Isuru Udana....they are much suited for England conditions and can be used as pinch hitters.....If need to add a batsman...he should be Angelo perera....

  • POSTED BY Crick_Expert on | May 19, 2013, 6:38 GMT

    I am Pakistani fan and eager to see SL team strong in bowling, hope Chanak Welegedara will get well soon.

  • POSTED BY trav696 on | May 19, 2013, 5:05 GMT

    This V Perera bowler looks like a promising left arm fast medium bowler. He has really good bowling figures and good economy rates. It is out of V Perera of D Fernando for me. How fast does V Perera actually bowl?

  • POSTED BY trav696 on | May 19, 2013, 4:49 GMT

    I really hope they bring Dilhara Fernando into the squad. He is a much better pick than Welegedara, who's only strength is that he is a left arm fast medium bowler. Dilhara is a fast bowler who would be good in English conditions. He may not be as economical as Welegedara, but will definitely take more wickets. I hope they consider him...

  • POSTED BY on | May 19, 2013, 4:00 GMT

    It is important to have a left arm genuine pacemen in the side for early summer English conditions. All right arm attack may have issues with most sides have more right handed batsmen. It is high time that we find replacement for Welagedara who has not been in good physical shape over the past one year so. I remember when Vassy played so many years without getting injured too often if not at all. Now that he is the bowling coach it is his turn to unearth someone of his calibre.

    All the best SL for Champions Trophy!

  • POSTED BY on | May 18, 2013, 22:53 GMT

    Between Angelo and Thisara they can only survive 15 overs... that's in a good day and if Sanga and Thirimanne play in the same game, they will bogged down for ages and compromise the run rate and added pressure batsmen following them. Too bad we have been relying on them (seniors and the reshuffling) forever instead of thinking outside the box and picking few good utility players. SLC is so incompetent and even if they have a magic crystal ball they would not know how to use it to gain any advantage. Unless the stars are aligned, SL won't make that far this time. Even if they do, they will crash at the final, like they always do.....so think of the Next big tournament and pick few exciting players, it's not that we don't have them. We always give preference to seniors.

  • POSTED BY MH19 on | May 18, 2013, 22:25 GMT

    Welagedara is a fantastic left armer for test cricket i placee like South Africa,Australia,NZ,Eng not in subcontinent for sure.I think now he lack fitness may be the age is catching up and he must be totally neglecting his fitness and drills and for me now another Dilhara Fernando.Everyone is talking on this page about Vimukthi Perera and I have never heard off.Looks like he should get the nod as all are talking about him.Better to nurture a yougster and also Sachithra Serasinghe lookd good on performance but do not know if he is a spinner or a paceman.

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | May 18, 2013, 19:06 GMT

    This is a blessing in disguise. Welegedara is of no use. He can barely last a test match and gets injured pretty soon. He has been injured 4 times in the past year or so including this one. Best replacement for this case would be Angelo Perera. We already have 5 good pace bowlers like Kula, Malinga, Eranga, Angelo and Thisara. So better not have a useless paceman like Welegedara really. Worth having a batsman instead.

  • POSTED BY Chandima.Ceylon on | May 18, 2013, 16:38 GMT

    I think SL need left arm seamer like Welagedara at this stage,definitely phaser's coach Vaas also accept that(his catogory).why don't you consider about Vimukthi Perera other than Lakmaal?

  • POSTED BY cricket12namal on | May 18, 2013, 16:15 GMT

    upul tharanga should be replaced

  • POSTED BY ----LoveTheWayLionsPlay--- on | May 18, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    Lakmal did really well in last England tour & he is doing really well at the moment.If Welagedara not recovery on time, Lakmal will be the ideal replacement I think.

  • POSTED BY DilumSL on | May 18, 2013, 15:16 GMT

    real unfortunate incident. wishing welagedara a speedy recovery. If a replacement is needed then there are three options Angelo Perera (Not a fast bowler but a decent slow left arm and a great young batsman and a good finisher), M Mahroof (Experienced all rounder who has quite well in the recent pass ) and V Perera (Young left arm fast medium If we are thinking about exact same kind of player for Welagedara This guy is the best option).

  • POSTED BY Perera32 on | May 18, 2013, 12:55 GMT

    Oh I hope they DON'T select Suranga Lakmal. They have enough fast bowlers in the squad, select Angelo Perera. His 100 in the warm up matches was brilliant.

  • POSTED BY Karnain on | May 18, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    Sri Lanka's squad doesn't include any extra batsmen, why not include Anjelo Perera? If not select a young fast bowler like Vimukthi Perera. Please don't select Suranga Lakmal

  • POSTED BY Tal_Botvinnik on | May 18, 2013, 12:32 GMT

    V Perera is like Mitchel Starc, sharp in duckers with some reasonable pace.

  • POSTED BY Prem2248 on | May 18, 2013, 12:10 GMT

    Drop all these aging average schoolboy cricketers of the past, fill those gaps with proven schoolboy cricketers that have maintained consistency from their young age of 15: There is no way one can accommodate henchmen at this highest level. Due to misdeeds of J&PS & other ignorant persons it is ardent fans that have continuously been subjected tremendous pressure when watching matches, for the last 20 years. If you don't pick these Gems like players at the right time it is just like, not admitting the brightest students that have scored highest marks at the ALs in to the University. Selectors have to remove all these underperforming seniors at the right time and fill those gaps with the promising players that have been maintaining consistency since their age 15.

  • POSTED BY on | May 18, 2013, 11:03 GMT

    The most likely Replacement would be Lakmal but i like the talent of the 23 year old left arm bowler Vimukthi Perera (Y)

  • POSTED BY sajhera on | May 18, 2013, 10:50 GMT

    Yes Im agreed with Cricinfo, Farveez Maharoof is a potential replacement. His experienced in English conditions & all-round performance will be an advantage to the side or else slow left arm orthodox RMGK Sirisoma who took second highest wicket (58 wickets) taker in a current premier league and also LJP Gunaratne 761 runs (ave 58) hit 36 sixes & 18 wickets will be a good options too.

  • POSTED BY gsingh7 on | May 18, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    will not make any diff as he is out of form, in last series vs india he was poorest bowler in series which sl lost 4-1 to young indian side. also in aus he was listless as sl lost 3-0 to aus

  • POSTED BY Tal_Botvinnik on | May 18, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    IMO, Pls replace him with T kaushal or A dhananjaya. Both are big turners of the ball and has good variations. Given also the Group A is filled with sides who are not own for their abilities vs spin. Off spinners would greatly compliment herath. or angelo perera.

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  • POSTED BY Tal_Botvinnik on | May 18, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    IMO, Pls replace him with T kaushal or A dhananjaya. Both are big turners of the ball and has good variations. Given also the Group A is filled with sides who are not own for their abilities vs spin. Off spinners would greatly compliment herath. or angelo perera.

  • POSTED BY gsingh7 on | May 18, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    will not make any diff as he is out of form, in last series vs india he was poorest bowler in series which sl lost 4-1 to young indian side. also in aus he was listless as sl lost 3-0 to aus

  • POSTED BY sajhera on | May 18, 2013, 10:50 GMT

    Yes Im agreed with Cricinfo, Farveez Maharoof is a potential replacement. His experienced in English conditions & all-round performance will be an advantage to the side or else slow left arm orthodox RMGK Sirisoma who took second highest wicket (58 wickets) taker in a current premier league and also LJP Gunaratne 761 runs (ave 58) hit 36 sixes & 18 wickets will be a good options too.

  • POSTED BY on | May 18, 2013, 11:03 GMT

    The most likely Replacement would be Lakmal but i like the talent of the 23 year old left arm bowler Vimukthi Perera (Y)

  • POSTED BY Prem2248 on | May 18, 2013, 12:10 GMT

    Drop all these aging average schoolboy cricketers of the past, fill those gaps with proven schoolboy cricketers that have maintained consistency from their young age of 15: There is no way one can accommodate henchmen at this highest level. Due to misdeeds of J&PS & other ignorant persons it is ardent fans that have continuously been subjected tremendous pressure when watching matches, for the last 20 years. If you don't pick these Gems like players at the right time it is just like, not admitting the brightest students that have scored highest marks at the ALs in to the University. Selectors have to remove all these underperforming seniors at the right time and fill those gaps with the promising players that have been maintaining consistency since their age 15.

  • POSTED BY Tal_Botvinnik on | May 18, 2013, 12:32 GMT

    V Perera is like Mitchel Starc, sharp in duckers with some reasonable pace.

  • POSTED BY Karnain on | May 18, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    Sri Lanka's squad doesn't include any extra batsmen, why not include Anjelo Perera? If not select a young fast bowler like Vimukthi Perera. Please don't select Suranga Lakmal

  • POSTED BY Perera32 on | May 18, 2013, 12:55 GMT

    Oh I hope they DON'T select Suranga Lakmal. They have enough fast bowlers in the squad, select Angelo Perera. His 100 in the warm up matches was brilliant.

  • POSTED BY DilumSL on | May 18, 2013, 15:16 GMT

    real unfortunate incident. wishing welagedara a speedy recovery. If a replacement is needed then there are three options Angelo Perera (Not a fast bowler but a decent slow left arm and a great young batsman and a good finisher), M Mahroof (Experienced all rounder who has quite well in the recent pass ) and V Perera (Young left arm fast medium If we are thinking about exact same kind of player for Welagedara This guy is the best option).

  • POSTED BY ----LoveTheWayLionsPlay--- on | May 18, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    Lakmal did really well in last England tour & he is doing really well at the moment.If Welagedara not recovery on time, Lakmal will be the ideal replacement I think.