Champions Trophy 2013 May 21, 2013

Welegedara's chances improve for Champions Trophy

Chanaka Welegedara's prospects of traveling to England for the Champions Trophy have improved, after a scan on his landing foot and ankle revealed no breaks or fractures. He has not been fully cleared however, and will be assessed in the next two days before a final call is made on whether he can join the touring squad, which departs on Sunday.

Welegedara left the field in pain after having bowled 2.4 overs in a domestic one-day match last Saturday, and has not played or attended training since.

"The scans showed that there was only inflammation around the area," team manager Michael de Zoysa said. "He will go through some fitness tests and will be putting weight on it, so we have to wait and see."

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 has 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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  • Pushpakumara on May 22, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    why isn't amazing Ramith Rambukwella in CT squad?

  • Hijaz on May 22, 2013, 8:16 GMT

    Kasun Madushanka has to be there

  • nuwan on May 22, 2013, 7:22 GMT

    It's time to look beyond Welegedara. He is never at full fitness, if he doesn't break down during training for a new series, he will in the first game.

  • Nimmie on May 22, 2013, 3:31 GMT

    Officials have no concern for future of the Country; they just want certain aging players and some other henchmen to earn few dollars. In other words they're in the track of killing the golden-Egg Laying Duck (i.e. demolishing interest & confidence of budding young Cricketers that come out of Schools at regular basis). How can they (Y'ngsters) have any hope for their future when these incompetent officials don't want to drop these over-hyped players and other henchmen even when they are severely injured. Though the whole world knows that we have hardly won a series even at Home since '07, these officials want to carry on with the same old, flat-footed, reckless hitting batters that have no control what so ever in their stroke play and few other aging average bowlers. If interested person had traced back the records of the early careers of these over-hyped players, he would find that they have been inconsistent players throughout their careers.(Stats Courtesy Cricinfo,Crick.Archives)

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