Sri Lanka tour of UAE 2013-14 December 13, 2013

Herath to miss Pakistan ODIs

ESPNcricinfo staff

Rangana Herath will miss the five-match ODI series against Pakistan in the UAE due to personal reasons, Sri Lanka Cricket has said. Herath had remained in Sri Lanka after having been rested for the Twenty20s, but was picked in the one-day squad and had planned to travel to UAE this week. He will now only join the Sri Lanka team ahead of the Test series, which begins on December 31.

Ajantha Mendis, who is currently with the Twenty20 squad, will remain in the UAE as Herath's replacement for the ODIs.

Herath will be the second Sri Lanka player to miss the limited-overs matches for personal reasons, with Mahela Jayawardene also having ruled himself out of the Twenty20s and one-dayers, after having become a father early in the month.

The teams play their first ODI on December 18, in Sharjah. Three Tests are scheduled to follow the one-dayers.

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  • Android on December 18, 2013, 8:01 GMT

    @Sri Lanka young blood , spin is a difficult art in cricket it not judged by one performance that day it was a wet ball and it was tactics error hearth is the best by far only one closing on him is senanayaka all the names you have mentioned would get a serious hammering from good players of spin specially against India and Pakistan hearth is the best against India when all the others get hammered so he is our best hope for 2015 world cup and please study the game before you post.

  • Buddhika on December 16, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    @Blade-Runner we have more than enough spin ballers.upto next 15 years. but worrying factor is we don't have good face balllers after Mali and Kule. Lakmal inconsistent Eranga Expensive Mahroof,Welagedara inquiry prone. Nuwan Pradeep no where. tool early to forecast Kasun Madusanka,Charith Jayantpathy and Ishan Jayarathne,Vikumkthi Perera

  • Johann on December 16, 2013, 9:38 GMT

    It is a pity that he is the only one SL got! We do not have good spin bowlers too. Thats a fact!

  • Buddhika on December 16, 2013, 8:07 GMT

    first of all Deepest Sympathies from bottom of my heart. i am not agree the saying he is best ODI spiner in current team. no doubt he is the best Test bowler. but when it's come to ODI's lot of better spinners than him. eg:Sachithra,Sekuge,Dilruwan,ChathurangaDeSilva,MalindaPushpakumara when we consider about last NZ series Lathem,Ronchi hammered him finally Macculm finished with 25 runs from 6 balls. even Replacement is more worse than him.A.Mendis can get wickets only on side who play bad against finally they could escape from him. Best Replacement is MalindaPushpakumara or Chathuranga de Silva. and these are allrounders too. because of Dilruwan's age he may be better option. any way luck come to mendis this way also.

  • Sudath on December 16, 2013, 5:53 GMT

    Deepest sympathies Rangana! May your mother attain Nibbana. As for cricket keep up the good work as long as possible.

  • Chamara on December 14, 2013, 5:02 GMT

    Rangana Herath's mother passed away that's why he is not participating

  • Dummy4 on December 14, 2013, 5:00 GMT

    big loss for SL, Herath is class

  • udendra on December 14, 2013, 4:40 GMT

    big loss for SL. especially since Pakistan are weak against left-arm spin. Mendis is the worse replacement one could imagine.

  • Dummy4 on December 14, 2013, 4:34 GMT

    @Blade-Runner - Mahela is already a dad. His wife gave birth about a week ago.

  • Dummy4 on December 14, 2013, 3:03 GMT

    Rangana Herath's mother passed away few days ago. That's why he stay at home for his mothers funeral. Great mother who made world class cricketer. She may attain nibbana.

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