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June 28, 2009
Sri Lankan wicketkeeper Prasanna Jayawardene is likely to miss the first Test against Pakistan starting on Saturday in Galle after picking up a finger injury during a practice game. The team's physiotherapist Ranjith Nanayakkarawasam indicated that the injury might need at least two weeks to heal.
"We are going to have a review on him on Monday and will take a final decision whether he could play or not," Nanayakkarawasam told the Daily Mirror. "Some players get healed rather quickly, and he might be fit by Monday."
If the 29-year-old specialist gloveman is deemed unfit on Monday, the selectors could call up either Kaushal Silva or Chamara Kapugedera, depending on captain Kumar Sangakkara's willingness to don the wicketkeeping gloves.
If Sangakkara does agree, Kapugedera is likely to get the nod as an extra batsman, otherwise Silva, the 23-year old Sinhalese Sports Club wicketkeeper-batsman, should earn his maiden Test cap.
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