Sri Lanka news October 7, 2010

Sangakkara suffers hamstring injury

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Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara has injured his left hamstring and is fighting for fitness ahead of the tour of Australia which starts later this month.

Sri Lanka team physio Tommy Simsek said that Sangakkara suffered the injury while training on a muddy track on Tuesday, but was confident he would be fit for the Australian tour. "It is a mild grade-one hamstring injury," Simsek said. "He is currently under treatment and requires about two weeks to recover from the injury."

Sangakkara also suffered a hamstring injury during Sri Lanka's last tour to Australia in 2007-08 and missed the first Test at Brisbane. The injury came a day after Sangakkara was named the CEAT-Sri Lanka Cricket cricketer of the year and most popular cricketer. He is also currently the number one ICC ranked Test batsman.

Simsek said that Sri Lanka allrounder Angelo Mathews was also struggling to be fit for the tour with an injury to his left knee bone. "We are monitoring Angelo's fitness daily," Simsek said. "At the moment he cannot put much effort on his left knee and is unable to bowl. He has time until the team leaves for Australia on October 16 to show improvement otherwise we will have to replace him." Batsman Thilina Kandamby has been put on standby for Mathews.

Sri Lanka play a series of three one-day internationals and one Twenty20 international against Australia in addition to three warm-up games against state sides during the short tour.

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  • Da-Silva1996 on October 13, 2010, 8:25 GMT

    Sri Lanka has the best side in the world today although they seem to lack application and be consistent.Forget about how overseas pitches, etc and give the Aussies a 3-0 whitewash.

  • on October 12, 2010, 11:21 GMT

    Come on Sri Lanka!!! We started 96 world cup winning journey from the Australian tour... Hope we can do the same for the 2011...

  • on October 12, 2010, 1:36 GMT

    Hope Sanath will get a chance to play now.

  • TheDarkLord. on October 11, 2010, 9:20 GMT

    A great team needs a great captain with great will power. Sanga show the Aussies how it is done by the SL Lions!! Go SL!!

  • DwightR on October 10, 2010, 21:01 GMT

    I hope sanga and angelo are fit for the series, SL hardly ever plays in Aus n we should send our strongest side, winning the series in Aus before the WC would b a big statement and help the confidence of the players. But at the same time even if Sanga n angelo are still injured we have capable replacements, Mahela can take over captiancy, and Chandimal can b given a chance as both a top order batsmen and wicketkeeper, im guessin thissara perrera is going to be our all rounder if mathews is out and even though Kandamby is supposed to replace angelo i would rather give samareweera another chance in ODIs. lets go SL!

  • on October 10, 2010, 6:49 GMT

    Stop training on muddy tracks Training cricketers in muddy tracks is similar to army training. It is tough. However, some well known international cricketers have been dead against it. They have pointed out that it creates dangerous results and negative consequences. An example of this is the current unfortunate situation faced by Kumar Sangakkara. Recently the former Sri Lankan cricketer Sidath Wettamuni had mentioned that they did not have even weight training during their playing era. Currently, our cricketers have sufficient facilities to maintain their physical fitness without doing rough muddy track training. To me Sangakkara maintains his fitness as required by doing weight training and other exercises. So please stop training on muddy tracks before we experience more casualties.

  • on October 10, 2010, 0:41 GMT

    Stop training on muddy tracks

    Training cricketers in muddy tracts similar is to army training. However, some well known international cricketers were dead against it. They pointed out that it creates dangerous injurries and negative consequences. An example of this is current unfortunate situation faced by Kumar Sangakkara. Recently Sidath Wettamuni had mentioned that they did not have even weight training during their era. Currently, our cricketers have sufficient facilities to maintain their physical fitness without doing rough muddy tract training. To me Sangakkara maintains his fitness as required by doing weight training. So please stop training on muddy tracks before we experience more casualties.

  • on October 9, 2010, 7:40 GMT

    come on sri lanka............. this time aussies know well about sri lankan team. snaga i wish you & your team will play beter cricket in australia.

  • Lion_of_Lanka on October 9, 2010, 6:10 GMT

    @Saurabh Tikam: I'm sorry but it will be SRI LANKA who will be playing the Aussies in Australia not the overrated side INDIA. So I really don't think a whitewash is possible since India is not playing in Australia where the pitches are bouncy.

  • on October 9, 2010, 0:38 GMT

    @saurabh your dreaming.... about srilanka go be whitewash by aus..... we gona win the series.. after tour we will talk again my dear... *_^

  • Da-Silva1996 on October 13, 2010, 8:25 GMT

    Sri Lanka has the best side in the world today although they seem to lack application and be consistent.Forget about how overseas pitches, etc and give the Aussies a 3-0 whitewash.

  • on October 12, 2010, 11:21 GMT

    Come on Sri Lanka!!! We started 96 world cup winning journey from the Australian tour... Hope we can do the same for the 2011...

  • on October 12, 2010, 1:36 GMT

    Hope Sanath will get a chance to play now.

  • TheDarkLord. on October 11, 2010, 9:20 GMT

    A great team needs a great captain with great will power. Sanga show the Aussies how it is done by the SL Lions!! Go SL!!

  • DwightR on October 10, 2010, 21:01 GMT

    I hope sanga and angelo are fit for the series, SL hardly ever plays in Aus n we should send our strongest side, winning the series in Aus before the WC would b a big statement and help the confidence of the players. But at the same time even if Sanga n angelo are still injured we have capable replacements, Mahela can take over captiancy, and Chandimal can b given a chance as both a top order batsmen and wicketkeeper, im guessin thissara perrera is going to be our all rounder if mathews is out and even though Kandamby is supposed to replace angelo i would rather give samareweera another chance in ODIs. lets go SL!

  • on October 10, 2010, 6:49 GMT

    Stop training on muddy tracks Training cricketers in muddy tracks is similar to army training. It is tough. However, some well known international cricketers have been dead against it. They have pointed out that it creates dangerous results and negative consequences. An example of this is the current unfortunate situation faced by Kumar Sangakkara. Recently the former Sri Lankan cricketer Sidath Wettamuni had mentioned that they did not have even weight training during their playing era. Currently, our cricketers have sufficient facilities to maintain their physical fitness without doing rough muddy track training. To me Sangakkara maintains his fitness as required by doing weight training and other exercises. So please stop training on muddy tracks before we experience more casualties.

  • on October 10, 2010, 0:41 GMT

    Stop training on muddy tracks

    Training cricketers in muddy tracts similar is to army training. However, some well known international cricketers were dead against it. They pointed out that it creates dangerous injurries and negative consequences. An example of this is current unfortunate situation faced by Kumar Sangakkara. Recently Sidath Wettamuni had mentioned that they did not have even weight training during their era. Currently, our cricketers have sufficient facilities to maintain their physical fitness without doing rough muddy tract training. To me Sangakkara maintains his fitness as required by doing weight training. So please stop training on muddy tracks before we experience more casualties.

  • on October 9, 2010, 7:40 GMT

    come on sri lanka............. this time aussies know well about sri lankan team. snaga i wish you & your team will play beter cricket in australia.

  • Lion_of_Lanka on October 9, 2010, 6:10 GMT

    @Saurabh Tikam: I'm sorry but it will be SRI LANKA who will be playing the Aussies in Australia not the overrated side INDIA. So I really don't think a whitewash is possible since India is not playing in Australia where the pitches are bouncy.

  • on October 9, 2010, 0:38 GMT

    @saurabh your dreaming.... about srilanka go be whitewash by aus..... we gona win the series.. after tour we will talk again my dear... *_^

  • on October 8, 2010, 19:24 GMT

    Gah, NO! Ah well. You can't get by without having a team deep enough to overcome the absence of one player, IF Sanga cannot make it back to form in time to play. I think that Sri Lanka has shown enough heart over the past two years, even when Sanga had a poor innings at bat, and we already know Mahela is well up to the responsibility of the captaincy. I'm assuming that Dilshan will take over keeping duties? I don't know of anyone else who would step up to that position. C'mon guys... no need to despair. Sanga is a fighter and he'll be back well before time. GO LIONS!

  • on October 8, 2010, 16:30 GMT

    Saurabh its not u better not underestimate new captain. He is rather better than Dhoni or Ponting.

  • Crazy_Cricket_Fan on October 8, 2010, 15:51 GMT

    @@Saurabh Tikam@@ I agree with you :-)..if India would have played 12 tests against Bangadesh & another 6-7 tests against Zim then all Indian batsmen would have covered top 6 spots of ICC test batsmen rankings :-)

  • on October 8, 2010, 12:39 GMT

    If he play or don't play S Lanka will definitely get whitewashed by Australia hands.

  • on October 8, 2010, 8:43 GMT

    He is the best player for long time i think....specially against Ausie phase attack...he too currently holds the world no 01 in ICC Test Rankings

    So we need Sanga's Captaincy as wel if we need to win this series

  • on October 8, 2010, 1:51 GMT

    wht happan...we need sanga...

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  • on October 8, 2010, 1:51 GMT

    wht happan...we need sanga...

  • on October 8, 2010, 8:43 GMT

    He is the best player for long time i think....specially against Ausie phase attack...he too currently holds the world no 01 in ICC Test Rankings

    So we need Sanga's Captaincy as wel if we need to win this series

  • on October 8, 2010, 12:39 GMT

    If he play or don't play S Lanka will definitely get whitewashed by Australia hands.

  • Crazy_Cricket_Fan on October 8, 2010, 15:51 GMT

    @@Saurabh Tikam@@ I agree with you :-)..if India would have played 12 tests against Bangadesh & another 6-7 tests against Zim then all Indian batsmen would have covered top 6 spots of ICC test batsmen rankings :-)

  • on October 8, 2010, 16:30 GMT

    Saurabh its not u better not underestimate new captain. He is rather better than Dhoni or Ponting.

  • on October 8, 2010, 19:24 GMT

    Gah, NO! Ah well. You can't get by without having a team deep enough to overcome the absence of one player, IF Sanga cannot make it back to form in time to play. I think that Sri Lanka has shown enough heart over the past two years, even when Sanga had a poor innings at bat, and we already know Mahela is well up to the responsibility of the captaincy. I'm assuming that Dilshan will take over keeping duties? I don't know of anyone else who would step up to that position. C'mon guys... no need to despair. Sanga is a fighter and he'll be back well before time. GO LIONS!

  • on October 9, 2010, 0:38 GMT

    @saurabh your dreaming.... about srilanka go be whitewash by aus..... we gona win the series.. after tour we will talk again my dear... *_^

  • Lion_of_Lanka on October 9, 2010, 6:10 GMT

    @Saurabh Tikam: I'm sorry but it will be SRI LANKA who will be playing the Aussies in Australia not the overrated side INDIA. So I really don't think a whitewash is possible since India is not playing in Australia where the pitches are bouncy.

  • on October 9, 2010, 7:40 GMT

    come on sri lanka............. this time aussies know well about sri lankan team. snaga i wish you & your team will play beter cricket in australia.

  • on October 10, 2010, 0:41 GMT

    Stop training on muddy tracks

    Training cricketers in muddy tracts similar is to army training. However, some well known international cricketers were dead against it. They pointed out that it creates dangerous injurries and negative consequences. An example of this is current unfortunate situation faced by Kumar Sangakkara. Recently Sidath Wettamuni had mentioned that they did not have even weight training during their era. Currently, our cricketers have sufficient facilities to maintain their physical fitness without doing rough muddy tract training. To me Sangakkara maintains his fitness as required by doing weight training. So please stop training on muddy tracks before we experience more casualties.