Sri Lanka have suffered a serious blow to their squad for the forthcoming series against West Indies, with opener Dimuth Karunaratne out of at least part of the tour with injury.
An x-ray has confirmed the presence of a fracture in the index finger of Karunaratne's left hand, which will rule him out for at least a few weeks. If the fracture requires surgery - and a decision on that front will be made over the next 24 hours - he will almost certainly be out until July. The three Tests against West Indies are scheduled for June.
"It's a clean crack in the finger, and for now I have been told that I will probably be out for the West Indies tour," Karunaratne told ESPNcricinfo. "But I have to see another surgeon before we know exactly what is happening."
The injury had been sustained while Karunaratne was batting in the nets in the approach to Sri Lanka's Super Provincial one-day tournament, the first round of which began on Wednesday.
The injury adds to an already heaving Sri Lanka injury roster. Bowlers Nuwan Pradeep, Dushmantha Chameera and Shehan Madushanka are already in serious doubt for the West Indies tour. Given Karunaratne's success in 2017 - he was the fifth-highest Test run scorer in 2017, with 1031 runs - his potential absence is the biggest blow yet.