Rangana Herath Ruled Out Of World Cup
Herath who suffered the injury during the game against England while attempting a return catch from Jos Buttler had been on the sidelines for the past two weeks.
Despite the injury the assumption was that the veteran left-arm spinner will return for the knockout stage of the World Cup as said by chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya a couple of days ago but it was not to be.
“Herath needed stitches into the index finger of his bowling hand in the match against England and because he has not trained properly for 16 days and is still unfit, he has been ruled out of further participation in the tournament,” said the statement issued by the International Cricket Council’s Event Technical Committee.
Herath now becomes the fifth Sri Lankan player to be ruled out in this World Cup due to injury after Dhammika Prasad, Jeevan Mendis, Dimuth Karunaratne and Dinesh Chandimal.
Having joined the World Cup squad as a cover, off-spinner Tharindu Kaushal has now officially replaced Herath in the team.
The 22-year-old Kaushal who made his Test debut against New Zealand in Christchurch last year was drafted into the team straight away against South Africa in the ongoing quarter-final in Sydney.
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