Sri Lanka’s cricket officials are expecting their captain Dinesh Chandimal to be back for the second Test match against India that gets underway in Colombo. Chandimal, who was admitted to a private hospital in Colombo Thursday night (July 20)
“We are working very closely with the doctors to see whether we can get Chandimal fit for the second Test. He is so crucial for us. Losing him ahead of the first Test is such a massive blow. The doctors looked at his reports and informed us that he needs to be admitted to the hospital and even we are in shock,” Sri Lanka’s Cricket Manager Asanka Gurusinha told Cricbuzz.
Tharanga was expected to lead the side in Chandimal’s absence, but the selectors opted for veteran Rangana Herath.
“We don’t want to saddle him with too many responsibilities. He is one of our main batsmen and he has been scoring lot of runs for us as well and we want to keep it that way,” Gurusinha added.
Herath has captained Sri Lanka before in four Test matches and has won three of them.