No replacement for Dhananjaya | Sunday Observer

No replacement for Dhananjaya

27 May, 2018

Sri Lanka’s cricket board will not replace allrounder Dhananjaya de Silva who withdrew from a tour of the West Indies following the murder of his father, officials said Friday.

Ranjan de Silva, a local politician, was shot dead near Colombo late Thursday, hours before the team was due to leave for the three-match Test series in the West Indies.

“There will be no replacement for Dhananjaya,” a board official told AFP. “Instead of a 17-member squad, we will now have 16.”

Sri Lanka Cricket said it will support the 26-year-old Dhananjaya “at this time of sorrow and grief”. Police said an investigation was underway but no arrests had been made.

Sri Lanka will also miss opener Dimuth Karunaratne who fractured a finger while batting in the nets this month as he prepared for a domestic tournament.

Revised Sri Lanka squad: Dinesh Chandimal (capt), Mahela Udawatte, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Janith Perera, Roshen Silva, Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella, Rangana Herath, Dilruwan Perera, Akila Dananjaya, Jeffrey Vandersay, Lahiru Gamage, Kasun Rajitha, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara, and Asitha Fernando. (AFP)


Rangana Herath is a great bowler but should not be in the team. It's high time for him to retire. Look at A B de Villiers, he has good 3-4 years of cricket but retired. If Herath loves the game, should give a chance to a youngster.