Welegedara will be replaced by all-rounder Dilhara Lokuhettige. -Photo by AFP
Welegedara will be replaced by all-rounder Dilhara Lokuhettige. -Photo by AFP

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka left-arm fast bowler Chanaka Welegedara has been ruled out of the Champions Trophy starting in England and Wales next month with an ankle injury.

Welegedara will be replaced by all-rounder Dilhara Lokuhettige who has been recalled to the national team after five years.

The 32-year-old Lokuhettige, a hard-hitting, fast-bowling all-rounder, last played for Sri Lanka in a Twenty20 international against Canada in 2008 but he has been a consistent performer in domestic cricket.

“The first scan didn't reveal anything but as Welegedara was still in pain we went for a second scan which showed a fracture at the back of his right ankle,” Sri Lanka manager Michael de Zoysa said in a media release.

The Champions Trophy starts on June 6 and Sri Lanka have their first group match three days later, against New Zealand in Cardiff.


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