Sri Lanka captain
Kusal Perera sprained his shoulder in training and will miss a one-day series
against India starting Sunday, cricket authorities said.
The wicketkeeper-batsman will miss three one-day
internationals and three Twenty20 matches after, Sri Lanka Cricket said Friday.
Fast bowler Binura Fernando was also injured during practice
on Thursday and will miss the 50 over games, the board added.
Perera, 30, had already been under pressure even before his
injury because of Sri Lanka’s poor performances, and was tipped to be replaced
as captain by all-rounder Dasun Shanaka.
Sri Lanka’s preparations have already been disrupted by the
positive Covid-19 test by batting coach Grant Flower after the team returned
from matches in England.
Three Sri Lankan players, including vice-captain Kusal
Mendis, were sent home early after they left the team’s bio-secure hotel for a
night out ahead of the first one-day international.
The three players and Flower face an investigation into
allegations that they breached the Covid-19 restrictions in England.
The India matches were delayed by five days to July 18
following the positive tests by the coach and a team data analyst.