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ICC World Cup 2019: Sri Lankan pacer to miss Bangladesh game

By Parul Raina

Sri Lanka fast bowler Nuwan Pradeep will miss his next ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 game against Bangladesh in Bristol due to dislocation and a cut on his bowling-arm finger, the Sri Lankan cricket team said on Sunday.

Nuwan injured in training

Pradeep injured his finger of his bowling hand but probably will be fit within a week, according to ICC.

The fast bowler was bowling to Kusal Perera and was focussing to guard his face, a linear shot hit back at him and hurt himself in the process.

He was taken to the hospital after dislocating the finger and was carrying some cuts on his right hand.

“Nuwan was given treatment at the hospital, while the doctors reset his dislocated finger and the cut on his finger was closed with stitches. He was also administered with antibiotics,” team manager Asantha De Mel said. “Pradeep will not take part in Sri Lanka’s game against Bangladesh on Tuesday, as he will need a week’s time to recover from the injury.”


This injury to Pradeep will be a grave blow to Sri Lanka’s Cricket World Cup 2019 desire, with the fast bowler having bowled the deciding spell in Sri Lanka’s only win of the tournament so far, against Afghanistan. He took 4 for 31 and was declared as the Player-of-the-Match award.

Pradeep’s replacement ready

In case Pradeep doesn’t recover within one week’s time which would be a worst-case scenario.

Sri Lanka have already made a replacement in Kasun Rajitha, the 26-year-old right-arm quick, has been travelling with the squad as a standby player. After playing Bangladesh, Sri Lanka will play Australia on June 15 at The Oval.

Another injury scare, Lahiru Thirimanne also felt soreness in his knee during practice, which elevates doubts about his match-fitness for Tuesday.

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Parul Raina