Dinesh Chandimal Ruled Out of Galle Test

Dinesh Chandimal Ruled Out of Galle Test

Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal will miss next week’s first test against India after being diagnosed with pneumonia, dealing a big blow to the hosts ahead of the three-test home series against their neighbours.

The 27-year-old was named test captain earlier this month after long-serving skipper Angelo Mathews stepped down following Sri Lanka’s first one-day international series defeat to Zimbabwe.

The right-handed batsman then led Sri Lanka to a win in the one-off test against the same opposition.

‘Chandimal was down with flu and was taken to the hospital this morning,’ a Sri Lanka Cricket spokesman told Reuters.

The first test against Virat Kohli-led India starts on Wednesday at Galle.

‘We were actually only told late last night – the blood test came a bit late. He’s got pneumonia,’ Asanka Gurusinha, Sri Lanka’s cricket manager, was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.

-Reuters

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