Injured pacer replaced in Sri Lanka’s squad for second Test

Sri Lanka have replaced injured seamer Kasun Rajitha with Asitha Fernando for the second Test against Bangladesh.

Fast bowler Kasun Rajitha will miss the second Test match against Bangladesh in Chattogram after an injury to his upper back area.

The pacer is set to head home for rehabilitation. 26-year-old right-arm pacer Asitha Fernando has been named as his replacement. 

Fernando was ruled out of the first Test with an injury and was expected to miss the entire series, but has recovered quicker and will join the rest of the squad. 

Fernando has 41 wickets in 13 Test matches and last featured in the one-off Test against Afghanistan.

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Rajitha’s absence is a huge blow for Sri Lanka, who registered their first win of the ICC World Test Championship cycle in Sylhet last week. The injured fast bowler had starred with a five-wicket haul in the second innings of the Test match.

The Chattogram Test will begin on March 30.

Sri Lanka squad: Dhananjaya De Silva (c), Kusal Mendis (vc), Dimuth Karunaratne, Nishan Madushka, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Kamindu Mendis, Lahiru Udara, Prabath Jayasuriya, Ramesh Mendis, Nishan Peiris, Asitha Fernando, Vishwa Fernando, Lahiru Kumara, Chamika Gunasekara

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