Sri Lankan fast bowler Lasith Malinga will be rested for the second Test against India beginning in Colombo on July 26. Malinga was one of the key players who played a big hand to upset the Indians in the recently concluded opening Test match but will miss out at the second match because of "stiffness in his knee".
Dilhara Fernando will replace Malinga, while spinner Ajantha Mendis also returned to the squad.
Aravinda de Silva, the chairman of selectors, said Malinga was rested on the advice of team physiotherapist Tommy Simsek after the bowler complained of stiffness in his dodgy right knee, which had kept him out of Test cricket for 30 months.
"We have to be cautious with Malinga. He was not feeling quite fit to go through a five-day Test. He complained of stiffness in his knee," de Silva said according to cricinfo reports.
Malinga had made a return in the Test arena in Galle after a long absence and served his return with a five wicket haul in the second innings and a good half century with the bat for Sri Lanka in the first innings.
It will be a big setback for the Islanders as Muralitharan has retired from Test Cricket. The duo of Malinga and Muralitharan had taken 15 Indian wickets out of 20 at Galle.
Mendis who had a good practice match earlier against the Indians is likely to replace Muralitharan.
Squad: Kumar Sangakkara (capt), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Tharanga Paranavitana, Mahela Jayawardene, Thilan Samaraweera, Angelo Mathews, Prasanna Jayawardene, Ajantha Mendis, Dilhara Fernando, Chanaka Welagedara, Suraj Randiv, Rangana Herath, Thilina Kandamby, Dammika Prasad, Lahiru Thirimanne, Nuwan Pradeep.