Asia Cup: Shaminda Eranga replaces injured Mathews

Published: Wednesday, March 14, 2012, 19:35 [IST]
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Eranga replaces injured Mathews

Mirpur, Mar 14: Sri Lanka's fast-bowling all-rounder Shaminda Eranga was on Wednesday named as replacement for Angelo Mathews, who has been ruled out of the ongoing Asia Cup cricket tournament due to a calf injury.

Sri Lanka Cricket's chairman of selectors, Ashantha de Mel, said that Eranga was picked as the team needed to bolster its pace attack, especially with Lasith Malinga uncertain.

"Lasith Malinga is nursing a groin strain and he was left out of the first match against India," De Mel said.

The all-rounder was originally named in Sri Lanka's Test squad to play Pakistan in the UAE last year, but had to withdraw with a shoulder injury to his right arm.

"He will most probably play in tomorrow's game against Pakistan. We thought Eranga, who has recovered from his shoulder injury, would be useful because he can bat as well," he added.

Eranga, who returned impressive figures of four for 65 in his Test debut against Australia at the SSC last year, has a first-class hundred and four half-centuries in 41 matches.

A calf injury had ruled out Mathews, dealing a blow to Sri Lanka's chances in the four-nation tournament.


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