`Injured` Perera ruled out of first two B’desh ODIs

Colombo: Sri Lanka wicketkeeper-batsman Kusal Perera has been ruled out of the first two ODIs of the four-match series against Bangladesh due to a hamstring injury.

Confirming the news, Sri Lanka’s cricket manager Asanka Gurusinha said that the 26-year-old sustained the hamstring strain during today’s warm-up match in Colombo.

Gurusinha further revealed that the strain to his left thigh is a `very minor` one and, therefore, it is likely that he might get fit enough to play in the second ODI in Dambulla on March 28.

Sri Lanka Cricket ( SLC) are now expected to name Perara’s replacement on Thursday or Friday, ESPNcricinfo reported.

However, Kusal would rejoin the squad ahead of the third ODI at the SSC on April 1, provided he recovers as expected.

Lanka will play their first ODI against Bangladesh at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium in Dambulla, on Saturday.