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Dushmantha Chameera, Angelo Matthews To Travel As World Cup Reserves For Sri Lanka

image-lnx05j44Chameera will be a travelling reserve [X.Com]

Sri Lanka have gotten wary of more injuries as they head deeper into their ICC World Cup 2023 campaign in India and called in pacer Dushmantha Chameera and veteran allrounder Angelo Mathews as travelling reserves. 

The Lankan Lions, who are yet to get on board after three consecutive defeats to start off the marquee tournament, have brought in two of their experienced cricketers to play standbys in case the squad endures more injury absentees in the coming weeks on Indian shores. 

According to a report by the Sri Lanka-based 'The Papare Sports', Chameera and Mathews are the ones chosen by the selectors and the team management to join the side that strives to recover from poor losses to South Africa, Pakistan and Australia and the injuries to regular skipper Dasun Shanaka and young seamer Matheesha Pathirana.

Having announced allrounder Chamika Karunaratne as a like-for-like replacement for Shanaka, the decision-makers have now identified the Chameera-Matthews duo as potential inclusions to the squad for future injuries during the campaign. 

Sri Lanka bring in travelling reserves for World Cup 

"With fast bowler Matheesha Pathirana nursing a shoulder injury, the Team Management in India have called up experienced duo of Dushmantha Chameera and Angelo Mathews immediately as Travelling Reserves," 'The Papare Sports' reported. 

"Pathirana did not take part in the Australia game and is in danger of being ruled out of the entire competition." 

The unorthodox right-arm seamer, who struggled with his control for the first two matches, had to be sidelined for the Aussie clash and can now head home early depending on the word from the medical staff in the coming days. 

That would bring Chameera back in the first-choice outfit after his untimely pectoral injury had ruled the express quick out of Sri Lanka's plans for the Asia Cup and the World Cup 2023. Before Chameera's injury, he was due to lead the inexperienced Lankan attack. But his absence, laid bare the side's longstanding problem area.

Sri Lanka are also worried over the concussion issue faced by preferred top-order left-hander Kusal Perera, who hasn't reportedly recovered from a blow faced off the bowling of Marcus Stoinis on 43 in Lucknow and could be missing the next match against the Netherlands on Saturday (October 21).