Suranga Lakmal's injury adds to Derbyshire's woes

Derbyshire head coach Mickey Arthur shed light on Suranga Lakmal's injury and admitted that the elbow problem suffered by the Sri Lankan seamer 'looks pretty bad'.

The 35-year-old former Sri Lankan international suffered an injury before the game against Nottinghamshire. Derbyshire's pain got worse as they lost Luis Reece, who could bowl only 8.4 overs in the first innings due to a groin injury.

Lakmal, who joined Derbyshire on a two-year deal in February, has already bowled 213.5 overs and has been a top performer for his county side.

Derbyshire have already lost Ryan Sidebottom to a hamstring injury and are in the market to find a suitable replacement for Lakmal.

"We have a problem with Suranga (Lakmal), unfortunately. He has an elbow problem, and it doesn't look good. We will have some proper news on that during the week, but we are looking potentially at a replacement for him," Mickey Arthur said to ECB Reporters Network.

Arthur further added his disappointment on his team's performance following a ten-wicket defeat against Nottinghamshire. It was their first defeat under the coaching of Arthur. 

"We are really disappointed with that performance. I don't think we were as sharp in the game as we have been all season. We lost soft periods of the game, which really disappointed me," the former Sri Lanka coach said. 

"The performance is not a reflection of how we have played this season. We have set our standards really high, and this is one game where we didn't possibly meet those expectations.

I do not doubt the fight and effort that the guys put in; we just didn't do it for long enough periods in the game, which was a disappointment for me. We still competed, but we are not here just to compete; we are here to win," Arthur concluded.