Hasaranga’s Ongoing Struggle with Hamstring Injury
Hasaranga, the 26-year-old cricket sensation, continues to grapple with a hamstring injury sustained during the Lankan Premier League playoffs last month. This injury led to his absence from Sri Lanka’s recent Asia Cup campaign, where the team emerged as the runner-up.
Efforts to Ensure Hasaranga’s Participation in the World Cup
As the clock ticks down to Sri Lanka’s World Cup opener against South Africa in Delhi on October 7, the team is leaving no stone unturned to ensure Hasaranga’s participation in the 50-over spectacle. Despite the uncertainty, the right-arm bowler’s presence is being considered crucial.
Consultations with Foreign Doctors
Arjuna de Silva, the head of Sri Lanka’s medical panel, revealed to The Sunday Times that they are seeking advice from foreign doctors regarding Hasaranga’s need for surgery. If surgery is required, Hasaranga will be sidelined for a minimum of three months, making his World Cup participation highly unlikely.
Exploring Alternatives for Hasaranga’s Involvement
Given Hasaranga’s pivotal role in the team’s attack, the management is exploring other possibilities to ensure his involvement in key matches. The final decision will be based on the recommendations of the consulting doctors, who are currently reviewing Hasaranga’s medical reports.
Impact of Hasaranga’s Absence on the Team
If Hasaranga is unable to participate in the World Cup, it would significantly weaken the team’s bowling arsenal. His impressive performance in high-pressure situations, as evidenced by his leading wicket-taking stints at the two most recent editions of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup and the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier tournament in Zimbabwe, underscores his importance to the team.
Sri Lanka’s Squad Announcement for the World Cup
Sri Lanka, along with Bangladesh, are the only two teams yet to announce their squads for this year’s World Cup. Both teams have until September 28 to submit their final list of 15 players to the ICC for the tournament.