Cricket news: Chandimal could be back for second Test – Gurusinha

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Latest news about Dinesh chandimal’s health.
  Dinesh Chandimal recently took over as the captain of Sri Lanka’s Test side.
Sri Lanka’s cricket officials are expecting their captain Dinesh Chandimal to be back for the second Test match against India that gets underway in Colombo. Chandimal, who was admitted to a private hospital in Colombo Thursday night (July 20) was diagnosed with pneumonia, Cricbuzz reported
“We are working very closely with the doctors to see whether we can get Chandimal fit for the second Test. He is so crucial for us. Losing him ahead of the first Test is such a massive blow. The doctors looked at his reports and informed us that he needs to be admitted to the hospital and even we are in shock,” Sri Lanka’s Cricket Manager Asanka Gurusinha told Cricbuzz.
A viral flu had been going around the Sri Lankan team since the ODI series against Zimbabwe. Lasith Malinga, Kusal Mendis, Lakshan Sandakan and Suranga Lakmal were some of the players who were affected and after sufficient rest, went onto play.
Chandimal wasn’t part of the ODI squad and was affected by the flu on the second day of the one-off Test against Zimbabwe.
A few hours after the completion of the Test match, Chandimal attended a live television show alongside Upul Tharanga, chairman of selectors Sanath Jayasuriya and SLC chief Thilanga Sumathipala that went on till last night.
Even the following day, he had to honour an event of one of SLC’s sponsors.
On Thursday, he had complained of sore throat during practice and wasn’t available for the series launch, which was attended by ODI skipper Upul Tharanga. Later that day, he was admitted to the hospital.
Tharanga was expected to lead the side in Chandimal’s absence, but the selectors opted for veteran Rangana Herath .
“We don’t want to saddle him with too many responsibilities. He is one of our main batsmen and he has been scoring lot of runs for us as well and we want to keep it that way,” Gurusinha added.
Herath has captained Sri Lanka before in four Test matches and has won three of them.
Chandimal was named the Test captain after Angelo Mathews stepped down following Sri Lanka’s first ever series defeat to Zimbabwe during the ODIs. Under Chandimal’s captaincy, Sri Lanka chased down a record 388 runs in the one off Test to keep their unbeaten rerecord against Zimbabwe intact.
Source: Cricbuzz

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