Dilshan Madushanka

Left-arm seamer Dilshan Madushanka comes into the World Cup Qualifier on the back of impressive outings for Sri Lanka A.

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Dilshan Madushanka has replaced Sri Lanka fast bowler Dushmantha Chameera in the team for the upcoming World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe. Chameera has been ruled out of the competition after just participating in the warm-up games owing to an injury sustained during a training session.

The 31-year-old has just recently returned to the Sri Lankan squad after hurting his calf muscle in last year’s T20 World Cup. Since October 2022, he has missed 30 of Sri Lanka’s 32 matches across all forms, and he is expected to miss many more.

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Dilshan Madushanka is coming off a run of nine wickets with his left-arm speed against a visiting South Africa A team across three 50-over games and four in a four-day match earlier this month. He became the Lanka Premier League’s most expensive acquisition two weeks earlier, when he was purchased by Jaffna Kings for US$ 92,000. In 44 ODIs, he has taken 50 wickets at an economy rate of 5.39. Madushanka was one of three players added to Sri Lanka’s World Cup Qualifier team as “standby options” last week.

Sri Lanka is the best-placed of the six nations vying for the last two berths in the 2023 World Cup, which begins on October 5 in India. So far, they are unbeaten, having won four of four games. They play the Netherlands on Friday, Zimbabwe on July 2, and the West Indies on July 7. The Super Six points table’s top two teams advance to the World Cup.

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