Sri Lanka on Thursday replaced injured pacer Binura Fernando with Asitha Fernando in their 2022 T20 World Cup squad. Binura was the latest casualty in Lanka's depleted pace department which had already lost Dilshan Madushanka before the tournament due to a quad injury and pace spearhead Dushmantha Chameera due to a calf injury.
In Sri Lanka's Tuesday's Super 12 match against Australia, Binura bowled five balls of the opening over before walking off the pitch clutching his thigh which was later confirmed as a hamstring injury. The left-arm pacer was himself a replacement for Madushanka.
Another fast bowler Pramod Madushan, who suffered an injury during the First Round, has sat out for three matches.
Sri Lanka are also riddled with injuries to the batting department as top-order Danushka Gunathilaka had to be replaced with Ashen Bandara in the match against Australia while opener Pathum Nissanka had to sit out of the match against Australia due to a groin injury.
Besides Asitha, Sri Lanka have called in stand-by players Niroshan Dickwella and Matheesha Pathirana who will be accompanied by Sri Lanka Cricket's High Performance Centre head Tim McCaskill.
Sri Lanka have beaten Ireland in their Super 12 opener but lost to Australia.