Gunaratne unlikely to be flown to India for remaining two Tests


The chances of Asela Gunaratne making a comeback during the ongoing Test series against India look unlikely. The all-rounder, who fractured his left thumb in July during the first Test against India in Galle, had medically been cleared, but the selectors refrained from naming him in the squad due to lack of match fitness.

The plan was for Gunaratne to play a few domestic games and fly to India ahead of the second Test in Nagpur, but chairman of selectors Graeme Labrooy has his reservations.

"He has played two games now since the injury," Labrooy told 
on Saturday  (November 18). "He bowled, batted and fielded and has come good. We discussed about him, but feel this is not the moment to bring him back, but he will be certainly back for the ODIs," he added.

Gunaratne, who plays for Sri Lanka Army was involved in an inter-regiment game last week before playing competitive cricket for Army SC this week.

"There's no point of sending him to India and making him to sit on the bench. We are better off getting him to play some competitive games. We will also see what's the requirement of team management, leave it to them and then make a call."

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