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Asia Cup: Sri Lanka's Maheesh Theekshana most likely to miss final against India


Published on: September 16, 2023 | Updated on: September 16, 2023

Sri Lanka's Maheesh Theekshana dives to stop a ball as Pakistan's Mohammad Rizwan watches during the Asia Cup cricket match bet ween Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Sri Lanka's in-form bowler Maheesh Theekshana is "most likely" to miss Sunday's Asia Cup final against India.

"The 23-year-old right-arm off-spinner has a hamstring injury and is doubtful for the final", Prof. Arjuna de Silva, the chairman of the medical  panel of the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), confirmed.

"The team management would have taken the risk of playing him on Sunday but the World Cup is round the corner and it is advisable to rest him. We want him to be fit before the World Cup", he said.  

Explaining the possible reasons for his injury, the Professor explained, "he has been playing continuous cricket. He was part of the IPL (Indian Premier League), then LPL (Lanka Premier League), before that he played home matches against Afghanistan and the qualifying matches in Zimbabwe also. He was part of the T-20i squad on the New Zealand tour (in April this year)".  

Theeksana has so far taken 83 wickets in three formats of the game.

On Saturday morning, all 17-members went for the last practice game (before the Asia Cup final) at the R. Premadasa Stadium. Theeksana was accompanied by the team physio, the hotel sources confirmed.

According to Prof. Arjuna de Silva, the injured players who are not part of the ongoing Asia Cup, are coming into shape. "They have started their training", he said.