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Dinesh Chandimal bats for ICC to allow substitutions in Test cricket

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | BIPIN DANI
Published Aug 4, 2017, 2:10 pm IST
Updated Aug 4, 2017, 2:10 pm IST
The Sri Lanka batting order was left one batter short in the first Test after Asela Gunaratne had to leave the field due to an injury.
Dinesh Chandimal believes that his team "greatly missed" the services of Asela Gunaratne in the Galle Test. (Photo: AP)
 Dinesh Chandimal believes that his team "greatly missed" the services of Asela Gunaratne in the Galle Test. (Photo: AP)

Colombo: Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal believes that the International Cricket Council (ICC) should allow a substitute player, if one of the starting XI cricketers have been rendered injured.

Chandimal believes that his team "greatly missed" the services of Asela Gunaratne, who sustained multiple fractures while stopping the shot from Shikhar Dhawan on the first day of the Galle Test.

 

Speaking exclusively the team hotel, the Sri Lanka skipper said, “I think the authorities should consider this change.”

Chandimal himself was down with the illness and missed the Galle Test, though he watched the game on TV.

“Asela got injured in the first session itself and we badly missed him throughout out the match,” he said.

“I am not saying this because our team would have been benefited but in future as well, if (any team) faces this situation, (they) would welcome it (allowing substitution)," he added.

 

Meanwhile, 31-year-old right arm fast bowler Asela Gunaratne has been discharged from the Nawaloka Hospital, where he had surgery on the day of the injury. He also came to the ground to support his team.

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