Sri Lanka Cricket has clarified as to why Danushka Gunathilaka was retained in the squad despite being injured during the ICC T20 World Cup.
The statement is as follows :
Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to clarify that Danushka Gunathilaka, despite being replaced midway through the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup due to injury, was retained in the squad as a “stand-by player.”
The decision was taken by the team management in consultation with the doctors and selectors, as Gunathilaka was fast recovering from the injury he suffered.
Hence, it was decided to keep the player with the team, as he had already acclimatized to the climatic conditions in Australia, and can continue to train with the squad with a view to
immediately drafting him back into the 15-member squad should the need arise.