Sri Lanka Cricket issues clarification over Hasaranga, Chameera World Cup squad fuss

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has reiterated that Wanindu Hasaranga and Dushmantha Chameera were included in the ODI World Cup squad in its statement on Friday.

The board said that both Hasaranga and Chameera were selected in the initial squad on September 5 despite still in recovering stage of their respective injuries.

“Following the selection meeting, on the same day, Sri Lanka Cricket sent the squad seeking approval of the National Sports Selection Committee, which comes under the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs,” the statement read.

“In response, the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs sent a letter to Sri Lanka Cricket on September 26, 2023, seeking medical clearance to approve the inclusion of Wanindu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera, and Dilshan Madushanka,” it added.

According to the statement, the board had intention to send the two players to India “with the plan to play them at some point in the tournament after the duo recover from injuries” but the ministry did not approve them without medical clearance.

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