Dhananjaya de Silva set to join SL squad in West Indies


Sri Lanka batsman Dhananjaya de Silva will join up with the Test squad in the West Indies after having originally withdrawn from the tour following the assassination of his father, Ranjan de Silva, that took place merely 12 hours before the team was scheduled to board their flight to Dubai.

The promising right-handed middle-order batsman will only land in the West Indies on June 4, two days ahead of the opening Test at Port of Spain. However, it is unlikely that he will feature in the first Test after travelling for more than a day to reach the island nation. He, though, will look to be a part of the second Test that is to be played from June 14.

The 26-year-old has played 13 Test matches, and only recently had made a comeback during the Delhi Test against India last year. His unbeaten hundred in the second innings helped Sri Lanka save the game and kept the series defeat down to a 0-1 scoreline. He carried that form to the Bangladesh series, scoring a big hundred in the Chittagong Test.

It was earlier believed that Dhananjaya would miss the entire three-Test tour but despite that, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) had not named a replacement for him.

Dhananjaya’s father, Ranjan de Silva, had recently contested in the local government elections. On May 25, he was gunned down at Mount Lavinia, a municipality south of Colombo. He was pronounced dead upon admission to the Kalubowila Hospital while two others with him during the incident sustained injuries.

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