Sri Lankan opener Danushka Gunathilaka has been ruled out of the sole T20I between Sri Lanka and New Zealand, which takes place at Eden Park in Auckland on Thursday.
Gunathilaka, who has also been left out of the Test squad for the series against Australia, suffered a back injury during the final ODI of the three-match series against New Zealand.
“I was told that he had this injury before too and it kept flaring up whenever they throw themselves about on the field,” de Mel added.
Although Gunathilaka had a poor Test series against New Zealand, he contributed with 43, 71 and 31 in Sri Lanka’s 3-0 ODI series loss to the Kiwis.
The two-match Test series in Australia begins on January 24 in Brisbane.
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