Injury-prone KJP defies medical advice to play LPL, risking recovery

Opener Kusal Janith Perera has defied medical advice to feature in the ongoing Lanka Premier League (LPL), jeopardising his chances of playing in the series against Zimbabwe and Australia, a communication by SLC’s lead physiotherapist revealed.

Perera sprained his shoulder during a practice session ahead of the Indian limited over series in July. While he returned to play the subsequent series against South Africa and the T20 World Cup in UAE, it was obvious the left-handed wicketkeeper/batter was playing with pain and discomfort.

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  1. I am a great supporter of KJP but this is now getting in to the “Mathews syndrome” territory – in and out of the team for one reason or another eventually destabilizing the team dynamics and leadership! For a while, we had no choice as we simply didn’t have the players and thus were forced to put up with the Mathews Syndrome. He is here for one series and misses the next, we are swapping leaders, missing our most experience batter who is trying to prove his fitness by throwing a few pies – got us no where and let in chaos to the leadership. We need to now take a firm stand, get fit or get fit! We really cannot compete with the rest of the world if basics like fitness is not in place. Lack of fitness also results in poor fielding and unable to play long innings which is how we played for the last 5 results which has resulted in us having to qualify for all forms of white ball cricket. Anyone remember the times of say 2010 – 2015. Can you even imagine an unfit Dilshan or Sanga?