Angelo Mathews was ruled out of the first Test against Pakistan next week due to injury, Sri Lanka Cricket announced on Wednesday (September 20).
Mathews, the former captain, will miss the match starting September 28 in Abu Dhabi due to a calf strain, the board said.
The allrounder has had a long history of leg injuries. The problem has been particularly severe in the last year. He missed a tri-series in Zimbabwe due to multiple injuries in his legs, and his tour of South Africa in January was cut short due to a torn hamstring. He then resumed playing international cricket in June though his workload was strictly supervised.
Recently, he bowled only a few overs in each ODI against India in a five-match series, while in the preceding three-Test series, he was used solely as a batsman.
Two uncapped players have been brought into a 15-member squad, Sadeera Samarawickrama, the 22-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman, and Roshen Silva. Samarawickrama was rewarded for scoring heavily in Sri Lanka’s Premier League Tournament. He raked up 1016 runs at an average of 59.76.
Silva scored 614 runs at an average of 55.81 in the same tournament, and has a career average of 48.19 from 101 first-class matches so far.
In the fast bowling department, Dushmantha Chameera and Lahiru Kumara have been omitted from the side that faced India, while Lahiru Gamage — uncapped in Tests — comes in.
Malinda Pushpakumara, the left-arm spinner, who made his debut in the Test series against India, was dropped. Rangana Herath, Lakshan Sandakan and Dilruwan Perera are the main spinners.
Sri Lanka will play two Tests, five One-Day Internationals and three Twenty20 Internationals against Pakistan.
Sri Lanka squad: Dinesh Chandimal (capt), Lahiru Thirimanna, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kaushal Silva, Kusal Mendis, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Roshen Silva, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Rangana Herath, Lakshan Sandakan, Dilruwan Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Vishwa Fernando and Lahiru Gamage.