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Rangana Herath ruled out of Sri Lanka’s World Cup before QFs

March 18, 2015

SYDNEY (AP) — Rangana Herath was ruled out of Sri Lanka’s World Cup squad in the hours before Wednesday’s quarterfinal against South Africa.

The left-arm spinner cut the index finger on his bowling hand in a Pool A win over England on March 1 and hasn’t properly practiced for two weeks. He bowled briefly in the nets on Tuesday before seeking more treatment.

The International Cricket Council announced in a statement that it had approved 22-year-old Tharindu Kaushal as a replacement for Herath for the knockout stage of the tournament.

Sri Lanka, the 1996 champion and runner-up at the last two World Cups, has been hit by injuries before and during the tournament, losing five players from the initial squad.

Herath, who will turn 37 on Thursday, has been Sri Lanka’s leading spin bowler in recent seasons. He took three wickets in four World Cup matches before he was injured. He joins Dhammika Prasad, Dimuth Karunaratne, Dinesh Chandimal and Jeevan Mendis on the list of players ruled out of Sri Lanka’s squad.

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