ICC World Cup: Upul Tharanga gets Lanka call-up as Jeevan Mendis is ruled out
Melbourne: Sri Lankan all-rounder Jeevan Mendis has been ruled out of the rest of the World Cup with a hamstring injury and batsman Upul Tharanga has been called up as a replacement.
Mendis, 32, a left-handed batsman and right-arm leg-spinner, suffered the injury during training on Tuesday.
"Unfortunately, Jeevan is out for two to three weeks," skipper Angelo Mathews said. "Upul is expected to arrive tonight but we have yet to decide if we will play him or not against Bangladesh."
Mendis, 32, who has played in 16 one-day internationals, conceded 13 runs in three wicketless overs and remained unbeaten on nine during Sri Lanka's tense four-wicket win over Afghanistan in Dunedin on Sunday.
Tharanga, 30, has played 176 one-day internationals in which he has scored 5,339 runs at an average of 33.57.
He has also hit 13 centuries and 28 half-centuries. The left-handed opener's last ODI for Sri Lanka was against India in Cuttack in November 2014.