Sri Lanka's Karunaratne in doubt for Windies tour

The board said Dimuth Karunaratne would be examined by a specialist “to determine the injury management and return to play timeframe”.

Sri Lanka's cricket board confirmed Karunaratne sustained the injury while batting in the nets on Tuesday to prepare for a limited-overs tournament.   -  THE HINDU PHOTO ARCHIVES

Sri Lanka opener Dimuth Karunaratne has fractured a finger while training, officials said on Wednesday, and is in doubt for a West Indies tour starting this month.

Sri Lanka's cricket board confirmed Karunaratne sustained the injury while batting in the nets on Tuesday to prepare for a limited-overs tournament.

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It did not comment on whether he would join the three-Test series in the West Indies, but sources said the 30-year-old opener was unlikely to be ready.

The board said Karunaratne would be examined by a specialist “to determine the injury management and return to play timeframe”.

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The left-hand opener has played in 49 Tests and scored 3,186 runs.

Sri Lanka have adopted advanced software used by football club Barcelona to manage their injury-prone cricketers.

The players wear devices during training and tournaments to monitor fitness and performance.

Under new coach Chandika Hathurusingha, Sri Lanka have been rebuilding after a year of humiliating defeats.

The national side bounced back in a tour of Bangladesh in January, thrashing the hosts in all three formats of the game.