Sri Lankan fast bowler Dushmantha Chameera has been essentially ruled out for at least the first three weeks of the IPL 2018 and the subsequent SL tour to West Indies due to a back complaint.
He has remained in Colombo for medical assessment instead of joining his franchise. "He has had some back stiffness, so we expect it to be three more weeks at least before he can return to bowling," Sri Lanka chief selector Graeme Labrooy told ESPNCricinfo. "We'll reassess after that and see where he is."
Chameera had missed a huge part of 2016 due to a stress fracture of the back, but this injury was sustained last week during the first round of the Super Fours Provincial Tournament - a tournament Chameera will now take no further part in. Rajasthan Royals bought Chameera at his base price of INR 50 lakhs (approx. USD $77,000).
Sri Lanka will go into that series without the pace-bowling firepower they would have liked, with Nuwan Pradeep and Shehan Madushanka also under injury clouds. The first of the three Tests begins on June 6.