Sri Lanka’s top order batsman Dhananjaya de Silva, whose father was shot by an unknown gunman and had to withdraw his name from the Lankan team to the West Indies tour; will now rejoin the team, 12 days after the incident. Dhananjaya’s father was killed outside his home in Colombo.
According to reports of ESPNCricinfo.com, he will land in West Indies after 30 hours of travel and is highly unlikely to participate in the first Test beginning on Wednesday. De Silva has scored two centuries at the no.3 position for Sri Lanka, including the match-saving ton in the fourth innings against India in Delhi.
Dhananjaya's father, an elected councilor at the Dehiwala-Mt. Lavinia Municipal Council was gunned down in Rathmalana on May 23. It was the same day Dhananjaya was supposed to fly to the Caribbean with the Sri Lankan squad.
Sri Lanka Cricket has maintained that Dhananjaya can make his return to the Sri Lanka squad whenever he feels comfortable doing so. The team management, however, didn’t name a replacement for him, even though he was thought to miss the whole tour initially.