Sri Lanka’s campaign in the Twenty20 World Cup suffered a blow with off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan being ruled out of the entire tournament due to a groin strain.
Muralitharan sustained the injury during his side’s two-wicket defeat against New Zealand in the tournament opener here on April 30.
Team physiotherapist Tommy Simsek said Muralitharan has sustained a grade one strain on his right adductor muscle and will need up to three weeks’ rest.
No replacement for 38-year-old spin wizard has been named by Sri Lankan team management. He took two wickets for 25 runs against New Zealand.