The ICC has confirmed that the Event Technical Committee of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 has approved Upul Tharanga as a replacement player for Jeevan Mendis in Sri Lanka’s squad for the tournament.
Mendis is suffering from a hamstring injury, which he picked up at a training session on Tuesday.
The 30-year-old Tharanga 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.
Any injury or illness-based replacement requires a written submission to the Event Technical Committee along with a diagnosis from a medical practitioner as to the extent of the injury or illness. Once replaced, a player may not return to the squad save as an approved subsequent replacement for another injured or ill player.
Sri Lanka play their next match versus Bangladesh on Thursday 26th Feb, 2015.