With the declining in pace and ineffectiveness of Sri Lanka’s fast bowling spearhead Lasith Malinga as witnessed in the on-going five-match one-day international series against Pakistan, Sri Lanka are not too eager to rush up and coming speedster Dushmantha Chameera who is recovering from a side strain.

Chameera bowled Sri Lanka to victory in the second Test against Pakistan at the P Sara Oval last month with a match bag of four wickets on his debut but suffered a side strain which has kept him out of international cricket since.

“We were unfortunate to miss Chameeera Dushmantha in the Test and in the ODIs he would have definitely been a determining factor had he been fit,” said chief selector Kapila Wijegunawardene.

“Chameera is being monitored closely and undergoing treatment. A side strain is not serious but a painful one which sometimes can take a long time to heal. The muscles are all attached to your bones and it takes a little while longer. We are hoping that by the second Test against India he will be ready. We don’t want to rush him because we want him fit and ready because having him makes a huge difference to the composition of our attack,” he said.

Chameera’s pace rattled the Pakistani batsmen and all-rounder Riaz Wahab was sent home with a fractured wrist after being hit during the second Test.

Sri Lanka’s fast bowling coach Champaka Ramanayake said that 23-year-old Chameera was the most exciting fast-bowling find he had come across since Lasith Malinga. – [ST]