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Dinesh Chandimal leaves second Test against Bangladesh due to 'family emergency'


Chattogram (Bangladesh), April 2
Sri Lanka wicket-keeper batter, Dinesh Chandimal, departed from Chattogram to return to Colombo due to a "family medical emergency" on the fourth day of the ongoing Test match against Bangladesh.

Chandimal's absence resulted in Sri Lanka bringing on a substitute fielder for the remainder of the match.

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) on Tuesday, issued a statement and emphasised their full support for Chandimal during this difficult time and urged the public to respect his and his family's privacy.

"Dinesh Chandimal has withdrawn from the team playing the 2nd Test match against Bangladesh with immediate effect due to a 'family medical emergency.' Accordingly, the player will return home immediately.

"Sri Lanka Cricket, his teammates, and the coaching staff fully support Dinesh Chandimal at this moment of need and request that the public respect his and his family's privacy," a statement put out by the SLC read.

Despite losing six wickets on the third evening, Sri Lanka maintained control of the Test after taking a 353-run lead into the second innings. In this innings, Chandimal had been caught behind for nine runs.

He was one of six batters to reach a half-century as the visitors amassed 531 runs in the opening innings.

Sri Lanka currently lead the two-match series 1-0 after a win in Sylhet.