Silva to miss World Cup opener due to family death

Colombo: Sri Lanka batsman Chamara Silva has opted out of the co-host’s World Cup opener against Canada on Sunday after the death of his sister, a team official said on Friday.

Silva, a key middle-order batsman, left the rest of the squad yesterday after he received news of the death of his elder sister Nelum Anusha Silva.

Sri Lanka media manager Brian Thomas said the batsman will not be available for its Group A match against Canada in the southern Hambantota district but will join the squad on Tuesday to prepare for the second match against Pakistan on February 26.

The rest of the Sri Lankan squad is scheduled to fly to Hambantota on Friday.

Sri Lanka team manager Anura Tennakoon has also left the squad following the death of his father.