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Father of Sri Lankan cricketer Dhananjaya de Silva shot dead

New Delhi: Sri Lankan's Dhananjaya de Silva celebrates his century during the final day of the third cricket test match against India, in New Delhi on Wednesday   | Photo Credit: PTI

The father of Sri Lankan cricketer Dhananjaya de Silva was shot dead by unidentified gunmen on the eve of the national team's departure to the West Indies, police said.

The player's father Ranjan, a local politician, was gunned down in Ratmalana, a suburb of the capital Colombo, close to midnight on Thursday, police said. An investigation is underway but no arrests have been made.

Cricket officials said 26-year-old de Silva withdrew from the tour that involves three Test matches. However, there was no official word from the cricket board on who will replace de Silva.

Sri Lanka will also miss opener Dimuth Karunaratne who fractured a finger while batting in the nets earlier this month as he prepared for a limited-overs domestic tournament.


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