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Soil condition at Kardinia also cause for injuries: Theekshana

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Sri Lankan cricketer Maheesh Theekshana said that the cold climate in Geelong is not the only reason why many players of the Sri Lankan team have sustained injuries.

Speaking at a press conference at the end of yesterday’s (20) match, he said that players got injured because of the soil instability at Kardinia Park Stadium in Geelong, where all the three matches for qualifying for Super-12 round of T20 World Cup were held.

The average temperature in Geelong is around 14 degrees Celsius and sometimes it drops down to 6 degrees Celsius at night.

Teekshana said the ball usually stays immobile once it hits the ground at Kardinia Park stadium without moving forward due to soil instability.

Currently, four players in the Sri Lankan team have sustained injuries. They are Dushmantha Chameera, Pramod Madhushan, Danushka Gunathilaka and Pathum Nissanka.

Meanwhile, it was reported that Pathum Nissanka has suffered a minor leg injury and he will be able to play again after a rest of two or three days.

In the meantime, Danushka Gunathilaka’s condition is being observed and a decision has not been taken to remove him from the team.

Cricket team Manager Mahinda Halangoda said Pramod Madushanda will also join the team after a brief break.

Meanwhile, the manager said Dushmantha Chameera will not be sent back to Sri Lanka though he was taken out from the tournament.

He said that arrangements are being made to perform the surgery on Chameera’s injured leg in Australia.

Meanwhile, it was also reported that Kasun Rajitha, who replaced Chameera, reached Australia yesterday.

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No COVID-19 deaths yesterday

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No COVID-19 deaths have been confirmed yesterday (06) by the Director-General of Health Services.

Accordingly, the current COVID-19 death toll remains at 16,806.

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50-yr old bank manager involved with teen, arrested

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Bambalapitiya police say that a 50-year-old private bank manager was arrested for allegedly having a relationship with a 14-year-old schoolgirl from Colombo.

According to reports, the teen had been taken to public parking lots in a jeep with tinted glass and sexually assaulted.

The teen has been admitted to Kalubowila Teaching Hospital.

Reports say that the suspect is a widower with two teenaged daughters of his own.

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Met Dept. warns of gusty winds & rough seas

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The depression over Southeast Bay of Bengal (500km east of Trincomalee) has concentrated into a deep depression and located near latitude 8.7N and longitude 85.7E today morning, the Department of Meteorology said in an advisory issued earlier.

It is very likely to move west-northwestwards, gradually intensifying into a cyclonic storm around this evening.

The system is likely to approach the coast of northern Tamil-Nadu, Puducherry and southern Andhra Pradesh over Southwest Bay of Bengal 08th December morning.

Wind speeds will be 60-70 kmph and can increase up to 80 kmph in sea areas between 02N – 15N and 80E – 95E.

Heavy showers or thundershowers and rough to very rough seas can be expected in aforementioned sea areas.

The naval and fishing communities are advised not to venture into the deep and shallow sea areas off the coast extending from Mannar to Pottuvil via Kankesanturai, Trincomalee and Batticaloa and southwest Bay of Bengal (02N – 15N, 80E – 95E) until further notice.

Meanwhile, those who are out at aforementioned sea regions are advised to return to coasts or to move to safer areas immediately.

The fishing and naval communities are requested to be attentive to future forecasts issued by the Meteorology Department in this regard.

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