This cricketer's father was brutally shot dead!

First Published 25, May 2018, 2:02 PM IST
This cricketer's father was brutally shot dead!
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In an unfortunate situation, Dhananjaya de Silva has withdrawn from Sri Lanka’s upcoming tour of West Indies after his father Ranjan de Silva was brutally murdered.

The father of Sri Lankan cricket allrounder Dhananjaya de Silva has been shot dead by unidentified gunmen on the eve of the national team's departure to the West Indies on Friday.

He was pronounced dead upon admission to the Kalubowila Hospital while two others with him during the incident suffered injuries.

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Dhananjaya’s teammates rushed to the hospital after the shocking news. Ranjan de Silva had recently contested in the local government elections. They are off to the Carribean Islands. De Silva’s father was gunned down in the Mount Lavinia, a municipality south of Colombo.

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.

The 26-year-old Dhananjaya, who has played 13 Test matches, made a comeback during the Delhi Test match against India last year. His unbeaten hundred in the second innings helped Sri Lanka save the game and kept the series defeat down to 0-1 scoreline. He carried that form to the Bangladesh series, scoring a big hundred in the Chittagong Test.

Summary: In an unfortunate situation, Dhananjaya de Silva has withdrawn from Sri Lanka’s upcoming tour of West Indies after his father Ranjan de Silva was brutally murdered.

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