Mahela Jayawardene has been ruled out of Sri Lanka's Test series against Bangladesh due to a dislocated finger.
Sri Lanka will face the Tigers in a two-match contest next month and Jayawardene, who recently handed over the captaincy reins to Angelo Mathews, will take no part after hurting his finger during a domestic game.
"Mahela injured his finger and will be ruled out of the home series against Bangladesh starting in the first week of March," a statement from Sri Lanka Cricket .
"Jayawardene dislocated the middle finger of his left hand while attempting a catch on Sunday in a domestic first-class game for SSC against NCC at his home ground. Scans had later shown a fracture.
"His scan reports have already been dispatched to Australia for further investigations but experts said that the forecast is not very good for the veteran batsman to play the Bangladesh series.
"Usually a fracture like the one Jayawardene sustained needs 2-4 weeks to heal, but due to the severity of Jayawardene's injury the doctors have estimated it to require 4-6 weeks to heal completely."
A 20-man squad had already been assembled for the series and as such a replacement will not be called for.