Colombo - The father of Sri Lankan cricket all-rounder
Dhananjaya de Silva was shot dead by unidentified gunmen on the eve of the
national team's departure to the West Indies on Friday, 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
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.