Sri Lanka have announced an 18 member squad for their upcoming three-match ODI series against Bangladesh. The team will be led by Kusal Perera, who will replace Dimuth Karunaratne as the Sri Lankan skipper. Also, senior members like Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal and Lahiru Thirimanne have failed to make a cut into the team.
Earlier, there were reports that Sri Lanka are looking to build a team for the future thus will not select the underperforming seniors for the Bangladesh tour. It is speculated that Thisara Perera’s decision to bid adieu to international cricket was inspired by this development.
Also, Kusal Mendis has been named as the vice-captain of the side. There is no news regarding the T20 captaincy and Dasun Shanaka is most likely to continue. Sri Lanka have also included some new faces like Chamika Karunaratne, Shiran Fernando, Asitha Fernando, and Binura Fernando in the squad while Ashen Bandara, Danushka Gunathilaka, and Wanindu Hasaranga, who had a decent series against West Indies, have managed to retain their place.
Ramesh Mendis and Lakshan Sandakan are also included in the team to boost their spin attack. The ODI series will kick off on May 23 at the Shere Bangla Stadium in Dhaka. The other two matches will be played on 25th and 28th May at the same venue.
Sri Lanka’s 18-member ODI squad vs Bangladesh: Kusal Perera (C), Kusal Mendis (VC), Danushka Gunathilaka, Pathum Nissanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Ashen Bandara, Niroshan Dickwella, Dasun Shanka, Isuru Udana, Dushmantha Chameera, Ramesh Mendis, Lakshan Sandakan, Akila Dhananjaya, Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Asitha Fernando, Binura Fernando, Shiran Fernando.
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