Sri Lanka Cricket has announced the 15-member Sri Lanka squad for the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 in England and Wales which starts in June, just a month and few days to go. Fast bowler Lasith Malinga returns in the squad. [বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ চ্যাম্পিয়ন্স ট্রফির শ্রীলঙ্কা দলে ফিরলেন ম্যাথিউস, মালিঙ্গা]
Malinga, 33, hasn’t played any ODI match since November 2015. He has been out of the Sri Lankan side for a long period of time due to injury. Yet the Sri Lankan selectors have picked him for the Champions Trophy.
“Malinga has got his medical clearance to bowl 10 overs, since about two weeks ago,” SLC president Thilanga Sumathipala said. “We need to build him up to bowl 10 overs now. He’s playing in the IPL, which is to our advantage, because he’s in a top-class cricketing environment and he’s practising. Right now we are getting reports that he’s going into eight overs in a spell. We have to make sure he’s fit to bowl 10 by about the 10th of May.”
“Match fitness is what he’s lacking now – his physical fitness is superb. We are looking for Malinga to be fit to play the practice games before the tournament – it’s very important for him to play those games.”
Sri Lanka will face India, Pakistan and South Africa in Group B.
Sri Lanka squad: Angelo Mathews (c), Upul Tharanga (vc), Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Chamara Kapugedera, Asela Gunaratne, Dinesh Chandimal, Lasith Malinga, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Nuwan Kulasekera, Thisara Perera, Lakshan Sandakan, Seekkuge Prasanna.
Standbys: Dilruwan Perera, Danushka Gunathilaka
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com