Dimuth Karunaratne named as stand-in skipper of Sri Lanka for South Africa Test series
Sri Lankan left-handed opening batsman Dimuth Karunaratne has been named as the stand-in skipper for Sri Lanka in the Test series against South Africa.
Sri Lankan Cricket team is getting worse day by day in all three formats of the game due to a heap of issues going around them. Recently Sri Lanka toured New Zealand and Australia and eventually they lost all the series they played in the two tours.
Even former Sri Lankan players are also not happy with the things around the team and they are expressing more bad opinions on the team day by day. The next assignment of Sri Lanka is a whole tour to South Africa that includes two Tests, five ODIs and three T20Is.
The tour will begin with the longest version of the game. Ahead of the Test series, Sri Lankan Cricket Board has announced a 17-member Test squad and Dimuth Karunaratne has been appointed as the stand-in skipper for Sri Lanka in the Test series.
The regular skipper Dinesh Chandimal is going through a serious form-out issue and the board has decided to let him play in the domestic tournaments to rectify the issues with his batting form. In his absence, Karunaratne will be the captain of the side and Niroshan Dickwella will be the vice-captain.
Roshen Silva has also been dropped after the debacle in Australia while the likes of Oshada Fernando, M Shiraz and L Embuldeniya have received their maiden call-ups along with Angelo Perera.
Sri Lanka Test squad: Dimuth Karunaratne (C), Niroshan Dickwella (VC), Lahiru Thirimanne, Kaushal Silva, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera, Milinda Siriwardana, Dhananjaya De Silva, Oshada Fernando, Angelo Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Kasun Rajitha, Vishwa Fernando, Chamika Karunaratne, M Shiraz, L Sandakan, L Embuldeniya.