Dinesh Chandimal “ignored” again for Bangladesh series
By Bipin Dani
Former Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal has been “dropped” again for the home series against Bangladesh, it is reliably learnt here.
According to the highly placed sources in the sports ministry, where, as per the policy, the 22-men squad has been sent for the approval, Chandimal’s name is not there.
The 30-year-old right-handed batsman, who also can keep wickets played his last ODI for Sri Lanka in January (against New Zealand) this year.
Chandimal has been “allowed” to play the Global T-20 in Canada (July 25-August 11).
He will replace Niroshan Dickwella, who has been denied NOC as he is in the squad to play the three ODIs’ against visiting Bangladesh.
Sri Lanka’s left-handed batsman Thisara Perera has also sought NOC for this tournament in Canada. But he has also been denied the NOC.
“We want him to play the series against Bangladesh (ending July 31) and told him not to leave before August 1”, one of the top SLC officials told to this paper.
“Yes, he agreed on this but has further requested to release after the Bangladesh matches”, the source confirmed.
He (Thisara Perera) is not a Test player and his absence in the home Test series against New Zealand will not be affected but considering the jet-leg, and injury risk of playing after a possible 20-hour long journey it is to be seen how he is able to convince the top brass.