Playing XI almost confirmed as Shehan Jayasuriya replaces Gunathilaka
Selectors have included Shehan Jayasuriya in the squad of 15 for the first ODI against West Indies. Shehan Jayasuriya has replaced Danushka Gunathilaka who is having back-problem.
In the meantime, Niroshan Dickwella who was suffering from dengue is “almost” recovered and will be travelling with the team. He even practiced at the ground. However, he is unlikely to be in the final eleven for the first ODI. Kusal Perera is likely to keep wickets.
The coach (Mickey Arthur) and the captain (Dimuth Karunaratne) will decide the final eleven. Five bowlers are likely to play in the first match.
There will be a toss-up between Dasun Shanaka and Thisara Perera. Most probably Thisara Perera may play.
West Indies arrived in Sri Lanka on February 8. They had already played one warm-up match in which they lost by 2 wickets against SLC XI. The next warm-up match will be held on February 20. The main series will begin with a ODI match on February 22.
Sri Lanka squad:
Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Avishka Fernando, Kusal Perera, Kushal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjay De Silva, Dasun Shanaka, Thisara Perera, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lakshan Sandakan, Isuru Udana, Nuwan Pradeep, Shehan Jayasuriya, Lahiru Kumara and Niroshan Dickwella (wk).