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SL chief selector gives brutal answer to de Silva-Dananjaya debate


Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) announced their 15-man squad on Thursday for the upcoming World Cup where some senior cricketers were left out.

De Silva with Dhananjaya
Sri Lanka already made an explosion on Wednesday after they announced Dimuth Karunaratne will lead the side in the upcoming World Cup, a player who last played an ODI for Sri Lanka in the last World Cup.

There were some huge surprises in the 15-man squad too as senior cricketer Upul Tharanga, wicket-keeper batsman Nirsoshan Dickwella and Akila Dananjaya were left out. The players have not even made it to the World Cup as the standby players. Sri Lanka can make changes to the squad without the permission of the International Cricket Council (ICC) untill May 23.

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Dickwella’s exclusion was not hard to predict as his poor recent batting form cost him a place in the squad. However, there was a huge debate for choosing Dhananjaya de Silva over Akila Dananjaya.

And Sri Lanka chief selector Asantha de Mel made a full stop to the debate with an answer that no one was expecting to hear.

“Dhananjaya de Silva gets a wicket every 26 balls, Akila Dhananjaya takes 50 balls to take a wicket,” he said.

The chief selector feels de Silva is a better off-spinner than Akila and the batting abilities of de Silva has given him the edge.

Squad: Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Avishka Fernando, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Perera (wk), Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Jeevan Mendis, Malinda Siriwardana, Angelo Mathews, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Lasith Malinga, Suranga Lakmal, Jeffrey Vandersay, Nuwan Pradeep.

Standbys: Oshada Fernando, Kasun Rajitha, Wanindu Hasaranga and Angelo Perera.

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