SL name squad for Bangladesh tour, Kusal Perera to lead
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has named 18 men for three-ODI tour of Bangladesh this month.
Kusal Perera has officially taken over the captaincy role from Dimuth Karunaratne. Meanwhile, Kusal Mendis will be Perera’s deputy.
Seniors Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal have been dropped in radical overhaul. Karunaratne, who was the captain in last ODI assignment in the Caribbean, is omitted.
Avishka Fernando, the top-order batter, has been left out after failing 2-km running test.
33-year-old pacer Isuru Udana is the senior-most man in the squad. Udana and all-rounder Dhananjaya de Silva have returned to the side after missing the cut in West Indies.
Ramesh Mendis, Chamika Karunaratne, Binura Fernando and Shiran Fernando are four uncapped players in the squad. Ramesh played the second Test against Bangladesh at Pallekele where he took six wickets across two innings.
Sri Lanka will fly for Dhaka on May 16 and will complete a three-day isolation before starting training under restricted movement. This will be their first tour in Bangladesh since 2018.
The first ODI will be on May 23, and the second and third on the 25th and 28th. Mirpur’s Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium will host all the matches behind closed doors.
Sri Lanka have negative two points in the World Cup Super League due to slow over-rate. Bangladesh have 30 points from six matches.
Sri Lanka squad: Kusal Janith Perera (captain), Kusal Mendis (vice-captain), Danushka Gunathilaka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Pathum Nissanka, Dasun Shanaka, Ashen Bandara, Wanindu Hasaranga, Isuru Udana, Akila Dananjaya, Niroshan Dickwella, Dushmantha Chameera, Ramesh Mendis, Asitha Fernando, Lakshan Sandakan, Chamika Karunaratne, Binura Fernando, Shiran Fernando.