Sri Lanka announce Test squad for Zimbabwe tour
Sri Lankan cricket team have not made any major changes to their squad, even after losing 1-0 to Pakistan in the Test series couple of months ago.
There had been only one replacement for the 15-man squad announced for the series against Zimbabwe. That too had been a bowler in replace of a batsman.
Right-handed pacer Suranga Lakmal could not travel to Pakistan due to dengue fever. After being out of the field for almost two months, he was recovered from the injury and named for Zimbabwe tour. Wicketkeeper batsman Kusal Perera had been dropped from the team.
Chief selector Ashantha de Mel had clarified that they had been preparing for white ball cricket after Kusal Perera was dropped from the squad. This was done at the suggestion of team head coach Mickey Arthur, he said. Perera had been left in the country to prepare for the ODI series against the West Indies in February.
Lahiru Thirimanne, who did not have a place in the XI in the last series, had been placed in the squad. Asitha Fernando was thought of as a substitute for Lakmal’s visit to Pakistan. Again he did not get a place in Zimbabwe tour. Lankans did not even take the inform opener Pathum Nissanka , who performed well in domestic cricket.
The first Test of the two-match series will begin on January 19. The second match will be held on January 27. Both matches will be taken place in Harare.
Sri Lanka’s Test squad:
Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Oshada Fernando, Kushal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Dilruwan Perera, Lasith Embuldeniya, Lahiru Kumara, Vishwa Fernando, Kasun Rajitha, Lakshan Sandakan and Suranga Lakmal.