Sri Lanka announces 15-man squad; Dickwella dropped

Sri Lanka have announced their 15-man squad for the upcoming Nidahas Trophy at home and the wicket-keeper batsman Niroshan Dickwella has been dropped due to his poor form in limited over cricket recently.

Dickwella in T20Is, has scored only 39 runs in three innings in India in December last year and made 11 in the first T20I against Bangladesh recently before getting axed for the second game.

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As skipper Angelo Mathews is ruled out due to injury, Dinesh Chandimal will lead the side and pacer Suranga Lakmal will be the vice captain.

Other significant changes include the return of Nuwan Pradeep, Dushmantha Chameera to bolster the pace attack. Allrounder Dhananjaya de Silva, whose last T20I appearance came in January 2017 against South Africa, has also been included. Dickwella, Vandersay and Shehan Madushanka, who were part of the squad that sealed the T20I series 2-0 in Bangladesh, make way for the trio.

The tri-nation tournament will begin on 6th March with the hosts Sri Lanka taking on the in form India.

Squad: Dinesh Chandimal (C), Upul Tharanga, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Dasun Shanaka, Kusal Janith Perera, Thisara Perera, Jeevan Mendis, Suranga Lakmal (VC), Isuru Udana, Akila Dananjaya, Amila Aponso, Nuwan Pradeep, Dushmantha Chameera, Dhananjaya De Silva

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