Cricket Sri Lanka announced a fifteen-member under Dimuth Karunaratne for the sake of upcoming ICC World Cup-19. Moreover, Angelo Mathews got a chance over Dinesh Chandimal.
Surprises for the Sri Lanka team
Accordingly, Dimuth Karunaratne included in the team that means Sri Lanka is going to have a new opening pair with one of Avishka Fernando or Thirimanne. Here Avishka Fernando has had royal returns since his debut during the home series against Australia in 2018. But his ability to combine solid defensive skills with big-hitting prowess caught the attention of many.
On the other hand, Lahiru Thirimanne is yet another comeback into the national team. Picked for his enormous experience and the stylish left-hander, who enjoyed a prolific time during the 2015 World Cup. But last he played an ODI in December 2017.
Angelo Mathews is back again
Accordingly, former captain, Angelo Mathews is back in the squad after missing most of Sri Lanka’s recent sunrises for a left hamstring strain. But recently, he made a comeback into competitive cricket though Super Provincial One Day tournament, which also acted as a selection trial tournament for the World Cup-19 as well. Mathews scored 227 runs in four innings playing for Dambulla, including a century and a fifty too.
The panel also kept faith in Kusal Mendis and Dhananjaya de Silva. Despite the pair not turning promise into performance. On the other hand, Isuru Udana’s power-packed batting during the South Africa series earned him his maiden World Cup call-up and he will link with Thisara Perera as the two pace-bowling all-rounders for the captain, Dimuth Karunaratne. Jeevan Mendis and Milinda Siriwardana will add depth to the set-up – two spinning all-rounders who can be used as floaters in the batting line-up.
Lasith Malinga lost his captaincy
Despite performing captaincy, Lasith Malinga will probably feature in his fourth and last World Cup this year. He will headline the bowling attack which also includes Suranga Lakmal and Nuwan Pradeep as well. The selectors have opted for leg-break bowler Vandersay ahead of mystery spinner Akila Dananjaya.
The selection panel has also included four standby players with Oshada Fernando, Kasun Rajitha, Wanindu Hasaranga, and Angelo Perera. They will travel with the team like the showpiece event. While the last date for submission of the preliminary squad is April 23, teams can make changes to the squad until May 23. Which any changes need to be ratified by the International Cricket Council ICC.
Let’s have a look on the Sri Lanka squad
Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Avishka Fernando, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Perera (wk), Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Jeevan Mendis, Milinda Siriwardana, Angelo Mathews, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Lasith Malinga, Suranga Lakmal, Jeffrey Vandersay, Nuwan Pradeep.
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Therefore, Cricket Sri Lanka announced a fifteen-member under Dimuth Karunaratne for the sake of upcoming ICC World Cup-19. As Sri Lanka got a chance to rescue the trophy again and try to utilize the chance.