Sri Lanka tied up for t-20 against South Africa. Despite, winning test series but Sri Lanka lost the ODI series. So Sri Lanka declared their t-20 preparation under the captaincy of Lasith Malinga.
Suranga Lakmal re-entered in the squad
Accordingly, the right-hander pacer Suranga Lakmal re-entered in the squad for the upcoming three matches t-20 series against South Africa. Though this 32 years old pacer got his t-20 cap in 2011 against South Africa as well but played only 10 matches for the past years. Despite Suranga Lakmal’s statistics is not so impressive, has picked 7 wickets with 41.71 average and 9.52 economy.
Though Suranga Lakmal played his last t-20 against India around a years ago in Colombo his leagues’ statistics can impress the selectors as well. Accordingly to the 44 matches gave him 49 wickets with 23.79 average and 8.03 economy. Hope this right-hander will keep the selectors’ words.
The other entrance
Angelo Perera recalled for the squad after 2014. The recent performance old of this 29 years old batting all-rounder impressed the selectors in the t-20 leagues. His batting average is 23.7 and 21.0 in bowling average as well with 7.6 economies. Hope this right-hander will flash through the t-20 series as well.
Accordingly, Avishka Fernando and Priyalmal Perera also called for the t-20 squad, both uncapped are waiting for their debut in the recent addition of cricket. According to their performances in List A and the first class, cricket can be a catalyst to convince the selectors.
Chandrika Hathurusinghe is called in Colombo
Therefore, Head Coach Chandrika Hathurusinghe will not be with the t-20 squad, Cricket Sri Lanka calls him to Colombo to nurse the ODI team for the sake of up-coming ICC World-Cup-19. According to his absence, Steve Rixon will serve as Head Coach to the t-20 team in South Africa. Cricket Sri Lanka is considering t as an initiative for the sake of World Cup-19.
The Sri Lanka t-20 squad against South Africa
Lasith Malinga (c) Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Avishka Fernando, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Perera, Dhananjaya De Silva, Kamindu Mendis, Priyamal Perera, Thisara Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Isuru Udana, Asitha Fernando, Akila Dananjaya, Jeffrey Vandersay, Lakshan Sandakan.
Therefore, Sri Lanka tied up for t-20 against South Africa. Hope they will unlock the curse of ODI series and return like the test series from the 19th March in Cape Town.