Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) announced it’s 15 member squad (out of the 20 member pool) for the upcoming T20 tri-series in Sri Lanka, starting March 6. Dinesh Chandimal will lead the Lankan side while Suranga Lakmal has been named as the vice-captain. One of the significant omissions is that of Niroshan Dickwella who was dropped after a string of mediocre outings. In his last T20I series, Dickwella could only accumulate 39 runs.
Meanwhile, the likes of Dhananjaya de Silva, Nuwan Pradeep have also been included in the side. Dasun Shanaka, Nuwan Pradeep Dushmantha Chameera will lead the seam attack. The responsibility of batting will be shouldered by Chadimal, Upul Tharanga, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis. Allrounders, Amila Aponso, and Jeevan Mendis add more depth to the side. Senior statesman Angelo Mathews had already been ruled out due to a recurring hamstring injury.
The seven-match T20 series between India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka will be played to celebrate Sri Lanka’s 70th year of Independence. Visitors India and Bangladesh will arrive in Sri Lanka on March 4. The first match is between Sri Lanka and India at the R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo.