Sri Lanka are without four of their first-choice batters who are unavailable owing to suspension or injury
Bhanuka Rajapaksa, who was fined by SLC earlier this month for a breach of contract, has been named in the 25-member Sri Lanka squad for the rescheduled ODI and T20I series at home against India starting July 18. Uncapped batter Lahiru Udara and seam-bowling allrounder Ishan Jayaratne received call-ups in the absence of several big players.
Returning from injury, Lahiru Kumara and Kasun Rajitha also featured in the squad, which was without four of the side’s first-choice batters – Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Niroshan Dickwella and Kusal Perera – who are unavailable owing to suspension or injury.
Dasun Shanaka will lead the side in place of Perera, who was ruled out because of a shoulder injury. Dhananjaya de Silva was named the vice-captain.
Binura Fernando is not expected to be fit for the ODI series, but could play the T20Is. Minod Bhanuka is likely to be Perera’s replacement as wicketkeeper.
Squad: Dasun Shanaka (capt), Dhananjaya De Silva (vice-capt), Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Ashen Bandara, Minod Bhanuka, Lahiru Udara, Ramesh Mendis, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Lakshan Sandakan, Akila Dananjaya, Shiran Fernando, Dhananjaya Lakshan, Ishan Jayaratne, Praveen Jayawickrama, Asitha Fernando, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara, Isuru Udana
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