Squads of 19 and 17 members were named today to represent Sri Lanka ‘A’ against the touring Bangladesh ‘A’ team in two Unofficial Tests and three Unofficial ODIs respectively. The tourists’ are scheduled to arrive in the island today (18th September).
The two nations were recently involved in a similar series which saw the Emerging teams from both countries lock horns in Bangladesh. The Lankans won the limited-overs edition 2-1 while both 4-day games ended in tame draws.
|1st Unofficial Test||23rd – 26th September||Marians Cricket Ground, Katunayake|
|2nd Unofficial Test||30th – 3rd October||Galle International Cricket Stadium|
|1st Unofficial ODI||7th October||Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium, Hambantota|
|2nd Unofficial ODI||9th October||Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium, Hambantota|
|3rd Unofficial ODI||12th October||R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium, Colombo|
All-rounder Ashan Priyanjan has been named captain of both the Sri Lanka outfits while Pathum Nissanka, Ashen Bandara, Kamindu Mendis, Ramesh Mendis, Chamika Karunaratne, Asitha Fernando and Shiran Fernando, players who also played for the Sri Lanka Emerging team in Bangladesh, find themselves in both squads.
Priyamal Perera, Jeffrey Vandersay and Vishwa Fernando, players who were part of Sri Lanka national squads in some of their most recent international assignments, have also been named in both squads.
Asela Gunaratne, whose career was hindered largely due to an untimely injury in 2017, has been recalled to the set-up with a place in the Sri Lanka ‘A’ One-Day squad. Since his recovery, he has been in and out of Sri Lanka development squads and also featured in the national squad a few times.
Sri Lanka national discards, left-arm spinners Malinda Pushpakumara and Prabath Jayasuriya have been named in a 4-man spin attack for the 4-day matches.
A notable newbie to the set-up is NCC wicket-keeper batsman Lahiru Udara. Despite playing two 4-day games for the Sri Lanka Emerging team in South Africa and Bangladesh, this is his first call-up for the Sri Lanka ‘A’ team.
This will also be the first assignment for Roy Dias since he was appointed head coach of the Sri Lanka ‘A’ team in May following the sacking of former coach Avishka Gunawardena.
Four-Day Squad – Ashan Priyanjan (C), Pathum Nissanka, Sangeeth Cooray, Lahiru Udara (WK), Charith Asalanka, Priyamal Perera, Ashen Bandara, Kamindu Mendis, Ramesh Mendis, Manoj Sarathchandra (WK), Chamika Karunaratne, Malinda Pushpakumara, Jeffrey Vandersay, Nishan Peiris, Prabath Jayasuriya, Vishwa Fernando, Asitha Fernando, Mohamed Shiraz, Shiran Fernando
One-Day Squad – Ashan Priyanjan (C), Pathum Nissanka, Sandun Weerakkody (WK), Lahiru Udara (WK), Sammu Ashan, Priyamal Perera, Ashen Bandara, Kamindu Mendis, Ramesh Mendis, Asela Gunaratne, Chamika Karunaratne, Ishan Jayaratne, Amila Aponso, Jeffrey Vandersay, Vishwa Fernando, Asitha Fernando, Shiran Fernando