Charith Asalanka to lead Sri Lanka President’s XI against West Indies

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Charith Asalanka to lead Sri Lanka President’s XI

Sri Lanka Cricket President’s XI squad has been announced for the four-day warm-up game against the visiting West Indies team, which begins on 14th November.

The left-handed batter Charith Asalanka, who had an excellent T20 World Cup campaign with the bat, has been named as the Captain of the 15-member squad.

Young batting sensation Pathum Nissanka and Test regulars Oshada Fernando, Dhananjaya De Silva and Roshen Silva have been included in the squad in order to give them the much needed match practice ahead of the Test series against West Indies.

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Wicket keeper batsman Minod Bhanuka and 20-year old Kamil Mishara, who impressed with the bat during the unofficial Test series against Pakistan ‘A’ amassing 217 runs in 2 matches at an average of 54.25, have earned a call-up.

The all-rounder Chamika Karunaratne, who has been a consistent performer in white-ball Cricket for Sri Lanka, has earned a call-up as the selectors are looking to test his red-ball credentials. The fast bowling department will be strengthened by Test regulars Vishwa Fernando, Asitha Fernando and 21-year old Chamika Gunasekara, who picked up a 6-wicket haul against visiting Pakistan ‘A’ during the concluded unofficial Test series.

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The selectors have named four spinners in the squad – Sri Lanka’s premier Test spinner Lasith Embuldeniya, off spinner Ramesh Mendis, chinaman bowler Lakshan Sandakan and 24-year old leg spinner Suminda Lakshan, whose potential selectors have been impressed with.

SLC President’s XI Squad

  1. Charith Asalanka – Captain
  2. Pathum Nissanka
  3. Oshada Fernando
  4. Dhananjaya de Silva
  5. Roshen Silva
  6. Minod Bhanuka (WK)
  7. Chamika Karunaratne
  8. Asitha Fernando
  9. Kamil Mishara
  10. Chamika Gunasekera
  11. Suminda Lakshan
  12. Lakshan Sandakan
  13. Ramesh Mendis
  14. Lasith Embuldeniya
  15. Vishwa Fernando

The four-day warm-up game between Sri Lanka President’s XI and West Indies will be played on 14th, 15th, 16th & 17th November at SSC Grounds in Colombo.