Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) announced their squad for the upcoming three-match ODI series against Zimbabwe which starts on the 16th of January in Pallekelle.
From the initial 18-member squad selected, three players – top order batter Avishka Fernando, uncapped duo -Kamil Mishara and Janith Liyanage were withdrawn having tested positive for Covid-19. Also, two seamers uncapped left-armer Kalana Perera and speedster Lahiru Kumara were dropped having failed their fitness tests last week. Vice-Captain Dhananjaya De Silva has been granted paternity leave.
The selectors included three batters – Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal and Kamindu Mendis to the lineup, while Nuwan Pradeep and Shiran Fernando were added to boost the fast-bowling stocks in the side.
Skipper Dasun Shanaka and speedster Dushmantha Chameera, both having contracted Covid-19 last month have successfully recovered to play against Zimbabwe. In the last ODI series played between these two teams in Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe defeated the hosts, 3-2 in 2017.
The other notable absentees from the squad are Wanindu Hasaranga and Kusal Perera due to injuries.
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The three-match ODI series will be a part of the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League.
Sri Lanka Squad – Dasun Shanaka (Captain), Pathum Nissanka, Minod Bhanuka, Dinesh Chandimal, Charith Asalanka, Kusal Mendis, Kamindu Mendis, Ramesh Mendis, Chamika Karunaratne, Jeffrey Vandersay, Maheesh Theekshana, Praveen Jayawickrama, Dushmantha Chameera, Chamika Gunasekara, Nuwan Pradeep, Shiran Fernando, Nuwan Thushara
Standby players – Ashen Bandara, Pulina Tharanga, Nimesh Vimukthi, Ashain Daniel, Asitha Fernando, Vishwa Fernando
Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe fixtures
- 1st ODI – 16th January – 2.30pm – Pallekelle
- 2nd ODI – 18th January – 2.30pm – Pallekelle
- 3rd ODI – 21st January – 2.30pm – Pallekelle