For now, a 22-member list has been named for the series, but this will be trimmed to 15 before the opening Test in Galle. Chandimal, the former captain, hasn't played for Sri Lanka in over six months after getting axed following poor returns in Australia. Expected to be one of the batting mainstays, Chandimal's dip in form also resulted in him not getting selected for the recently-concluded World Cup.
Apart from Chandimal, the selectors also brought back spinners Akila Dananjaya and Dilruwan Perera. While Dananjaya has played only five Tests in his career so far, with his most recent appearance coming in November last year against England, veteran Perera was dropped following his lacklustre performance in Australia. Former skipper Angelo Mathews, who missed the South Africa Tests with a hamstring injury, has also been included.
Probables: Dimuth Karunaratne (C), Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera, Niroshan Dickwella, Dhananjaya de Silva, Angelo Perera, Oshada Fernando, Danushka Gunathilaka, Shehan Jayasuriya, Chamika Karunaratne, Dilruwan Perera, Akila Dananjaya, Lasith Embuldeniya, Lakshan Sandakan, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara, Vishwa Fernando, Kasun Rajitha, Asitha Fernando