Feb 09, 2017

No vice captain in SL squad

The squad for the upcoming Australian cricket tour was announced by the SLC today (09).

Although Upul Tharanga has been named as captain, no vice captain was named in the squad.

Allrounders Dasun Shanaka and Milinda Siriwardana, and batsmen Dilshan Munaweera and Chamara Kapugedara were also named, after being left out of the squad to South Africa. Upul Tharanga, who is currently leading Sri Lanka in the ODIs in South Africa ODIs, will lead the team in place of Angelo Mathews, who remained unavailable through injury.

Dinesh Chandimal, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thikshila de Silva, Nuwan Pradeep, Suranga Lakmal, Kusal Perera and Jeffrey Vandersay were left out of the squad.

The most notable inclusion was Lasith Malinga who was picked for the first time since he withdrew from the side ahead of the 2016 World T20, citing a bone bruise in his left knee. He was originally expected to only be unavailable for about five months, but had setbacks during his recovery - most recently suffering from dengue in December.

Of those who returned to the squad, opening batsman Munaweera had been out of the team longest, having last played against Bangladesh in March 2013.

Sri Lanka will play three T20 internationals and a practice match on their tour of Australia. The first international match is scheduled for February 17.

Squad : Upul Tharanga (capt), Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Asela Gunaratna, Dilshan Munaweera, Kusal Mendis, Milinda Siriwardana, Sachith Pathirana, Chamara Kapugedara, Seekkuge Prasanna, Nuwan Kulasekara, Isuru Udana, Dasun Shanaka, Lakshan Sandakan, Lasith Malinga, Vikum Sanjaya

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