Sri Lanka announced a 15-member squad for the upcoming World Cup in England and there were major surprises. For starters, the big one, Lasith Malinga and Angelo Matthews have made it to the side. The Sri Lankan squad will be led by Dimuth Karunaratne who last played an ODI for the country four years back. Also, Siriwardana and Vandersay who last played an ODI a couple of years back made it to the squad. One thing is for certain going by the selection that the board is trusting experience.
The 1996-champions will start the tournament as underdogs but they have it in them to pull out a surprise or two. Isuru Udana who performed exceedingly well against South Africa has been named in the squad and in all probability bowl alongside Malinga.
Sri Lanka will play their tournament opener against New Zealand on June 1. The World Cup starts on May 30.
Earlier, veteran pacer Malinga was sacked as ODI skipper with Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) naming Test captain Karunaratne to lead the country at the 50 over World cup in England beginning May 30. The World cup squad will be announced Thursday, SLC said. “Karunaratne’s appointment was ratified by the Minister of Telecommunications, Foreign Employment and Sports Honorable Harin Fernando,” Sri Lanka Cricket said in a release.
The 31-year-old Karunaratne, who didn’t play a single ODI since the 2015 World Cup, has only featured in 17 ODIs and averages 15.83 with a high score of 60. He will replace Malinga, who had captained the team during the 0-5 loss to South Africa in the ODI series.
Full Squad: Dimuth Karunaratne (captain), Avishka Fernando, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhanajaya de Silva, Jeffrey Vandersay, Thisara Perera, Lasith Malinga, Isuru Udana, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Jeevan Mendis, Milinda Siriwardana