The National Cricket squad for the upcoming One Day International series against Zimbabwe has been announced.
Dasun Shanaka will once again lead the side.
The 17-member squad has been ratified by the Minister of Sports. Kusal Mendis who was banned last year over a bio bubble breach has returned to the squad, although Danushka Gunathilaka and Niroshan Dickwella continue to remain sidelined.
Sri Lanka Cricket said the National Selection Committee named Dhananjaya De Silva, Avishka Fernando, Lahiru Kumara, Janith Liyanage, Kalana Perera and Kamil Mishara in the original squad but they will not feature in the ODIs owing to various reasons including COVID infection.
Although Dinesh Chandimal has been named in the squad, veteran Angelo Mathews and Kusal Janith Perera are not part of the squad.
Six standby players have also been named for the ODIs.
The Sri Lanka-Zimbabwe ODI series will commence on the 16th of January at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium.
- Dasun Shanaka – Captain
- Avishka Fernando – He will not play in the series, as he has tested Positive for Covid-19
- Pathum Nissanka
- Minod Bhanuka
- Dhananjaya De Silva – Vice Captain – He will not play as he is on Paternity Leave
- Charith Asalanka
- Chamika Karunaratne
- Maheesh Theekshana
- Jeffrey Vandersay
- Lahiru Kumara – He will not play as he has not fulfilled the ‘fitness standards’
- Nuwan Thushara
- Janith Liyanage – He will not play in the series, as he has tested Positive for Covid-19
- Ramesh Mendis
- Praveen Jayawickrama
- Dushmantha Chameera
- Chamika Gunasekera
- Kalana Perera – He will not play as he has not fulfilled the ‘fitness standards’
- Kamil Mishara – He will not play in the series, as he has tested Positive for Covid-19
The below-given players will come into the squad in place of the aforementioned players, who will not play in the series.
- Dinesh Chandimal
- Kusal Mendis
- Nuwan Pradeep
- Shiran Fernando
- Kamindu Mendis
The following players were named as standby players.
- Ashen Bandara
- Pulina Tharanga
- Nimesh Vimukthi
- Ashian Daniel
- Asitha Fernando
- Vishwa Fernando