T20 World Cup: Dasun Shanaka to lead Sri Lanka in WC, Dinesh Chandimal returns, no place for Angelo Mathews – Sri Lanka have announced a 19-man squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup to be played in Oman and UAE from October 17. Dasun Shanaka will continue to lead the squad while Dhananjaya De Silva will be his deputy. Apart from naming a 15-member team, Sri Lanka will have four travelling reserves as they begin from the first round.
However, the squad had no place for star all-rounder Angelo Mathews after he informed SLC of taking a break from cricket. He was also recently dropped from central contracts. Apart from that, another veteran player Dinesh Chandimal has been included in the squad while Kusal Perera too has retained his place.
T20 World Cup: The Dasun Shanaka-led team will begin their campaign on October 18 against Namibia in Abu Dhabi in Group A of the First Round, where they have also drawn Ireland and the Netherlands.
The only major omissions from the squad were Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Mendis and Danushka Gunathilaka, who were banned for a year for breaking the Covid-19 protocols on their tour of England in July. With Kusal Perera’s return after an injury, Minod Bhanuka, who was keeping the wickets in Perera’s absence, also misses out.
T20 World Cup: 21-year-old off-spinner Maheesh Theekshana, who made his T20I debut in the first match against South Africa and dismissed Heinrich Klaasen, has been included. The youngster was also impressive in his ODI debut earlier this week, picking up a four-wicket haul. The other spinners making the squad are left-armer Praveen Jayawickrema, who made his international debut earlier this year, and Wanindu Hasaranga.
Jayawickrema is the only uncapped member in the squad but has been included on the basis of his terrific performances in other formats. He had an excellent Test debut against Bangladesh in April, picking up 11 wickets in the match. He also has played five ODIs so far and picked up five wickets.
T20 World Cup: The fast bowling department will be led by Dushmantha Chameera along with veteran seamer Nuwan Pradeep and all-rounder Chamika Karunaratne.
They have also named four reserves, who will travel with the squad as injury cover – Lahiru Kumara, Binura Fernando, Akila Dananjaya and Pulina Tharanga.
Sri Lanka squad for T20 World Cup: Dasun Shanaka (Captain), Dhananjaya De Silva (Vice-Captain), Kusal Janith Perera, Dinesh Chandimal, Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Charith Asalanka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Kamindu Mendis, Chamika Karunaratne, Nuwan Pradeep, Dushmantha Chameera, Praveen Jayawickrema, Lahiru Madushanka, Maheesh Theekshana
Reserves: Lahiru Kumara, Binura Fernando, Akila Dananjaya, Pulina Tharanga