Legspinner Jeffrey Vandersay, seam bowlers Suranga Lakmal and Asitha Fernando, and batsman Sadeera Samarawickrama have all been named in Sri Lanka’s T20 squad for the forthcoming three-match T20 sequence in opposition to South Africa. Allrounder Dasun Shanaka, in the meantime, has been dropped.
Additionally included within the squad are a few of the less-experienced gamers at the moment within the one-day outfit. Opener Avishka Fernando and batsmen Priyamal Perera and Angelo Perera have all been picked. There is no such thing as a room, nonetheless, for Oshada Fernando, who had been particularly spectacular within the Check leg of the continuing tour.
Dinesh Chandimal, who had been within the T20 squad in New Zealand, and had not too long ago top-scored in Sri Lanka’s club-based T20 match, has been omitted from this squad as nicely.
A number of injured gamers had been unavailable for choice for this squad. In line with chief selector Ashantha de Mel, Angelo Mathews has not but regained full health following his newest hamstring damage, Danushka Gunathilaka continues to undergo with a backbone drawback, whereas quick bowler Dushmantha Chameera has picked up one other hamstring damage, simply as he was recovering from the ankle criticism that had seen him go away the tour of Australia.
Kusal Perera’s hamstring damage, in the meantime, is predicted to take as much as 9 weeks to get better from, and he’s struggling to make it into the World Cup squad, based on de Mel.
Vandersay is one among two wrist spinners within the squad, with Lakshan Sandakan additionally current. Akila Dananjaya has been named as nicely.
Seam bowler Lakmal’s presence within the T20 aspect is one thing of a shock. Though a first-choice choice within the Check format, the selectors had cooled on him as a limited-overs bowler in current months, however have now introduced him again for the shortest format.
The T20 sequence begins in Cape City on March 19.
Full squad: Lasith Malinga (captain) Niroshan Dickwella (vice-captain), Avishka Fernando, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Perera, Dhananjaya De Silva, Kamindu Mendis, Priyamal Perera, Thisara Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Isuru Udana, Asitha Fernando, Akila Dananjaya, Jeffrey Vandersay, Lakshan Sandakan