Kusal Janith Perera made his way back to the Sri Lanka T20 squad but his participation is subject to recovery from a thigh strain that ruled him out of the ODIs. Angelo Mathews will miss the series as he attempts to stay 100% fit for the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy in England.
Meanwhile, Danushka Gunatilake comes back to the squad with explosive batsman Shehan Jayasuriya. Niroshan Dickwella will miss the series with a minor fracture.
Kusal Mendis and Dinesh Chandimal stays out despite doing quite well in the ODIs.
“Kusal Mendis has got a long career ahead of him and we do not want to burden him with too many things. He had a very good Test and ODI series against Bangladesh and at this stage, we don’t want him to alter too many things in his game,” said Sanath Jayasuriya.
Furthermore, two half-centuries in the one-day international series has earned Thisara Perera a place in the format that suits him the most. Upul Tharanga will lead the side in place of Angelo Mathews.
Sri Lanka squad: Upul Tharanga (capt.), Dilshan Munaweera, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Perera (subject to fitness), Lasith Malinga, Isuru Udana, Nuwan Kulasekara, Dasun Shanaka, Vikum Sanjaya, Milinda Siriwardana, Asela Gunaratne, Seekkuge Prasanna, Chamara Kapugedara, Thisara Perera, Lakshan Sandakan, Shehan Jayasuriya.
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