Sri Lanka Cricket announced a 31 player preliminary pool for Asia Cup 2018 starting 15th of September in the United Arab Emirates. All 31 players will train under coach Chandika Hathurusingha after the ongoing SLC T20 League.
Despite doing well in the first two games of the SLC T20 League, former skipper Lasith Malinga was left out of the preliminary pool of 31. Instead, the squad featured a set of youngsters, namely, Shammu Ashan, Nishan Peiris, Kamindu Mendis, Jehan Daniel and Charith Asalanka.
Angelo Mathews is expected to lead the side with Dinesh Chandimal as his deputy.
Lasith Malinga was on top of his game, especially in the 2nd League T20 where he almost defended a total of 5 in the super over. The scores were level but Colombo won the game by fewer wickets lost.
Sri Lanka Preliminary squad for Asia Cup
Thisara Perera, Upul Tharanga, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews, Kusal Perera, Asela Gunaratne, Niroshan Dickwella, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Dasun Shanaka, Lahiru Gamage, Vishwa Fernando, Dushmantha Chameera, Shehan Madushanka, Lahiru Kumara, Akila Dananjaya, Jeffrey Vandersay, Amila Aponso, Lakshan Sadakan, Nishan Peiris, Kamindu Mendis, Charith Asalanka, Jehan Daniel, Shammu Ashan, Dimuth Karunaratne, Dhananjaya de Silva, Asitha Fernando, Chamika Karunaratne.
Asia Cup Match Schedule
15 September – Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka (Dubai)
16 September – Pakistan vs Qualifier (Dubai)
17 September – Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan (Abu Dhabi)
18 September – India vs Qualifier (Dubai)
19 September – India vs Pakistan (Dubai)
20 September – Bangladesh vs Afghanistan (Abu Dhabi)
21 September – Group A Winner vs Group B Runner-up (Dubai)
21 September – Group B Winner vs Group A Runner-up (Abu Dhabi)
23 September – Group A Winner vs Group A Runner-up (Dubai)
23 September – Group B Winner vs Group B Runner-up (Abu Dhabi)
25 September – Group A Winner vs Group B Winner (Dubai)
26 September – Group A Runner-up vs Group B Runner-up (Abu Dhabi)
28 September – Asia Cup 2018 Final (Dubai)
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