Once again, former T20 captain, Lasith Malinga has been snubbed from the side for the one-off Twenty20 against South Africa at the R Premadasa Stadium on August 14.
Sri Lanka announced a 15 man squad with 4 standbys and the side will be led by Angelo Mathews. Suranga Lakmal, Isuru Udana, Niroshan Dickwella and Asela Gunaratne were also in the list of players left out. Gunaratne made an unbeaten 35 in just 19 for Sri Lanka emerging XI whereas Lasith Malinga finished as the third highest wicket-taker besides having the best average and economy rate among all bowlers in the Canada T20 league.
Sri Lanka Twenty20 Squad to face South Africa
Angelo Mathews (captain), Dinesh Chandimal, Akila Dananjaya, Dhananjaya de Silva, Binura Fernando, Shehan Jayasuriya, Lahiru Kumara, Shehan Madushanka, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera (wicketkeeper), Thisara Perera, Lakshan Sandakan, Dasun Shanaka, Upul Tharanga, Jeffrey Vandersay.
Standbys – Dimuth Karunarathne, Isuru Udana, Niroshan Dickwella, Kasun Rajitha.
Test captain Dinesh Chandimal will not play in the 5th ODI but he most certainly will take part in the one-off T20.
Chandimal served a hefty ban for breaking the ICC Code of Conduct in the Test series against West Indies. Danushka Gunathilaka who currently serves a 6 match ban will only return for the Asia Cup.
Moreover, Binura Fernando is set to play his 3rd Twenty20 after making his debut against Pakistan in 2015. Dhananjaya De Silva has also made it to the 15 man squad owing to his contributions in the Test and ODI series.
Earlier this week, Thilan Samaraweera affirmed that Malinga was in their plans for the World Cup in 2019. The 34-year-old made his last T20 appearance for Sri Lanka in 2015 against Pakistan. He, however, chose to retire from all formats of the game but an official announcement was not made as of yet.
Sri Lanka will take on South Africa in the 5th ODI on Sunday before the one-off Twenty20 on August 14.
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