Sri Lanka Cricket announced a 21 member preliminary pool for the Test series against West Indies starting 6th of June 2018 at Port of Spain. The squad will be reduced to 15 after a week’s training at the Kandy high-performance center from the 9th to the 16th of May 2018.
Dimuth Karunaratne who sustained a finger injury during a net session was not included in the pool of 21.
However, it’s still uncertain if Karunaratne will be excluded from the final squad to the Caribbean.
Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya De Silva, Roshen Silva, Niroshan Dickwella, Mahela Udawatte, Dasun Shanaka, Rangana Herath, Dilruwan Perera, Jeffrey Vandersay, Akila Dhananjaya, Lakshan Sandakan, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Gamage, Lahiru Kumara, Shehan Madushanka, Kasun Rajitha, Asitha Fernando, Nisala Tharaka.
Angelo Mathews also returned to the side after a long injury break but Dinesh Chandimal will lead the Test side.
Mahela Udawatta was picked after his excellent display of batting in the recently concluded Super Provincial Tests. He has also been impressive in the ongoing Provincial ODIs.
Nisala Tharaka who has a slingy action was on top of his game in domestic cricket. He might find a place in the final fifteen, especially as an element of surprise.
Who will make it to the last 15?
The 21 member pool will be reduced to a 15 man squad and we reckon these players will make it to the final squad,
Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya De Silva, Roshen Silva, Niroshan Dickwella, Rangana Herath, Dilruwan Perera, Akila Dhananjaya, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Gamage, Dasun Shanaka, Mahela Udawatte and Nisala Tharaka.
In Dimuth Karunaratne’s absence, Sri Lanka will open the innings with Kusal Perera/Niroshan Dickwella and Dhananjaya De Silva who did remarkably well in his last international outing for Sri Lanka.
Roshen Silva who has been in red-hot form is another key player for Sri Lanka.
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