Sri Lanka in Bangladesh 2013-14 February 3, 2014

Mahela, Herath rested from ODIs

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sri Lanka have rested Mahela Jayawardene and Rangana Herath from the three-ODI series against Bangladesh, which follows the two Twenty20 internationals later this month. They also left out batsmen Dimuth Karunaratne and Lahiru Thirimanne from the one-day squad that played Pakistan in the UAE, and brought in spinning allrounder Angelo Perera, who made 244 off 204 balls in his most recent first-class game.

Mahela had also missed the limited-overs games in the UAE in December last year because he was on paternal leave. Both Mahela and Herath will be available for the two Twenty internationals that precede the ODIs, though, subject to the state of Herath's injured knee, which has put him in severe doubt for the second Test. These Twenty20s are Sri Lanka's last official matches before the World Twenty20 March. 

Angelo Perera was also included in the T20 squad, while the players to miss out from the group that travelled to UAE were Ramith Rambukwella, Thirimanne and Kithuruwan Vithanage.

Thisara Perera was named in both squads, after having his work ethic put under scrutiny by the national selectors. Perera was denied permission to play in the Big Bash League, and told instead to train with Sri Lanka's A team, but he pleased the selectors well enough to return to the national fray. Doubts over Lasith Malinga's fitness have also been quelled, after he returned from the BBL to Sri Lanka briefly, in order to address that issue.

Middle-order batsman Ashan Priyanjan retained his place in the ODI squad, after having impressed with a 74 on debut in Abu Dhabi, in December. He has been with the team in Bangladesh, after replacing Prasanna Jayawardene in the Test squad. Both he and Angelo Perera also bowl effective finger spin in domestic cricket.

ODI squad: Angelo Mathews (capt), Dinesh Chandimal (vc), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kusal Perera, Kumar Sangakkara, Ashan Priyanjan, Kithuruwan Vithanage, Angelo Perera, Lasith Malinga, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Suranga Lakmal, Sachithra Senanayake, Ajantha Mendis, Seekuge Prasanna.

T20 squad: Dinesh Chandimal (capt), Lasith Malinga (vc), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kusal Perera, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Angelo Mathews, Thisara Perera, Angelo Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Suranga Lakmal, Sachithra Senanayake, Ajantha Mendis, Rangana Herath, Seekuge Prasanna.

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  • Sameera on February 10, 2014, 16:33 GMT

    I think players like Tharanga , Kapugedara, Thilina kandanbi. Upul is a very good player. If he can't hit the new ball ,god let him play in the middle order. Thilina is a test player but they never gave him a chance in tests. Kapugedara is another talented one, he is good for T20s . All these players must correct their mistakes but after that they will be fantastic.

  • Dummy on February 10, 2014, 13:56 GMT

    They should drop malinga as well. We lost the last world cup because of malinga. He is no good only good for ipl.(big money). So let him make money get anothe good all rounder and win the world cup.

  • Dummy on February 10, 2014, 13:48 GMT

    Take chandimal out from t20 and put some one else, anyone is better than him. (Chandimal is a good batsman but not for t20.)

  • Dummy4 on February 9, 2014, 12:13 GMT

    They should Remove Chandimal from odi for a short time & forever from t20s & Give a chance to upul tharanga

  • Dummy4 on February 8, 2014, 17:06 GMT

    Like I said before the test started if BD gives me two wicket: Mahela and Sanga and I will give them the win and we have seen what happened in test. I am saying the same thing again, give me the wicket of Mahela and Sanga for cheap runs and I will give you the win.

  • keve on February 6, 2014, 17:46 GMT

    I think they should give Kaushal silva a chance to play in odis. He has more experience and he is consistent. Would love to see him and kusal perera bat at the top of the order

  • manjula on February 6, 2014, 7:29 GMT

    What happened to dilshan munaweera ? He scored 143 against moors,that i watch from tv .superb knock .he is a good hard hitting batsman,we need players like him.

  • Dummy4 on February 5, 2014, 5:09 GMT

    when success all of youngsters go to failure all of youngster unable to stop failure ....that's why mahela and sanga should be in the line up

  • Gihan on February 4, 2014, 17:05 GMT

    Is this end if Upul Tharanga's International Cricket Life? He is such a talented cricketer. No body can compare with his timing. Definitely he needs to proper training and guidance to improve his weaknesses. Please don't waist his talent.

  • Yohan on February 4, 2014, 3:25 GMT

    Most of the selection is fine . But Chandimal is still T20 captain . that was a blunder made in past as he is not good enoughto be in T20 team . too many spinners in T20 squad as feel one more fast bowler would have balanced it more . anyay good luck guys .