'Want to have our best team on the field' - Chandimal
Dinesh Chandimal, Sri Lanka's Twenty20 captain, said he wants to take advantage of a near full-strength side ahead of the two-match T20 series against Bangladesh.
If they can win 2-0 in Chittagong, Sri Lanka will head into the World Tweny20 in March as the No. 1 ranked side in the world. Chandimal feels that from this series onwards, it will be his and the team's duty to keep the ranking intact.
"We don't want to do some experiment," Chandimal said. "There is not enough time to do that. We want to have our best team on the field. This is a really good opportunity for us before the World T20s. We have two more games before the tournament. We are playing at the World Cup venue so we look forward to taking advantage."
As captain, Chandimal has led Sri Lanka to four victories in seven matches since taking over the position against Bangladesh last year. His own form, however, has taken a dip with 55 runs in seven games at 11. There has been some concern with his style of batting being used to at the end of the innings, and his lack of success in that area, but recent form will encourage him.
He scored a Test century against Bangladesh last week, which would give him some confidence. The presence of three former Sri Lanka captains in the line-up will also help Chandimal.
"The hundred helped me get some confidence," Chandimal said. "I am looking forward to doing good things in the Twenty20 series, ODIs, Asia Cup and World Cup. I am looking to keep my form.
"There's a lot of experience in this team. We have three former captains so there are a lot of good ideas. I really enjoy that as a captain. They always give me good ideas. That helps me as a young captain. They work very hard in the training. I am learning every day from them. As a youngster, it is a great opportunity as a captain."
Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here