World T20 2016 March 19, 2016

Vandersay replaces Malinga in SL squad

ESPNcricinfo staff

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Sri Lanka have named legspinner Jeffrey Vandersay as Lasith Malinga's replacement, after a knee injury ruled the fast bowler out of the tournament on Friday. Vandersay had been one of the two players who were withdrawn from the squad, 24 hours before the team left to India.

His inclusion now strengthens Sri Lanka's spin-bowling stocks, with Rangana Herath and Sachithra Senanayake already in the squad. There are only three specialist seam-bowling options following Malinga's departure, however, with Dushmantha Chameera, Nuwan Kulasekara and Suranga Lakmal the only frontline quicks on tour.

Vandersay made his T20I debut last July against Pakistan and has picked up one wicket in four T20Is so far. He was included for the Asia Cup recently but was unused, thanks partly to the the seamer-friendly nature of the pitches in that tournament..

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