Sri Lanka in New Zealand 2015-16 November 17, 2015

SL recall Kapugedera for NZ ODIs


Chamara Kapugedera last played an ODI in August 2012 © AFP

Batsman Chamara Kapugedera has been selected in Sri Lanka's ODI squad for the tour of New Zealand, more than three years after he played his last international one-dayer. Legspinner Jeffrey Vandersay, who was picked in the Test squad, has also been named in the ODI and T20 squads, which were all announced on the same day for "logistical reasons" according to chief selector Kapila Wijegunawardene.

Kapugedara's ODI selection is despite modest returns in Sri Lanka A's recent List A matches against New Zealand A. He hit 6, 40 and 27 in Christchurch and Lincoln last month, and had not been selected for the ODIs against West Indies at home. He takes the place of allrounder Shehan Jayasuriya, who had debuted in that series. Jayasuriya remains in the T20I squad, however.

Left-arm seamer Isuru Udana has been picked in the T20 squad meanwhile, three years after he also last played for Sri Lanka. Udana has been a consistent short-format bowler for the Ports Authority Cricket Club over several seasons, but had limited success in previous stints at the international level. He has five wickets and an economy rate of 8.27 from six T20 internationals so far.

Seamer Dhammika Prasad's Test form has also seen him return to the ODI squad after missing out during the home one-dayers against West Indies, Pakistan and India. He replaces Nuwan Kulaseakara, who has only been named in the ODI outfit.

There are few other surprises in either limited-overs squad. Lahiru Thirimanne, who has been dropped from the Test squad, features in the ODI outfit, where he also retains his vice-captaincy. Thisara Perera has been picked in the T20 squad only, but Ajantha Mendis has been dropped from the T20 outfit and retained in the ODI squad.

Sri Lanka play five ODIs and two T20s against New Zealand. The first ODI is set to be played in Christchurch on December 26.

ODI squad: Angelo Mathews (captain), Lahiru Thirimanne (vice-captain), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kusal Perera, Dinesh Chandimal, Milinda Siriwardana, Danushka Gunathilaka, Sachithra Senanayake, Ajantha Mendis, Dhammika Prasad, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Pradeep, Suranga Lakmal, Dushmantha Chameera, Chamara Kapugedera, Jeffrey Vandersay

T20 squad: Lasith Malinga (captain), Kusal Perera, Shehan Jayasuriya, Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews, Milinda Siriwardana, Chamara Kapugedera, Kithuruwan Vithanage, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Nuwan Kulasekara, Dushmantha Chameera, Thisara Perera, Jeffrey Vandersay, Sachithra Senanayake, Isuru Udana

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. @andrewffernando

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  • R on November 21, 2015, 16:28 GMT

    The best T20 batters should be bat on the top. Kapugadara should be bat at number 3 or 4. It is important, Kapugadra, Mathiew bat higher whenever possible and let Siriwardana & Thisira Perara bat 6 & 7 in the next year T20 WC We saw what happened to 2nd T20 game against WI and also 2012, T20 world cup finals when we were chasings 137 against WI. Sangakara & Mahela batting cost in 2012 final (Sangakara scored 22 Runs in 26 ball with a SR 84.1 and Mahela scored 33 runs in 36 balls with a strike rate 91.66), when Sangakara was out we were 48 runs in the 10th over that cost the game.

  • chethana on November 21, 2015, 14:12 GMT

    Isuru Udana has been selected because of Binura Fernando's injury.

  • Nadeeke on November 20, 2015, 22:55 GMT

    It's really nice to see kapu is back in the ODI squad. But he should be given a proper position to bat. Obviously he can do something more than just being a pinchhitter..I think no 4 suits him. Chandimal should bat at no. 3

  • Saman on November 20, 2015, 3:42 GMT

    Last time Isuru Udana Personally told me that he was surprised to be recalled to T20 squad. I really guess this time around he is much more surprised.

  • Saman on November 20, 2015, 3:26 GMT

    I agree with Rashmin Mudhusanka. Rangana should be definitely included considering his past records against New Zealand in T20s. In addition I think Thisra should be included in ODIs even only as a batsman

  • Rashmin Madhusanka on November 20, 2015, 2:31 GMT

    I really think herath should be in t20 team with the world cup coming

  • Cricinfouser on November 18, 2015, 16:47 GMT

    great to kapugedara back in odi team.. make him play in top order. at least at no.06 . he need time to settle before hitting. obviously he has a better technical than milinda and thirimanne. hope at least from now Sri Lankan management will start to manage him properly

  •   Janith Pasindu Nanayakkara on November 18, 2015, 15:03 GMT

    @ASIACRICKET1234.. thanks for your concerns. although you dont know about who are young SL Players are world knows who they are. and world know how capable they are. honestly world does not know anything about BD or its unknown players. stop champion talking and just concern about your team. thanks

  •   Muhammadh Al Khalaaff on November 18, 2015, 13:30 GMT

    Its a good move to pick Kapugedara and he is fantastic for 50 and 20 overs match. Recent days I found the wrong decision from SLCB and Captain of the side to put Kapugedara down the order. Infact last T20 lost because promoting Shehan Jayasuriya on top of the order and even Siriwardane. I dont find why these two are on the top of Kapugedara as all we know how capacity of Kapugedara and able to bring the good innings if he stays there in the crease. Please think wisely and move top of the order for Chamara Kapugedara.

  • Farhan on November 18, 2015, 10:00 GMT

    Bring a Bangladeshi I have always look up to SL team and enjoyed watching legends like Arjuna, Arvinda, Murali, Vaas, Sanga, Mahela is one of my fav memory as a cricket fan. However, I am a little disappointed with performance of SL team at 2015. I hope they do well in NZ. Don't have much knowledge about the younger players that have now but wish them good luck. Looking forward to this series

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