Sri Lanka in Zimbabwe 2016-17 November 5, 2016

Tharanga named SL captain for tri-series

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Upul Tharanga has been in and out of the ODI side this year © Associated Press

Sri Lanka have named Upul Tharanga as captain of the ODI side for their tri-series in Zimbabwe, which includes West Indies, as regular captain Angelo Mathews and vice-captain Dinesh Chandimal are both absent through injury. Kusal Perera will fill the role of vice-captain, while veteran seamer Nuwan Kulasekara has been recalled to the 15-man squad.

Tharanga scored a century in Sri Lanka's victory in the first Test against Zimbabwe at Harare this week - his first in more than a decade. He made a comeback to the one-day team earlier in the year, during the tour of England and Ireland, but was dropped for the home series against Australia, only playing in the fifth ODI after the series was lost.

Mathews pulled out of the Zimbabwe tour with "multiple leg injuries" and was replaced as captain for the Tests by Rangana Herath. Chandimal has been recovering from a thumb injury but was not deemed fit enough to take part in the series with Zimbabwe and West Indies. Nuwan Pradeep has, however, recovered from a hamstring strain and returns to contention.

Kulasekara's last ODI came on the tour of New Zealand at the start of the year. He announced his retirement from Tests in June, in order to prolong his limited-overs career, and took 2 for 65 for Sri Lanka A against West Indies A last week.

Jeffrey Vandersay is also back in the squad after a finger injury, having last played for Sri Lanka at the World T20. Allrounder Asela Gunaratne and seamer Lahiru Kumara, who both made their Test debuts in Harare, were included and could win their first ODI caps; Kumara, 19, has yet to even play a List A game.

There was no place for left-arm spinner Amila Aponso after an impressive debut series against Australia. Sachith Pathirana, Lakshan Sandakan, the chinaman bowler who has played ODI previously, and the recalled Shehan Jayasuriya make up the spin options alongside Vandersay.

Sri Lanka's first match in the tri-series is against Zimbabwe on November 14.

Sri Lanka ODI squad: Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Perera, Niroshan Dickwella, Upul Tharanga (capt), Kusal Mendis, Shehan Jayasuriya, Asela Gunaratne, Sachith Pathirana, Nuwan Kulasekara, Dasun Shanaka, Nuwan Pradeep, Lahiru Kumara, Suranga Lakmal, Lakshan Sandakan, Jeffery Vandersay

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  • TRAVISFAMBECK on November 12, 2016, 9:52 GMT

    Its good that Tharanga is given a chance to lead the ODI squad prior to his fades off. I am sure he will silence his critiques by making his bat talk. Like in life experience is superior to the inexperienced in the skippers role at least, in my opinion

  • Ratne on November 11, 2016, 22:50 GMT

    Milinda, Kapu, Aponso should be in the squad... What is the purpose of having Dickwella in squad, when no match is given to him ? Asela who became 2 highest scorer in test series is also a good allrounder, but doesn't have privilege of Club backing or school backing , as he is a poor SL Army guy..

  • Batuwantudawe on November 11, 2016, 20:21 GMT

    my team for tri-series-Dhananjaya,Kusal Perera (wicketkeeper),Kusal M,Niroshan,Tharanga,Asela/Pathirana/Shenan,Shanaka,Kulasekera,Sandakan, Lakmal, Vandersay

  • cricfan37774257 on November 11, 2016, 18:54 GMT

    our limited overs performance this year has been horrible to say the least got to catch up quickly with other top nations with the champions trophy looming close

  • SL_Boy on November 11, 2016, 17:09 GMT

    Guys, in SA only one spinier will be playing.

  • SLMaster on November 8, 2016, 16:51 GMT

    Good Squad missing Gunathilaka. He needs to be evaluated as well because he needs some proving to do.

  • markatu on November 8, 2016, 1:12 GMT

    Good squad. Though I think Aponso is more of a one day bowler than Sandakan.

  • SLMaster on November 7, 2016, 14:39 GMT

    UT is a good player and hope regain form for SL. He has good number of years. Also, he capitalize on the opportunity because there are number of players emerging.

  • ThilankaK on November 7, 2016, 8:41 GMT

    1.Kusal Perera 2.Niroshan Dickwella 3.Shehan Jayasuriya 4.Kusal Mendis 5.Upul Tharanga 6.Dhananjaya de Silva 7.Asela Gunaratne 8.Nuwan Kulasekara 9.Jeffery Vandersay 10.Suranga Lakmal 11.Lahiru Kumara

  • dues on November 7, 2016, 7:16 GMT

    Why not aponso????? Is shrinlanka want use him as a mystery in Sa or Eng CT???????? vandersay selection is good.

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