Veteran pacer Lasith Malinga to lead Sri Lanka in New Zealand

Sport360 staff 17:35 14/12/2018
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Lasith Malinga.

Sri Lanka brought back veteran paceman Lasith Malinga as captain for the limited-over squads for the tour of New Zealand.

Sri Lanka Cricket named the 35-year-old pacer as captain of the 17-member squad for three ODIs and one T20, with the series starting on January 3.

Malinga led Sri Lanka at 2014 World T20. But since captaining Sri Lanka against the UAE in February 2016, he has not led the national team.

Malinga lost his captaincy as well as his place in the team after injuries kept him away from the field.

Chandimal was the ODI captain for the recent England series at home after Angelo Mathews lost the captaincy. However, new chief selector Ashantha de Mel was critical of Chandimal’s captaincy in all formats, telling the Sunday Observer: “Chandimal, every time he wants to make a change he is looking at the dressing room. As captain he should be able to stand on his feet and take a decision.”

Mathews was unceremoniously axed from the limited overs sides due to concerns over fitness and running between the wickets. He returns to the squad.

Sri Lanka squad: Lasith Malinga (c), Niroshan Dickwella (v-c), Angelo Mathews, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Janith Perera, Dinesh Chandimal, Asela Gunaratne, Kusal Mendis,Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Dasun Shanaka, Lakshan Sandakan, Seekkuge Prasanna, Dushmantha Chameera, Kasun Rajitha, Nuwan Pradeep and Lahiru Kumara

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Dwayne Bravo.

West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo had a good day at the office in the Mzansi Super League T20 tournament in South Africa on Wednesday.

Bravo, playing for Paarl Rocks, took 3-22 and also affected a run-out to help restrict Nelson Mandela Bay Giants to 129-8.

That total didn’t prove too difficult to chase as Rocks reached the target in the 16th over with six wickets in hand.

Rocks thus qualified for the knockout stage and Bravo decided to celebrate the occasion in his unique style.

Bravo went to a stage by the boundary line at Paarl and gave an impromptu dance performance as the DJ played Bravo’s ‘Champion’ song.

The Caribbean star was soon joined by South African Mangaliso Mosehle at the stage.

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Pakistan batsman Mohammad Hafeez.

Veteran Pakistan batsman Mohammad Hafeez has shot back at rumours surrounding his retirement from Test cricket as he reiterated his desire to focus on white-ball cricket.

The 38-year-old recently announced his retirement from red-ball action with Pakistan’s third Test against New Zealand being his final match in the format.

With Pakistan set to tour South Africa at the end of the year, rumours had started circulating that Hafeez’s retirement came to his fear of facing Proteas pacers Dale Steyn and Kagiso Rabada.

When queried by Geo News if there were any truths to those rumours, Hafeez said, “People think that I am afraid of South Africa’s playing conditions and Steyn and Rabada.”

“I have to face these bowlers in one-day cricket also. I will answer these statements with my performance,” he added.

Hafeez was recently appointed skipper of Lahore Qalandars.

Hafeez was recently appointed skipper of Lahore Qalandars.

In 55 Tests for Pakistan, Hafeez scored a total of 3,652 runs at an average of 37.64 while also picking up 53 wickets with his off-spin.

The veteran will continue to play limited-overs cricket and has recently been announced as the skipper of Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise Lahore Qalandars.

The Qalandars pulled off the biggest coup in the PSL 2019 player draft by signing South Africa’s AB de Villiers and Hafeez is trying to convince the star to commit himself to the entire length of the tournament including the Pakistan leg.

“Our aim is now to win matches in PSL. We have a good combination of players, especially AB de Villiers who is a world-class player,” Hafeez said.

“The best thing is we are trying to convince de Villiers to play the full length of the tournament. If that happens we will get to see him in action in Pakistan also.”

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