Dinesh Chandimal's exile ends as Sri Lanka recall ex-captain to Test squad

Sudhir Gupta 16:14 09/08/2019
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Sri Lanka Dinesh Chandimal.

Sri Lanka recalled former captain Dinesh Chandimal on Friday to the 15-member squad for the first Test against New Zealand.

It ended a six-month exile for the wicketkeeper-batsman after he lost his place owing to poor form. The 29-year-old was sidelined after a poor series against Australia and also missed the South African tour of Sri Lanka.

Also, the Sri Lankans recalled spinner Akila Dananjaya who had been suspended from international cricket over a suspect bowling action. The mystery spinner is back after remodeling his action.

The first Test against New Zealand starts on Wednesday at Galle. Squad for the second Test starting on August 22 in Colombo has not been named yet.

New Zealand are also scheduled to play T20s on August 31, September 2 and September 6.

Sri Lanka squad: Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera, Niroshan Dikwella, Dhananjaya de Silva, Akila Dananjaya, Lasith Embuldeniya, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara, Oshada Fernando, Lakshan Sandakan, Vishwa Fernando

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