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

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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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The first ODI was washed off due to rain.

The first ODI between West Indies and India at Guyana on Thursday was ultimately called off without a result after a spate of rain interruptions throughout the day.

India had handed a start to young Shreyas Iyer in the middle-order while veteran Chris Gayle returned to the fold for Windies as the two teams began the three-match ODI series.

Windies managed to reach 54-1 in 13 overs amidst several rain delays after being made to bat first by India skipper Virat Kohli. Gayle was the sole batsman to be dismissed before officials ultimately called off the match with Kuldeep Yadav picking up the Jamaican’s wicket.

The two teams had recently met in a T201 series where India managed to blank the hosts by 3-0. The second ODI between the two sides is slated to take place at Port of Spain on Sunday.

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UAE team. Image: Netherlands Cricket.

An all-round showing from Ashfaq Ahmed helped the UAE crush Netherlands by seven wickets in the fourth and final T20I between the two sides at The Hague.

Ashfaq Ahmed’s 75-run knock helped the visitors chase down a target of 151 with two balls to spare and in effect inflict a 4-0 whitewash over the Netherlands.

Netherlands skipper Pieter Seelar won the toss and elected to bat first but his men were restricted to 150-6 in their 20 overs after some disciplined bowling by the UAE.

Sultan Ahmed was the pick of the UAE bowlers with the left-arm spinner picking up the wickets of Max O’Dowd and Scott Edwards during his four-over spell. Ashfaq Ahmed was excellent with the ball as well with his off-spin fetching the wicket of the dangerous Stephan Myburgh.

Qadeer Ali leaked 50 runs in his four overs but none of the Netherlands batsmen were able to convert their starts under some tight bowling by the remaining UAE bowlers.

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The duo put on a 110-run stand for the second wicket which effectively sealed the game before Ashfaq’s 53-ball stay at the crease was ended by Vivian Kingma. It was the second fifty in a row for the opening batsman who had scored 56 in the previous T20I.

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