Sri Lanka have named their ODI and T20 squads for the upcoming tour of Pakistan with Lahiru Thirimanne and Dasun Shanaka named as the two respective skippers.
It follows from 10 senior Sri Lanka players including T20 and ODI skippers Lasith Malinga and Dimuth Karunaratne pulling out of the tour recently after citing security concerns.
The islanders are slated to play three ODIs first up at Karachi as part of their Pakistan tour before they move on Lahore for a three-match T20 series. The tour had been announced by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) after a two-man delegation from Sri Lanka Cricket assessed the security conditions in a visit of the county last month.
The PCB were hoping to use the successful hosting of the limited-overs clashes against Sri Lanka as a precursor to bringing back Test cricket to Pakistan but the refusal of the 10 players to travel will count as a setback.
Sri Lanka’s tour of Pakistan gets underway on September 27 with the first of the three ODIs at Karachi and will culminate with the final T20 at Lahore which takes place on October 9.
Sri Lanka have recalled batsman Danushka Gunathilaka and spinner Lakshan Sandakan after omitting them from the squad for the recent home series against Bangladesh. Minod Banuka and Bhanuka Rajapaksa are the two uncapped players selected for the tour with the former picked for both squads while the latter has been called up for the T20s.
Sri Lanka ODI Squad
Lahiru Thirimanne (c), Danushka Gunathilaka, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Avishka Fernando, Oshada Fernando, Shehan Jayasuriya, Dasun Shanaka, Minod Bhanuka, Angelo Perera, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lakshan Sandakan, Nuwan Pradeep, Isuru Udana, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara.
Sri Lanka T20 Squad
Dasun Shanaka (c), Danushka Gunathilaka, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Avishka Fernando, Oshada Fernando, Shehan Jayasuriya, Angelo Perera, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Minod Bhanuka, Lahiru Madushanka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lakshan Sandakan, Isuru Udana, Nuwan Pradeep, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara.
1st ODI – Karachi, September 27
2nd ODI – Karachi, September 29
3rd ODI – Karachi, October 2
1st T20 – Lahore, October 5
2nd T20 – Lahore, October 7
3rd T20 – Lahore, October 9
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