Thursday, 27 September 2018 06:01

Mathews, Mendis, Lakmal out of ODI squad, but included for Tests

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Out of form Kusal Mendis has been discarded from the Sri Lanka ODI squad to take on England in the five-match series starting next month. He is only among the standby players. Mendis has however been retained in the Test squad.

Also out are fast bowler Suranga Lakmal along with Angelo Mathews who lost the captaincy after the Asia Cup debacle.

Sri Lanka Cricket officially announced yesterday at a press conference held at their premises the ODI and Test sides against England for the forthcoming series.

The selection committee including chairman Graeme Labrooy, Gamini Wickramasinghe, Eric Upashantha, Jeryl Woutersz and Chandika Hathurusingha who is also the head coach along with newly appointed captain Dinesh Chandimal were present at yesterday’s conference.

“Before the Asia Cup Kusal Mendis was the pick of Sri Lanka players and virtually irreplaceable but now times have changed. He got two ducks in the two Asia Cup matches,” said Hathurusingha.

“Angelo’s cricket fitness is not up to mark. We want him to improve his fitness level that’s why we took this collective decision. This is not a sudden change, we have been monitoring his fitness levels for a long time. His fielding fitness and running between the wickets skills are very poor, which affects the whole team,” said the head coach cum selector.

Graeme Labrooy said Mathews was left out due to his fitness not being upto the expected level and that he had also failed as captain.

He also said that Danushka Gunathilaka who is nursing an injury will need three weeks to recover and also Asela Gunaratne who is also injured and awaiting recovery.

Labrooy who as chairman of selection committee has been officiating as ICC match referee during the recent women’s cricket world cup qualifier matches which many felt was a conflict of interest especially from the sporting fraternity.

Former Minister of Sports Dayasiri Jayasekara had said that when Labrooy was appointed as chairman of selectors he had agreed not to involve himself in match refereeing duties.

Replying to Minister Jayasekara’s statement Labrooy said if the ICC or SLC didn’t have any issues with him engaging in two duties why should anyone bother.

ODI SQUAD: Dinesh Chandimal (captain), Upul Tharanga, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Niroshan Dickwella, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka, Thisara Perera, Akila Dananjaya, Dushmantha Chameera, Lasith Malinga, Amila Aponso, Lakshan Sandakan, Nuwan Pradeep, Kasun Rajitha, Kusal Perera.

Standbys: Shehan Madushanka, Kusal Mendis, Dimuth Karunaratne, Suranga Lakmal, Jeffrey Vandersay.

TEST SQUAD: Dinesh Chandimal (captain), Dimuth Karunaratne, Kaushal Silva, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Roshen Silva, Dilruwan Perera, Rangana Herath, Malinda Pushpakumara, Akila Dananjaya, Suranga Lakmal, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara (subject to fitness), Lakshan Sandakan, Niroshan Dickwella.

Standbys: Dushmantha Chameera, Lahiru Thirimanne, Jeffrey Vandersay, Kusal Perera, Nishan Peiris.

(Daily News)

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