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No place for Test captain Dinesh Chandimal in Lankan ODI side

No place for Test captain Dinesh Chandimal in Lankan ODI side

Kusal Perera, who has not played global cricket since injuring himself in the Champions Trophy, is back in the Sri Lankan ODI squad for the three-match series against India starting December 10.

The decision came after Sri Lanka suffered three consecutive ODI whitewashes this year against South Africa, India and Pakistan, under Tharanga's captaincy.

The islanders are now involved in a three-Test rubber against India.

Now, another controversy has hit the Sri Lankan team ahead of their limited-overs series.

Last week, Sri Lanka named Thisara Perera as the ODI captain in place of Upul Tharanga.

The visitors are also scheduled to play three Twenty20 internationals against India starting on December 20 in Cuttack.

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Sri Lanka Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera has prevented the national One-day International (ODI) squad from leaving the country for not getting his approval before selecting the team.

Meanwhile, Kusal Mendis, who was also rested for the ongoing three-match Test series against the Virat Kohli-led side, has been dropped.

Thisara Perera (capt), Upul Tharanga, Danushka Gunathilaka, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Asela Gunaratne, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Chaturanga de Silva, Akila Dananjaya, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dushmantha Chameera, Sachith Pathirana, Kusal Perera.

They have already lost one Test and are on the brink of losing the third Test too.

"Most players reached the airport around 9pm on Monday". Sri Lankan cricket board said that the team composition was sent for ministry approval last evening which gave the minister less than 12 hours to sanction it.

However, Kusal Perera and all-rounder Asela Gunaratne have returned to the one-day worldwide squad for the series against India.


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