Sri Lanka announces 17-member squad for T20I series against Bangladesh; Charith Asalanka to lead in the first two games

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has revealed their 17-member squad for the impending T20I series against Bangladesh. This announcement comes ahead of Sri Lanka’s tour to Bangladesh for a multi-format series, comprising three T20Is followed by three ODIs and two Tests.

Pathum Nissanka’s absence due to injury

Pathum Nissanka, a key player for Sri Lanka, will be absent from the upcoming T20I series due to a hamstring injury sustained during the home series against Afghanistan. Initially anticipated to recover in time for the tour, Nissanka’s injury has led to his replacement in the squad by Avishka Fernando.

Leadership change for the first two games

Regular skipper Wanindu Hasaranga will lead Sri Lanka in the series, but will notably miss the first two games due to a suspension. Hasaranga faced disciplinary action after openly criticizing umpiring decisions in the final T20I against Afghanistan. As a result, Charith Asalanka has been appointed as the acting captain for these initial matches.

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Squad composition and changes

Aside from the absence of Nissanka and the leadership change for the first two games, the rest of Sri Lanka’s squad remains consistent with the lineup that faced Afghanistan. Notably, Jeffrey Vandersay joins the squad as an additional member, rounding out the 17-man roster.

Sri Lanka T20I squad for Bangladesh tour: Wanindu Hasaranga (capt for last game), Charith Asalanka (capt for first two games), Kusal Mendis, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Angelo Mathews, Dasun Shanaka, Maheesh Theekshana, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Janith Perera, Dilshan Madushanka, Nuwan Thushara, Matheesha Pathirana, Akila Dananjaya, Binura Fernando, Kamindu Mendis, Avishka Fernando, Jeffrey Vandersay

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