Sri Lanka Announced Dimuth Karunaratne to Lead in the world cup
Sri Lanka has announced its 15-member team for the ICC World Cup. Sri Lanka removed Dimuth Karunaratne as Captain, taking Lasith Malinga out of the captaincy and then announced the 15-member squad on Thursday.
The selection panel, headed by Asantha de Mel, dropped some of the seasoned campaigners, including the likes of Niroshan Dickwella, Danushka Gunathilaka, Dinesh Chandimal, Upul Tharanga and Akila Dananjaya, from the squad.
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) handed Dimmouth captaincy on Wednesday only. Surprisingly, the 30-year-old Karunaratne has not played a single ODI match for Sri Lanka since the World Cup-2015 World Cup.
Dimuth has played only 17 ODIs for Sri Lanka, in which he scored 190 runs at an average of 15.83. In the Sri Lankan team, Niroshana Dikewela, Akila Dhananjay, Danushka Gumatilaka, Upul Tharanga and Dinesh Chandimal have not been selected.
Before announcing the squad, De Mel described his thought-process behind picking certain players, in a video tweeted by the SLC. “(We will be) looking at eight batsmen, two genuine spinners, two all-rounders and three fast-bowlers,” he said in the video.
Talking about team balance he said, “In the first eight batsmen, we need two of them should be able to bowl at least five overs.”
— Sri Lanka Cricket (@OfficialSLC) April 18, 2019
Squad for the World Cup: Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Avishka Fernando, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Perera (wk), Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Jeevan Mendis, Milinda Siriwardana, Angelo Mathews, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Lasith Malinga, Suranga Lakmal, Jeffrey Vandersay, Nuwan Pradeep.
Expected Players are set out of the Squad
Lahiru Thirimanne, Milinda Siriwardana, Jeevan Mendis and Jeffrey Vandersay included in Sri Lanka‘s World Cup squad, to be led by Dimuth Karunaratne.