Sri Lanka Test captain Dinesh Chandimal has been ruled out of the 2018 Asia Cup after the wicket-keeper batsman failed to recover from his finger injury. Niroshan Dickwella has been called in as the replacement for the 28-year-old.
Chandimal had injured his finger during the Super Provincial T20 tournament in Sri Lanka and his participation was always a major doubt leading into the tournament.
It’s been a rough few months for Dinesh Chandimal. After breaching the ICC Spirit of Conduct, he was handed a six-match ban that prevented him from participating in the South Africa series.
Dickwella, who was initially snubbed from the Asia Cup squad after a string of underwhelming performances in the South Africa ODI series, has been included in the set-up.
Sri Lanka has also recalled veteran fast bowler Lasith Malinga who will make a comeback to International cricket after a one-year hiatus.
Five-time Champions Sti Lanka will kickstart their 2018 Asia Cup campaign on September 15m 2018 where they take on Bangladesh.
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Sri Lanka’s squad for the 2018 Asia Cup:-
Angelo Mathews(c), Akila Dananjaya, Dilruwan Perera, Amila Aponso, Kasun Rajitha, Suranga Lakmal, Dushmantha Chameera, Lasith Malinga, Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Upul Tharanga, Danushka Gunathilaka, Thisara Perera, Dasun Shanaka, Dhananjaya de Silva
More to follow…