The 1st T20I between India and Sri Lanka will get underway from 24th February at Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow. The both teams will miss their key players for this series. For the Indian team, it is confirmed that the likes of Deepak Chahar and Suryakumar Yadav are injured, while Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant have been rested. Here is the latest update coming from the Sri Lanka camp ahead of the T20I series.
One of the finest leg spinners of Sri Lanka team, Wanindu Hasaranga missed the final 3 T20I against Australia due to being COVID positive. A few days back, Sri Lanka Cricket announced the squad for the India T20I series, which included Wanindu Hasaranga. But in the latest testing conducted for all the members of the squad in Lucknow on Wednesday morning, Wanindu Hasaranga was found positive again and is set to miss the T20I series.
The COVID protocol rules by BCCI states the isolation of 7 days after testing positive. With this update, Wanindu Hasaranga is likely to miss the 3- match T20I series slated to be played until February 27. The spinner has been bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore, and will look to be match fit ahead of the Indian Premier League expected to start to from last week of March.
The Sri Lanka team will miss the services of Avishka Fernando, Nuwan Thushara, and Ramesh Mendis due to injury concerns. While Ashian Daniel has earned a maiden call up to the squad. The likes of Pathum Nissanka and Lahiru Kumara will be the key players for the team in this series.
Squad: Dasun Shanaka (Captain), Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis, Charith Asalanka, Dinesh Chandimal, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kamil Mishara, Janith Liyanage, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Lahiru Kumara, Binura Fernando, Shiran Fernando, Maheesh Theekshana, Jeffrey Vandersay, Praveen Jayawickrama, Ashian Daniel