Published: Mon, April 22, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Sri Lanka dump Chandimal amid mass World Cup clear out

Sri Lanka dump Chandimal amid mass World Cup clear out

Sri Lanka's captain Dinesh Chandimal reacts after the was match stopped due to bad weather. "We need that experience in England", chief selector Ashantha de Mel told reporters.

There had been speculation about whether a different player would lead after Karunaratne was arrested for drink-driving, but the selectors chose to stick with the 30-year-old, who hasn't played ODI cricket since the 2015 World Cup.

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has finally announced its 15-man squad for the World Cup with a completely new captain in Dimuth Karunaratne out of nowhere. "The speculations are there anybody can take any decision but we have to go and play in the World Cup", said Silva.

Opening batsman Avishka Fernando, 21, survived the axe despite a below-par tour of South Africa recently. Vandersay's last ODI was in October 2017.

Karunaratne, 31, came to prominence as skipper when he led the team to a historic 2-0 win in South Africa this year - the first Asian team to beat South Africa in a home Test series.

Responding to questions of journalist at the special press conference held to announce the Sri Lankan squad selected to face the Cricket World Cup 2019, Silva stated that they have not received any letter regarding Malinga's retirement, which is why they have selected him to the squad.

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Meanwhile, Karunaratne has replaced veteran pace bowler Lasith Malinga as captain.

Former captain Angelo Mathews, who missed a lot of cricket recently due to injury and was also dropped past year due to fitness concerns, was part of the 15-man squad.

"We have tested him (Malinga)".

On the sacking of Malinga, de Mel said: "He was OK as captain but he does not get along well with some of the senior players". Country comes first not the individual. Even right arm leg break Jeffrey Vandersay featured last in Sri Lankan Cricket team against Pakistan on Oct 23, 2017.

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