Though the seamer Lasith Malinga did an impressive performance in the domestic series, the selection committee ignored this 34-year old player for the upcoming tri-series. Sri Lanka is about to encounter India in the inaugural match on March 6th. Malinga played all the games in Nondescripts Cricket Club.
He took 10 wickets in three games including three wickets for 24 runs against Burgher Recreation Club.
The selection committee chairman Graham Labrooy told to the media that “He is certainly in our plans for 2019 World Cup, but we want him to play more games. We want him to play the current T20 competition and then the one-day tournament after that.”
Labrooy will work as a match referee in Harare for World Cup qualifiers.
Malinga is currently facing fitness issues due to injuries. Dinesh Chandimal will lead the team in the place of Angelo Mathews. He did well in leading the team towards victory in a tri-nation series and a two-match T20I series. Angelo Mathews is down with an injury to his hamstring.
Earlier, when Mathews was down due to injury, the team expected his swift recovery for the Nidahas trophy and again he was down due to the lower calf injury. Sadeera Samarawickrama was a ray of hope for the Sri Lankans. He bagged two fifties in three matches for Colts Cricket Club. This 22-year old player was good at fielding as well.
Kusal Perera, pacer Lahiru Kumara, along with Dushmanth Chameera and Nuwan Pradeep who were injured in the games against Bangladesh were to play for the team for Nidahas trophy.
Sri Lanka’s Probable 20-member squad
Dinesh Chandimal(captain), Danush Gunathilaka, Upul Tharanga, Kusal Janith Perera, Lahiru Kumara, Nuwan Pradeep, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Kusal Mendis, Jeewan Mendis, Dushmanth Chameera, Dasun Shanaka, Thisara Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Niroshan Dickwella, Asitha Fernando, Jeffrey Vandersay, Amila Aponso, Isuru Udana, Akila Dananjaya and Dhananjaya De Silva.