3 ODI series between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan from 25 November
Sri Lanka announced a 16-member squad 24 hours before the match
New Delhi. A 3 ODI series is to be played between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan from Friday. But, for this, the host Sri Lanka announced a 16-member team just 24 hours ago. This is Sri Lanka’s first series after the T20 World Cup. If the team for a series is announced a day before the match, then this thing will surprise anyone. So Sri Lanka has also done something similar. Now let us tell you what is the reason for doing this. Actually, to announce the team for any series in Sri Lanka, approval has to be taken from the Sports Minister. Due to the delay in this approval, the squad was announced a day before the match.
Please tell that all the three ODIs between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan will be played in Pallekele. The third and last match of the series will be played on 30 November. Dasun Shanaka will be the captain of the team. Bhanuka Rajapaksa, who has been included in the squad, has requested Sri Lanka Cricket to release him from the current 16-man squad. Because for the time being, he wants to take a break from the ODI format. There is no change in the rest of the team. Kushal Mendis will handle the responsibility of wicketkeeping.
The performance of both Sri Lanka and Afghanistan in the T20 World Cup was nothing special. Sri Lanka had to face defeat at the hands of Namibia in its very first match. However, despite this defeat, Sri Lanka made a place in the Super-12 round by performing well in the next few matches. But, the team could not progress beyond this round. The Afghanistan team could not win a single match out of 5 in the Super-12 round and finished last in Group-1.
There have been 4 ODIs between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan so far. Out of this, Sri Lanka and 1 Afghanistan have won. The series is part of the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League and Afghanistan are currently at the 7th position in their points table with 10 wins. At the same time, the Sri Lankan team is at the 10th position with 6 wins. In such a situation, this series is important for both the teams.
Sri Lanka Squad: Dasun Shanaka (c), Pathum Nissanka, Dhananjay D’Silva, Charith Asalanka, Dinesh Chandimal, Kushal Mendis (wk), Vaniunda Hasaranga, Dunith Velalage, Dhananjay Lakshan, Kasun Rajitha, Mahish Tikshna, Pramod Madhushan, Asit Fernando, Ashen Bhandara, Lahiru Kumara , Bhanuka Rajapakse.
FIRST PUBLISHED : November 24, 2022, 20:27 IST