Sri Lankan squad for the Commonwealth triangular series in Australia was released to media today. The fifteen member squad is lead again by Mahela Jayawardana. Mahela’s appointment as the new captain follows Thilakarathna Dilshan’s resignation from captaincy earlier on the day.
Two notable additions to the team are Chanaka Welagedara and Fervis Maharoof. Twenty seven year old Maharoof played his last ODI against India on June 24, 2012. Maharoof has taken 121 wickets in 94 ODIs. He has gathered 984 runs with the bat.
Left Arm swing baller Chanaka Welageda is joining the ODI side with his excellent performances at the recent Test matches. Chanka also played his last ODI in June, 2010 against India. Thirty year old Chanaka has 15 wickets in 10 ODIs played so far.
There are reports that Sri Lankan coach Geoff Marsh will also be replaced by former South African coach and Cricketer Graham Ford. These changes in the team and management followed the changes in Sri Lanka Cricket selection committee and Sri Lanka cricket teams recent losses.
Ajantha Mendis who is suffering from a back injury is not included in the squad and Suraj Randiv has also been left out. Sachithra Senanayaka has been able to retain the position after his match winning single shot against South Africa few days back.
Sri Lanka Squad for Australia tour :
Mahela Jayawardana (Captain), Angelo Mathews (Vice Captain), Upul Tharanga, Thilakarathna Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara, Dinesh Chandimal, Lahiru Thirimanna, Thisara Perera, Fervis Maharoof, Rangana Herath, Sachithra Senanayaka, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Kulasekara, Dammika Prasad,