Sri Lanka announce 15-member squad for ICC World Cup 2019

ICC World Cup 2019: Sri Lanka name 15-member squad; Karunaratne to lead, Mendis & Siriwardana return

ICC World Cup 2019: Sri Lanka name 15-member squad; Karunaratne to lead, Mendis & Siriwardana return

Sri Lanka reached 2011 finals which they lost to India.

Chandimal was Sri Lanka's one-day global captain as recently as October, while Tharanga led the side in 2017. I spoke to Malinga yesterday and explained to him that as selectors we didn't have any issues with his captaincy, but that although he was playing well, the other 10 players weren't behind him. "We went with someone who has a bit of experience in that role".

He had a call with Sri Lanka's chief selector Asantha de Mel before sending the message on group.

"The openers were not in form. So we had to take a decision on the openers".

Milinda Siriwardana, Jeffrey Vandersay and Jeevan Mendis made remarkable comebacks as well. "Since Akila remodeled his action, Dhananjaya gets wickets at a much better strike rate than Akila, and he also turns the ball more than Akila". Apart from the right-handed batsman, regular wicketkeeper-batsman Niroshan Dickwella, and offspinner Akila Dananjaya also failed to make it into the team.

Sri Lanka have been riven with personality clashes and disciplinary problems in recent years that have seen their world standing slump.

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Karunaratne was fined and reprimanded recently by Sri Lanka Cricket after a drink-driving incident, for which he also had his driving licence suspended. He has played 17 ODIs in his career and averages a meagre 15.83.

Chandimal took over from Mathews but was dropped for the 5-0 series defeat in South Africa in March. He will lead the team during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

"But sometimes, a world class player may not be a good captain, and a good captain may not be a world class player".

Cricket - Sri Lanka Practice Session - Pallekele, Sri Lanka - October 19, 2018.

Interestingly, Dinesh Chandimal's name was doing the rounds in the past few days but he has been left out from the squad announced on Thursday.

Fast bowler Malinga and former captain Angelo Mathews, who was sacked as limited-overs captain before England's tour in September, have been included in the 15-man squad. The 1996 champions begin their title challenge against New Zealand at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff on June 1.

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