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    New ODI and T20I captain appointed

    September 10, 2019

    Sri Lanka will have a new ODI and T20I captain for the tour of Pakistan later this month after regular ODI captain Dimuth Karunaratne and T20I captain Lasith Malinga pulled out.The ten who have decided not to go apart from Karunaratne and Malinga are former captain Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Akila Dhananjaya, Suranga Lakmal and Dinesh Chandimal. Kusal Mendis is not available for selection due to an injury he suffered during the New Zealand T20I series.

    Sri Lanka Cricket held a meeting yesterday at the SLC headquarters with the players who were chosen as part of a preliminary squad to select the team to Pakistan for 3 ODIs and 3 T20I matches.The meeting was aimed at informing the players about the security arrangements, during the forthcoming tour and also to find out their ‘decision’ (either taking part or not), before selectors sat to select the squads for the ODI and T20I series.
    Former Sri Lanka Air Force Commander, Marshal Air Roshan Goonetileke, who is the Chief Security Advisor of the SLC, briefed the players about the security situation in Pakistan and the security arrangements PCB plans on implementing during Sri Lanka team’s tour of that country, whilst chairman of selectors Asantha de Mel, explained about the selection policy for future tours.
    He said, players will be given the freedom to decide on either taking part or not in the forthcoming Pakistan tour.Following the meeting with the players the selectors decided to pick the two squads for Pakistan from the remaining 20 players.The two teams have been sent to the Sports Minister for ratification.Sri Lanka play a series of three ODI’s at Karachi on September 27, 29 and October 3 and three T20Is at Lahore on October 5, 7 and 9.Since the 2009 terrorist attack on the Sri Lanka cricket team bus in Lahore international teams have been reluctant to tour Pakistan.

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