The team will be led by Dimuth Karunaratne who last played an ODI in March of 2015 in the previous edition of the World Cup. But he received the backing of the selectors given his impressive performances in Test cricket.On Thursday (18th April), there were further surprises in store as they dropped Niroshan Dickwella and Akila Dananjaya from their World Cup squad.
Jeevan Mendis, the 35-year-old all-rounder, last played a one-day global also at the World Cup four years ago.
Chandimal was Sri Lanka's one-day global captain as recently as October, while Tharanga led the side in 2017.
Veteran Angelo Matthews also made a comeback to the squad after being dropped from the ODI team past year over fitness concerns.
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The wicketkeeper-batsman Kusal Perera has been included, after being passed fit this week after he returned from South Africa with a hamstring injury.
FILE PHOTO: Cricket - Sri Lanka v South Africa Ð Sri Lanka Team's Practice Session - Pallekele, Sri Lanka Ð August 4, 2018 Ð Sri Lanka's Upul Tharanga looks on during a practice session ahead of their third One Day International (ODI) cricket match against South Africa. He has played 17 ODIs in his career and averages a meagre 15.83. Sri Lanka are yet to announce their World Cup preliminary squad.
Malinga and Mathews are considered certainties to keep their places in the squad despite having been kept out of leadership duties. Angelo Mathews also has that capability, he has more experience. Vandersay is the side's leg-spinner.
Jeevan and Siriwardana are spin-bowling all-rounders in the side alongside star player Dhananjaya de Silva.