Sri Lanka Cricket Announce 20-Member Squad For West Indies White-ball Series

Sri Lanka Cricket Announce 20-Member Squad For West Indies White-Ball Series

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - MARCH 16: Thisara Perera of Sri Lanka celebrate taking the wicket of Faf du Plessis (capt) of South Africaduring the 5th Momentum ODI match between South Africa and Sri Lanka at PPC Newlands on March 16, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images)

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) announced a 20-member squad for the three-match one-day internationals followed by three-match T20 internationals against West Indies. The T20 series starts on March 3 and ends on March 7 with all three games played at Coolidge Cricket Ground, Antigua while the ODIs will start on March 10 and ends on March 14 with all the three games played at Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium.

The Sri Lanka Cricket also named Suranga Lakmal as the replacement in the limited-overs series for Lahiru Kumara who tested positive on Monday for the coronavirus. Sri Lanka will play a two-match test series after the limited over games at Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium with the first test starting on March 21. The Board hasn’t announced the squad for the two Tests yet.

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West Indies vs Sri Lanka (Twitter)

Sri Lanka Cricket(SLC) Expresses Displeasure In Vaas’s Resignation

Chaminda Vaas was appointed as the bowling coach recently on Friday but he quit within days of his appointment after the Sri Lanka Cricket turned down his payment request. Vaas had replaced Australian David Saker, who had cited “personal reasons” to quit the job that he undertook in December 2019 but the 54-year-old has not yet commented publicly.

“It is particularly disheartening to note that in an economic climate such as the one facing the entire globe right now, Mr. Vaas has made this sudden and irresponsible move on the eve of the team’s departure, based on personal monetary gain.

“The Management of SLC, and indeed the entire nation, hold Mr. Vaas in high esteem as a cricketer who has excelled for his country. His years of yeoman service have been appreciated and rewarded over the years both in status and in kind.” Sri Lanka Cricket maintained.

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Sri Lanka cricket [photo: SLC]

Chaminda Vaas’s Tweet On SLC

Chaminda Vaas tweeted on Twitter that, “I made a humble request to SLC and they turned it down, That’s all I can say at the moment. Justice will prevail!” which was very sad to see as the Sri Lankan team had a lot of positives to gain from the former captain. The left arm seamer has taken 12 five wicket hauls in his test career and will be remembered for his spell of 8 for 19 in ODIs.

Chaminda Vaas
Chaminda Vaas. (Photo: Getty Images)

Sri Lanka limited-overs squad:

Dimuth Karunaratne (ODI captain), Dasun Shanaka (T20 captain), Danushka Gunathilaka, Pathum Nissanka, Ashen Bandara, Oshada Fernando, Dinesh Chandima, Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella, Thisara Perera, Kamindu Mendis, Wanindu Hasaranga, Ramesh Mendis, Nuwan Pradeep, Asitha Fernando, Dushmantha Chameera, Akila Dananajaya, Lakshan Sandakan, Dilshan Madushanka and Suranga Lakmal.

The 47-year-old Chaminda Vaas is the most successful Sri Lankan bowler taking 355 wickets in 111 Tests and 400 scalps in 322 One day Internationals.