Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) have announced a revised 24-member squad for the ODI and T20I series against India. Notably, the India National Cricket Team is all set to take on Sri Lanka in a three-match ODI series and a three-match T20I series. The ODI series will commence from July 18 with all six games being played out at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
Notably, Sri Lanka Cricket has been going through a lot of turmoil in recent times. The turbulent tide began with a contractual dispute between Sri Lankan players and the national cricket board. It was followed by a shambolic 3-0 defeat against England away from home and the return of the team back home was marred with COVID-19 impact.
Sri Lanka Cricket Announces A 24-Member Squad For The ODI And T20I Series Against India
To make matters worse for the Lankan contingent, Kusal Perera was stripped of the captaincy and Dasun Shanaka was handed the leadership of the side. On Friday, another tragic news came in when Kusal Perera was ruled out of the entire Indian ODI series and the T20I series due to a sprain in his right shoulder. Fast bowler Binura Fernando was also ruled out of the ODI series.
Now, Sri Lanka Cricket has announced a revised 24-member squad for the ODI and T20I series against India. Dasun Shanaka will be leading the side in both the series while Dhananjaya de Silva will be the vice-captain of the Lankan side.
— Sri Lanka Cricket 🇱🇰 (@OfficialSLC) July 16, 2021
Team India Go As Heavy Favourites
Although the senior Indian Cricket Team is in England, a second-string Indian team has travelled to the Lankan island. However, with the Lankan side suffering against England in the recent ODI series, the second-string Indian side looks like the staunch favourites to win the ODI and T20I series.
Shikhar Dhawan will be leading the Indian contingent in absence of Virat Kohli while Rahul Dravid will be acting as the head coach of the side in the absence of Ravi Shastri. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, the ace Indian pacer, has been named the vice-captain of the side. Earlier, the series was slated to begin from July 13 but with multiple COVID cases in the Lankan contingent, the series had to be pushed further.