Sri Lanka has named their squad for the Nidahas Trophy scheduled to begin in 5 day’s time. Wicket-keeper batsman Niroshan Dickwella has been excluded from the squad. Instead, Kusal Perera will take up the job of the wicket-keeper. The 15 member squad was announced on Wednesday. Dinesh Chandimal will lead Sri Lanka in the absence of Angelo Mathews.

Fast bowler Suranga Lakmal has been named as the vice-captain of the team. Asitha Fernando, Jeffrey Vandersay, Lahiru Kumara and Sadeera Samarawickrama were also not part of the team. However, they were part of the preliminary 20 probable for the series.

Dinesh Chandimal, Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka, 2018, T20I series, Dhaka
Dinesh Chandimal to lead Sri Lanka for the two-match T20I series. Photo Credit: PTI.

India will start as overwhelming favourites. They have been in some exceptional form in the limited overs format and won both ODI and T20I series in the Rainbow Nation. Sri Lanka might give them a scare or two on their day and so do Bangladesh. But on paper, the Men in Blue are way ahead of these two teams, and it will take some doing from those teams to topple India.

 The Full Squad for Nidahas Trophy:

Dinesh Chandimal (C), Upul Tharanga, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Dasun Shanaka, Kusal Janith Perera, Thisara Perera, Jeewan Mendis, Suranga Lakmal (VC), Isuru Udana, Akila Dananjaya, Amila Aponso, Nuwan Pradeep, Dushmantha Chameera, Dananjaya De Silva