ICC World Cup 2019: Sri Lanka name 15-member squad; Karunaratne to lead, Mendis & Siriwardana return
Sri Lanka have announced their 15-member squad that will take part in the ICC World Cup 2019 which is scheduled to take place in UK, stating May 30.Updated: Apr 19, 2019 08:41 IST
Sri Lanka have announced their 15-member squad that will take part in the ICC World Cup 2019 which is scheduled to take place in UK, starting May 30. In a surprise move opening batsman Dimuth Karunaratne was on Wednesday named captain of the Sri Lanka ODI team. He will lead the team during the ICC World Cup, which will be held in England and Wales from May 30.
“The National Selectors today appointed Dimuth Karunaratne as the ODI Captain of the Sri Lankan team. He will lead the team during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Karunaratne’s appointment was ratified by the Minister of Telecommunications, Foreign Employment and Sports Honorable Harin Fernando,” Sri Lanka Cricket said through a media release.
The left-handed opener last played an ODI for Sri Lanka way back in the 2015 edition of the ICC World Cup. He has played 17 ODIs in his career and averages a meagre 15.83. The southpaw though has a decent List A career with an average 34.34 from 120 games, including six centuries.
The left-hander has made waves in Test cricket in recent times, earning selection in the ICC’s Test Team of the Year 2018, and captained Sri Lanka to a historic Test series whitewash in South Africa earlier this year, standing in for Dinesh Chandimal.
Sri Lanka’s ODI captaincy has exchanged hands frequently in recent months. Their last four series have seen them cycle through three different skippers, with all of Angelo Mathews, Chandimal, and Lasith Malinga having been at the helm at some point.
Karunaratne was fined and reprimanded recently by Sri Lanka Cricket after a drink-driving incident, for which he also had his driving licence suspended. Sri Lanka are yet to announce their World Cup preliminary squad.
Squad: Dimuth Karunaratne (captain), Avishka Fernando, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhanajaya de Silva, Jeffrey Vandersay, Thisara Perera, Lasith Malinga, Isuru Udana, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Jeevan Mendis, Milinda Siriwardana
((With ICC Inputs))
First Published: Apr 18, 2019 14:30 IST