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By Bipin Dani

Sri Lankan team management has decided to release five players including the regular captain Dimuth Karunratne and under-performing batsman Kusal Mendis from the present squad of 22 players.

Following a discussion this morning, the team management decided to also release Minod Bhanuka, Lahiru Kumara and Nuwan Pradeep. 

Sri Lanka is scheduled to play the second Test against England at the same venue starting Friday. 

It was left to Head Coach Mickey Arthur to convey the news to the outgoing players, it is learnt.

The meeting was also attended by stand-in captain Dinesh Chandimal and Karunaratne.

The three national selectors Ashantha de Mel, Pramodya Wickramsinghe and Chaminda Mendis also discussed the composition of the team for the West Indies tour.  The other four selectors on the panel, who did not attend the meeting, are for junior and women's cricket. 

The final selection for the Windies tour is likely to be made two weeks prior to the team departure. 

However, the selectors are believed to have shortlisted 34 players for training and visa purpose.

The team will have a new manager on the Windies tour, it has been reliably learnt. 

De Mel has decided to skip this tour for personal reasons but will be available for the team selection from Sri Lanka. 

 

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  • dickie bird Tuesday, 19 January 2021 08:23 PM

    Do certain Selectors demand a part of the match fee from failed players to qualify for selection? Its time players were paid on performance basis. Otherwise its not fair by the fans. It appears present cricketers are selfish bunch who does not care for the Country

    cheers Wednesday, 20 January 2021 09:01 AM

    Chaminda Mendis is a great person to have on the selection panel as he played it utmost best for Colts and also I had played with him and he has the best knowledge of the domestic circuit and knowledge. He should be selector on tour

    Ranjith Thursday, 21 January 2021 03:37 AM

    It’s a good start. Mendis must go. You cannot select a player based on his past record. He has to be selected in his current form. And his form is next to nothing.


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