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SLC selectors name squad for Afghanistan ODIs

Shanaka dropped, Chamika included

6 February 2024 10:17 am - 11     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Colombo, Feb. 6 (Daily Mirror) - The Sri Lanka Cricket Selection Committee has selected a 16-member squad for the upcoming three-match One Day International (ODI) series against Afghanistan.

Former captain Dasun Shanaka has been excluded from the squad, likely to be rested for the series, reliable sources told Daily Mirror.

All-rounder Chamika Karunaratne, who missed the recent Zimbabwe series, has been included in the squad, enhancing both the batting and bowling line-up.

Except for Dasun's exclusion and Chamika's return, there won't be many major changes in the ODI squad against Afghanistan compared to the squad named for the Zimbabwe series.

The ODI series is scheduled to commence on February 9th in Pallekele.

Shanaka, who has struggled with form for nearly a year, was stripped of the captaincy after the ODI World Cup, where Sri Lanka failed to finish in the top eight, missing out on the Champions Trophy 2025.
Shanaka's poor performance with the bat, particularly in ODIs, led to his exclusion. He was included in the last ODI series against Zimbabwe but was dropped for the third ODI due to his inability to return to form.

Karunaratne has been selected to fill Shanaka's absence. He previously replaced Captain Dasun Shanaka in Sri Lanka's World Cup squad last year.

Leg-spinner Jeffrey Vandersay, who was added to the recently concluded Zimbabwe ODI squad, will
miss the Afghanistan series due to a finger injury. Wanindu Hasaranga is expected to replace him in the playing XI.

Sri Lanka Cricket has sent the ODI squad for Sports Minister Harin Fernando for the approval.

Meanwhile, the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) has announced their 15-member squad for the series. Their premier spinner, Rashid Khan, remains unavailable due to ongoing recovery from back surgery. Young leg-spinner Qais Ahmad has been included to fill the gap.

The series promises exciting encounters between two talented cricket nations, with Sri Lanka aiming to build on their recent ODI form while Afghanistan seeks to cause an upset without their star spinner, Khan.

  Comments - 11

  • MirakRajBanda Tuesday, 06 February 2024 10:58 AM

    Why there's not a single Tamil or Muslim player in Sri Lanka cricket? ''Unity is Strength'' is just words in your books but not in practice. After Muralitharan, Mahela and Sangakkara era, corrputed Sri Lanka Cricket lost its might and respect.

    Pereira Tuesday, 06 February 2024 12:16 PM

    Cricket is about talent and ability. It's not about filling diversity quotas. Furthermore you seem to ignorant about the wicketkeeper in the under 19 ODI squad, Sharujan Shanmuganathan.

    Andy Tuesday, 06 February 2024 12:45 PM

    At least in sports let selectors work based on team requirements, not ethnic requirements.

    Marsipala Tuesday, 06 February 2024 05:24 PM

    Mr. Mirak you are absolutely right i am also asking the same question many times from the media after Muralidaran and Mahroof why no Tamil or Muslim players selected for the national team why they are so racist like this. not only cricket if you take any sport or any event in Sri Lanka sad to say they are not give any equal opportunities. Sinha pataw only.

    Gonston Tuesday, 06 February 2024 11:20 AM

    An action-packed drama queen Chamika vs. a man who hammers 6 s out of the park.

    RAHIM AWSHAD ABDUL Tuesday, 06 February 2024 04:16 PM

    Pereira check Muslims and Tamils not included to any pools ? Unless a parent has influence with a big shot has some power there is a chance otherwise no way in modern Lanka.Anyway keep going this way and loose all the matches.Saw the crowd at SSC even with entrance free ?

    MirakRajBanda Tuesday, 06 February 2024 01:41 PM

    Mr. Pereira: Of course, if the talents is measured instead of race, religion, political powe, money and influence on selection criteria, more Tamils and Muslims would have played in Sri Lanka Cricket.

    Alternatives needed Tuesday, 06 February 2024 02:52 PM

    We should test other good batting all rounders other than Chamika.

    Gary De Silva Tuesday, 06 February 2024 02:53 PM

    Considering the ability as a Cricketer, Shanka is a better player than Boru Show Artist Chamika..!

    Hasitha Tuesday, 06 February 2024 03:26 PM

    After giving so much opportunities, either Dasun or Chamika has not been fulfill the responsibilities when team needed. so its time to look for new talent like Lahiru Madusanka /Lahiru Samarakoon etc

    DJ Tuesday, 06 February 2024 09:34 PM

    Finally, long overdue

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