Several senior players are left out of squad to face Bangladesh and India as selectors look to the future
Sri Lanka shake up ODI side for tri-series
COLOMBO // Sri Lanka have freshened up their one-day international side for next month's tri-series with Bangladesh and India. Several senior players, including Sanath Jayasuriya, Lasith Malinga, Chamara Kapugedera and Ajantha Mendis, were left out as selectors looked to the future. Former captain Mahela Jayawardene, spinner Muttiah Muralitharan, all-rounder Angelo Mathews and fast bowler Dilhara Fernando were not available because of injury.
The middle order batsman Lahiru Thirimanne, 20, was picked for the first time while the 30-year-old batsman Chamara Silva and the leg spinner Malinga Bandara were recalled. Left-arm fast bowler Thilan Thushara also made a return to the side after a shoulder injury. All-rounder Muthumudalige Pushpakumara, fast bowler Suranga Lakmal and off-spinner Suraj Randiv, all replacements on Sri Lanka's recent tour to India, were retained.
Squad: Kumar Sangakkara (capt), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Upul Tharanga, Thilan Samaraweera, Thilina Kandamby, Chamara Silva, Lahiru Thirimanne, Thissara Perera, Muthumudalige Pushpakumara, Malinga Bandara, Suraj Randiv, Thilan Thushara, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Kulasekara, Chanaka Welagedera * Reuters