Malinga returns to captain Sri Lanka in Australia T20 series
COLOMBO: Lasith Malinga returns to captain Sri Lanka, while Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Oshada Fernando have retained their places in the Twenty20 International squad for the series in Australia.
Malinga was among a host of players who opted out of the recent tour of Pakistan, which Sri Lanka ended with a historic 3-0 whitewash of the top-ranked T20 side in the world.
Dasun Shanaka skippered an inexperienced team in Malinga’s absence, but the paceman is set to resume leadership duties in a three-match series that starts at Adelaide Oval on October 27.
Batsmen Rajapaksa and Oshada are also among the 16 players selected after making their debuts in Pakistan.
Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera and Niroshan Dickwella are among the other names to come back into the squad.
Sri Lanka squad:
Lasith Malinga (captain), Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Danushka Gunathilaka, Avishka Fernando, Niroshan Dickwella, Dasun Shanaka, Shehan Jayasuriya, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Oshada Fernando, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lakshan Sandakan, Nuwan Pradeep, Lahiru Kumara, Isuru Udana, Kasun Rajitha.