Sri Lanka Squad For Asia Cup: Amid being hit by multiple injuries, Sri Lanka announced a strong 15-membered squad for Asia Cup 2023. Dasun Shanaka will captain the co-hosts in the upcoming main event which is scheduled to take place from 30th August to 17th September.
One of the four crucial Sri Lankan players who will miss the competition due to injury is Wanindu Hasaranga, a leg-spinning all-rounder who may be a game-changer for the Lankan squad. He was the leading run-scorer and highest wicket-taker in the Lanka Premier League when he sustained a thigh strain, which he’s now recovering.
Injuries have significantly reduced Sri Lanka’s Asia Cup roster, causing some crucial players to call it quits. Dilshan Madushanka (oblique tear), Lahiru Kumara (side strain), and Dushmantha Chameera (pectoral tear) are all out with separate ailments.
Hemantha will take over for spin-bowling all-rounder Wanindu Hasaranga. The all-rounder Dushan Hemantha and the seamers Binura Fernando and Pramod Madushan have returned to the Sri Lankan team for the Asia Cup, which begins on Wednesday.
According to a statement from Sri Lankan Cricket, Kusal Perera, who is rejoining the ODI squad after a two-year absence, is still suffering from the flu and will join the rest of the team once he gets well.
Veteran players Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal are not on the team. Avishka Fernando, although being eligible for selection and being infected with COVID last week, is not included due to the team’s stronger hitting capability.
Down below is the Sri Lanka Squad For Asia Cup:
Sri Lanka Squad For Asia Cup
Dasun Shanaka (c)
Kusal Janith Perera
Kusal Mendis (vc)
Dhananjaya de Silva
The Lions are slated to play their opening match against Bangladesh on 31st August (Thursday) in Pallekele.
For more details head to ICC’s official website.