Sri Lanka Squad For World Cup 2023: Just 9 days to go and the much-awaited ICC ODI Cricket World Cup 2023 will get underway! Nearly every team have announced their squad and Sri Lanka is the latest to do so. Sri Lanka Announced Squad For World Cup 2023 and Dasun Shanaka is ready to lead his team in the campaign in India.
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Sri Lanka announced their 15-member squad on Tuesday, 26 September, just two days before ICC’s cut-off date. A couple of key players miss out with some joining the squad back. Dasun Shanaka will be the captain of the side and Kusal Perera will be his deputy.
The good news for Sri Lanka fans is that Maheesh Theekshana is back and is in good condition. He was struggling to bowl and even to walk in the Super 4 match against Pakistan but he is fit and in the squad.
The biggest setback for the SL Cricket fans, however, is that one of the prominent names missing from the squad and that is Wanindu Hasaranga, who failed to regain fitness in time for the ICC mega event.
The leg-spinner went through a thigh injury during the Lankan Premier League playoffs last month, when he finished as the tournament’s most run-scorer with 279 runs and wicket-taker with 19 wickets. The spinner was subsequently unable to compete in the Asia Cup due to injury.
Along with Hasaranga, veteran bowler Chameera is unfortunately also not fit and missed his name in the World Cup Squad. He sustained a shoulder injury and is yet to recover from it. But, Dilshan Madushanka and Lahiru Kumara coming back to the squad after missing the Asia Cup is a big plus for the team.
Sri Lanka last played the ODI match in the Asia Cup 2023 Final where they suffered a humiliating defeat to India. They batted first and Siraj took the Lankan by storms, taking 4 wickets in a single over. India Bowled out Lanka for just 50 runs and chased down the target without any loss.
Sri Lanka will kick start their World Cup campaign against South Africa on October 7 at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi.
World Cup 2023: Sri Lanka Squad
Dasun Shanaka (c), Kusal Mendis (vc), Kusal Perera, Pathum Nissanka, Dimuth Karunaratne, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dushan Hemantha, Maheesh Theekshana, Dunith Wellalage, Kasun Rajitha, Matheesha Pathirana, Lahiru Kumara, Dilshan Madushanka
Travelling reserve: Chamika Karunaratne
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