15 member squad named for 1st Test against NZ

2019-08-09 at 12:30

National Selectors have named the 15-man Test squad for the two-match series against New Zealand scheduled to be played at the Galle International Stadium.

A preliminary squad of 22 for the Tests against New Zealand, was trimmed to 15.

From the initial pool of players, Danushka Gunathilaka, Shehan Jayasuriya, Chamika Karunaratne, Dilruwan Perera, Angelo Perera, Kasun Rajitha and Asitha Fernando have been removed.

Among those selected are Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Matthews, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera, Niroshan Dickwella, Dhananjaya De Silva and Oshada Fernando with, Dimuth Karunarathne as captain.

The spin bowlers picked for the Test series are Akila Dananjaya, Lakshan Sandakan and Lasith Embuldeniya, while the pace contingent comprises Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara and Vishwa Fernando.

Top-order batsman Oshada Fernando has been named as well. The matches will start on August 14, with the second commencing August 22nd at Colombo’s P Sara Oval.