After the veteran was left off the 15-man. The team that will go to Zimbabwe for the World Cup Qualifier later this month. Sri Lanka’s ODI romance with Angelo Mathews appears to have been short-lived.

Prior to Sri Lanka’s tour of New Zealand earlier this year. Angelo Mathews was returned to the ODI team after a two-year layoff. The 36-year-old had hoped for a World Cup farewell after the decision. The second ODI against Afghanistan last week saw him removed from the playing XI due to poor performances. After his comeback, he has scored scores of 18, 0, and 12.

Sadeera Samarawickrama, who filled in for Mathews in that game. Hit a quick 44, keeping him in the lineup for the third ODI even though he wasn’t required to bat. Thus, Mathews, who has played in 221 ODIs, now appears unlikely to increase that total.

His comeback, along with Dimuth Karunaratne’s, was considered as a shift in the selectors’ strategy. To prioritise experience during a World Cup year prior to the Afghanistan series. Although the 35-year-old certainly seems to have earned his opportunity, scoring back-to-back fifties. On his return to the ODI side as Sri Lanka secured a come-from-behind series win against Afghanistan. Karunaratne’s retention for the World Cup Qualifier is proof that he remains in their minds.

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The squad as a whole, however, is quite predictable. Dasun Shanaka, the team’s captain, is followed by players like Kusal Mendis, Pathum Nissanka and Samarawickrama.

The all-rounders are filled by Chamika Karunaratne, Shanaka, and Wanindu Hasaranga. Hasaranga also heads the spin department, which also features legspinner Dushan Hemantha and spinner Maheesh Theekshana.

In the first ODI against Afghanistan, Hemantha received his first cap after replacing the hurt Hasaranga. Hasaranga didn’t appear for the rest of the series after rejoining the XI, though. His inclusion appears to be based solely on his capacity. To serve as Hasaranga’s cover, despite the fact that he has recently made a strong impression at home.

However, Sri Lanka’s strong suit is in the vibrant, albeit fragile, seam department. Dushmantha Chameera, who returned to action in Afghanistan. After a ten-month absence, is in charge of it, albeit his workload still needs to be managed. The same is true for Lahiru Kumara, who has the ability to bowl at an express pace. But far too frequently is hindered by minor injuries, most notably in the first ODI against Afghanistan.

The squad now includes the talented and young Matheesha Pathirana. Prior to even earning an ODI cap, which he eventually accomplished last week. He made a splash in the IPL earlier this year with his 145kph yorker throwing.

The final performer, Kasun Rajitha, is not express but is dependable for some early swing, nagging lines, and lengths.

Sri Lanka will play three exhibition games before their qualifying campaign against UAE on June 19 in Bulawayo.

sir lanka squad
sir lanka squad

Sri Lankan Squad:

SOURCE: https://OfficialSLC/

Wanindu Hasaranga, Lahiru Kumara, Dushmantha Chameera, Kasun Rajitha, Matheesha Pathirana, Dhananjaya de Silva, Pathum Nissanka, Dimuth Karunaratne, Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Chamika Karunaratne,Chamika Karunaratne, Dushan Hemantha,