T20 World Cup 2021 – Theekshana and Rajapaksa shock picks in Sri Lanka’s squad – NewsEverything Cricket


Dasun Shanaka leads the 15-member contingent

Sri Lanka’s new thriller spinner Maheesh Theekshana is predicted to make the lads’s T20 World Cup squad, as are high order batters Bhanuka Rajapaksa, and Kamindu Mendis.
Left-arm spinner Praveen Jayawickrama additionally makes the squad, as does fellow spinner Akila Dananjaya, and left arm seamer Binura Fernando. The veteran seamer Nuwan Pradeep is predicted to overlook out on the principle squad, and is as a substitute understood to be within the reserves. As a result of Covid-19 restrictions, groups are allowed to call 4 stand-by gamers who will journey with the 15-man squad, to behave as damage replacements ought to the necessity come up.
There have been no main omissions from the facet, other than the likes of Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Mendis, and Danushka Gunathilaka, who had been banned for a yr for breaking Covid protocols on the current tour of England. Minod Bhanuka, who has stored wicket in Kusal Perera’s damage and sickness pressured absences, has not made the squad both.

Though the ICC deadline for the naming of the World Cup squads was September 10, Sri Lanka Cricket has not formally named its squad. It’s understood that Sri Lanka’s sports activities minister has not but permitted the squad. Sri Lanka groups should be signed off by the minister, by regulation.

Theekshana’s inclusion follows his glowing ODI debut, during which he took a Sri Lanka report of 4 wickets, as his staff comfortably defeated South Africa. Theekshana, who bowls a well-disguised carrom ball and googly along with his offbreak, had additionally carried out properly within the current home T20 invitational league, organised by SLC.

Rajapaksa’s inclusion, nonetheless, is down extra to perceived fame. A star batter on the varsity circuit over a decade in the past, Rajapaksa has an unremarkable home report. In seven T20 worldwide innings up to now, he has 140 runs at a strike fee of 130, although he did play one match-winning 77 off 45 towards Pakistan in 2019. His ODI returns have additionally been modest.

Kamindu, in the meantime, makes the staff on the again of a wonderful T20 invitational event, in addition to for his all-round skill. Although batting is his main talent, Kamindu can also be identified for his fielding, and might bowl finger spin with both arm.

Left-arm spinner Jayawickrama is the one uncapped member of the squad. He had had an excellent Check debut towards Bangladesh, during which he claimed 11 wickets, earlier within the yr. Since then, he is performed 5 ODIs and brought 5 wickets at 35.50. He’s an inexperienced T20 participant at even home stage although – he is bowled in solely 13 home innings, though he has been efficient throughout these video games, taking 12 wickets and going at solely 5.13 an over. He might be a part of a spin contingent that options Wanindu Hasaranga, Dananjaya and Theekshana. Legspinner Pulina Tharanga, who impressed in SLC’s invitational T20 event, is predicted to be among the many reserves.
On the seam-bowling entrance, Sri Lanka are led by Dushmantha Chameera, with Binura (who has solely performed 4 T20 internationals), and allrounder Chamika Karunaratne additionally there. Pradeep, together with Lahiru Kumara, and seam-bowling allrounder Lahiru Madushanka, are anticipated to be within the reserves.

Sri Lanka should play the qualifiers, the place they are going to face Namibia, Eire, and the Netherlands. They can even play two T20 internationals towards Oman within the strategy to the World Cup, on October 7 and 9.

Sri Lanka squad: Dasun Shanaka (capt.), Dhananjaya de Silva, Avishka Fernando, Charith Asalanka, Kamindu Mendis, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Kusal Perera, Dinesh Chandimal, Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Maheesh Theekshana, Praveen Jayawickrama, Lahiru Madushanka, Nuwan Pradeep

Reserves: Pulina Tharanga, Lahiru Kumara, Binura Fernando, Akila Dananjaya

*This story was amended at 7:00 AM GMT, September 12, 2021 after the official squad was introduced.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo’s Sri Lanka correspondent. @afidelf

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