Sri Lanka will miss the services of Angelo Mathews for the first Test against Pakistan during the upcoming tour of United Arab Emirates as he continues his recovery from a calf injury.
The 30-year-old suffered the injury during a training session on Tuesday following which he underwent a scan on the following day which revealed a strain in his calf muscle.
Apart from Mathews' injury, the selectors have also dropped pace bowlers Dushmantha Chameera and Lahiru Kumara, left-arm-spinner Malinda Pushpakumara and all-rounder Dananjaya de Silva from the squad that were whitewashed 0-3 by India in the recent home series.
Suranga Lakmal and Nuwan Pradeep will be leading the pace attack that also has Vishwa Fernando and uncapped Lahiru Gamage while Rangana Herath, Dilruwan Perera and Lakshan Sandakan will shoulder the spin bowling responsibility.
The squad also features uncapped batsman Roshen Silva, who has scored 6265 first-class runs at an average of 48 while opener Kaushal Silva has been given a lifeline after he last played in South Africa in January. The 22-year-old Sadeera Samarawickrama will remain a backup to Niroshan Dickwella with the wicket-keeping role.
The two-match Test series will be played between 28th September and 10th October with Abu Dhabi and Dubai being the venues.
Sri Lanka squad for Tests against Pakistan: Dinesh Chandimal (captain), Lahiru Thirimanne, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kaushal Silva, Kusal Mendis, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Roshen Silva, Niroshan Dickwella, Rangana Herath, Lakshan Sandakan, Dilruwan Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Vishva Fernando, Lahiru Gamage.
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