Sri Lanka selectors have recalled swashbuckling opening batsman Kusal Perera and all-rounder Thisara Perera for the three-match One-Day International series against Bangladesh.
Kusal last played a 50-over game for Sri Lanka during the tri-series in Zimbabwe in 2016 and dropped out of contention because of dip in form. Even in the Test series against South Africa in Port Elizabeth, the 26-year-old managed just 13 runs in the two innings combined.
He has been included in the 15-man squad based on his performance for Sri Lanka A against England Lions where he scored a 59 and an unbeaten 70 in the two games in Dambulla.
On the other hand, Thisara makes a comeback into the national squad after a break of almost seven months and his experience is expected to benefit the side in the absence of Angelo Mathews, who haven't recovered from a hamstring injury.
Lasith Malinga made a comeback in the Twenty20 International format for Sri Lanka in Australia but the selectors believe he is quite not ready for the 50-over format with a dodgy knee while Nuwan Kulasekara has been dropped following his poor performance in South Africa.
Dinesh Chandimal has managed to retain his place in the squad after he was left out in the closing stages of ODI series against South Africa. Upul Tharanga will continue to lead the side in the absence of Mathews.
The three-match ODI series will be played between 25th March and 1st April with Dambulla and Colombo being the venues.
Sri Lanka squad for ODI series against Bangladesh:
Upul Tharanga (captain), Niroshan Dickwella, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Mendis, Asela Gunaratne, Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Kusal Perera, Danushka Gunathilaka, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara, Vikum Sanjaya, Thisara Perera, Sachith Pathirana, Seekkuge Prassanna, Lakshan Sandakan
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