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Pushpakumara, Fernando called up in Sri Lanka squad for ODI series

Malinda Pushpakumara (right) has been picked in the squad
Malinda Pushpakumara (right) has been picked in the squad

Uncapped duo Malinda Pushpakumara and Vishwa Fernando have been called up to the Sri Lanka squad for the five-match One-Day International series that begins on Sunday in Dambulla.

Both the players made their Test debut in the recently concluded series against India during which they played two out of the three games. Left-arm-spinner Pushpakumara picked five wickets in both the games combined while Fernando managed three wickets.

Also, returning to the squad are all-rounders Thisara Perera and Milinda Siriwardana, who were overlooked for the home series against Zimbabwe while Asitha Fernando, Nuwan Kulasekara and Lahiru Kumara are left out of the squad.

This will also be the first time Upul Tharanga will take over the reins of the Sri Lankan team as full-time captain following the resignation of Angelo Mathews.

"Every team goes through a rough patch," Tharanga said in a statement from Sri Lanka Cricket.

"This is something that happens in cycles to every team and every nation no matter how great a cricketing nation they are.

"Sri Lanka dominated in all three formats for a good 18 years – don't forget this now when we are going through a rough patch."

The injured duo Asela Gunaratne and Nuwan Pradeep will continue to remain on the sidelines.

Sri Lanka squad for ODI series:

Upul Tharanga (captain), Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella (wicketkeeper), Dhanushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Chamara Kapugedera, Milinda Siriwardana, Malinda Pushpakumara, Akila Dananjaya, Lakshan Sandakan, Thisara Perera, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lasith Malinga, Dushmantha Chameera, Vishwa Fernando

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