Sri Lanka drop Dinesh Chandimal for Zimbabwe series

Dinesh Chandimal had a disappointing 2017 until now
Dinesh Chandimal had a disappointing 2017 until now

Sri Lanka have dropped their senior batsman Dinesh Chandimal for the first two games of the upcoming One-Day International series against Zimbabwe at home that kicks-off on Friday.

Chandimal had a disappointing Champions Trophy campaign for Sri Lanka after scoring just 12 runs from the two innings he featured and overall managed just 178 runs from nine matches this year.

The 27-year-old was initially overlooked during the ODI series in South Africa earlier this year with the team management opting to try for young talents over Chandimal, indicating the things to come.

Former Sri Lanka under-19 all-rounder Wanidu Hasaranga has been called up to the squad while there are also recalls for off-spinner Akila Dananjaya, and fast bowlers Lahiru Madushanka and Dushmantha Chameera.

Dananjaya's solitary appearance in the 50-over format came way back in 2012 while Madhushanka was part oft he squad during the away ODI series against South Africa in February.

Upul Tharanga has returned to the squad after serving his two match ban for slow over rate during the Champions Trophy 2017 tournament while Lasith Malinga, despite his six month ban by Sri Lanka Cricket for breach of contract will be available for the series against Zimbabwe.

Angelo Mathews, who was marred with fitness issues during the Champions Trophy will continue to lead the side in the absence of coach Graham Ford, who announced his resignation last week.

The first two games of the series will be played in Galle on 30th June and 2nd July.

Sri Lanka squad for first two games against Zimbabwe:

Angelo Mathews (captain), Upul Tharanga, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Asela Gunaratne, Wanidu Hasaranga, Lakshan Sandakan, Akila Dananjaya, Nuwan Pradeep, Lasith Malinga, Dushmantha Chameera, Lahiru Madushanka.

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