Sri Lanka recall Jeevan Mendis for Bangladesh T20Is

Jeevan Mendis last played for Sri Lanka in 2015
Jeevan Mendis last played for Sri Lanka in 2015
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Sri Lanka have recalled all-rounder Jeevan Mendis for the upcoming Twenty20 International series against Bangladesh.

Mendis has already played 54 One-Day Internationals and 16 T20Is for Sri Lanka but his last appearance came in the 2015 World Cup.

His consistent performances for the Tamil Union in the domestic Premier League tournament where he even went on to claim a 10-wicket haul in his latest outing against Bloomfield has provided him a lifeline.

With Angelo Mathews absent due to injury, Dinesh Chandimal will lead the squad despite not featuring in the T20I squad in the recent games while Asela Gunaratne and Kusal Perera make a comeback into the squad.

The selectors have opted for an inexperienced bowling attack with Isuru Udana with 13 T20Is being the senior-most bowler. Uncapped Amila Aponso, Asitha Fernando and Shehan Madhushanka form the rest of the bowling attack.

Apart from Mendis, the squad also comprises of other two spinners Jeffrey Vandersay and Akila Dananjaya while Thisara Perera has been retained.

The two T20Is will be played on 15th and 18th February in Dhaka and Sylhet respectively.

Sri Lanka squad for T20I series:

Dinesh Chandimal (captain), Upul Tharanga, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Janith Perera, Thisara Perera, Asela Gunaratne, Niroshan Dickwella, Dasun Shanaka, Isuru Udana, Shehan Madushanka, Jeffrey Vandersay, Akila Dananjaya, Amila Aponso, Jeevan Mendis and Asitha Fernando

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