Final 15 Man Sri Lanka Squad has been announced for the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 to be held this June. The team will feature return of some of the best players out in their side. Lasith Malinga is back after being dropped since the last two years, while Angelo Mathews is back and will lead the side as expected.
Angelo Mathews is set to return after a long time too, during which he missed the longer tour of Australia, at home series against Bangladesh and ODI series against South Africa. Mathews was out from the side since a longer time too because he got his ankle twisted and a certain hamstring injury in 2016 January. Mathews is however really excited to be fit enough to bowl at the ICC Champions Trophy this time.
But now, he is expected to join in back stronger and the all-rounder is also keen to bowl too. He was happy with the squad chosen for ICC Champions Trophy and termed them as the ‘best squad’.
Lasith Malinga on the other hand got unlucky as he met with so many injuries himself. He suffered from a knee injury not a long ago which is also visible in his form at the Indian Premier League right now. He was recently seen at a T20 world cup match however, he is expected to be fully fit by the commencement of the ICC Champions Trophy. He is been very impressive during his International Matches this year. He was even able to pick a first ever T20 international Hat Trick against Bangladesh. Lasith Malinga has been largely injured even since the commencement of the 2015 world cup and he even did not depart for the past year’s T20 cricket World Cup at the very end.
The squad also includes batsman Chamara Kapugedera and the fast bowler Nuwan Pradeep, both of them were out of the side since 2016 January. Other than these, batsman Danushka Gunathilaka, All-rounders Milinda Siriwardana and Dhananjaya De Silva; and bowlers Dushmantha Chameera and Lahiru Kumara.
Before the start of ICC Champions trophy, Scotland will play against Sri Lanka before Sri Lanka head over to face New Zealand and Australia in the CT warm up matches.
Sri lanka Schedule for Champions Trophy 2017
Warm up Matches
- 26 May – Sri Lanka vs Australia, The Oval
- 30 May – Sri Lanka vs New Zealand, Edgbaston
- 3 June – Sri Lanka v South Africa, The Oval (Day)
- 8 June – India v Sri Lanka, The Oval (Day)
- 12 June – Sri Lanka v Pakistan, Cardiff (Day)
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Sri Lanka Squad for ICC Champions Trophy 2017:
Angelo Mathews (c), Upul Tharanga (vc), Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Chamara Kapugedera, Asela Gunaratne, Dinesh Chandimal, Lasith Malinga, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Nuwan Kulasekera, Thisara Perera, Lakshan Sandakan and Seekkuge Prasanna.