This post was most recently updated on May 14th, 2022
The Sri Lankan national cricket team is scheduled to arrive in Bangladesh on May 8 to play a two-match Test series. The country’s cricket board today (Friday) announced the preliminary 21-member squad for the tour.
According to Sri Lankan media, a number of players who have toured India for the last time have been dropped from the announced primary squad. Lahiru Thirimanne and Charith Asalanka lost their chances. Roshan Silva and Oshadha Fernando have been included in the preliminary squad.
Sri Lanka lost its way in a severe economic and political crisis. The island nation is in dire straits due to acute shortages of essential food and commodities. The crisis-ridden coalition government led by Sri Lanka’s ruling president is on the verge of collapse. MPs are leaving the alliance. Some of these have an impact on the country’s cricket. Therefore, the question arises, will the Sri Lankan cricket team arrive in Bangladesh on time to play the two-match Test series scheduled for next month?
With the announcement of the preliminary team today, that fear has largely disappeared. It has been learned that the Lankans will come to Bangladesh with the original squad of 18 people, excluding 3 out of 21 members of the primary squad.
The two-team series is part of the ICC Test Championship. The first match of the series will be played on May 15 in Chittagong and the second and final Test will be played on May 23 in Dhaka.
Sri Lanka’s primary squad at a glance-
Dimuth Koranaratne, Oshadha Fernando, Pathum Nisanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Angelo Mathews, Kamil Mishara, Kusal Mendis, Roshan Silva, Niroshan Dickwella, Dinesh Chandimal, Ramesh Mendis, Chamika Karnaratne, Kasun, Fernando, Mohammad Siraj, Praveen Jayabikrama, Lasith Embuldenia, Jeffrey Vanderse, Lakshita Munasinghe and Suminda Lakshan.