Sri Lanka, recent Asia Cup winners, has announced their 15-man squad for the ICC Men’s Twenty20 World Cup 2022, with a few injury concerns.
Dushmantha Chameera and Lahiru Kumara, who both missed the Asia Cup due to injury, have been named in the 15-member squad for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022, but their participation will be subject to their fitness ahead of the tournament. The remaining 13 players of Sri Lanka’s T20 World Cup squad were all part of the Sri Lankan team that recently defeated Pakistan to win the Asia Cup.
The T20 World Cup team has most of the players from the Asia Cup. Dinesh Chandimal, Matheesha Pathirana, Nuwanindu Fernando, Asitha Fernando, Ashen Bandara, Praveen Jayawickrama, and Nuwan Thushara are the ones from the Asia Cup squad who did not make the T20 World Cup squad.
In addition to the 15-man team, Sri Lanka Cricket has named five reserve players: Bandara, Jayawickrama, Chandimal, Binura Fernando, and Nuwanindu Fernando. However, only Bandara and Jayawickrama will travel to Australia with the squad.
The experienced middle-order batter, Dinesh Chandimal, who returned to the T20 team in the Asia Cup, only finds a spot on the list of standby players.
The excellent left-arm quick Dilshan Madushanka retains his place in the team after a fantastic performance in the UAE. Jeffrey Vandersay and Dhananjaya de Silva retain their spots after coming in for the Asia Cup.
Chameera hasn’t fully recovered from his ankle injury, and his return to action will depend on his fitness in one month. Even if he and Lahiru Kumara are unlikely to play, the team still has several fast bowlers to choose from, including Madushanka, Pramod Madushan, and Chamika Karunaratne.
On October 16, Sri Lanka will play their opening game of the campaign, which will be against Namibia. After that, on October 18, they will play a match against the UAE, and then on October 20, they will play a match against the Netherlands. All three matches will take place at Simonds Stadium in Geelong.
Sri Lanka Squad For T20 World Cup 2022:
Dasun Shanaka (c), Danushka Gunathilaka, Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis, Charith Asalanka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dhananjaya de Silva, Wanindu Hasaranga, Maheesh Theekshana, Jeffrey Vandersay, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera (subject to fitness), Lahiru Kumara (subject to fitness), Dilshan Madushanka, Pramod Madushan
Ashen Bandara, Praveen Jayawickrema, Dinesh Chandimal, Binura Fernando, Nuwanidu Fernando