Sri Lanka’s squad for the ODI series against Afghanistan; Bhanuka Rajapaksa asks for a break

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The Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Selection Committee on Thursday (November 24th) named a 16-member squad for the three-game ODI series against Afghanistan.

The Dasun Shanaka-led side will face Afghanistan in three home ODIs from November 25-30. All three matches will be played at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium.

Besides Shanaka, Pathum Nissanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Mendis, Wanindu Hasaranga, Maheesh Theekshana and Lahiru Kumara are all part of the ODI squad.

Aggressive hitter Bhanuka Rajapaksa was also named by the selectors for the 16-member team. However, the official statement from SLC said the left-handed batter had requested a break from ODI cricket. As a result, the cricket board decided to release him from the team.

Sri Lanka squad for ODIs against Afghanistan

Dasun Shanaka (captain), Pathum Nissanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Mendis, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dunith Wellalage, Dananjaya Lakshan, Kasun Rajitha, Maheesh Theekshana, Pramod Madushan, Asitha Fernando, Ashen Bandara, Lahiru Kumara, Bhanuka Rajapaksa (released).

Sri Lanka had a disappointing T20 World Cup campaign in Australia. They started with a 55-point loss to Namibia in Geelong. Although the Lankans recovered well to reach the Super 12 stage, they were unable to qualify for the semi-finals, retreating with defeats against Australia, New Zealand and England.

Their campaign was further marred by the arrest of attacker Danushka Gunathilaka on sexual assault allegations.

Sri Lanka Cricket calls on ICC to investigate match-fixing allegations linked to Pakistan Test series

In another significant development in Sri Lankan cricket, SLC has invited the International Cricket Council (ICC) to investigate match-fixing allegations regarding the home Test series against Pakistan in July.

A few weeks ago, an opposition MP, Nalin Bandara, alleged match-fixing in the series in Galle which ended 1-1.

According to an AFP report, the SLC’s executive committee has asked ICC anti-corruption chief Alex Marshall to investigate the charges. A board statement said SLC is committed to the integrity of the game and believes an ICC investigation is “the right course of action in light of recent allegations”.

The two-match series against Pakistan took place in Galle even as the host country was in the grip of a severe economic crisis. After losing the first test, Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 246 points in the second to tie the series 1-1.

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