Gunathilaka, Shanaka, Akila, Aponso included in Sri Lanka’s preliminary squad for Bangladesh ODIs

Written by Vishwas Gupta

Opening batsman Danushka Gunathilaka, allrounder Dasun Shanaka and spinners Akila Dananjaya, Amila Aponso all have been included into Sri Lanka’s 22 members preliminary squad for three match ODI series against touring Bangladesh starting later this month, Cricket Age reliably learns.

All these players were not part of Sri Lanka’s World Cup campaign, where team won three, lost four matches at the World Cup, with two abandoned due to rain and were knocked out from the first round.

Gunathilaka, an explosive opener, was in Sri Lanka’s head coach Chandika Hathurasingha’s scheme of things but performed poorly leading to the showpiece event. His bellow par performance in the provincial tournament before the World Cup forced Asantha De Mel led selection committee to look towards dynamic Kusal Perera! Eventually, Kusal opened the innings with Dimuth Karunaratne and both they laid solid platform in almost every match.

Both Dasun Shanaka and Akila Dananjaya toured India with Sri Lanka A team and enjoyed successfull outings.

Akila, who was mysteriously overlooked for World Cup in order to accommodate high profile allrounder allrounder Jeevan Mendis into the squad, took 3 wickets in last match against India A in Hubli.

Dasun Shanaka, meanwhile, had an successful India tour with three below quick fire scores of 30, 20 and 44.

Amila Aponso, on the other hand, toured South Africa with Sri Lanka emerging team and took 10 wickets in the triangular series.

After the approval from Sports Ministry, the preliminary squad to begin practice from July 19.

Bangladesh will become the first team to tour Sri Lanka since the deadly Easter attacks in which 258 people were killed.

The teams will play three one-day internationals on July 26, 28 and 31 at the Premadasa International Stadium in Colombo.


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