The Lasith Malinga-led Sri Lanka team arrived in India on Thursday for the upcoming three-match T20 series. Sri Lanka will play three T20 matches against India, the first of which is in Guwahati on January 5 followed by Indore (January 7) and Pune (January 10).
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) had tweeted that Sri Lanka T20I squad led by Lasith Malinga left the island this morning for India to take part in the 3-match T20I series.
Former skipper Angelo Mathews returned to the Sri Lanka squad for the three-match T20 International series against India. Mathews played his last T20 International against South Africa in August 2018, when he led Sri Lanka to a three-wicket win.
Sri Lanka Cricket said in a statement that the 16-member squad will be led by veteran pacer Lasith Malinga. Initially, fast bowler Nuwan Pradeep was included in the squad but he will now make way for seamer Kasun Rajitha after sustaining an injury during practice sessions.
For the hosts, Vice-captain Rohit Sharma has been rested for T20I series against Sri Lanka along with Mohammed Shami. Meanwhile, fit-again pacer Jasprit Bumrah and Shikhar Dhawan return to international action for India in Sri Lanka T20I series.
Sri Lanka squad: Lasith Malinga (captain), Danushka Gunathilaka, Avishka Fernando, Angelo Mathews, Dasun Shanaka, Kusal Perera, Niroshan Dickwella, Dhananjaya de Silva, Isuru Udana, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Oshada Fernando, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lahiru Kumara, Kusal Mendis, Lakshan Sandakan and Kasun Rajitha.
T20I series vs Sri Lanka
1st T20I at Barasapara Cricket Ground, Guwahati – January 5
2nd T20I at Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore – January 7
3rd T20I at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune – January 10