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Asela Gunaratne, Nuwan Pradeep return to Sri Lanka squad for India ODIs

Asela Gunaratne, Nuwan Pradeep return to Sri Lanka squad for India ODIs

It is reported that the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is responsible for this situatio.

In an eventful day for Sri Lanka Cricket, their players, who had been stopped from boarding the flight to India, for the upcoming ODI series, have now got the clearance from the sports ministry.

Earlier in the day, a controversy erupted as Sri Lanka's Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera ostensibly withheld the limited-overs specialists from leaving for India as he was reportedly unhappy with the squad picked by SLC's selection panel. Now the nine players, who are included in the ODI squad are expected to fly to India on Tuesday night itself. Which is why Malinda Pushpakumara, who was scheduled to replace Rangana Herath for the third Test against Delhi, was not conidered and as a result, Jeffrey Vandersay had to be flown in.

Sri Lanka's ODI squad: Thisara Perera (C), Upul Tharanga, Danushka Gunathilaka, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Asela Gunaratne, Niroshan Dickwella, Chaturanga de Silva, Akila Dananjaya, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dhananjaya De Silva, Dushmantha Chameera, Sachith Pathirana, Kusal Janith Perera.




A "Cricbuzz" report said the players were already in the airport and one of them had even boarded the flight.

When News1st inquired the Sports Minister regarding the matter, he claimed that he was not asked to approve the ODI team by Sri Lanka Cricket, which is why he called back the team.

"Most players reached the airport around 9pm on Monday".

Sri Lanka have lost 21 one-dayers in the calendar year and won only four matches.


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