T20 World Cup 2021: Sri Lanka announces final squad; Chandimal, Kusal Perera included, Shanaka to lead

Sri Lanka will face Namibia in their first match on Oct. 18 in Dubai | Getty

The Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) board announced the 15-man final Sri Lanka squad for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2021 which begins on October 17 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Oman. Sri Lanka and seven other teams are placed in the qualifying round one of the matches.

Sri Lanka is in Group A of round one matches which also has Ireland, Namibia, and the Netherlands. Sri Lanka will face Namibia on October 18 in Abu Dhabi. Then they will square off against Ireland on October 20, also in Abu Dhabi, and last they will face the Netherlands on October 22 in Sharjah. The top two ranked teams will then proceed to the Super 12s round.

Sri Lanka has added spinner Akila Dananjaya, batsman Pathum Nissanka, and seamers Lahiru Kumara and Binura Fernando to their 15-man squad for the Twenty20 World Cup. The quartet replaced all-rounders Lahiru Madushanka and Kamindu Mendis, spinner Praveen Jayawickrama and veteran fast bowler Nuwan Pradeep.

Dasun Shanaka has been named captain and Dhananjaya de Silva was appointed as the vice-captain. Also included in the final 15 are the experienced duo of Kusal Perera and Dinesh Chandimal.

Among the four reserve players named initially, Pulina Tharanga misses out with no reserves named this time around.

Sri Lanka’s 15-man squad for the T20 World Cup 2021:

Dasun Shanaka(C), Kusal Janith Perera, Dinesh Chandimal, Dhananjaya De Silva (VC), Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Chamika Karunaratne, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera, Lahiru Kumara, Maheesh Theekshana, Akila Dananjaya, Binura Fernando