Top-order batter Avishka Fernando
Top-order batter Avishka Fernando File photo

Fernando makes comeback for India tour

Fernando last played for Sri Lanka in February, after which he was sidelined due to an injury.

COLOMBO: Top-order batter Avishka Fernando on Wednesday earned a recall to Sri Lanka’s limited overs squad, for the away series against India beginning on January 3 in Mumbai.

Fernando last played for Sri Lanka in February, after which he was sidelined due to an injury. He comes back into the team following an impressive run in the recently held Lanka Premier League (LPL) and the 24-year-old is part of both the squads. Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) picked a 20-member squad for three T20Is and as many ODIs.

Another LPL performer, Sadeera Samarawickrama, has been named in the team at the expense of Dinesh Chandimal. Chamika Karunaratne has made a comeback after a productive LPL. Dasun Shanaka will captain both the teams with Wanindu Hasaranga being his deputy in the T20 format and Kusal Mendis in the ODIs.

WHITE-BALL SQUAD: Dasun Shanaka (c), Pathum Nissanka, Avishka Fernando, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Kusal Mendis (vc for ODIs), Bhanuka Rajapaksa (only for T20Is), Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Wanindu Hasaranga (vc for T20Is), Ashen Bandara, Maheesh Theekshana, Jeffrey Vandersay (only for ODIs), Chamika Karunaratne, Dilshan Madushanka, Kasun Rajitha, Nuwanidu Fernando (only for ODIs), Dunith Wellalage, Pramod Madushan, Lahiru Kumara and Nuwan Thushara (only for T20Is)

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