According to reliable sources, Mickey Arthur and the selectors are going to select multiple new players to try out before the South Africa tour and this is the last opportunity to prove themselves before the final squad is selected for the Future 2021 T20 World Cup & Qualifiers.
1.Minod Bhanuka (Wicket-Keeper)
4.Dasun Shanaka (Captain)
5.Ashen Bandara (Confirmed)
8.Ishan Jayaratne (Debutant) (Confirmed)
10.Shiran Fernando(Debutant)( 35% LIkely or Praveen Jayawickrama 30% or Isuru Udana 20% or 15 % other Players)
Bhanuka Rajapaksa (Injured)
The head coach was also hopeful that young leg spinner Wanindu Hasaranga, who picked three wickets in the second ODI against India, would be available for the first T20.
Stressing that Sri Lanka’s white-ball cricket needed some reforms, Arthur also described the win against India on Sunday as a “great win”.
“We were struggling, our white ball cricket was going nowhere. We were ranked eight or nine in the world and we needed some reforms and change with that.
“We needed to try and rebuild the team, we needed to look at a team we could take forward all the way to the 2023 World Cup and have a side ready at that point. And that is why we had that change, was to bring some young fresh faces in, see what they can do but also give them an opportunity to perform,” he explained.
“And I think, we are getting there, we have got a long way to go. The win last night was great and we got very close the game before and that just shows continued improvement,” he signed off.