Sri Lanka preliminary squad for England tour – Kusal Perera, Danushka Gunathilaka, Pathum Nissanka, Avishka Fernando, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Oshada Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya De Silva, Charith Asalanka, Kamil Mishara, Niroshan Dickwella, Ashen Bandara, Dasun Shanaka, Chamika Karunaratne, Dhananjaya Lakshan, Wanindu Hasaranga, Ramesh Mendis, Lakshan Sandakan, Akila Dananjaya, Praveen Jayawickrama, Dushmantha Chameera, Isuru Udana, Binura Fernando, Nuwan Pradeep, Shiran Fernando, Kasun Rajitha, Asitha Fernando, Ishan Jayaratne
Sri Lanka vs England – Tour Schedule
1st T20I – 23rd June – Cardiff – 11.00 pm (SL Time)
2nd T20I – 24th June – Cardiff – 11.00 pm (SL Time)
3rd T20I – 26th June – Southampton – 07.00 pm (SL Time)
1st ODI – 29th June – Durham – 3.30 pm (SL Time)
2nd ODI – 1st July – London – 5.30 pm (SL Time)
3rd ODI – 4th July – Bristol – 3.30 pm (SL Time)
The 28-member preliminary squad is expected to be pruned down to 22 players by the end of the first week of June. The 22-member squad for both T20I’s and ODI’s are expected to fly to England in the second week of June on a chartered flight.
My 22-Man Squad for England tour –
Kusal Perera, Danushka Gunathilaka, Pathum Nissanka, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya De Silva, Charith Asalanka, Kamil Mishara, Niroshan Dickwella, Ashen Bandara, Dasun Shanaka, Chamika Karunaratne, Dhananjaya Lakshan, Wanindu Hasaranga, Ramesh Mendis, Akila Dananjaya, Praveen Jayawickrama, Dushmantha Chameera, Binura Fernando, Kasun Rajitha, Asitha Fernando, Ishan Jayaratne
Exiled From Sri Lanka preliminary squad-
1.Sadeera Samarawickrama (Has not scored many runs lately)
2.Oshada Fernando (Needs to be kept as Test Pure batsman and not make the mistake they did with Pathum Nissanka and Kusal Mendis, which was throwing them into all formants and expecting them to perform.)
3.Shiran Fernando (He has pace and bounce, which will help in the sub-continental country and places like South Africa but not in and against England where accuracy is critical with small boundary and the current England Squad)
4.Isuru Udana (Averages over 50 in bowling, also was not impressive in Bangladesh)
5.Lakshan Sandakan (Not a player to be played outside spinning conditions)
My XI For the 1st T20 against England
Sri Lanka need to stop have a player play all formats as it one of the reason that they have not been consistent therefore they need a specialist is some formant like
Test Cricket-Dimuth Karunaratne,Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal & Suranga Lakmal
Limited-Over Cricket-Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera, Avishka Fernando, Danushka Gunathilaka,
Kusal Perea as Captain will automatically come in. His captaincy will probably because the selector to work with the core group of the youngster and instil the fearlessly cricket into them also Dasun Shanka poor perform as attributes to this.
Avishka Fernando gets his no.3 back for Pathum Nissanka who is struggling.
Kamil Mishara has a perfect attack and defensive approach to his cricket and keeps wicket well so he could replace Niroshan Dickwella in the t20 format so that Dickwella can concreate on ODI and test.
Kusal Mendis needs to be refined to be a white-ball specialist like Eoin Morgan.
Dhananjaya De Silva needs to be ODI and Test only player with Dhananjaya Lakshan replacing him in the T20 format.