Doors not closed to Malinga or any other senior players: Chief Selector

When the national selectors picked a young side and chose a new Captain (Kusal Perera) and Vice-Captain (Kusal Mendis) for the three-match ODI series against Bangladesh, leaving out seasoned cricketers like Angelo Mathews, Dimuth Karunaratne, Dinesh Chandimal and Suranga Lakmal giving, the impression that they were building a team for the 2023 Cricket World Cup, the initial thought was that it was very brave move.

But when Sri Lanka were beaten in the first ODI by 33 runs chasing 287 and were then reduced to a dismal 141-9 pursuing 245 to lose by 103 (D/L) in the second by an experienced Bangladesh outfit, the alarm bells began to ring.

Head Coach Mickey Arthur went on record soon after the second defeat stating that stars like Angelo Mathews and Dimuth Karunaratne could make a return to the squad despite their axing…

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