Lasith Malinga appointed as captain of Sri Lanka for T20 against New Zealand
Malinga, Sri Lanka’s fast bowler will be leading Sri Lanka for three T20s against New Zealand. Malinga has recently retired from ODI cricket. So he will now be playing T20s as Sri Lanka’s captain against New Zealand which is to begin on 1st September at Pallekele.
In March 2019, Sri Lanka had played their last T20 series against South Africa. Unfortunately, they had lost all three matches of the series. As a result of which they have started practicing hard in captaincy of Malinga.
Sri Lanka will be playing three upcoming T20s with New Zealand on 1st September 2019. Niroshan Dickwella, the wicket-keeper and left handed batsman, has been named as Malinga’s deputy in the 15-member squad for the series.
New Zealand will play their T20 practice match against a Sri Lanka Board President’s XI, as followed by the first T20 international.
Upcoming series of Sri Lanka, Malinga as captain
They will also play their three T20 in October vs Pakistan. Due to security issues, playing test matches was denied by Sri Lanka. As a result of which team will arrive at Pakistan for playing ODIs and T20s. So, team Sri Lanka will be having two more T20 series this year. They had played with SA before.
Click here to see complete schedule, date and time for Sri Lanka tour of Pakistan 2019: https://www.asiacricket.live/sri-lanka-tour-of-pakistan-2019-schedule-time-and-date/
Sidelined players from Sri Lanka squad
All-rounders Angelo Perera, Thisara Parera Dhananjaya de Silva and Priyamal Perera. Also wicket-keeper batsman Sadeera Samarawickrama and bowlers Suranga Lakmal. Jefferey Vandersay, Asitha Fernando and Kamindu Mendis, all of them have not being included in Sri Lanka T20 squad against New Zealand. They all were the part of T20 squad against South Africa that had played in March 2019. But now, they all have declared as sideline players. Among all of them, Lasith Malinga was also tha part who has now elected as new captain for T20 series Vs New Zealand.
Full member squad
Lasith Malinga (c)
Kusal Janith Perera
12 member squad for T20 warm up against New Zealand – Ashan Priyanjan – Captain
Sadeera Samarawickrama ( Wicket Keeper)
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