Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) announced their ODI and T20I squads for the upcoming Pakistan tour. Left-handed batsman, Lahiru Thirimanne has been named ODI captain, while Dasun Shanaka will lead the T20 side. Earlier, ten Sri Lankan players including incumbent captains Dimuth Karunaratne and Lasith Malinga refused to travel to Pakistan due to security concerns.
Wrist spinner Lakshan Sandakan and Danuskha Gunathilaka have both earned recalls. Mindo Banuka is the only uncapped member of the ODI squad. Alongside Mindo, Bhanuka Rajapaksa is the other uncapped player in the T20 squad.
The bowling will be led by the experienced Nuwan Pradeep. Pacers Lahiru Kumara and Kasun Rajitha are also part of the squad. Isuru Udana, who has skipped the CPL to be part of the series completes the fast bowling options.
The series starts on 27th September.
ODI squad: Lahiru Thirimanne (capt), Danushka Gunathilaka, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Avishka Fernando, Oshada Fernando, Shehan Jayasuriya, Dasun Shanaka, Minod Bhanuka, Angelo Perera, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lakshan Sandakan, Nuwan Pradeep, Isuru Udana, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara
T20I squad: Dasun Shanaka (capt), Danushka Gunathilaka, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Avishka Fernando, Oshada Fernando, Shehan Jayasuriya, Angelo Perera, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Minod Bhanuka, Lahiru Madushanka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lakshan Sandakan, Isuru Udana, Nuwan Pradeep, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara