Lasith Malinga has been dropped from Sri Lanka’s squad for their five-match One-Day International series against Pakistan, starting in Dubai on October 13.
Malinga, 34, failed to impress the selectors with his efforts since returning to the national side in February, and was given the axe after a disappointing show against India last month. In the five ODIs against Virat Kohli’s side at home recently, which Sri Lanka lost 5-0, Malinga picked up three wickets at an average of 81.00 and an economy rate of 6.23.
Angelo Mathews, who is yet to recover from a calf injury, has also been excluded from the 15-man squad. Mathews suffered a tear in his calf muscle in August last year, during the ODI series against Australia. Since then, he has missed a number of matches across formats because of the injury. He was expected to be fit for the second Test against Pakistan, but the latest development suggested a longer hiatus for the former captain.
Mathews, 30, got back to bowling during the series against India, but the injury returned to haunt him during one of the practice sessions ahead of the ongoing Test series in the UAE.
Chamara Kapugedera, despite his unimpressive form in recent ODIs, has held on to his spot in the squad, while Seekkuge Prasanna, the allrounder, earned a recall.
Jeffrey Vandersay, the legspinner who last played an ODI against South Africa in February, was also added to the side along with Dinesh Chandimal, Sri Lanka’s Test captain who was omitted from the original squad selected to take India on last month. Chandimal was later called up for the third match of that series as an injury replacement, but missed the remaining two games after fracturing a thumb.
Dushmantha Chameera, who was not selected for the Test series, kept his place in the ODI squad, where he will be one of the fast-bowling options along with Nuwan Pradeep, Suranga Lakmal and Viswa Fernando.