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Sri Lanka recall Dilhara Fernando India T20s

January 28, 2016 18:22 IST

Dilhara FernandoInjury-hit Sri Lanka recalled veteran fast bowler Dilhara Fernando to their Dinesh Chandimal-led squad for next month’s three-match T20 International series against India.

The series commences on February 9 in Pune, followed matches at Delhi and Visakhapatnam on February 12 and 14 respectively.

The 36-year-old Fernando, who last played for Sri Lanka way back in 2012, was included in place of T20 captain Lasith Malinga, who is recuperating from an injury.

Fernando has played 40 Tests, 141 ODIs and 17 T20 Internationals.

Leg-spinner Seekkugge Prasanna also makes a comeback to the national team.

The other notable inclusions are uncapped middle-order batsman Asela Gunaratne and medium pacer Kasun Rajitha.

Besides Malinga, Test captain Angelo Mathews, opener Kusal Perera and seamer Nuwan Kulasekara will miss the tour. All are expected to be fit and available for the World T20, to be staged in India in March-April.

The squad: Dinesh Chandimal (captain), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Seekuge Prasanna, Milinda Siriwardana, Danushka Gunathilaka, Thisara Perera, Dasun Shanaka, Asela Gunaratne, Chamara Kapugedera, Dushmantha Chameera, Dilhara Fernando, Kasun Rajitha, Binura Fernando, Sachithra Senanayake, Jeffrey Vandersay.

Image: Dilhara Fernando

Photograph: BCCI