Former Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne, who led the platoon in the former ODI World Cup in 2019, has been given an occasion to return to the 50- over team for the forthcoming series against Afghanistan at home. Despite not having played in the format for over two times, with his last appearance dating back to March 2021, Karunaratne’s addition suggests that he may be considered for Sri Lanka’s plans in the forthcoming World Cup. also, fast bowler Dushmantha Chameera, who has been out of action due to a long injury layoff, has also made a comeback and finds a place in the 16- man team.
Meanwhile, a new face in the team is Dushan Hemantha, a 29- time-old player who has impressed in List A justice and is set to make his transnational debut. Several players who were part of the team that played in New Zealand before this time, videlicet Nuwanidu Fernando, Sahan Arachchige, Dunith Wellalage, Pramod Madushan, and Dilshan Madushanka, have been barred from the team.
The IPL- winning brace of Maheesh Theekshana and Matheesha Pathirana have also been included in the public team. still, Kusal Perera, who sustained a hamstring injury in New Zealand, wasn’t considered for selection. also, Wanindu Hasaranga, who’s presently witnessing recuperation for a bottom injury, will only share in the series if he completely recovers. The three- match series is listed to begin on June 2nd in Hambantota.
The team for the series against Afghanistan includes Dasun Shanaka( captain), Pathum Nissanka, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis( gate- keeper), Angelo Mathews, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya De Silva, Sadeera Samarawickrama( gate- keeper), Chamika Karunaratne, Dushan Hemantha, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lahiru Kumara, Dushmantha Chameera, Kasun Rajitha, Matheesha Pathirana, and Maheesh Theekshana.