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In the first two Twenty20 Internationals against Bangladesh, Asalanka will captain Sri Lanka.

In the first two Twenty20 Internationals against Bangladesh, Asalanka will captain Sri Lanka.

For the first two of Sri Lanka’s three Twenty20 internationals (T20Is) against Bangladesh, which begin in Sylhet on March 4, Charith Asalanka will captain the team in lieu of Wanindu Hasaranga, who is suspended. For the first time, Asalanka, the appointed vice-captain, will be leading Sri Lanka.

In place of Pathum Nissanka, who is recuperating from an injury he got during the last series against Afghanistan, Sri Lanka has brought in opening batsman Avishka Fernando. Additionally called up is legspinner Jeffrey Vandersay, who last participated in a Twenty20 match in February 2022.

For his run-in with umpire Lyndon Hannibal in the third Twenty20 International against Afghanistan on February 21, Hasaranga was suspended by the ICC for two Twenty20 Internationals. He will captain the last Twenty20 on March 9.

Fernando’s strong ODI performance was a major factor in his inclusion in the team. He had made 91 off 66 balls and 88 runs-a-ball in two of the three games in the series against Afghanistan. Due to a mix of form and fitness, he has been an erratic member of Sri Lanka’s squad since his last Twenty20 international match in January of last year. But it seems that Sri Lanka’s new selection committee wants to reinsert him into the first teams.

In contrast, Vandersay hasn’t participated in a T20I in two years. In the matches where Hasaranga is suspended, he essentially fills in for Hasaranga. Maheesh Theekshana and Akila Dananjaya are the team’s two front-line spinners.

March 4 is the scheduled date of the first T20I. Sylhet will host the entire series.

Sri Lanka T20I squad: Kusal Mendis, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Angelo Mathews, Dasun Shanaka, Maheesh Theekshana, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Janith Perera, Dilshan Madushanka, Nuwan Thushara, Matheesha Pathirana, Akila Dananjaya, Binura Fernando, Kamindu Mendis, Avishka Fernando, Jeffrey Vandersay

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