Vandersay replaces Malinga, Sri Lanka bolster spin attack | Reuters

NEW DELHI Leg-spinner Jeffrey Vandersay, who was dropped from Sri Lanka's World Twenty20 squad barely 24 hours before they left for India, was called up as Lasith Malinga's replacement on Saturday.

Pace spearhead Malinga, who is nursing a knee injury, returned home without bowling a ball for the Sri Lankan team defending their title in India.

With spinners playing decisive roles in the early matches of the tournament so far, Sri Lanka have decided to bolster a slow bowling department which already includes left-arm spinner Rangana Herath and off-spinner Sachithra Senanayake.

Vandersay, 26, has played three one-dayers and four Twenty20 Internationals.

The champions meet former winners West Indies in their next Super 10 Group One match in Bangalore on Sunday.

(Reporting by Amlan Chakraborty in New Delhi; editing by Nick Mulvenney)

This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed.

Updated Date: Mar 19, 2016 17:48 PM

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