Australia vs Sri Lanka: Lasith Malinga returns to T20 squad after a year long absence
Lasith Malinga is set to make a comeback to the Sri Lanka T20 and ODI team for the team's next T20 tour of Australia, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) chief has announced.
Colombo: Lasith Malinga is set to make a comeback to the Sri Lanka T20 and ODI team, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) chief has announced. Malinga will return to the team for the team's next T20 tour of Australia.
Malinga returns to the team after playing his last ODI in November 2015 and his last T20 was in February 2016.
The veteran pacer, who was ruled out of team with a knee injury, last played a game in February 2016 at the Asia Cup against the United Arab Emirates in Bangladesh.
Left-hander Upul Tharanga will continue to lead the side in the absence of Angelo Mathews, who was ruled out of the side due to a knee injury, according to cricket.com.au.
He was out of the selectors' radar owing to injury and was said to be having differences with Sumathipalas administration.
To be led by stand-in captain Upul Tharanga, the squad will also see the return of middle-order batsman Chamara Kapugedera, opening batsman Dilshan Munaweera and batsman Milinda Siriwardena.
Kapugedera returns after being overlooked since the last year's tour of England.
Squad: Upul Tharanga Captain, Niroshan Dickwella, Asela Gunaratne, Dilshan Munaweera, Milinda Siriwardena, Kusal Mendis, Sachith Pathirana, Chamara Kapugedera, Seekkuge Prasanna, Nuwan Kulaasekera, Isuru Udana, Dasuin Shanaka, Lakshan Sandakan, Lasith Malinga and Vikum Sanjaya.
Speaking for the first time after his sudden resignation as head coach last month, Misbah said "cosmetic surgery" will not change anything in Pakistan cricket as the problems are deep-rooted in the system.
The tournament started in Oman on Sunday with the first round matches. Prior to the showpiece, Australia suffered five series defeats to England, India, New Zealand, West Indies and Bangladesh.
Pakistan will take on India at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on 24 October. They head to the fixture on the back of an unbeaten record at the venue, having recorded six T20Is wins.