Lasith Malinga, the Sri Lankan fast bowler, has been recalled to the One-Day International squad for the Champions Trophy.
“He is playing the IPL, which is good as that’s a fine cricketing environment. We are monitoring his progress and at the moment he is bowling eight overs. More than anyone, Malinga himself is keen to play the Champions Trophy. The plan is for him to bowl ten overs before the team leaves for England.”
This was the toughest and longest selection meeting that I was involved in. This is a well balanced side and I am glad that we are going to England well in advance to acclimatize to the conditions,” Sanath Jayasuriya, the chairman of selectors, said.
“This is a well balanced side. I am glad the preparation ahead of the tournament is going to be solid as well. Spending 12 days in England prior to the tournament is vital. We did the same thing in 2014 and went onto win the Test series against England,” Mathews said.
Squad: Angelo Mathews (C), Upul Tharanga (VC), Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Chamara Kapugedara, Asela Gunaratne, Dinesh Chandimal, Lasith Malinga, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Nuwan Kulasekara, Thisara Perara, Lakshan Sandakan, Seekkuge Prasanna
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