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Two changes in squad for Zimbabwe Tests

Suranga Lakmal returns to the Test squad after being laid low by dengue.
Suranga Lakmal returns to the Test squad after being laid low by dengue.

Fast bowler Suranga Lakmal returns to the Sri Lanka Test squad for the two-match series against Zimbabwe starting at Harare Sports Club on January 19 after missing out the last Test series in Pakistan in December having contracted dengue.

Lakmal replaces young fast bowler Asitha Fernando who was named as replacement for Lakmal for the Pakistan tour.

As Sri Lanka are taking only 15 players to Zimbabwe, wicket-keeper/batsman Kusal Perera finds himself out of the reckoning.

The rest of the squad remains unchanged from the one that lost the two-Test series 0-1 to Pakistan.

Dimuth Karunaratne will lead the team that will leave for Zimbabwe on January 15 to play two Tests in Harare from January 19-23 and from January 27-31. The Tests are not part of the ICC Test Championships.

Zimbabwe has not played a Test match since November 2018 when they made a two-Test tour to Bangladesh and performed exceptionally well to draw the series one-all.

Sean Williams will lead Zimbabwe in the upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka after being named to the post in the first week of this month. He takes over from Hamilton Masakadza who led them in the series against Bangladesh before retiring from the game to accept the post of Zimbabwe Cricket’s director of cricket.

Zimbabwe cricket has been hit by sanctions imposed on their cricket board by the ICC for government interference. The three-month suspension was lifted in October last year and Zimbabwe were reinstated as a full member of the ICC, thus paving the way for the upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka to take place.


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