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Sri Lanka recalls Chandimal, names four rookie players in the squad against South Africa

Sri Lanka will take on South Africa in a limited-overs series that will commence on 2nd September 2021. This series will consist of 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is. All the matches of this series will be played at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.

Veteran Sri Lankan cricketer Dinesh Chandimal has been called up to the 30-member Sri Lankan squad for the series against the Proteas. Chandimal last played a limited-overs match for Sri Lanka on 14th March 2021 against the West Indian side.

In a career that has lasted more than a decade, Chandimal has represented Sri Lanka in 149 ODIs and 57 T20Is in limited-overs cricket. While the right-hander has plundered 3698 runs in ODIs at an average of 32.16, he has also amassed 868 runs in T20I cricket as well.

Several uncapped cricketers named in Sri Lanka’s squad as well

The Sri Lankan side has also named several uncapped cricketers in its squad for the series against South Africa. The likes of Dilshan Madushanka, Sahan Arachchige, Pulina Tharanga, and Mahesh Theekshana will get their first taste of international cricket in the series against South Africa.

Several senior names have been omitted from the Sri Lankan squad. The likes of Angelo Mathews, Dimuth Karunaratne, and Suranga Lakmal have been excluded from the Sri Lankan squad for the series against the South African side.

Senior cricketer Kusal Perera makes a return to the Sri Lankan side. Perera missed Sri Lanka’s limited-overs series against India as he was suffering from a shoulder injury. Dasun Shanaka has been named as the skipper of the Sri Lankan side for the series against South Africa.

Here is the complete 30-man Sri Lankan squad for the limited-overs series against South Africa:

Dasun Shanaka, Kusal Janith Perera, Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dhananjaya de Silva, Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Kamindu Mendis, Minod Banuka, Dinesh Chandimal, Ashen Bandara, Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Sahan Aarchchige, Lahiru Madushanka (Subject to fitness), Dushmantha Chameera, Binura Fernando, Nuwan Pradeep, Dilshan Madushanka, Lahiru Kumara, Akila Dananjaya, Praveen Jayawickrama, Mahesh Theekshana, Pulina Tharanga, Ramesh Mendis, Lakshan Sandakan, Asitha Fernando, Ishan Jayaratne, Dananjaya Lakshan, Shiran Fernando.

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