3.49 PM Friday, 1 March 2024
  • City Fajr Shuruq Duhr Asr Magrib Isha
  • Dubai 05:25 06:38 12:34 15:53 18:24 19:38
01 March 2024

Malinga, Mathews return for World Twenty20

Sri Lankan bowler Lasith Malinga (second right) celebrates with his teammates after the dismissal of Pakistan cricketer Sharjeel Khan during the final of the Asia Cup one-day cricket tournament at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on March 8, 2014. (AFP)


Sri Lanka recalled Thursday skipper Lasith Malinga, vice captain Angelo Mathews and other big guns for the World Twenty20 which starts next month, the country's cricket board announced.

Seam bowler Nuwan Kulasekara and left-armed spinner Rangana Herath were also included in the 15-man squad for the tournament to be played in neighbouring India, as well as the upcoming Asia Cup in Bangladesh.

The four were rested on injury concerns during the just-ended warmup series against India which they lost 1-2.  

All were members of the Sri Lanka side that won the 2014 World T20 championship, defeating India by six wickets in the final.

Kulasekara will spearhead the seam attack for the Sri Lankans who are also defending champions of the Asia Cup that starts later this month.

Sri Lanka squad: Lasith Malinga (Capt) Angelo Mathews (vice capt): Dinesh Chandimal, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Niroshan Dickwella, Shehan Jayasuriya, Milinda Siriwardana, Dasun Shanaka, Chamara Kapugedera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Dushmantha Chameera, Thisara Perera, Sachithra Senanayake, Rangana Herath and Jeffrey Vandersay.