Sri Lanka announce ICC World Twenty20 squad for India 2016
2014 champion boasts experienced core with Rangana Herath and Nuwan Kulasekara also included
18 February 2016 17:00
Angelo Mathews also returned to the side and will be Malinga's deputy.
The selectors on Thursday (February 18) have also recalled Rangana Herath, the left-arm spinner, for both tournaments. Herath, 37, has played nine T20Is in his career, the last of which was Sri Lanka's victorious ICC World Twenty20 2014 final against India.
A knee injury suffered during the home series against West Indies in October-November had kept Malinga out of action for the past few months. He had sat out of his side's limited-overs tour of New Zealand, where it lost 2-0 in the T20Is, and missed the 1-2 defeat of an injury-hit side to India as well.
Angelo Mathews, the Test and One-Day International skipper, also returned to the side, having recovered from a groin injury, and will be Malinga's deputy. Also back was Nuwan Kulasekara, the experienced medium pacer.
Dasun Shanaka – who took three wickets in the first T20I against India and impressed in the domestic games earlier – and Niroshan Dickwella retained their places. Also included was Shehan Jayasuriya, the left-hand batsman, who featured in the series against New Zealand.
Sri Lanka is drawn in Group 1 for the World T20 starting in March. It will start its campaign with a match against the qualifier from Group B on March 17 in Kolkata, before taking on the West Indies (March 20, Bangalore), England (March 26, Delhi) and South Africa (March 28, Delhi).
Squad: Lasith Malinga (capt), Angelo Mathews (vice-capt), Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Shehan Jayasuriya, Milinda Siriwardena, Dasun Shanaka, Chamara Kapugedera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Dushmantha Chameera, Thisara Perera, Sachithra Senanayake, Rangana Herath, Jeffrey Vandersay.