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Thisara Perera

Thisara Perera, Dickwella get ODI recall for West Indies series

Sri Lanka news

Thisara Perera and Niroshan Dickwella have returned to Sri Lanka's 15-man squad for the upcoming three-match ODI series against West Indies, starting on Saturday, 22 February.

Perera's last international appearance came when Sri Lanka hosted Bangladesh in an ODI series in July 2019. Dickwella, meanwhile, hasn't played an ODI in nearly a year, having been left out of the World Cup 2019 squad. 

However, Dickwella might have to wait till the second match against to make his ODI return, given he is suffering from fever. Kusal Perera will likely take over the wicket-keeping duties should Dickwella not recover in time.

Danushka Gunathilaka, the left-hand opener, was missing from the squad after injuring his back, while Oshada Fernando was also sidelined with a hand injury. Shehan Jayasuriya, the batting all-rounder, was included, however, while Isuru Udana retained his spot after recovering his own back injury.

"Danushka has a back injury and has been ruled out of the West Indies series," Ashantha de Mel, the team manager and chief selector, said. "He is under treatment and may require surgery. Niroshan's case is not all that serious and we have retained him in the ODI squad and hope to play him in the second match onwards."

The three-match ODI series will be followed by two T20Is in Pallekele, the first of which will be played on 4 March.

Full Squad: Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Avishka Fernando, Kusal Perera, Shehan Jayasuriya, Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lakshan Sandakan, Isuru Udana, Nuwan Pradeep, Lahiru Kumara.

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