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Sri Lanka Squad for AUS: Baby Malinga Matheesha Pathiarana gets MAIDEN call-up, Bhanuka Rajapaksa returns in provisional squad

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Sri Lanka Squad for AUS: SL vs AUS Live Updates – Baby Malinga Matheesha Pathirana has been called up for Sri Lanka’s provisional T20 squad for the Australia series. While it is not the final squad, Pathirana’s call-up was based on his impressive debut for Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2022. Bhanuka Rajapaksa has also made a return after he was dropped on fitness grounds. But Dushmantha Chameera has been snubbed from the Test squad. Follow Australia Tour of Sri Lanka Live Updates on InsideSport.IN.

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Sri Lanka Squad for AUS: Baby Malinga Matheesha Pathiarana gets MAIDEN call-up, Bhanuka Rajapaksa returns in provisional squad

Sri Lanka Squad for AUS: Baby Malinga Matheesha Pathiarana gets MAIDEN call-up, Bhanuka Rajapaksa returns in provisional squad

Sri Lanka Squad for AUS: Baby Malinga Matheesha Pathiarana gets MAIDEN call-up, Bhanuka Rajapaksa returns in provisional squad

Chameera who was on Sri Lanka’s workload management list has been kept only on ODI and T20 squads. The other notable omission from Test squad is Wanindu Hasaranga, the current Purple Cap holder of IPL 2022.

Hasaranga last played a Test match back in 2021 against Bangladesh at home while Chameera played against West Indies last year at home.

Meanwhile, impressive batting display in the IPL 2022 has seen Bhanuka Rajapaksa make a return to the ODI & T20 sides.

Sri Lanka Squad for AUS: Baby Malinga Matheesha Pathiarana gets MAIDEN call-up, Bhanuka Rajapaksa returns in provisional squad

Sri Lanka Squad for AUS: Baby Malinga Matheesha Pathiarana gets MAIDEN call-up, Bhanuka Rajapaksa returns in provisional squad
Bhanuka Rajapaksa has been in fine for for Punjab Kings in IPL 2022

However, Australia’s tour of Sri Lanka still doubtful due to the island nation’s financial crisis. While Sri Lanka Cricket requested Cricket Australia to play the Test matches before the white-ball games, CA has denied it.

The SLC wanted to rejig the schedule due to an acute fuel shortage in the country. With Day/Night matches taking place, the Sri Lankan board would have needed fuel to run emergency generators. If the Test matches were to be played before the white-ball series, SLC would have had enough time to arrange for fuel and other stocks.

SLC Secretary Mohan de Silva said that the board would take a call on how to hold the white-ball games. Instead of Day/Night, the ODI and T20I matches could now be a Day affair.

Sri Lanka Squad for AUS: Baby Malinga Matheesha Pathiarana gets MAIDEN call-up, Bhanuka Rajapaksa returns in provisional squad

Provisional Test Squad: Dimuth Karunaratne (Captain), Pathum Nissanka, Kamil Mishara, Oshada Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya De Silva, Kamindu Mendis, Niroshan Dickwella, Dinesh Chandimal, Chamika Karunaratne, Ramesh Mendis, Mohamed Shiraz, Shiran Fernando, Dilshan Madushanka, Lahiru Kumara, Kasun Rajitha, Vishwa Fernando, Asitha Fernando, Jeffrey Vandersay, Lakshitha Rasanjana, Praveen Jayawickrama, Lasith Embuldeniya, Suminda Lakshan

Provisional ODI Squad: Danushka Gunathilaka, Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis, Charith Asalanka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dhananjaya De Silva, Dasun Shanaka (Captain), Ashen Bandara, Dinesh Chandimal, Niroshan Dickwella, Janith Liyanage, Dunith Wellalage, Dhananjaya Lakshan, Sahan Arachchi, Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Lahiru Madushanka, Ramesh Mendis, Dushmantha Chameera, Binura Fernando, Dilshan Madushanka, Lahiru Kumara, Kasun Rajitha, Jeffrey Vandersay, Maheesh Theekshana, Praveen Jayawickrama

Provisional T20 Squad: Danushka Guanathilaka, Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis, Charith Asalanka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka (Captain), Ashen Bandara, Niroshan Dickwella, Dunith Wellalage, Dhananjaya Lakshan, Sahan Aarachchi, Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Lahiru Madushanka, Ramesh Mendis, Dushmantha Chameera, Binura Fernando, Matheesha Pathirana, Nuwan Thushara, Kasun Rajitha, Nipun Malinga, Lahiru Kumara, Jeffrey Vandersay, Maheesh Theekshana, Praveen Jayawickrama, Lakshan Sandakan

Sri Lanka Squad for AUS: Baby Malinga Matheesha Pathiarana gets MAIDEN call-up, Bhanuka Rajapaksa returns in provisional squad

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