Wicketkeeper-batsman Kusal Perera, who has not appeared in worldwide cricket since an injury he sustained in the Champions Trophy, has been recalled in the 16-man Sri Lanka squad for the three-match ODI series against India, beginning on December 10 at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) stadium, Dharamsala.
Now, another controversy has hit the Sri Lankan team ahead of their limited-overs series. Also, Thisara Perera was named as one-day skipper in place of Upul Tharanga.
According to news agency "AFP", Sri Lankan Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera stopped nine cricketers from leaving for India on Monday night (December 4). Now the nine players, who are included in the ODI squad are expected to fly to India on Tuesday night itself.
Squad: Thisara Perera (captain), Upul Tharanga, Danushka Gunathilaka, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Asela Gunaratne, Niroshan Dickwella (wicketkeeper), Chaturanga de Silva, Akila Dananjaya, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dhananjaya De Silva, Dushmantha Chameera, Sachith Pathirana, Kusal Perera. The rest of the squad members are already in India as part of the Test line-up.
However, after reaching the airport, the team had to return, as the team was not granted approval by the Ministry of Sports.
Generally, all squads chosen to represent Sri Lanka are approved by the minister of sports without any reservations, but in recent times, the ministry has stressed on minimum fitness standards for the cricket team.
Sri Lanka have lost 21 one-dayers in the calendar year and won only four matches.