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India vs Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka Cricket announces ODI squad after sports minister's ratification

The Sri Lankan cricket team, led by Thisara Perera, has been ratified by Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera after an initial confusion that led to stopping of nine players departing for India.

Edited by: India TV Sports Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: December 05, 2017 22:56 IST ]
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Asela Gunaratne of Sri Lanka is congratulated by teammatesPhoto:GETTY IMAGES

Dinesh Chandimal was left out of the 16-member Sri Lankan one-day squad for the three-match series against India despite his face-saving century in the ongoing third Test in Delhi. The team, to be led by Thisara Perera, has been ratified by Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera after an initial confusion that led to stopping of nine players departing for India. 

As per a particular law in Sri Lanka, a team has to get sanction from the sports minister. 

"The team has been ratified by the Sports Minister Hon. Dayasiri Jayasekera. The team is scheduled to leave the island at 00.30 hours on the 6th of December 2017 (Tuesday night/Wednesday morning)," the Sri Lankan Board said in a statement. 

"SLC also wishes to state that due to a delay in submitting the list of selected players to the ratification of the Honourable Minister as per the regulations of the Sport Law owing to the long weekend, the selected players were unable to travel to India yesterday as was originally scheduled, and will depart today instead," the SLC said. 

All-rounder Asela Gunaratne and opening batsman Danushka Gunathilaka return to the Sri Lankan side that has lost 21 one-day games this year and won just four. 

The three ODIs will be played in Dharamsala (December 10), Mohali (December 13) and Visakhapatnam (December 17). 

Sri Lanka ODI squad:

Thisara Perera (C), Upul Tharanga, Danushka Gunathilaka, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Asela Gunaratne, Niroshan Dickwella, Chaturanga de Silva, Akila Dananjaya, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dhananjaya De Silva, Dushmantha Chameera, Sachith Pathirana, Kusal Janith Perera.

(With PTI Inputs)

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