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Sri Lanka Cricket bring in Dinesh Chandimal, ignore Lasith Malinga for one-off T20I against South Africa

Sri Lanka Cricket left out veteran Lasith Malinga from the sole T20I, once again clouding his future as to when he would ever don the national jersey once again. 

Edited by: India TV Sports Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: August 09, 2018 19:58 IST ]
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Dinesh Chandimal last played a T20I for Sri Lanka was in September 2017

Former Sri Lanka skipper Dinesh Chandimal on Thursday returned to the national side for the solitary T20 International against South Africa on Tuesday, after serving an international ban for breaching the spirit of the game.

The 28-year-old was banned for two Tests and four One-day Internationals (ODIs) after refusing to take the field on Day 3 of the St. Lucia Test against the West Indies, following ball-tampering allegations.

Coach Chandika Hathurusingha and manager Asanka Gurusinha were also banned for their part in the row.

Sri Lanka Cricket left out veteran Lasith Malinga from the sole T20I, once again clouding his future as to when he would ever don the national jersey once again. 

The 34-year old pacer has played 68 T20Is for Sri Lanka where he has collected 90 wickets and a best figure of a 5/31.

Angelo Mathews would lead the side in the one-off T20I. 

Sri Lanka T20 squad: Angelo Mathews (Captain), Dasun Shanaka, Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Upul Tharanga, Kusal Mendis, Thisara Perera, Shehan Jayasuriya, Shehan Madushanka, Lahiru Kumara, Dinesh Chandimal, Akila Dananjaya, Jeffrey Vandersay, Lakshan Sandakan, Binura Fernando.

(With IANS Inputs)

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