On Thursday (27th February), the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has announced the 15-member T20I squad for the upcoming home bilateral series against West Indies.
After the conclusion of the three-match ODI series between the hosts Sri Lanka and the visitors West Indies, they will involve in the two-match T20I series. They will play these T20I matches at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium (Kandy) on 4th and 6th March.
The senior pacer Lasith Malinga will continue to lead the T20I side. Thisara Perera, Nuwan Pradeep and Shehan Jayasuriya have returned to the T20I squad. In the meantime, Kasun Rajitha, Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Oshada Fernando have been dropped from the T20I squad, who previously featured in the last T20I series during the India tour in early January 2020.
On the other hand, the selectors have almost maintained the same 15-member Sri Lankan squad that is playing the current home ODI series against West Indies. Talking about the only change in this 15-member squad, the Test & ODI captain and non-capped T20I player Dimuth Karunaratne is missing the T20I squad, and Lasith Malinga will lead the T20I side.
At present, Sri Lanka are leading the three-match ODI series by 2-0 with one to go. While the hosts won the first game of this series thrillingly by one wicket, they thrashed the visitors in the next match by 161 runs. They will play the final match of this ODI series on 1st March at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium (Kandy).
Till the date, Sri Lanka and West Indies have played four T20Is in Sri Lanka where both have won twice each.
Sri Lanka’s 15-member T20I squad: Lasith Malinga (captain), 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 and Lahiru Kumara
Full fixtures of the T20I series between Sri Lanka and West Indies
(Two-match T20I series)
4th March: First T20I (N) – Pallekele International Cricket Stadium (Kandy)
6th March: Second T20I (N) – Pallekele International Cricket Stadium (Kandy)