The One Day International team has been released by Sri Lanka Cricket that would play against India under the leadership of all-rounder Thisara Perera. The side also counts previous captains Upul Tharanga and Angelo Mathews, but Test skipper Dinesh Chandimal has not got a position in that team. The Sri Lanka one day international team would include 16 players along with excellent opener Kushal Perera, but sources informed that he would get the chance in the playing XI as the replacement of any player.
The Sri Lankan Cricket was about to send off their nine players to India to join the squad in Delhi. However, the Minister of Sports had instructed them to return as cricket officials had failed to abide by the procedure to avail the rectification from the Minister.
As a result of delay for submitting the list of elected players to the ratification of the Minister (Sports) according to the policy of the Sport Law due to the prolonged weekend, the elected players would be incapable for travelling to India on December 5 but they would be able to depart on December 6 in its place, informed SLC.
The Sports Minister has approved the request and the squad had left their homeland in the early morning on December 6. Players include Upul Tharanga, Thisara Perera, Asela Gunaratne, Danushka Gunathilaka, Akila Dananjaya, Chaturanga de Silva, Dushmantha Chameera, Sachith Pathirana and Kusal Janith Perera are about to join the Sri Lanka team in Delhi. On the other hand, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Suranga Lakmal, Niroshan Dickwella, Sadeera Samarawickrama and Dhananjaya de Silva would play in India for the ODIs. India and Sri Lanka would play three ODIs on December 10 and 17.