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All-rounder Thisara Perera has been recalled into Sri Lanka’s squad for the upcoming two-match Twenty20 series against Bangladesh.
Thisara was not part of Sri Lanka’s Twenty20 squad in their most recent assignment in Australia, but was brought back after having a strong showing in the three-match ODI series against Bangladesh, where he scored 116 runs, which included two fifties, at an average of 38.66 and a strike-rate of 143.20.
Shehan Jayasuriya has also been called up, along with Kusal Perera. However, Kusal recently suffered a thigh strain and will only be included in the squad if he passes a fitness test. Should he fail to, Sandun Weerakkody will take his place.
Meanwhile, batsman Kusal Mendis was dropped for the series as he has failed to have an impact in the eight Twenty20 Internationals he has played.
Mendis has excelled in ODI and Test cricket, but he only averages 9.25 in the shortest format.
As a result, chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya admitted that Mendis is unlikely to return to the Twenty20 squad any time soon.
“Kusal Mendis has got a long career ahead of him and we do not want to burden him with too many things,” Jayasuriya said. “He had a very good Test and ODI series against Bangladesh and at this stage we don’t want him to alter too many things in his game.”
Sri Lanka squad: Upul Tharanga (capt.), Dilshan Munaweera, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Perera (subject to fitness), Lasith Malinga, Isuru Udana, Nuwan Kulasekara, Dasun Shanaka, Vikum Sanjaya, Milinda Siriwardana, Asela Gunaratne, Seekkuge Prasanna, Chamara Kapugedara, Thisara Perera, Lakshan Sandakan, Shehan Jayasuriya.