Upul Tharanga will lead the ODI side against Bangladesh © AFP
Upul Tharanga will lead the ODI side against Bangladesh © AFP

Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews was left out of a 15-member squad for the three-match One-Day International (ODI) series against Bangladesh that starts next week. Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said in a statement Saturday that Upul Tharanga will captain the hosts of the ODI tournament starting March 25 at the Dambulla International Stadium. Mathews, who returned home in January halfway through the South African tour after twisting his ankle, was left out from the Test squad. Sri Lanka is leading the ongoing two-match Test series against Bangladesh 1-0. Sri Lanka’s cricket board had earlier hoped that the regular skipper would be able to play in the ODI series. Full Cricket Scorecard: Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test at Colombo

Tharanga became Sri Lanka’s captain, the 19th in ODIs for the country, for the first as they played the Zimbabwe tri-series with West Indies joining in. In the absence of an injured Mathews, Tharanga led the side to a comfortable win in his first match as captain and later led the side to win the final and the series as well. His outing as an ODI captain in South Africa was a major disappointment as Sri Lanka were whitewashed 5-0 in the series. However, he captained the side in the 2-1 victory in Australia in the Twenty20 International (T20I) series that followed.

Sri Lanka squad: Upul Tharanga (capt), Niroshan Dikwella, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Mendis, Asela Gunaratne, Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Perera, Dhanushka Gunathilaka, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara, Vikum Sanjaya Bandara, Thisara Perera, Sachitra Pathirana, Seekkuge Prasanna and Lakshan Sandakan.