Sri Lanka World Cup squad: Likely team to be picked by SLC selectors

Sri Lanka will today announce their 15-man squad for the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, which starts May 30.

Sri Lanka have not won a single ODI in 2019, having lost three games in New Zealand and five in South Africa.

The Sri Lanka selectors are expected to consider the form of players in the ongoing Inter-Provincial Cricket Tournament, apart from international performances this year.

There is good news in the form of Kusal Perera, who missed the South Africa ODIs, announcing that he is fit for selection for the World Cup.

Sri Lanka have shuffled captains over the past year, and on Wednesday the selectors continued the trend by naming Dimuth Karunaratne, who last played ODIs during the 2015 World Cup, as captain.

Ahead of the announcement of Sri Lanka’s World Cup team, here is the predicted squad:

BATSMEN

Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis, Upul Tharanga/Angelo Perera

WICKETKEEPERS

Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Perera

ALLROUNDERS

Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Isuru Udana, Thisara Perera

FAST BOWLERS

Lasith Malinga, Vishwa Fernando, Oshada Fernando, Kasun Rajitha

SPIN BOWLERS

Akila Dananjaya, Lakshan Sandakan

Sri Lanka likely World Cup squad:

Dimith Karunaratne, (capt), Kusal Mendis, Upul Tharanga/Angelo Perera, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Kusal Perera (wk), Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Isuru Udana, Thisara Perera, Lasith Malinga, Kasun Rajitha, Vishwa Fernando, Oshada Fernando, Akila Dananjaya, Lakshan Sandakan

Sri Lanka probable World Cup XI:

1 Dimuth Karunaratne (capt), 2 Kusal Perera, 3 Kusal Mendis, 4 Dhananjaya de Silva, 5 Angelo Mathews, 6 Niroshan Dickwella (wk), 7 Thisara Perera, 8 Isuru Udana, 9 Akila Dananjaya, 10 Vishwa Fernando. 11 Lasith Malinga

Sri Lanka’s World Cup fixtures:

May 24: (warm-up) Sri Lanka vs South Africa, Cardiff

May 26: (warm-up) Sri Lanka vs Australia, Southampton

June 1: Sri Lanka vs New Zealand, Cardiff

June 4: Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan, Cardiff

June 7: Sri Lanka vs Pakistan, Bristol

June 11: Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh, Bristol

June 15: Sri Lanka vs Australia, The Oval

June 21: Sri Lanka vs England, Leeds

June 28: Sri Lanka vs South Africa, Durham

July 1: Sri Lanka vs West Indies, Durham

July 6: Sri Lanka vs India, Leeds

For a full list of all World Cup fixtures, click HERE