Malinga named in Sri Lanka Champions Trophy squad

Lasith Malinga and Chamara Kapugedera have been recalled to the Sri Lanka squad for the ICC Champions Trophy in England.

Malinga has not played a one-day international since November 2015 after being troubled by a knee injury, but the left-arm quick has been included in a squad of 15 for the tournament in June.

Batsman Kapugedera also got the nod despite not having played for his country in the 50-over format for almost 16 months.

A brisk half-century in Sri Lanka's Twenty20 defeat to Bangladesh this month enhanced Kapugedera's chances of being selected.

Captain Angelo Mathews also returns to lead the side after a spell on the sidelines due to a hamstring injury.

Dilruwan Perera and Danushka Gunathilaka will travel with the squad to be on standby, while Vikum Sanjaya, Lahiru Kumara, Sachith Pathirana, Milinda Siriwardana and Akila Dananjaya could be drafted in if replacements are required.


Sri Lanka ICC Champions Trophy squad: Angelo Mathews (captain), Upul Tharanga, Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Chamara Kapugedera, Asela Gunaratne, Dinesh Chandimal, Lasith Malinga, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Nuwan Kulasekara, Thisara Perera, Lakshan Sandakan, Seekkuge Prasanna.

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