Dinesh Chandimal to meet selectors on Monday

Bipin Dani

Sri Lanka’s former captain Dinesh Chandimal is scheduled to meet the chief selector Pramodya Wickramsinghe on Monday at the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) office, it is reliably learnt.

The 31-year-old right-hand batsman had sent a letter to the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) chairman (Aravinda de Silva) and sought clarification about his future.

The letter has been forwarded to the selectors and the meeting has been arranged by the SLC.
Aravinda de Silva may not be at the meeting.

This will be the second time when the chairman of the National Selection Panel (NSP) will meet him and listen to his grievances.

“Chandimal is a former captain and selectors need to respect him, listen to him and satisfy him for their decision to leave him out”, the SLC source who has facilitated the meeting, said exclusively over the telephone on Sunday.

In the meantime, the team management have reduced the squad strength to 17 from the 25 announced.

“As per the ICC guidelines, only 17 players can be in the team”, the source added. The eight players who did not board the bus for the ground for the first ODI :
Kusal Perera, Binura Fernando (both unfit, Kusal Perera has left for home on Saturday night, out for all six limited over matches, will rehabilitate with the local physio), Lahiru Kumara, Lahiru Udara, Isan Jayaratne, Praveen Jayawickrema, Kasun Rajitha and Dhananjaya Lakshan.

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