Not only Sri Lankan selectors, captain Dimuth Karunratne and the head coach Mickey Arthur (on zoom) selected the 18 players for the two Tests against Bangladesh to be played later this month, but the presence of Tom Moody at the meeting was significant.
“Tom Moody, who has recently been appointed as Sri Lanka’s director of cricket was invited in the meeting on Monday.
He was more as an observer”, one of the sources, speaking exclusively over the telephone, said from Colombo. “His inputs will be sought from time to time”.
Chameera seeks paternity leave The name of Dushmantha Chammera from the list of selected 18-players (sent to the sports minister for his approval) is missing. “He is out for personal reasons”, another source pointed out.
It is learnt that 29-year-old right arm fast bowler Chammera wants to be with his wife, who is expected to deliver their first child next week.
His place has been taken by another fast bowler Dilshan Madushanka. Training from Friday
The squad, which also has Lahiru Kumara, is expected to assemble in Kandy on Thursday (by the time coach Arthur’s hotel-quarantine period also ends) and the official training is likely to begin from Friday.
Both the Tests will be played at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium on April 20-24 & April 28-May 2.