Lanka select two new captains for Pakistan tour.
Byline: Bipin Dani
Sri Lankan selectors have selected the two teams for the Pakistan tour, it is learnt here.
According to the highly placed sources in Sri Lanka, the three selectors met after the players were briefed on the security arrangements in Pakistan and picked two sides for three ODI's and three T-20I.
'Barring one or two changes, the same lot will play both formats of the game', the source informs. 'Before the selection meeting, some 27-players were briefed by the security expert and availability of each player was noted by the chief selector Ashantha de Mel', the source privy to the information added.
'Thisara Perera, Shehan Jayasuriya and Dimuth Karunratne were absentees as the later two are in USA on a private visit and Thisara has been playing the CPLT-20 in West Indies'. Shehan Jayasuriya left on 7th September and is scheduled to return on Sunday and it is presumed he would be in the team.
The selectors have picked two different captains and it was confirmed that Dimuth Karunratne and Lasith Malinga have preferred to skip the tour and two new captains for the ODIs and T-20Is have been chosen.
It may be noted here that the new captain /s were not part of the selection committee meeting.
The teams have been sent to the hon. sports minister Harin Fernando for his approval. Rumesh Ratnayake and Nick Lee, who were present at the briefing have agreed to join the tour and hence the same support with an exception of Indian computer analyst will board a Pakistan flight, it is learnt here.
The sources also confirmed that the manager post for the Pakistan tour has been again offered to Ashantha De Mel. How-ever, no clear cut affirmative answer has yet been conveyed by him.
If he accepts the job, he will again be officiating the dual role.