Dananjaya earns maiden Test call


Unorthodox Sri Lanka spinner Akila Dananjaya has earned a maiden Test call up after the squad for the tour to Bangladesh was announced.

The first Test squad named under new coach Chandika Hathurusingha includes four seamers with one of them, Suranga Lakmal, appointed vice-captain.

Sri Lanka have a versatile batch of spinners to call on from veteran Rangana Herath through the off-spin of allrounders Dilruwan Perera and Dhananjaya de Silva and the more exotic talents of Dananjaya and the left-arm wrist spin of Lakshan Sandakan.

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Dananjaya has taken 98 first class wickets at an average of 28.31 and impressed in the recent limited overs series in India.

Sri Lanka’s new Test vice-captain Suranga Lakmal

Seamer Vishwa Fernando misses out after a disappointing Test series in India while allrounder Dasun Shanaka and batsmen Lahiru Thirimanne and Sadeera Samarawickrama also drop out of the group.

There is no place in the squad for Kusal Perera or Asela Gunaratne who are both fit having been named in the ODI squad.

Bright talents Kusal Mendis and Danushka Gunathilaka return to the squad with the latter likely to open the batting alongside Sri Lanka’s leading runscorer in 2017 Dimuth Karunaratne.

Hathurusingha takes charge for the first time against the team he led to new heights over the last few years in hosts Bangladesh.

Sri Lanka squad: Dinesh Chandimal (capt), Dimuth Karunaratne, Angelo Mathews, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Roshen Silva, Rangana Herath, Suranga Lakmal (vice-captain), Dilruwan Perera, Dushmantha Chameera, Lakshan Sandakan, Akila Dananjaya, Lahiru Gamage, Lahiru Kumara