Sri Lanka announce Zimbabwe schedule

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Sri Lanka Cricket have announced their plans to tour Zimbabwe in October, naming a 27-man preliminary squad and setting the fixtures at two Tests, three ODIs and two T20s.

Sri Lanka Cricket have announced their plans to tour Zimbabwe in October, naming a 27-man preliminary squad and setting the fixtures at two Tests, three ODIs and two T20s.

The tour begins on 3 October and will be 35 days long, with the Sri Lankans following India and Pakistan to visit the African nation this year, boosting the Zimbabwe Cricket coffers and giving the players valuable game time.

The big squad named by the Sri Lankans will be cut to 15 closer to the time, but already is without wicketkeeper Prasanna Jayawardene and fast bowler Chanaka Welegedara.

This will be Angelo Mathews' first away series as permanent captain, while Dinesh Chandimal is set to keep wicket and skipper the T20 side.

Sri Lanka preliminary squad: Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Rangana Herath, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dimuth Karunaratne, Ajantha Mendis, Kusal Perera, Angelo Perera, Udara Jayasundera, Shaminda Eranga, Nuwan Kulasekara, Suranga Lakmal, Dhammika Prasad, Vimukthi Perera, Kithuruwan Vithanage, Sachithra Serasinghe, Ashan Priyanjan, Thisara Perera, Sachithra Senanayake, Kaushal Silva, Dilruwan Perera, Kosala Kulasekara, Kaushal Lokuarachchi, Isuru Udana.

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