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Sri Lanka announce ODI, T20 squads for New Zealand tour, Malinga named captain
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Sri Lanka announce ODI, T20 squads for New Zealand tour, Malinga named captain

Sri Lanka Friday announced Lasith Malinga as captain of its limited-over sides to lead the national team against New Zealand.

The 35-year-old was named skipper of a 17-man squad for three ODIs and one T20I starting January 3.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Niroshan Dickwella will be Malinga’s deputy.

Malinga led Sri Lanka in the T20 World Cup in 2014. But since captaining Sri Lanka against the UAE in February 2016, he has not led the national team.

He had lost his captaincy as well as his place in the team after recurring injuries. However, he captained an ODI match against India in August last year.

The latest squad for the shorter forms of the game was ratified by President Maithripala Sirisena in the absence of a sports minister, the Sri Lanka Cricket said.

Sri Lanka ODI and T20 squad for New Zealand tour:

Lasith Malinga (Captain), Niroshan Dickwella (V.Captain), Angelo Mathews, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Janith Perera, Dinesh Chandimal, Asela Gunaratne, Kusal Mendis,Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Dasun Shanaka, Lakshan Sandakan, Seekkuge Prasanna, Dushmantha Chameera, Kasun Rajitha, Nuwan Pradeep and Lahiru Kumara