Sri Lanka announce team for three ODI series against Afghanistan

Opening batter Dimuth Karunaratne returned to Sri Lanka’s squad for three ODI matches in the series against Afghanistan, after being out of action for more than two years in the 50-over format.
Dushmantha Chameera, who had missed the New Zealand tour in March 2023 after undergoing ankle surgery, also returned to the side. Apart from them, uncapped legspinner Dushan Hemantha will also be a part of the team in the squad to face Afghanistan in three ODIs, starting on Friday.
Left-arm spinning allrounder Dunith Wellalage has not made it to the side, meanwhile, wicketkeeper Kusal Perera was not available due to his hamstring injury. Karunaratne›s comeback could indicate that the selectors are preparing for the ODI World Cup and want experienced players on the side. Karunaratne may open alongside Pathum Nissanka in the series and later in the World Cup in 2023.
Hemantha has also been selected for the squad, he could be there to serve as a backup for Wanindu Hasaranga, who is reportedly receiving treatment for a foot issue at the moment. Maheesh Theekshana is the only other frontline spinner on the team.

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