Sri Lanka announce T20I squad for India series, Lasith Malinga rested

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Sri Lankan veteran Lasith Malinga has not been picked in the Sri Lanka squad for the three-match T20I series against India, starting December 20. Malinga¿s omission from the squad comes on the backdrop of his early exit from the Bangladesh Premier League due to personal reasons, reports ESPNcricinfo.

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On the batting front, Kusal Perera is in the competition along with Sadeera Samarawickrama, Danushka Gunathilaka and Upul Tharanga for top-order places.

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According to Sri Lanka Cricket's (SLC) media release, Malinga has been officially "rested" for the 3-match series. Sri Lanka will further be bolstered by the inclusion of Angelo Mathews.

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The team's captaincy has been handed over to Thisara Perera while according to sources Malinga has been "rested" and will be recalled for Sri Lanka's next global assignment. Dasun Shanaka, Niroshan Dickwella, Asela Gunaratne, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Akila Dananjaya and Sachith Pathirana continue to remain in the squad from the ODIs. The seam-heavy squad features only one specialist spinner in the form of Akila Dananjaya. Sri Lanka are presently playing three-match ODI series against India which is leveled at 1-1 with the decider scheduled to take place in Visakhapatnam on Sunday. Those who have booked tickets online can get the hard copies of their tickets at a counter near the Cambridge School adjacent to the Barabati stadium between December 18 and 20.

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