Test batsman De Silva to lead Sri Lanka A on Caribbean tour

first_imgCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka (CMC) – Test batsman Dhananjaya De Silva will lead a 16-man Sri Lanka A squad on the tour of West Indies starting next week.The 26-year-old played the last of his 10 Tests against India last August, and averages 38 with two centuries already under his belt.Twenty-year-old Charith Asalanka, an off-spinning all-rounder who led Sri Lanka Under-19s last year, will serve as De Silva’s deputy.Sadeera Samarawickrama and Roshen Silva, both of whom are part of the Test squad in the ongoing series against Pakistan in United Arab Emirates, will join the A-side once that series wraps up.Neither player has played an international match for Sri Lanka.The squad has been bolstered by the inclusion of three other players with Test experience, with fast bowlers Dasun Shanaka and Lahiru Kumara, along with left-arm spinner Malinda Pushpakumara, having played 11 Tests among them.Sri Lanka A are expected to leave tomorrow for Jamaica where they play three four-day ‘Tests’ and as many one-dayers against West Indies A, from October 11 to November 5.SQUAD – Dhananjaya De Silva (captain), Charith Asalanka (vice-captain), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Roshen Silva, Sandun Weerakkody, Ron Chandragupta, Shehan Jayasuriya, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Amila Aponso, Malinda Pushpakumara, Chamika Karunaratne, Lahiru Kumara, Vimukthi Perera, Asitha Fernando, Kasun Rajitha.Schedule of matches:OCTOBERWednesday 11th to Saturday 14th – 1st ‘Test’ – Trelawny Multiplex, JamaicaThursday 19th to Sunday 22nd – 2nd ‘Test’ – Trelawny MultiplexThursday 26th to Sunday 29th – 3rd ‘Test’ – Sabina Park, JamaicaNOVEMBERWednesday 1st – 1st One-day Match – Sabina ParkFriday 3rd – 2nd One-day Match – Sabina ParkSunday 5th – 3rd One-day Match – Trelawnylast_img read more