File image of Sri Lanka cricket team.
Ahead of the third Test against India in New Delhi, left-arm spinner Malinda Pushpakumara was chosen to go in as replacement for veteran Rangana Herath, but the sports ministry refused to endorse his selection as he had failed the fitness test.
Sri Lanka on Tuesday announced the ODI squad for the three-match series against India scheduled to begin from December 10 in Dharamsala.
Now, another controversy has hit the Sri Lankan team ahead of their limited-overs series. In a 16-member finalised by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), dynamic batsmen Kusal Janith Perera and Asela Gunaratne return to the national team. "They have now received the necessary clearance and will leave for India tonight", Sri Lanka's Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara told Cricbuzz.Earlier, in a amusing turn of events Lankan players were stopped to fly to India for the ODI series that begins on December 5. Also, Thisara Perera was named as one-day skipper in place of Upul Tharanga.
As far as the Test series is concerned, chasing 410 to level the series, Sri Lanka were 31/3 at stumps, still needing another 379 to win the game with seven wickets in hand.
"If you go by the Sports Law, it requires to send the team three weeks to the Ministry, prior to leaving and here they are sending a team just 3-4 hours before leaving the country".
Sri Lanka have lost 21 one-dayers in the calendar year and won only four matches.