Sri Lanka ODI team stopped from travelling to India; here's why

India vs Sri Lanka 2017 ODI series

As per the early reports, the Sri Lankan team was called back from the airport as the Sri Lanka Cricket board CEO and secretary haven't approved the team for limited overs series yet.

Sri Lanka Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera has prevented the national One-day International (ODI) squad from leaving the country for not getting his approval before selecting the team.

Kusal Perera's last appearance for Sri Lanka came in their shock triumph against India during the 2017 edition of the Champions Trophy at the Oval. Now the nine players, who are included in the ODI squad are expected to fly to India on Tuesday night itself. Neither did Kusal Mendis, who was rested for the Test series.

Sri Lanka Cricket last week named Thisara Perera as one-day captain in place of Upul Tharanga.

Sri Lanka batsman Kusal Perera and all-rounder Asela Gunaratne have returned to the one-day global squad for the three-match series against India, the country's cricket board said on Tuesday.


Of the members of the Test squad, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella, Suranga Lakmal, Sadeera Samarawickrama and de Silva will stay on for the series, starting with the first game in Dharamsala on December 10.

Gunaratne returns to the side for the first time since being injured in July against India in Galle.

Former skipper Angelo Mathews has also returned to the side after missing the last ODI series against Pakistan through injury.

The remaining eight are reported to be Upul Tharanga, Danushka Gunathilaka, Asela Gunaratne, Chathuranga de Silva, Sachith Pathirana, Dushmantha Chameera and Nuwan Pradeep.

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