Sri Lankan captain Karunaratne dropped ahead of Bangladesh ODI series
Colombo, May 12: Sri Lanka on Wednesday sacked one-day captain Dimuth Karunaratne and dropped him and several other big names from the squad for Bangladesh this week.
Along with Suranga Lakmal and Nuwan Pradeep, two other former captains - Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal - were also dropped.
Kushal Perera has been nominated as the new captain, Kushal Mendis has been nominated as his deputy.
Karunaratne, a 33-year-old left-arm batsman, has played 34 ODIs and scored six runs for Sri Lanka. Mathews played 218 ODIs, scored 5,835 runs and took 120 wickets.
Chandimal has scored 3,698 runs in 149 ODIs.
Sri Lanka Cricket did not say why the players were left out.
The team will leave Sri Lanka for Bangladesh on Sunday and play their first ODI on May 23. The other two matches will be on May 25 and 28.