Sri Lanka Cricket said on Tuesday opening batsman Dimuth Karunaratne is the stand-in captain of a 17-man squad for the two-test series starting on February 13. Chandimal's omission follows scores of 5, 0, 15, and 4 in the two recent Test losses against Australia.
The squad includes three uncapped players -- batsman Oshada Fernando, seam bowler Mohmed Shiraz and left-arm spinner Lasith Embuldeniya. Allrounder Milinda Siriwardana has been recalled to the Test squad after nearly three years.
The Tests are in Durban from February 13 and in Port Elizabeth from February 21. AP SSC SSC SSC