Herath to skipper Sri Lanka

Rangana Herath, the evergreen Sri Lankan left-arm spinner, is set to return to the captaincy role after first choice skipper Angelo Mathews was deemed unfit for the two-Test series against Bangladesh.

These are the only squad details released so far, however. However, regular vice-captain Dinesh Chandimal - who had also missed the Zimbabwe tour through injury - may also be considered for the captaincy in this series.

Pushpakumara, 29, has been consistently impressive in first-class cricket, and it is possible he has only been omitted from Sri Lanka's Test squads for so long because Herath already fills the left-arm orthodox role in the side. Sri Lanka's selectors are expected to name the Test squad on Tuesday, and with it, the replacement captain. All told, he has 558 first-class wickets at an average of 19.85, and is routinely among the top three wicket-takers in the Premier League Tournament. Upul Tharanga, who led Sri Lanka in the recent ODIs against South Africa and the T20s in Australia, represents a third option.

Sri Lanka's tour manager is Ranjith Fernando, Head coach - Graham Ford, Physiotherapist - Ajantha Wattegama, Trainer - Nicholas Lee, Masseur - Lal Thamel, Performance analyst- Sriram Somayajula, Liaison officers - Chandra Rodrigo (Sri Lankan Team), Wasantha Ariyawickrama (Bangladesh Team).

The first Test will be played at Galle International Stadium, which will start from March 7 and the next will be played at P Sara Oval, Colombo from March 15.

  • Julie Sanders