The squad will be led by Dasun Shanaka as the team begin their campaign on October 18 against Namibia in Abu Dhabi in Group ‘A’ of the first-round, where they have also drawn Ireland and the Netherlands.
Twenty-one-year-old off-spinner Maheesh Theekshana, who made his T20I debut in the first match against South Africa and dismissed Heinrich Klaasen, has been included.
The youngster was also impressive in his ODI debut earlier this week, picking up a four-wicket haul. The other spinners making the squad are left-armer Praveen Jayawickrama, who made his international debut earlier this year, Wanindu Hasaranga and Dhananjaya de Silva.
Jayawickrama is the only uncapped member in the squad but has been included on the basis of his terrific performances in other formats. He had an excellent Test debut against Bangladesh in April, picking up 11 wickets in the match. He also played five ODIs so far and picked up five wickets.
The fast bowling department will be led by Dushmantha Chameera along with veteran seamer Nuwan Pradeep and all-rounder Chamika Karunaratne.
They have also named four reserves who will travel with the squad as injury cover – Lahiru Kumara, Binura Fernando, Akila Dananjaya and Pulina Tharanga. (ICC)