Asela Gunaratne, Nuwan Pradeep return to Sri Lanka squad for India ODIs

India vs Sri Lanka 2017 ODI series

The first ODI between Sri Lanka and India gets underway on December 10 in Dharamsala.

The islanders are now involved in a three-Test rubber against India.

Sri Lanka have lost 21 one-dayers in the calendar year and won only four matches. However, the contest is marred by air pollution issues as the visitors wore masks while playing.

Meanwhile, the team has been ratified by Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera after an initial confusion that led to the stopping of nine players departing for India.

Sri Lanka cricket board has announced a fifteen man contingent for the three-match one day worldwide series against India. Neither did Kusal Mendis, who was rested for the Test series.

The selectors had decided a squad of 15 players including nine which are not part of test team, under the captaincy of Thisara Perera.

Perera, Upul Tharanga, Danushka Gunathilaka, Asela Gunaratne, Chathuranga de Silva, Sachith Pathirana, Dushmantha Chameera, Suranga Lakmal and Nuwan Pradeep were the players who had to delay their departure to India.

A "Cricbuzz" report said the players were already in the airport and one of them had even boarded the flight.

"If you go by the Sports Law, it requires to send the team three weeks to the Ministry, prior to leaving and here they are sending a team just 3-4 hours before leaving the country".

Generally, all squads chosen to represent Sri Lanka are approved by the minister of sports without any reservations, but in recent times, the ministry has stressed on minimum fitness standards for the cricket team.

However, Kusal Perera and all-rounder Asela Gunaratne have returned to the one-day global squad for the series against India.

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