Rangana Herath has been named captain for Sri Lanka’s tour of Zimbabwe following an injury to Angelo Mathews. Left-hander Upul Tharanga has been announced as the replacement for Mathews.
The team’s vice-captain Dinesh Chandimal was also not named in the initial squad due to a surgery on his thumb. As such, only Herath, as the senior most member in the squad, has been appointed the captain to the series with Zimbabwe breaking a 30-year record as the oldest player to make his Test captaincy debut since 1983.
Herath has played 73 Tests and picked up 332 wickets at an average of 28.71 including 26 five-wicket hauls and 6 ten-wicket hauls.
Sri Lanka squad to Zimbabwe will be Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Kaushal Silva, Dimuth Karunaratne, Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Rangana Herath (c), Dilruwan Perera, Lakshan Sandakan, Kasun Madhushanka, Lahiru Kumara, Lahiru Gamage, Suranga Lakmal and Asela Gunaratne.