Spinner Akila Dananjaya has been named in Sri Lanka’s squad for March’s ODI series against South Africa.
Dananjaya was banned from bowling in international cricket late last year due to an illegitimate arm action. He has since undergone tests – and has been cleared to bowl again by the International Cricket Council.
‘Following remedial work and reassessment, the bowling action of Sri Lanka spinner Akila Dananjaya has been found to be legal and he can resume bowling in international cricket,’ read a statement from the ICC.
‘Match officials are still at liberty to report Dananjaya if they believe he is displaying a suspect action and not reproducing the legal action from the assessment.’
Former captain Dinesh Chandimal, who was left out of the squad for the ongoing Test series against the same opposition, has been omitted from the ODI collective, too.
Batsman Danushka Gunathilaka and all-rounders Asela Gunaratne, Dasun Shanaka and Sekkuge Prasanna have also been overlooked, but the uncapped Oshada Fernando is included.
South Africa and Sri Lanka will meet for five ODIs – in Johannesburg, Centurion, Durban, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town – from 3 to 16 March. Three T20Is – in Cape Town, Centurion and Johannesburg – will follow.
Squad: Lasith Malinga (captain), Avishka Fernando, Upul Tharanga, Niroshan Dickwella (vice-captain), Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Akila Dananjaya, Angelo Perera, Oshada Fernando, Kamindu Mendis, Priyamal Perera, Isuru Udana, Vishwa Fernando, Kasun Rajitha, Lakshan Sandakan.