Pune, Feb. 08 (ANI): Sri Lanka stand-in captain Dinesh Chandimal believes that the upcoming three-match Twenty20 series against India will be an ideal opportunity for young raw talents to show their mettle before the Asia Cup and World T20.
Chandimal will lead a 15-man second-string team in the absence of injured skipper Lasith Malinga.
The tourists will also be without the services of several first choice players such as Angelo Mathews, Nuwan Kulasekara, Rangana Herath and Nuwan Pradeep, who are recovering from their respective injuries.
“Four to five senior players are injured. As a captain, it is a big challenge to play in India. It is a very good opportunity for the youngsters to show their talent before the World T20 and Asia Cup,” said Chandimal during a press conference on the eve of the opening T20 in Pune.
Reflecting on his own expectations from the series, the 26-year-old wicketkeeper batsman stressed that his best performance has not come yet and that he will try to achieve so in this tournament.
The second match will be played in Ranchi on Friday before the third and final T20 in Visakhapatnam on February 14. (ANI)