Dasun Shanaka, the appointed captain, is yet to join the team because of a delay in obtaining a US transit visa
Angelo Mathews has been named as Sri Lanka’s stand-in captain for the T20I series in the West Indies as Dasun Shanaka, the appointed captain, is yet to join the team because of a delay in obtaining a US transit visa. Mathews has previously led Sri Lanka in 34 Tests, 106 ODIs and 13 T20Is.
Shanaka did have a proper US transit visa – valid for five years – on a previous passport. But as he had lost that passport two years ago, visa officers told him they must do additional checks, meaning they were not able to greenlight the visa for this tour in time for him to make the flight.
Sri Lanka’s multi-format tour of the Caribbean kicks off on March 3 with the three-match T20I series.
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