Different captains are named by Sri Lanka for its Test, ODI, and T20 teams.

All-around batsman Dhananjaya de Silva, 32, will captain the Test team. The ODI team will be led by Kusal Mendis, 28, while the short format team will be led by Wanidu Hasaranga, 26.

Ahead of Zimbabwe and Afghanistan’s trips, Sri Lankan cricket selectors on Wednesday announced the names of their leaders for the Test, ODI, and T20 teams.

All-around batsman Dhananjaya de Silva, 32, will captain the Test team. The ODI team will be led by Kusal Mendis, 28, while the short format team will be led by Wanidu Hasaranga, 26.

Sri Lanka will have distinct skippers for each of the three forms for the first time.

In a statement to media in Colombo, chief selector Upul Tharanga stated, “I would have preferred to have the same captain for all three formats.”

“But with the players we have right now, we can’t do that.”

According to Tharanga, after finishing second from last in the championship match in India, the selectors had decided to keep Mendis in the team until the following ODI World Cup in 2027.

Dasun Shanaka had to withdraw at the last minute owing to an injury, and Mendis took over. Tharanga stated that Shanaka had not been considered for the captaincy in the previous two years because of his poor performance.

Hasaranga will captain the team when the T20 World Cup takes place in the United States and the West Indies in June.

The latest selection announcement came ahead of the white ball series against Zimbabwe starting Saturday.

Following that Sri Lanka will host Afghanistan for three T20s, three ODIs and one Test match.

Sri Lanka ODI squad to play Zimbabwe

Kusal Mendis (captain), Charith Asalanka, Pathum Nissanka, Avishka Fernando, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Sahan Arachchige, Maheesh Theekshana, Dilshan Madushanka, Dushmantha Chameera, Dunith Wellalage, Pramod Madushan, Jeffrey Vandersay, Akila Dananjaya, Wanidu Hasaranga.

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