Priyadharshani called up to Women’s ODI squad

Women's ICC World Twenty20 India 2016: South Africa v Sri LankaInoshi Priyadharshani and Imalka Mendis have earned call-ups to Sri Lanka Women’s ODI squad, while there were recalls for Chamari Polgampola and Inoka Ranaweera for the upcoming four-match home series against Australia Women.

Priyadharshani played two T20 internationals for Sri Lanka Women, both in 2014 in a home series against South Africa Women, and has been out of the side since. Mendis is uncapped at the international level.

Both Polgampola and Ranaweera last played an ODI against New Zealand Women in November last year, and were left out for their tour of India earlier this year – Sri Lanka’s last ODI assignment. Polgampola, who bats left-handed and can also bowl right-arm medium pacer, has 776 runs at an average of 13.85 and 32 wickets in 59 ODIs. Ranaweera, a left-arm spinner, has played 23 ODIs in which she has picked up 24 wickets.

Chamari Atapattu will lead the squad, while Prasadini Weerakody has been named her deputy. Atapattu last led in an ODI during the New Zealand tour when Shashikala Siriwardene injured her thumb. Siriwardene returned to lead in the away series against India and was also named captain for the Women’s World T20 in India earlier this year. However, a hamstring injury after their first match of the tournament ruled Siriwardene out of it – with the reins passing to Atapattu then too – and has kept her out of action since.

Sri Lanka and Australia will play four ODIs with Women’s Championship points up for grabs in three of the games. The ODIs will be followed by a lone T20I. The first ODI will take place on Sunday in Dambulla.