Sri Lanka Cricket, on Friday (February 24), announced a 17-member squad led by Dimuth Karunaratne.
For the upcoming two-match series against New Zealand, Chamika Karunaratne has returned to the Sri Lanka Test squad while Nishan Madushka and Milan Rathnayake have received their first Test calls-ups. Since his Test debut in February 2019 against Australia, Karunaratne has not participated in a single Test match. In the second first-class match he played against the Lions, he claimed four wickets. In a List A match, he also faced the same team and scored fifty.
Lahiru Kumara, whose last Test match was against India in March 2022, is also a member of the squad. The team that played Pakistan in a Test series in July of last year was missing Dunith Wellalage, Lakshitha Manasinghe, Jeffrey Vandersay, Pathum Nissanka, and Dilshan Madushanka.
Sri Lanka Test squad: Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Oshada Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya De Silva, Dinesh Chandimal, Kamindu Mendis, Niroshan Dickwella, Nishan Madushka, Ramesh Mendis, Prabath Jayasuriya, Chamika Karunaratne, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara, Asitha Fernando, Vishwa Fernando, Milan Rathnayake