Rangana Herath named skipper to lead Sri Lanka against Bangladesh

Sri Lanka Cricket Board also included batsmen Asela Gunaratne and Niroshan Dickwella in the squad who will play the two-Test series against Bangladesh

The left-arm slow spinner Rangana Herath has been named the captain of Sri Lanka for their Tests against Bangladesh. Herath, the spinning wizard who amasses a massive experience, was in the pipeline for the top job and it was only a matter of time before he was crowned with the responsibility. Also, on the back of their brilliant performances down there in Australia has prompted the Sri Lanka Cricket Board to also include batsmen Asela Gunaratne and Niroshan Dickwella in the squad who will play a two-Test series.

Sri Lanka was led by Angelo Matthews, who captained them against South Africa lately. Rangana Herath has the experience and the right know-how of the game as well, which will help him build this new team. Sri Lanka has not been in the best of form lately and the legends like Mahela Jayawardena and Kumar Sangakkara have hung up their boots. Hence, it will also be interesting to see how the 38-year-old bowler will cope up with modern cricket and its nuances.

Sri Lanka, who were the world champions in 1996, have not shown that temperament, that game for a long time hence a revival under the leadership of Herath would be a welcome change for the Lankan cricket fans.

Kusal Perera and Kaushal Silva have been excluded from the squad on the back of their poor performances in Australia.