Ambidextrous Kamindu Mendis to captain SL U-19s

The Sri Lanka squad for the Under-19 World Cup 2017-18 SLC

Kamindu Mendis, who can bowl orthodox left-arm spin as well as right-arm offspin, and is also a handy batsman, will lead Sri Lanka Under-19s at the World Cup in New Zealand. Mendis was named as part of the 15-man squad announced by Sri Lanka Cricket on Wednesday. He had also played the previous U-19 World Cup, in Bangladesh in 2016.

Sri Lanka are in Group D for the showpiece junior event, which runs from January 13 to February 3. They are grouped alongside Pakistan, Ireland and Afghanistan. They will begin their campaign on January 14 in Whangarei against Ireland, before playing Afghanistan on January 17 and rounding off their group-stage games against Pakistan on January 19.

Squad: Kamindu Mendis (capt), Dhananjaya Lakshan, Santhush Gunathilaka, Hasitha Boyagoda, Nawanidu Fernando, Nipun Dananjaya, Ashen Bandara, Kishan Sanjula, Nishan Madushka, Jehan Daniel, Praveen Jayawickrama, Haren Buddila, Thisaru Rashmika, Kalana Perera, Nipun Malinga