Following confusion because of bureaucratic reasons, Sri Lanka have named a squad of 16 players, led by Thisara Perera, for the three-match One-Day International series against India starting soon after the completion of the ongoing Test series.
Under Tharanga, Sri Lanka suffered three consecutive ODI whitewashes this year against South Africa, India and Pakistan.
The islanders are now involved in a three-Test rubber against India. However, the contest is marred by air pollution issues as the visitors wore masks while playing.
Sri Lanka's sports minister has stopped nine players from flying to India for the one-day series because he didn't like the team selection.
The minister is set to meet the cricket board and the nine Sri Lankan players are free to leave later today.
Thisara Perera (capt.), Upul Tharanga, Danushka Gunathilaka, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Asela Gunaratne, Niroshan Dickwella, Chaturanga de Silva, Akila Dananjaya, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dushmantha Chameera, Sachith Pathirana and Kusal Perera. Neither did Kusal Mendis, who was rested for the Test series.
They have already lost one Test and are on the brink of losing the third Test too.
When News1st inquired the Sports Minister regarding the matter, he claimed that he was not asked to approve the ODI team by Sri Lanka Cricket, which is why he called back the team.
Sri Lankan selectors on Tuesday left out the Test captain from the ODI squad, as all-rounder Asela Gunaratne and opening batsman Danushka Gunathilaka return to the side.