Ramith Rambukwella, an off-spinning all-rounder, has been included in the Sri Lanka T20 squad for the one-off match against England, which is scheduled to take place at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton on Tuesday. Rambukwella has replaced Upul Tharanga in the squad and the Sri Lankan team management confirmed the news on Monday.
Surprisingly, Milinda Siriwardana, who was also a part of Sri Lanka's ICC World T20 2016 squad, was not considered for the one-off T20 match against England on Tuesday.
Sri Lanka have made no other changes to their squad which played the ODI series against England recently.
Rambukwella, so far, has played only one T20 international match for Sri Lanka, back in 2013. In that match against New Zealand, his figures of 4-0-19-1 were impressive.
The 24-year-old all-rounder was a part of the Sri Lanka 'A' squad, who are in England currently.
Rambukwella scored 141 runs and took seven wickets in the eight matches in the provincial T20 tournament organised by Sri Lanka Cricket.
He also has a strike-rate of 154, which is considered to be great in this format of the game. However, his average (18) is something that he will want to improve upon.
Meanwhile, his economy (6.71) in the shortest format of the game is commendable.
It will be interesting to see how skipper Angelo Mathews uses Rambukwella against England in the one-off T20 encounter in Southampton on Tuesday, if he is included in the playing XI.