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T20I Captain Dasun Shanaka to miss entire WI series due to visa issue!

Sri Lanka ODI and T20I squad arrived in Antigua yesterday (25)

Sri Lanka’s newly appointed T20I Skipper Dasun Shanaka is to miss the entire three-match series in the West Indies, The Morning Sports learnt yesterday (25).

The all-rounder is presently entangled in a USA visa issue for he has allegedly lost one of his passports in 2018 containing USA visa for five years. The US Embassy in Sri Lanka is reportedly inquiring currently whether some other person had entered USA by forging Shanaka’s lost passport.

In his absence, Sri Lanka ODI Captain Dimuth Karunaratne may lead the Lankans in the T20Is starting on Wednesday (3 March). He had shown good form in the T20 practice games held in Sri Lanka before the team’s departure to Antigua this week.

Shanaka’s visa issue had not been sorted out even by evening yesterday, said Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) CEO Ashley de Silva.

“We were expecting it (Shanaka’s USA visa) to come today (yesterday). Within the next day or two, it may come, but so far nothing,” said de Silva.

Responding when asked who is going to captain Sri Lanka in the T20I if he is unable to reach Antigua and Barbuda in time for the series, de Silva said: “We have spoken to the selectors. We are waiting for a response from them. But we have to look at the current situation. We’ll have to by Monday (1 March) take call”.

Antigua quarantine regulation on arrival is three days. Sri Lanka reached there yesterday (25) and are expected to start training on Monday.

The T20I leg of Sri Lanka versus West Indies series will be held in Antigua on 3 (Wednesday), 5 (Friday), and 7 (Sunday) March before the start of the ODI and Test legs of the series, respectively.