Chandika Hathurusingha savours new challenge with Sri Lanka

Chandika Hathurusingha savours new challenge with Sri Lanka

A tri-nation one-day worldwide tournament starts on Monday with a contest between Zimbabwe and Bangladesh. Pothas was appointed as fielding coach of the national team in July 2016 for a two-year contract and was subsequently promoted to lead the side in the interim when Ford resigned following Sri Lanka's early exit at the Champions Trophy.

"We didn't get what we wanted from our last tour (South Africa) but I am hopeful that we will be able to execute better this time".

Mathews has been re-appointed as Sri Lanka's limited-overs captain ahead of 2019 World Cup. Hathurusingha makes his debut as Sri Lanka's coach in this tournament.

Hathurusingha travels to Bangladesh with his own problems, as his new team put behind a demoralising year - Sri Lanka won only five of 29 ODIs in 2017.

Zimbabwe will be boosted by the return of Brendan Taylor, who has not played an ODI since 2015.

Sri Lanka squad: Dinesh Chandimal (captain), Suranga Lakmal (vice captain), Dimuth Karunaratne, Angelo Mathews, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella, Roshen Silva, Rangana Herath, Dilruwan Perera, Dushmantha Chameera, Lakshan Sandakan, Akila Dananjaya, Lahiru Gamage and Lahiru Kumara.

Meanwhile underdogs Zimbabwe, who face Bangladesh in the first game of the tri-nation competition Monday, are looking for a lift ahead of hosting a World Cup 2019 qualifying tournament in March. Zimbabwe, too, suffered a heavy defeat in a one-off test match in South Africa inside two days.

Heath Streak, the coach, has indicated that Zimbabwe will devote more energy to ODIs, due to limited Test opportunities.

Bangladesh: Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Anamul Haque, Mohammad Mahmudullah, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Sabbir Rahman, Nasir Hossain, Mohammad Mithun, Mehedi Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman, Abul Hasan, Rubel Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Sunzamul Islam.