Sri Lanka has named a 22-man squad for the two-Test series against the West Indies at home. Charith Asalanka has been called up to the Test squad following a remarkable performance in the recently concluded ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, in which he finished as Sri Lanka’s highest run-scorer. Dushmantha Chameera has returned to the side after missing the previous Test series against Bangladesh due to personal obligations.

Lahiru Thirimanne, Wanindu Hasaranga, Niroshan Dickwella, and Dasun Shanaka are notable absentees from the squad. Dickwella is now serving a ban in England for violating the bio-bubble in July of this year. Several other players have been called up to the side, including Minod Bhanuka and Chamika Karunaratne. Three uncapped players make up the squad: Kamil Mishara, Suminda Lakshan, and Chamika Gunasekara.

Lakshan Sandakan and Lasith Embuldeniya, who has returned from a thigh injury, will lead the spin attack. The two-Test series opens out in Galle on November 21. From Sunday, a resurgent West Indies team will attempt to win their first Test match in Sri Lanka, after three decades of trying. It has lost seven games and drawn four in 11 attempts. Despite Brian Lara’s 688 runs in a three-Test series in 2001, they were still defeated 3-0.

However, the West Indies have had a good year in Test cricket, with wins against Bangladesh and draws against Sri Lanka and Pakistan at home. With 41 Test appearances, Jermaine Blackwood, one of the most experienced players in the side, was hopeful of securing the elusive Test victory in the two-match series. Both games are being held in Galle, but there will be no spectators.

“We came here with the intention of winning. Our troops are ravenous, as evidenced by their expressions “, according to Blackwood.

“We’re a decent team,” he remarked, “and we’re ready to break the shackles and win games this time.”