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Getting Kusal Mendis to perform to his potential “at the forefront of my thinking”, Sri Lanka coach tells ESPNcricinfo

Wanindu Hasaranga, Pathum Nissanka, Oshada Fernando and Lasith Embuldeniya – among others – could form the core of Sri Lanka’s team as they attempt to lift themselves out of poor rankings positions in all three formats in the coming years. This is according to coach Mickey Arthur, who feels he has now identified the best players in the country for various Sri Lanka squads.

In a wide-ranging interview with ESPNcricinfo, to be published this week, Arthur revealed that although Kusal Mendis was not part of the West Indies tour – and is not expected to be named in the squad to play Bangladesh – he remained a player that Sri Lanka’s coaching staff believe could play a major role in Sri Lanka’s future.