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Had Hasaranga not been picked for the Bangladesh Tests, the disciplinary ban that followed would have meant him missing the start of the global event in June.

Wanindu Hasaranga's surprise return from retirement to the Sri Lankan Test side was not a ploy to avoid the legspinner missing T20 World Cup games later this year, according to Sri Lanka Cricket.

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Hasaranga Was Suspended

Hasaranga was suspended from international cricket after stacking up demerit points for showing dissent against an umpiring decision in Sri Lanka's defeat to Bangladesh on March 18. But immediately after the game and before the sanction was handed out by the ICC, Hasaranga came out of Test retirement to be named in Sri Lanka's Test squad to face Bangladesh. The ICC ruling that followed took his demerit points up to eight, which meant he would have to miss two Tests, four ODIs or four T20Is, depending on which came first.

Return To The Test fold

Had Hasaranga not been named in the Test squad, the ban would have seen him miss the start of Sri Lanka's T20 World Cup campaign in June. But as it turned out, his return to the Test fold - despite not having played a first-class match in over a year - ensured that his ban would be served during Sri Lanka's next two Tests instead.

According to SLC, Hasaranga had informed them in an email on March 16 of his desire to be considered for Test cricket selection going forward, citing his improved fitness levels.

Hasaranga Informed SLC

Ajantha Mendis, a member of Sri Lanka's selection committee, meanwhile stated that Hasaranga had in fact intimated his desire to play Test cricket even earlier.

"It was about two weeks ago that he told us he was open to playing Tests again," Mendis told ESPNcricinfo. "We know how it looks, but this decision was taken well before the final ODI."


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