August 19, 2000

Sri Lanka One day and Test squad

Sa' adi Thawfeeq

Sri Lanka cricket selectors named two separate squads for the upcoming one-day tournaments and for the test tour of South Africa later this year.

A 21-member squad was named for the three one-day tournaments Sri Lanka will be involved in the next two months.

Sri Lanka are first scheduled to play a series of three one-day matches against Pakistan at the newest international cricket venue in Dubai next month.

They will then participate in the mini-World Cup tournament at Nairobi and then the three-nation tournament at Sharjah which also includes India and Zimbabwe.

For the three-Test tour of South Africa in December, the selectors have recalled former Test batsman Hashan Tillekeratne, and retained former vice-captain Aravinda de Silva who figured in the drawn final test against South Africa at the Sinhalese SC grounds last week.

Tillekeratne, a left-hand bat with over fifty test caps gets a 'look-in' following the retirement from international cricket of Arjuna Ranatunga, the former Sri Lanka Test captain.

Tillekeratne has not found favour with the selectors since the World Cup last year.

The two squads will go into training from next week when national coach Dav Whatmore is expected to return from Australia after a brief vacation following the twin-Test series against Pakistan and South Africa.

The one-day squad: Sanath Jayasuriya (captain), Marvan Atapattu (vice-captain), Avishka Gunawardana, Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara, Russel Arnold, Tillekeratne Dilshan, Upul Chandana, Muttiah Muralitharan, Kumar Dharmasena, Chaminda Vaas, Kaushalya Weeraratne, Ruchira Perera, Erik Upashantha, Indika de Saram, Romesh Kaluwitharana, Nuwan Zoysa, Dilhara Fernando, Indika Gallage, Dinuka Hettiaratchi, Sajeeva de Silva.

The test squad: Aravinda de Silva, Chamara Silva, Ian Daniel, Tilan Samaraweera, Prasanna Jayawardene, Dinusha Fernando, Priyankara Wickremasinghe, Niroshan Bandaratilake, Malinga Bandara, Ravindra Pushpakumara, Hashan Tillekeratne, Chintaka Jayasinghe, Pramodya Wickremasinghe, Nishitha Rupasinghe, Sajeeva Weerakoon, Lanka de Silva, Shantha Kalavitigoda, Pradeep Hewage, Mario Villavarayen, Rangana Herath, Malintha Warnapura.

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