Sri Lanka news June 8, 2011

Tharanga to miss England series

ESPNcricinfo staff

Upul Tharanga, the Sri Lanka opener, has been ruled out of the limited-overs leg of the England tour as he prepares to face a disciplinary committee for failing a drugs test during the World Cup.

Tharanga, 26, tested positive after the semi-final against New Zealand, in Colombo, and Sri Lanka Cricket confirmed he won't be selected for any representative cricket in the short term.

"Since there is an ongoing inquiry to verify this charge, Upul Tharanga will not be making himself available for selection until the conclusion of the inquiry and therefore will not be available for the ODI and T20 matches in England and the Sri Lanka A Team tour of England," a statement said.

Tharanga's absence means Sri Lanka could be without their two first-choice one-day openers against England with the captain Tillakaratne Dilshan also a doubt having suffered a hairline fracture of his thumb in the second Test at Lord's. However, Dilshan is still hopeful of being available for the one Twenty20 international and five ODIs.

The pair had recent success against England, having guided Sri Lanka to a 10-wicket victory in the World Cup quarter-final when they added an unbeaten 231. Tharanga also enjoyed an impressive one-day series on the 2006 tour of England where he hit two hundreds - 120 at Lord's and 109 at Headingley in a record 286-run stand with Sanath Jayasuriya - during Sri Lanka's 5-0 whitewash of the hosts.

There are reports in Sri Lanka that Tharanga's absence could open the door for a surprise return for Jayasuriya who turns 42 in June and played his last ODI in December 2009. "If my services are required, I would be glad as always to give my best," he told the Sri Lankan Daily Mirror.

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  • Nishanka on June 11, 2011, 5:10 GMT

    Hey Sri lnakan Guys..

    I also Opposite Sanath's Politics... But U Should not Comment Like That... Because he is a Legend For Our Cricket.. See Some Indian Guys Are Commenting ABt Sanath .. But We Sri lankan... i Ashamed Guys .. just Give Him a Chance to Retire Respecty...

    His Political party whatever we should Respect him .Bcoz He Is One Of Best Cricketer In the World...

    Doesn't It... Ok Cool... Eng Wl Beat... Cmom LIONS

  • FAISAL on June 10, 2011, 9:59 GMT

    lankans away matches= pussy cats lankas at colombo or galle = win once in 10 matches(then their fans wil say we are lions) im scared these pussy cats will damage the ground(by passing ......) Because india tours england..

  • FAISAL on June 10, 2011, 8:41 GMT

    srilanka has already satisfied with one draw.. (because they expected 3-0 clean sweep by england)so whole lankan fans are started celebrations in streets... a draw against top ranked team = MAJOR VOCTORY IN ABROAD for i right lanka... SRILANKA TEAM= CURRENT BANGLADESH TEAM....

  • Johnathon on June 10, 2011, 1:27 GMT

    People are stupid. Why is everybody bashitng jayasuriya for playing a game and "not letting a youngster play". He is playing for only ONE ODI and in case you didn't notice, SL has 0 openers at the moment (tharanga banned and dilshan w/ broken thumb) that means a youngster will open AND jayasuriya - but jayasuriya is only playing for one game, meaning if dilshan doesn't get better soon, there will be 2 completely inexperienced additional players on the team (batsman)

  • duminda on June 9, 2011, 12:26 GMT

    @faisalsewag at least srilanka able to draw in dampen conditions unlike indians who can't even produce it in a dry late summer, lol

  • Sinha on June 9, 2011, 12:08 GMT

    @lijihas, is your caps lock key broken or are you just like this every day?

  • sisira on June 9, 2011, 11:16 GMT


  • Julian on June 9, 2011, 6:28 GMT

    I've been hearing rumours that Kandamby is suppose to be a vice captain for the SL odi side, or at least part of the side. What sad news, I mean seriously - this player is not competent enough for the side. I'm sorry to express such a harsh opinion, but group Kandambi with that other repeated failure Kapugedera. These players don't deserve any more chances and should not be tested with. SL have fresh and raw talent in the likes of Chandimal, Jeevan Mendis - take these players on board and forget the has beens. Kandamby has been given many chances and has failed in all of them except one. A match vs India in a tri series tournament were he scored a 90 or something.

  • Dummy4 on June 9, 2011, 5:33 GMT

    Sanath to play again ?...this is HILARIOUS then what`s the point of having a A team or domestic tournaments

    Chandima,Thirimannel ,Dimuth,Jeevan when will these guys gets a chance ?? Chandimal & Thirimanne are two of the best young batsman in the world ..So whyhow on earth this 43 old MP gets into the team again ??

  • mohamed on June 9, 2011, 5:25 GMT

    thilina kandamby has named vice captain. its good i think. very balanced team. i think fervees maharoof should replace suranga lakmal in this squad. maharoof should not included in to the test series. but he should play in the one day games. good final chance to sanath jayasuriya. its a nice thing that jayasuriya is in the squad

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