Sri Lanka in England and Scotland, 2011 June 9, 2011

Jayasuriya back in SL limited-overs squad

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Sanath Jayasuriya has been recalled to Sri Lanka's ODI and Twenty20 sides for the upcoming series against England and Scotland although his return will be brief following the announcement of his retirement after the first one-dayer. The squad has several changes from the one in the World Cup: middle-order batsman Thilina Kandamby and wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Chandimal have been recalled while there is no place for Thilan Samaraweera, Chamara Kapugedera and Rangana Herath.

Though Tillakaratne Dilshan has been named in the squad, his thumb injury means that Sri Lanka could be without their two first-choice openers for the initial one-day games against England. Upul Tharanga has already been ruled out of the tour as he prepares to face a disciplinary committee for failing a drugs test during the World Cup.

Kandamby - named vice-captain of the limited-overs squad ahead of former captain Kumar Sangakkara, who is Dilshan's deputy in the ongoing Test series in England - was not part of the World Cup squad and last played an ODI for Sri Lanka in 2010. He averages close to 33 in the 33 ODI games he has played. Sri Lanka have also included allrounder Jeewan Mendis and wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Chandimal. This means they could have a new-look middle order as Samaraweera, Kapugedera and Chamara Silva, who were part of Sri Lanka's World Cup squad, have been dropped.

Sri Lanka have also included left-hand opening batsman Dimuth Karunaratne. The 23-year old has been part of the Sri Lanka Under-19 and Sri Lanka A squads and has been in good form in the domestic season. Fast bowler Suranga Lakmal, currently part of the Test squad, finds a place in the limited-overs squad but left-arm spinner Rangana Herath, who featured in the World Cup squad, has been dropped.

Allrounder Angelo Mathews, who missed the World Cup final due to a quadriceps muscle injury and was subsequently ruled out of the IPL and the England Tests, has been provisionally included in the 16-man squad, subject to his fitness.

Sri Lanka play a one-off Twenty20 game against England on June 25. The five-match ODI series begins on June 28 and they then travel to Scotland for two ODIs against the hosts on July 11 and 13.

Limited-overs squad: Tillakaratne Dilshan (capt), Thilina Kandamby (vice-capt), Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardena, Dinesh Chandimal, Jeevan Mendis, Dimuth Karunaratne, Thissara Perera, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Kulasekera, Suranga Lakmal, Dilhara Fernando, Suraj Randiv, Ajantha Mendis Angelo Mathews, Sanath Jayasuriya.

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  • crfan on June 12, 2011, 14:44 GMT

    All u naysayers ... please understand that you must be sensitive to the sensibilities of the country especially the politicians ... if they want sana to play for glory then he must be allowed to play for glory ... same if it's ds or anyone else ... hope england understands and lets sana score a brilliant hundred ... otherwise they should expect a visit from the good dr merv ... go sana!

  • dummy4fb on June 12, 2011, 11:46 GMT

    how can sri lankan selected commety giving chance to sanath jayasuriya why dont want to think about to the young player.i think selected commety just so blind how can kandanbywent to the vice captain his not played almost one year.please blind selected commety think about that and do about leonions to win the match.

  • dummy4fb on June 12, 2011, 8:18 GMT

    People Jayasuriya, Murali and Vass are all Jewels but there is no point in bringing them back. We should get youngsters in to the team. According to todays papers Jayasuriya has approved the selectors as he is a government member of parliament. He says he has told selectors to do what he wants to do. So then Kandamby who plays for Jayasuriya's club is in as VC as Jayasuriya has told the selectors to do so. Jayasuriya in the only one who commended the selectors for making Kandamby VC.

  • PremasiriS on June 11, 2011, 15:55 GMT

    Sri Lankan cricket fans have been humiliated by the unacceptable selection policy of incompetent selectors of last 12years. They simply ignore the best in the Country and always do selections to satisfy the seniors & other irresponsible people who has no concern for the Future of Cricket in the Country.

  • dummy4fb on June 11, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    just a parting mach for sanath jayasurya certainly shrilankas best ever allrounder.

  • dummy4fb on June 11, 2011, 8:12 GMT

    rangana herath and samarweera out of place. n moreover kandamby is the new vc. great going for sri lanka. undisputedly, slc is the 3rd most disputed cricket board after pcb n wicb. if both the openers are unavailable then why dont give jayasuriya a chance to play the whole series? he is a respected cricketer n calling him for just one match so that he gets his farewell on ground is a partly correct decision. even ganguly was given a chance to play the whole series.

  • dummy4fb on June 11, 2011, 3:52 GMT

    People we are loosing focus. Sanath will be gone after first one day anyway. So let's forget it. The main Dursra is the appointment of Kandanby as vice captain. I respect this guy. But he has not played a one day match for SL for 1 year now. Angelo who has played right thru an a permanent member in all 3 formats have been ignored. Let's talk about selectors. Ranjit Madurusinghe has only played 3 ODI and 12 test matches. Chaminda Mendis only 1 ODI and zero Tests. Only Duleep and Brendon are suitable to be selectors. Now there seems to be a conspiracy against Angelo and I am certain when he is fully cured he will show his worth.

  • cricket_for_all on June 11, 2011, 0:11 GMT

    Three way race in world cricket. PCB, WICB and SLC have very tight race (Will AUS Join?).

  • dummy4fb on June 10, 2011, 12:39 GMT

    for all the people who talk about mathews , my favourite player is mathews , but sadly in f____g sri lankan any catholic player never can be a captain , that is the only reason why they ignored mathews , fuc____g theros , loosers

  • dummy4fb on June 10, 2011, 11:11 GMT

    i think Mathews wld have been the VC if he was not injured!

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