Sri Lanka in England 2014 April 23, 2014

Vithanage, Priyanjan get T20 call-ups

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sri Lanka have included batsmen Kithuruwan Vithanage and Ashan Priyanjan in their 15-man squad for the one-off T20 that kicks off their tour of England in May. Slow-bowling allrounder Chaturanga de Silva, who was initially included in the World T20 squad as cover for Rangana Herath, has also been named. Herath has been rested, while the team will be without the veteran pair of Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara, who retired from T20 internationals after the World T20.

The team will be led by Lasith Malinga, who took over as captain at the World T20 after Dinesh Chandimal had to sit out due to an over-rate offence and was then dropped on form. Lahiru Thirimanne, who was appointed vice-captain across formats earlier on Wednesday, will deputise.

Though uncapped in T20 internationals, Priyanjan and Vithanage have been included ahead of Angelo Perera, who played for Sri Lanka in February, against Bangladesh. Both aggressive middle-order batsmen, Priyanjan and Vithanage have had encouraging starts to their international careers in other formats. Priyanjan averages 33.33 after seven ODI knocks and Vithanage has scored at 69.66 in four Test innings - all against Bangladesh. Priyanjan also bowls part-time offspin.

Sri Lanka's selectors have officially relieved Dinesh Chandimal of the T20 captaincy and ODI vice-captaincy but did not omit him from either squad.

Five seniors - Jayawardene, Sangakkara, Herath, Malinga and Tillakaratne Dilshan - have all also been rested for the Ireland leg of Sri Lanka's tour, which features two ODIs in Dublin. Opener Upul Tharanga, 20-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman Niroshan Dickwella, and fast bowler Dhammika Prasad are in that squad, after encouraging performances for Sri Lanka's A team and in domestic cricket. Sri Lanka play Ireland on May 6 and May 8 before going to England.

The selectors are expected to name the ODI and Test squads for the England tour over the next few days.

England T20 Squad: Lasith Malinga (capt), Lahiru Thirimanne (vice-capt), Kusal Perera, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Kithuruwan Vithanage, Ashan Priyanjan, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Chaturanga de Silva, Sachithra Senanayake, Suranga Lakmal, Seekkuge Prasanna, Ajantha Mendis

Ireland ODIs Squad: Angelo Mathews (capt), Lahiru Thirimanne (vice-capt), Kusal Perera, Upul Tharanga, Niroshan Dickwella, Dinesh Chandimal, Kithuruwan Vithanage, Ashan Priyanjan, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Chaturanga de Silva, Sachithra Senanayake, Suranga Lakmal, Dhammika Prasad, Ajantha Mendis

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  • Android on May 1, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    where is kaushal Silva.....

  • Android on May 1, 2014, 8:02 GMT

    I hope niroshan will be technically strong not like ashan/Angelo prera/kithuruwan

  • Dummy4 on April 27, 2014, 1:45 GMT

    No doubt Upul Tharanga should get a chance.He is very good In last England tour which he played.120,17,41,60,109.

  • Marlon on April 25, 2014, 18:22 GMT

    Very good selection for sure. Thirimanne is no doubt awesome against spin bowling but needs to improve against pace bowling.

  • Hareendra on April 25, 2014, 4:26 GMT

    I think for the Ireland leg, for the ODIs we should play Kaushal Silva as opener with Kusal Perera. Kaushal Silva has been a prolific run scorer in domestic level and has been wonderful in the limited chances given at Test level. We should make more use of him because he is a very capable batsman.

    ODI: Kusal, Kaushal/Dilshan, Sanga, Mahela, Mathews, Thirimanne, Thisara, Kule, Herath, Malinga, Eranga

    Test: Kusal, Kaushal, Sanga, Mahela, Mathews, Chandimal, Prasanna Jayawardene, Kule, Herath, Eranga, Lakmal

    I feel that Dimuthu Karunaratne has had a lot of chances but has failed to make a significant contribution.

  • Android on April 24, 2014, 19:13 GMT

    Good move from SLC... yes we must sharpen and give chance to Future SL cricket..... no matter we win or loss......

  • Mesith on April 24, 2014, 12:59 GMT

    keep angelo perera out of this team. He showed to us he is just an over rated batsman who can't even bat against Bangladesh. So keeping him out is the best option to take. With Upul Tharanga he deserves one last chance for the way he played in the domestic games

  • Dummy4 on April 24, 2014, 11:07 GMT

    I think Selectors have done a good job. The young cricketers like Vithanage & Priyanjan sholud get the experience in England. Both Players can be used as part time spinners.

  • Amila on April 24, 2014, 7:35 GMT

    Regarding Shaminda Eranga I think they did the correct move. Eranga is our best weapon in tests in England. Hope Eranga and Nuwan Pradeep will call back to test side. I think Jehan Mubarak might get a chance again in tests as he is in prime form lately. My test team .. Kausal, Thirimanna, Sangakkara, Mahela, Chandi, Mathews, Prassana Jayewardena, Lakmal, Herath, Shaminda Eranaga, Nuwan Pradeep.

  • Dummy4 on April 24, 2014, 7:13 GMT

    In T20s Seekkuge Prasanna Should bat No 3, 4. Because he will be our Maxwell.

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