Pakistan v Sri Lanka 2013-14

SL call on Vithanage and Seekkuge Prasanna

ESPNcricinfo staff

November 25, 2013

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Kithuruwan Vithanage attempts a reverse sweep,  West Indies A v Sri Lanka A, 1st unofficial Test, 1st day, St Kitts, June 5, 2013
Kithuruwan Vithanage has not yet made a limited-overs debut for Sri Lanka © WICB Media/Randy Brooks Photo

Sri Lanka have included batsman Kithuruwan Vithanage and legspinner Seekkuge Prasanna in their ODI squad for the series against Pakistan in the UAE in December. Vithanage was a replacement for Mahela Jayawardene, who asked not to be considered, as his wife is expecting their first child in December.

Prasanna, meanwhile, came in for Ajantha Mendis, who was dropped from the squad despite not playing an ODI in the recent series against New Zealand. Prasanna last played an ODI for Sri Lanka in March 2012, against Pakistan during the Asia Cup in Dhaka. Vithanage is yet to play a limited-overs international for Sri Lanka, but had played in the home Test series against Bangladesh in March.

Opener Dimuth Karunaratne was also retained in the ODI side, despite having been dropped after two failures during the New Zealand series. He will likely be the back-up opener to Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kusal Perera, who marked a return to international form with a brisk fifty in the second Twenty20 against New Zealand.

The SLC release said Rangana Herath had been rested from the Twenty20 squad because of the volume of cricket he has played in recent times, and given Sri Lanka's busy schedule until the 2015 World Cup. He does find a place in the ODI squad, however.

Ramith Rambukwella's selection in the T20 squad is subject to him recovering from the knee injury he sustained in the second T20 against New Zealand.

Fast bowler Shaminda Eranga remains out of the reckoning for limited overs cricket, although he had had moderate success, particularly in ODIs, during the year. Chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya said Suranga Lakmal had been preferred to Eranga because "Lakmal is bowling better at the moment". He however added that Eranga is likely to be part of the Test team.

Jayawardene is also expected to be available for the three Tests, which begin on December 31.

ODI squad Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kusal Perera, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kumar Sangakkara, Angelo Mathews (capt), Dinesh Chandimal, Lahiru Thirimanne, Ashan Priyanjan, Kithuruwan Vithanage, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga, Suranga Lakmal, Sachithra Senanayake, Rangana Herath, Seekkuge Prasanna

Twenty20 squad Dinesh Chandimal (capt), Lasith Malinga, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kusal Perera, Kumar Sangakkara, Angelo Mathews, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kithuruwan Vithanage, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Seekkuge Prasanna, Suranga Lakmal, Sachithra Senanayake, Ajantha Mendis, Ramith Rambukwella (subject to fitness)

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Posted by Extraz on (December 2, 2013, 9:43 GMT)

Looks a good squad the only missing link obviously is MJ, and please sanga be nice to us this time around looking forward to see him. Best of luck to both teams.

Posted by   on (December 1, 2013, 14:38 GMT)

Again Dilshan will play the Key Role for Sri Lanka as usual for sure..

Posted by Thar1ndu on (December 1, 2013, 10:00 GMT)

My team for ODIs. 1.Kusal 2.Dilshan 3.Chandi 4.Sanga 5.Thiri 6.Mathews 7.Thisara 8.Kulasekara 9.Sachithra 10.Malinga 11.herath

We must give chandi no.03 position.He has an impressive rechord(avg:50+)(s/R 80+) in that position.he is play as an aggresive player in at no.03.using him at lower middle order is invain.Sanga must go down to no.04.because mahela is not there.then sanga can take the resonsibility of the middle order.batting thirimanne at no.05 can prevent serious batting failaures of the team because he is a good solid player.mathews,thisara,kulasekara can hit the ball very hard.they must play no.6,7,8.Sachithra is always a match winner.Malinga,hearth are our top bowlers.

Posted by   on (November 30, 2013, 15:35 GMT)

if chandimal & Thirimanna play in T20 games the opposition will be happy but not sri lankans. Dear Pakistan fans this is not the best team from Sri lanka. there are lot of talented players are there with out an opportunity.

Posted by Sinhaya on (November 30, 2013, 12:35 GMT)

No doubt the series will be exciting. Pakistan though has the upper hand. It is paramount that SL youngsters such as Thirimanne, Chandimal, Kushal Perera, Dimuth Karunaratne and Kithruwan Vithanage excel to the maximum. If not, their careers will be virtually over. We can certainly expect non stop cricket as UAE is known to be free of rain for 10 months of the year if I am not wrong. Pakistan has lot to prove since they became the first ever sub continent team to win an ODI series in SA which means they have reversed their 1-4 defeat at the hands of the Proteas in UAE this month. Pakistan's fielding and batting will be a weak link, but their bowlers can be very lethal as far as the brittle SL batting is concerned.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (November 30, 2013, 10:00 GMT)

Based on the performance of Pakistan, SL can already use white flag and surrender.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2013, 10:26 GMT)

i think Pakistan are favorites against Sri Lanka especially after series win in SA, moreover, sri lankan pacer are not that firy as compared to south african trio of styen, morkal and philander However must not take sngakara lightly and off course herath as well GOOD LUCK PAKISTAN

Posted by   on (November 28, 2013, 16:27 GMT)

What I want to see end of this tour, Sanga, Dilshan and Misbah to lead the highest runs in ODI 2013.

Posted by suve on (November 26, 2013, 18:45 GMT)

Last time SL played in UAE, Pak won and the last time Pak played in SL, SL won. So this should be a good even contest, as Sri Lanka have improved a lot in the last 2-3 years. Mahela's absence should be a blessing in disguise to allow a young player to be groomed. Will be good to watch Sanga vs Ajmal again!

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