India in Sri Lanka 2008 July 14, 2008

Mubarak to lead Sri Lanka Board XI against India

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Squad

  • Mahela Udawatte, Upul Tharanga, Jehan Mubarak (capt), Chamara Kapugedera, Chamara Silva, Thilina Kandamby, Kaushal Silva (wk), Chanaka Welegedera, Sujeewa Silva, Dammika Prasad, Rangana Herath, Dilhara Fernando
    Reserves: Tharanga Paranavitana, Sachithra Senanayake.
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Jehan Mubarak will lead a Sri Lanka Board XI in their three-day fixture against India at the Nondescripts Cricket Club starting July 18. The match will be India's only warm-up game before the three-Test series against Sri Lanka.

The 12-man squad includes four players who are likely to figure in the Test squad - fast bowlers Dilhara Fernando and Chanaka Welagedera and batsmen Chamara Silva and Upul Tharanga. The match will be especially significant for Tharanga, who is on a comeback trail after a ordinary run of form since the start of 2007 resulted in his exclusion from the Test and ODI teams.

Tharanga Paranavitana and Sachithra Senanayake, the two Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) players, have been chosen as reserves. Paranavitana led SSC to the Premier League Championship title, and was the top-scorer in the 2007-08 season with 893 runs at 74.41. Offspinner Senanayake has taken 65 wickets from 12 first-class matches at 16.69.

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