Bangladesh tour of Sri Lanka, 2012-13 February 28, 2013

Sangakkara in squad for tour match


Kumar Sangakkara has been named in the squad for the Emerging XI that will play a three-day warm up match in Matara against Bangladesh, while offspinner Akila Dananjaya misses out due to injury.

"I've started batting in the nets this week and have had a good week of practice, so the match against Bangladesh is a good opportunity to get some match practice," Sangakkara said. "As long as I pull through ok, I will play in the Galle Test."

Sangakkara has not played competitive cricket since fracturing his index finger during the Boxing Day Test. He is the only player above 23 in the side captained by middle-order batsman Angelo Perera.

Offspinner Dananjaya had been named in the preliminary squad for the match, but has been left out after straining his finger while taking a return catch in the latest round of first-class cricket. He will be rested for one to two weeks, but is likely to be available for the limited-overs leg of the Bangladesh tour. Allrounder Ramith Rambukwella takes his place in the Emerging XI squad.

Batsmen Ashen Silva and Kithuruwan Vithanage, who are also in the Test squad, have also been included for the fixture, but 19-year-old offspinner Tharindu Kaushal misses out, and may instead be given a Test debut in the two-Test series. Kaushal is the leading wicket-taker in the ongoing first-class tournament, having bagged 31 wickets at 13.22, with four five-wicket hauls in four matches. He had also been named in the Test squad for the home series against New Zealand in November, before he'd played any first-class or List A cricket, but didn't get a match in the series.

The Emerging XI is coached by former Sri Lanka wicketkeeper-batsman Romesh Kaluwitharana.

16-man squad: Angelo Perera (capt), Kithuruwan Vithanage (vice capt), Kumar Sangakkara, Ashen Silva, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Udara Jayasundera, Shehan Jayasuriya, Ashan Priyanjana, Ishan Jayaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Kasun Madushanka, Chaturanga de Silva, Dulanjana Mendis, Ramith Rambukwella, Vishwa Fernando, Lahiru Gamage,

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Suraj on March 3, 2013, 23:10 GMT

    Welcome Back Real Legend..............

  • Dummy4 on March 2, 2013, 13:45 GMT

    Ramith Rambukwella....??????? For what? Five wicket haul or a double century made in domestic matches? I think Mr.Sanath Jayasuriya has made another blunder by making his parliament friend happy with the inclusion of this incapable player. Mr. Jayasuriya,,,This time you are going to destroy Sri Lanka cricket.

  • Samapth on March 2, 2013, 8:14 GMT

    Ramith Rambukwella......LOL...Mr SJ can you justify this selection to the media....Is he a better batsman than Rumesh Buddika, Ian Danials, Bhanuka Rajapkse and Roshen Silva...and is he a good alrounder than Janka Gunarathne,Chathuranga umara,Sachithra serasinghe,TN Sampath,Kaushal Lokuarachchi and Sachithra Senanayake......I think he need just one double hundred in domestic cricket to be named as Sri Lankan International.....god bless to Sri Lankan cricket..

  • Janaka on March 1, 2013, 14:49 GMT

    Kumar is the best example that if you really want to achieve something, with enormous courage, you can achieve it, regardless of what talent you have... Talent is something hidden. You never know. But, he really worked hard to correct his mistakes. Regarding his captaincy, I compared Mahela with him. I thought Sanga was too defensive in the world cup final. But, now I think he was right. He knew one thing .That is, if you block the boundaries of Indian batsmen, they are going to give chances. Unfortunately, he couldn't bring us the world cup. But, he is more or less the same as Jayawardhena, Arjuna... It just didn't happen. So, having such a great person in our country and team is not only a pride, but also a strength. So, until it gets settled, I wish he play for our country. And hopefully they join the Cricket board after they retire. At least 1 year left for them.

  • Sarah on March 1, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    @Posted by lukecannon ; Look bro, Why should he go away if he still performs exceptionally well ? He is a class act. I know what you are saying that we should bring up young talents. I think they are doing it right now, aren't they ? And I think its essential for seniors to be in the playing XI at least 1 or 2 years until Mathews, Chandi, Thiri, Kushal etc get their acts together. By the way we are so damn lucky to have a player like Sanga. He did a lot to promote SL Cricket. He is A Legend. peace out!

  • Vihanga on March 1, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    Go away Sangakkara. Sri Lanka unearthed tremendous talents that were wasted on the bench last time you got injured. Take your advice and drop yourself just like you dropped Sanath from the team while you were captain. All Sanga wants is to retain his test ranking from Amla. Period.

  • Sarah on March 1, 2013, 7:12 GMT

    Sanga can now surpass Lara n set a new world record of most double hundreds during this series. He scored 2 190's back to back against Pakistan and missed out 200 on both occasions. If he could do it against PAK bowlers like Ajmal, I wonder what he would do to BD bowlers. lol.

  • randika on March 1, 2013, 5:15 GMT

    I'm wondering why Kaushal Silva (from SSC) is omitted from either of the squads. He has played over 100 matches, scored over 7000 runs with and average of 45 (20 hundreds) and rightfully deserves to be included over most of these players in this list. He's one of the most experienced wicket keepers in the country as well.

  • V.L on March 1, 2013, 4:00 GMT

    Nice chance for him to boost his average!

  • Dummy4 on March 1, 2013, 2:12 GMT

    @warm_coffe ... seems u hv less idea abt cricket. a team who r the asiacup2012 finalist. who recently beat 2012 20wolrdcup chammp in odi. and u telling srilanka to beat them liek this. seems u r totally uneducated abt cricket . mannn time changed now Bangladesh is good side.

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