New Zealand in Sri Lanka 2013-14 November 17, 2013

Sri Lanka bring in Rambukwella, Prasanna for T20s

ESPNcricinfo staff

Offspinning allrounder Ramith Rambukwella and legspinner Seekkuge Prasanna have been named in Sri Lanka's squad for the two Twenty20s against New Zealand in Pallekele. Rambukwella, 22, had been selected in the national squad during the Bangladesh series in March, but did not get a match. Prasanna, however, has played a Test and nine ODIs, with the most recent in March 2012.

Both men had been penetrative with the ball during Kenya's recent Twenty20 series against the Sri Lanka A team. They had also each won a List A match against New Zealand A in early October. Rambukwella took five wickets at 11.60 in that series, and Prasanna took six at 16. That New Zealand A team featured Colin Munro, Grant Elliott, Anton Devcich, Andrew Ellis and Luke Ronchi, all of whom are in the New Zealand squad for the Twenty20s.

Opener Dimuth Karunaratne, middle-order batsman Ashan Priyanjan and spinner Rangana Herath were omitted from the squad, having been with the team for the ODI series. Karunaratne had failed in two attempts in the series, while Herath has increasingly been left out of the T20 team. Priyanjan is yet to make his international debut.

Sri Lanka had rotated its senior batsmen during their last Twenty20 series against South Africa, but Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene and Tillakaratne Dilshan have all been named in the side. Kusal Perera has also been retained from the ODI side.

The series is set to begin on Tuesday.

Sri Lanka squad: Dinesh Chandimal (capt.), Kumar Sangakkara, Lasith Malinga, Mahela Jayawardene, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kusal Perera, Angelo Mathews, Lahiru Thirimanne, Sachithra Senanayake, Ajantha Mendis, Seekkuge Prasanna, Ramith Rambukwella, Suranga Lakmal, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara

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  • dummy4fb on November 19, 2013, 1:59 GMT

    I can't see a reason to select Thirimanna to the squad.

  • dummy4fb on November 18, 2013, 20:09 GMT

    Well I dont think the selectors might jeopardize the future of Sri Lankan Cricket. I have seen Rambukwella bat, and when he get's going, nothing can stop him.

    Speaking in terms of Chandi, yeah he's yet to prove but do u realize that in most of the matches , he doesnt get the turn to bat on? I personally dnt think dropping off the senior players to create space for the young would do any good. There has to be a certain level of experience in the team so that the youngsters can learn from them.

  • jeewaka123 on November 18, 2013, 14:16 GMT

    hehe,keep your fingers cross and sleep well in the evening ,because its raining in PALLEKALE since two days,any how rain god will give us opportunity to see nice game.

  • yorkslanka on November 18, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    can someone tell me what happened to dilshan munaweera?he seemed to do ok but hasnever been seen in the line ups again? I think he and tharanga should open. Karunaratne and tharanga should open in 50 overs..give these guys a fair run. why no eranga in the T20?do we really need so many spinners and some of such average ability...

  • s.g.a. on November 18, 2013, 14:01 GMT

    Team should be this order mahela-dilshan-kusal-sanga-chandimal-thisara-mathews-sachitra-kula-malinga-ajantha and 12man ramith,according to me this is the 2014 world cup team. no place for thirimanne because he is not a 20-20 player, because his batting & fielding not suitable for this format cricket. if ajantha not bowl well should give chance ramith, because ajantha has only bowling.also we should remain no 1 in this format this the team must select.also in this team we have 7 bowling option,even 2 bowlers fail on match, we have another 2 option.

  • dummy4fb on November 18, 2013, 13:50 GMT

    All the SL players have the potential to play well.They will win the series InshaAllah.please do pray for them to do well

  • dummy4fb on November 18, 2013, 13:02 GMT

    Thisara Perera should bat before Chandimal, Mathew and Thirimanna and Jeewan Fernando

  • cricket_jaya on November 18, 2013, 11:05 GMT

    @ Warm_Coffee- If SL fail once its called pathetic declining team... u call older players who r among highest run getters while sanga and dili within top 10.. Mate without any argue ur team is a rising team but still not in our stranded... accept that fact and watch ,enjoy the game of cricket... fight and show ur talent against us... then u deserve.... till ur world can't do any harm......

  • chandimasl on November 18, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    Milinda siriwardana,kithruwan vithanage,dilhara lokuhettige,akila dananjaya,janaka gunarathna are the t20 specialist players.please include them.

    Do not destroy sri lankan cricket.the officials and the selectors should reaponsible for any failures of the team.ciz they are not futuristic at all.we need the young talented players urgently.

  • 9ST9 on November 18, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    With all due respect - Both Chandimal and Thirimanna are 50 over players. Matthews SHOULD be the T20 skipper since that format is his forte. I think SL should persist with KJ Perera - he doesn't waste time like the afore mentioned gentlemen.

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