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May 4, 2009
Fast bowler Lasith Malinga has been included in Sri Lanka's squad for the World Twenty20 which begins on June 5 in England. Sri Lanka have also chosen uncapped allrounder Isuru Udana and 35-year old batsman Indika de Saram in their 15-man squad.
Malinga has made only one appearance for Sri Lanka - against India in February 2009 - since the knee injury which ruled him out after the tour of Australia in early 2008. Malinga is currently playing for Mumbai Indians in the IPL and has been in excellent form, taking 11 wickets and conceding only 4.83 runs per over after six games.
Udana is a 21-year-old fast bowler who has been training for a couple of years under Anusha Samaranayake , Sri Lanka's fast-bowling coach, who considers him to be a replacement for Chaminda Vaas.
The World Twenty20 will be Kumar Sangakkara's first assignment as full-time captain after he took over from Mahela Jayawardene at the end of the Pakistan tour in March.
Squad: Kumar Sangakkara (capt), Muttiah Muralitharan, Sanath Jayasuriya, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Mahela Jayawardene, Chamara Silva, Angelo Mathews, Ajantha Mendis, Nuwan Kulasekara, Thilan Thushara, Lasith Malinga, Isuru Udana, Farveez Maharoof, Jehan Mubarak, Indika de Saram.
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