Sri Lanka news May 7, 2013

Jaffna players in Sri Lanka squads for tri-series


Three young cricketers from Sri Lanka's war-affected regions have been named in the squads scheduled to participate in a one-day tri-series, which aims to prepare Sri Lanka's national side for the Champions Trophy. Fast bowler S Silojen and wicketkeeper Rishan Tudor, both 19, have been named in the Sri Lanka and Sri Lanka Combined sides respectively, while top order batsman S Sanjeewan, 21, has been picked for Sri Lanka A.

Tudor, who played for St. Patrick's College, Jaffna, had impressed Muttiah Muralitharan and Kumar Sangakkara last year, after he was chosen for the Unity Team that traveled to Singapore in October last year. Sanjeewan, who played for St. Michael's College in Batticaloa, had also been part of that side.

"They are really talented cricketers and I'm very happy that they've got this chance," Northern region coach Ravindra Pushpakumara, who had worked with all three players, said. "Last year when we went to Singapore, Murali got to bowl a few overs at Rishan Tudor, who was wicketkeeping, and Murali and Sanga were amazed at his ability to pick the doosra so quickly. Sanjeewan also hit a couple of very fast fifties on that tour."

Silojen meanwhile, had been spotted by chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya on a recent trip to Jaffna, and has since been enrolled in Sri Lanka's pace bowling academy. He had played for Kokuvil Hindu College.

"Everyone who has worked for this is extremely happy," Pushpakumara said. "It's been a dream to see cricketers from the north and east playing in high level teams, and our first objective has been realised."

The tri-series begins on May 12, and all seven matches will be played in Pallekele. The Sri Lanka team for the tournament features only six cricketers who have been picked for the Champions Trophy squad, as the remaining players are currently in India for the IPL.

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

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  • rob on May 14, 2013, 7:38 GMT

    Good news. But Rishan Tudor is not in the team and the question is if any of the other two will get a chance to play. I doubt it. Already two games are played and another 3 to go.

  • Nimmie on May 11, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    It is good to have players from North & East provided proper training has been given before they are brought to compete at this Level, however I would like to know, why authorities try to forget the two proven Schoolboy fast-bowlers that excelled brilliantly in the Youth WC of 2010, becoming the two leading wicket-takers of that Tournament.

  • Dummy4 on May 11, 2013, 5:24 GMT

    it is time that the jaffna boys got their share of the cookies, so get them in and drop the guys who's use by dates have come and gone long ago.

  • chami on May 9, 2013, 18:41 GMT

    Excellent Rukshi, this is where Canadian Sri Lankans should spend their money …, may be best place to start School level … find few high schools and help them to build pitches, with the type of weather in Jaffna (north) we may have a opportunity to build Austrilian type fast dry pitches.

  • Manoj on May 9, 2013, 3:45 GMT

    Ranjan Rodrigo in regards to your comment about Thilakaratne Dilshan he does not need any political backing to play for Sri Lanka as he is talented enough in all aspects of the game in Batting,Bowling and Fielding and is the best allrounder we have and had for a decade. Surley he will retire 1 day but in due respect he will be an automatic choice for SL in Test,1day and T20.No one has so far proved that his place can be taken.

  • Dummy4 on May 8, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    good news..but they should come in SL national wishes..

  • Dummy4 on May 8, 2013, 12:42 GMT

    a positive move, at least from aspect of sports

  • Dummy4 on May 8, 2013, 8:04 GMT

    Sanjeev not come from St. Michael's College in Batticaloa, He s from Bt/Methodist Central College

  • Sampath on May 8, 2013, 5:31 GMT

    Show ur talent,u can get a place in national side.(c'mone sana)

  • Marcian on May 8, 2013, 1:23 GMT

    Great news! I have no doubt that someday a few boys from the North and East will play for the country. Hope they continue to get all the encouragement and guidance form SLC.