Sri Lanka news May 31, 2013

Sri Lanka A leave on West Indies tour


The Sri Lanka A team departed for their month-long tour of the West Indies on Friday, after having trained throughout May for what is their only overseas trip this year. The team is captained by Sri Lanka Test opener Dimuth Karunaratne, with middle order batsman Angelo Perera serving as his deputy.

Kithuruwan Vithanage, who played in the Bangladesh Tests in March, fast bowler Suranga Lakmal and wicketkeeper-batsman Kaushal Silva are the other Sri Lanka Test players on tour. Offspinner Tharindu Kaushal, 19, who impressed in his debut domestic cricket season, and has been in the Sri Lanka Test squad for two home series without getting a match, is also in the side. The 15-man squad was finalised after three two-day trial matches in Colombo in April and, after selection, took part in a List-A tri-series in Pallekele, in which they finished last.

The A team will play two four-day matches against West Indies A, in St Kitts and St Vincent, before embarking on the limited-overs leg, which features two Twenty20s in St Vincent and and three ODIs in Grenada. The first match begins on June 5.

Squad: Dimuth Karunaratne (capt), Angelo Perera (vice-capt), Ashan Priyanjan, Kithuruwan Vithanage, Kaushal Silva, Niroshan Dickwella, Udara Jayasundera, Chaturanga de Silva, Malinda Pushpakumara, Tharindu Kaushal, Suranga Lakmal, Madura Lakmal, Lahiru Gamage, Ishan Jayaratne, Vimukthi Perera.

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

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  • Dummy4 on June 1, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    this is not the best team we have...what about roshane silva ,and akila dananjaya ?

  • asiri on June 1, 2013, 9:04 GMT

    where is fervees maharoof. he scored some centuries in the recent concluded Domestic season in both limited overs and first class matches. also picked up 5 wicket in 1 innings. he should include in to this

  • Dummy4 on June 1, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    Where is Milinda Siriwardana?

  • Dummy4 on June 1, 2013, 6:58 GMT

    How about Akila Dananjeya? he didn't deserve a place in this squad? or he get over hype?

  • Isuru on June 1, 2013, 5:51 GMT

    @Jadejafan:Machan Dimuth Karunartne is a proper batsman with good tecnique.He had shown it in Australia at last series.Also Mark Nicholas,Mark Taylor,Richie benaud confirmed it.He isn't a slogger like Jadeja,Raina and Dhoni.You should worry about your team because your team have so many sloggers thanks to IPL.You haven't a single proper batsman in your team.I think your team is an ordinary team than us.

  • Dummy4 on June 1, 2013, 4:35 GMT

    I prefer Shehan Jayasuriya over Udara Jayasundara and Sachithra Serasinghe over Chathuranga De Silva......

  • sachin on June 1, 2013, 4:27 GMT

    @jadejafan-bro worry about players like chandila ,chavan and trivedi..there is plenty of people to worry abt our youngsters

  • Prashan on June 1, 2013, 2:08 GMT

    @Jadejafan, well well I cant challenge your opinion. Have you forgotten about Sachithra Senanayake and Thisara Perera who did well in the IPL? Dimuth Karunaratne is a good opener and so is Thirimanne. Our pace bowling is a worry yes but not as bad as what you say.

  • Mike on May 31, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    Sri Lanka are an ordinary team. Future don't look that great. Mahela just turned 36.

  • Udaya on May 31, 2013, 15:11 GMT

    How come there is no sachithra serasinghe, Roshen silva and Shehan Jayasuriya?

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