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Sri Lanka A leave on West Indies tour

Andrew Fidel Fernando

May 31, 2013

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Dimuth Karunaratne plays an attacking stroke, Australia v Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Sydney, 3rd day, January 5, 2013
Dimuth Karunaratne will lead Sri Lanka A on their tour of the West Indies © Getty Images
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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.

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Posted by   on (June 1, 2013, 9:37 GMT)

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

Posted by asirigamage 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

Posted by   on (June 1, 2013, 8:59 GMT)

Where is Milinda Siriwardana?

Posted by   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?

Posted by Jinasoma 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.

Posted by   on (June 1, 2013, 4:35 GMT)

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

Posted by NeverGvUp 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

Posted by Sinhaya 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.

Posted by Jadejafan on (May 31, 2013, 18:00 GMT)

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

Posted by Ahgg on (May 31, 2013, 15:11 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (May 31, 2013, 15:06 GMT)

he is much more suitable for test captain in srilanka.all the best dimuth and angelo p

Posted by Jinasoma on (May 31, 2013, 15:03 GMT)

Good opportunity to Dimuth Karunaratne.You have a good talent and you have already shown you can bat anywhere in the world.And don't give up your opening position of test matches because Paranavitana's game is painful to watch.Wish you all the best your future and see you next time in the test squad.

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