New Zealand A tour of Sri Lanka August 23, 2013

Pacer Nuwan Pradeep named in SL A squad

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Fast bowler Nuwan Pradeep has been named in Sri Lanka's A team for the forthcoming series against the touring New Zealand A side. Pradeep, who last played for Sri Lanka in January this year, had been sidelined with a back injury he suffered in March. Wicketkeeper-batsman Kaushal Silva, batsmen Kusal Perera, Kithuruwan Vithanage and Angelo Perera, and slow bowlers Seekkuge Prasanna and Akila Dananjaya are among the other high-profile inclusions in the 22-man squad.

Pradeep has played four Tests and two ODIs for Sri Lanka, his most recent game being the New Year Test against Australia. One of the fastest bowlers on the island, Pradeep's career has been constantly plagued by injury and he missed the A team's tour of West Indies after suffering an injury during Sri Lanka's first-class season.

Dimuth Karunaratne, who captained the side during that West Indies tour, has not been named in this squad, though he is part of Sri Lanka's preliminary squad for the tour of Zimbabwe. Silva, Vithanage and Prasanna are the other Test cricketers in the squad, while Dananjaya, Angelo Perera and Mahela Udawatte have played limited-overs matches for Sri Lanka.

Twenty-year-old offspinner Tharindu Kaushal, who took 55 wickets at 19.56 in his debut first-class season, is also in the A squad. He was a part of the Test squad for the last two home series in Sri Lanka but was not given a chance. Kaushal was also omitted from the 27-man preliminary squad for the Zimbabwe tour.

Sri Lanka A will play two four-day matches and three one-dayers against New Zealand A. The first-class matches will start on on September 17, and all five games on the tour will be split between Pallekele and Dambulla.

Sri Lanka A: Kithuruwan Vithanage, Kusal Perera, Kaushal Silva, Udara Jayasundera, Shehan Jayasuriya, Mahela Udawatte, Ashan Priyanjan, Angelo Perera, Danushka Gunathilaka, Sachithra Serasinghe, Niroshan Dickwella, Madura Lakmal, Lahiru Gamage, Nuwan Pradeep, Vimukthi Perera, Lahiru Jayaratne, Malinda Pushpakumara, Tharindu Kaushal, Chaturanga de Silva, Seekkuge Prasanna, Akila Dananjaya

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  • on August 25, 2013, 19:55 GMT

    No Saliya Saman or Kasun Madushanka who are the highest wicket takers expected nothing less form the selection. at lease they have Vimukthi Perera who is a good prospect. I hate the fact Nuwan Pradeep is in this squad for the talent he posses not his consistent performances which he has not been performing at all at domestic level. It is so sad to see that hard working players who gets results and improve are not rewarded :( what can you do. Charith jayampathi is another good performer. Sri lanka does not know what a good faster bowler looks like anymore and try to find abnormal actions who has "talent" as they call it, but i would take a player who is accurate over a inconsistent bowler any day. Sri lanka needs good fast wicket taking accurate fast bowlers not more malingas.

  • ranilranathunga on August 24, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    AMILA APONSO was easily the best bowler for the u 23 tour just concluded. He was the most economical and the strike bowler in almost all the matches. Yet he was not included for the upcoming SL A tour and some bowlers with average performance are included.

  • yohandf on August 24, 2013, 13:18 GMT

    i had some hope on Nuwan when he came to internaitonal arena . but after seeing him bowling and looking to his international stats , i don't think he is an international prospect . Ordinary right arm pace bowler like anybody . lets see what he ll do this time .

  • ranilranathunga on August 24, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    AMILA APONSO was easily the best bowler for the u 23 tour just concluded. He was the most economical and the strike bowler in almost all the matches. Yet he was not included for the upcoming SL A tour and some bowlers with average performance are included.

  • on August 24, 2013, 9:58 GMT

    wer is Charith jayampathi....The best bowler during the Sri Lanka under 23 tour in Singapore/////// better to apoint Kaushal Silva as as the captain and Angelo Perera asthe vice captain...

  • on August 25, 2013, 19:55 GMT

    No Saliya Saman or Kasun Madushanka who are the highest wicket takers expected nothing less form the selection. at lease they have Vimukthi Perera who is a good prospect. I hate the fact Nuwan Pradeep is in this squad for the talent he posses not his consistent performances which he has not been performing at all at domestic level. It is so sad to see that hard working players who gets results and improve are not rewarded :( what can you do. Charith jayampathi is another good performer. Sri lanka does not know what a good faster bowler looks like anymore and try to find abnormal actions who has "talent" as they call it, but i would take a player who is accurate over a inconsistent bowler any day. Sri lanka needs good fast wicket taking accurate fast bowlers not more malingas.

  • ranilranathunga on August 24, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    AMILA APONSO was easily the best bowler for the u 23 tour just concluded. He was the most economical and the strike bowler in almost all the matches. Yet he was not included for the upcoming SL A tour and some bowlers with average performance are included.

  • yohandf on August 24, 2013, 13:18 GMT

    i had some hope on Nuwan when he came to internaitonal arena . but after seeing him bowling and looking to his international stats , i don't think he is an international prospect . Ordinary right arm pace bowler like anybody . lets see what he ll do this time .

  • ranilranathunga on August 24, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    AMILA APONSO was easily the best bowler for the u 23 tour just concluded. He was the most economical and the strike bowler in almost all the matches. Yet he was not included for the upcoming SL A tour and some bowlers with average performance are included.

  • on August 24, 2013, 9:58 GMT

    wer is Charith jayampathi....The best bowler during the Sri Lanka under 23 tour in Singapore/////// better to apoint Kaushal Silva as as the captain and Angelo Perera asthe vice captain...

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  • on August 24, 2013, 9:58 GMT

    wer is Charith jayampathi....The best bowler during the Sri Lanka under 23 tour in Singapore/////// better to apoint Kaushal Silva as as the captain and Angelo Perera asthe vice captain...

  • ranilranathunga on August 24, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    AMILA APONSO was easily the best bowler for the u 23 tour just concluded. He was the most economical and the strike bowler in almost all the matches. Yet he was not included for the upcoming SL A tour and some bowlers with average performance are included.

  • yohandf on August 24, 2013, 13:18 GMT

    i had some hope on Nuwan when he came to internaitonal arena . but after seeing him bowling and looking to his international stats , i don't think he is an international prospect . Ordinary right arm pace bowler like anybody . lets see what he ll do this time .

  • ranilranathunga on August 24, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    AMILA APONSO was easily the best bowler for the u 23 tour just concluded. He was the most economical and the strike bowler in almost all the matches. Yet he was not included for the upcoming SL A tour and some bowlers with average performance are included.

  • on August 25, 2013, 19:55 GMT

    No Saliya Saman or Kasun Madushanka who are the highest wicket takers expected nothing less form the selection. at lease they have Vimukthi Perera who is a good prospect. I hate the fact Nuwan Pradeep is in this squad for the talent he posses not his consistent performances which he has not been performing at all at domestic level. It is so sad to see that hard working players who gets results and improve are not rewarded :( what can you do. Charith jayampathi is another good performer. Sri lanka does not know what a good faster bowler looks like anymore and try to find abnormal actions who has "talent" as they call it, but i would take a player who is accurate over a inconsistent bowler any day. Sri lanka needs good fast wicket taking accurate fast bowlers not more malingas.