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July 9, 2007
Sri Lanka announced a 30-man provisional squad for the Twenty20 World Championship in South Africa in September this year. Marvan Atapattu, the former captain, was not picked and continues to be out of favour with the national cricket selectors in shorter formats of the game
Atapattu, who pulled out of the ongoing Test series againt Bangladesh citing personal reasons, is currently playing league cricket in England for Lashings CC.
Also overlooked was Kaushalya Weeraratne, who currently holds the world record for the fastest fifty - scored off 12 balls - in a domestic Twenty20 club match. He went onto make 66 off 18 balls and has been a specialist allrounder in this format of the game.
Provisional Sri Lanka squad: Mahela Jayawardene (capt), Kumar Sangakkara, Dilruwan Perera, Upul Tharanga, Sanath Jayasuriya, Avishka Gunawardene, Mahela Udawatta, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Chamara Kapugedera, Michael Vandort, Jehan Mubarak, Thilina Kandamby, Chamara Silva, Farveez Maharoof, Chaminda Vaas, Ranga Dias, Dilhara Fernando, Ishara Amarasinghe, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Kulasekera, Nuwan Zoysa, Akalanka Ganegama, Dilhara Lokuhettige, Muttiah Muralitharan, Hasantha Fernando, Malinga Bandara, Kaushal Lokuarachchi, Gayan Wijekoon, Upul Chandana, Dammika Prasad
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