World Cup 2007 January 12, 2007

Arnold and Chandana handed World Cup lifeline

Cricinfo staff

Veterans Russel Arnold and Upul Chandana have been named in Sri Lanka's preliminary 30-man World Cup squad but there is no place for the batsman Thilan Samaraweera.

Arnold and Chandana have played over 200 ODIs between them and are joined in the squad, which will be trimmed to 15 by February 13, by Marvan Atapattu, the former Sri Lankan captain who is continuing his comeback after injury.

Sri Lanka, who have just returned from a tour of New Zealand, continue their World Cup build-up with a four-match series against India.

Squad Mahela Jayawardena, Marvan Atapattu, Sanath Jayasuriya, Upul Tharanga, Avishka Gunawardena, Mahela Udawatta, Kumar Sangakkara, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Chamara Kapugedera, Malinda Warnapura, Russel Arnold, Prasanna Jayawardena, Chamara Silva, Farveez Maharoof, Chaminda Vaas, Ruchira Perera, Dilhara Fernando, Ishara Amarasinghe, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Kulasekera, Nuwan Zoysa, Akalanka Ganegama, Dilhara Lokuhettige, Muttiah Muralitharan, Rangana Herath, Malinga Bandara, Kaushal Lokuarachchi, Gayan Wijekoon, Upul Chandana and Dhammika Prasad.