Wednesday 29 January 2014 

Ashan Priyanjan Replaces Jayawardene

Sri Lanka celebrate a wicket
Ashan Priyanjan played in the final two matches against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi
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Uncapped batsman Ashan Priyanjan will fly to Bangladesh as a replacement for Prasanna Jayawardene, who has left the tour following the death of his father.

Jayawardene missed the start of the ongoing opening Test in Mirpur as he returned home to be with his family.

Dinesh Chandimal took over wicket-keeping duties and with Kaushal Silva and Kumar Sangakkara also in the squad, the selectors have picked another specialist batsman to add cover for Sri Lanka.

Kithruwan Vithanage came into the playing line-up in place of Jayawardene and registered his maiden century in Sri Lanka's first innings of 730 for six declared.

Priyanjan is yet to feature in Test cricket but played in the final two One-Day Internationals against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.

He scored 74 on debut in Abu Dhabi and made one in the final match at the same venue, which Sri Lanka won by two wickets.

In 57 first-class matches, Priyanjan has scored 3,006 runs at an average of 37.57 with a highest score of 235.

He has also taken 17 wickets as a right-arm medium-fast bowler.

© Cricket World 2014

 
 
Fixtures & Results

27th-31st January: 1st Test, Mirpur
SRI 730-6 dec. bt BAN 232 & 250 by inns. & 248 runs
4th-8th February: 2nd Test, Chittagong
SRI 587 & 305-4d. drew with BAN 426 & 271-3
12th February: 1st T20I, Chittagong
SRI 168-7 beat BAN 166-7 by two runs
14th February: 2nd T20I, Chittagong
SRI 123-7 beat BAN 120 by 3 wickets
17th February: 1st ODI, Dhaka
SRI 180 beat BAN 167 by 13 runs
20th February: 2nd ODI, Mirpur
SRI 289-6 beat BAN 228 by 61 runs
22nd February: 3rd ODI, Mirpur
SRI 241-4 beat BAN 240-8 by 6 wickets