Thursday 9 June 2011 

Sri Lanka Name Jayasuriya In ODI Squad

Sri Lanka Name Jayasuriya In ODI Squad
Sri Lanka Name Jayasuriya In ODI Squad
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Sri Lanka have named veteran opening batsman Sanath Jayasuriya in their One-Day and Twenty20 International squad to take on England in June and July.

Jayasuriya, 41, last played an ODI in 2009, but has been recalled due to a paucity of options at the top of the order while Angelo Mathews and Lasith Malinga are both named in the squad.

Regular opener Upul Tharanga faces a disciplinary hearing in Sri Lanka after he reportedly failed a drugs test during the World Cup while Tillakaratne Dilshan is a fitness doubt having fractured his thumb during the second Test at Lord's.

Malinga, who retired from Test cricket prior to the tour of England, will boost the bowling, as will Mathews, who missed the Tests due to injury - although he still faces a fitness test prior to joining up with the squad.

Thilina Kandamby has been named as Dilshan's vice-captain while uncapped left-hand batsman Dimuth Karunaratne has been called up to add more cover to the batting.

Sri Lanka take on Worcestershire in a one-day warm-up on 22nd June before a Twenty20 International on 25th June and five One-Day Internationals from 28th June to 9th July.

A statement from Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) explaining Tharanga's absence from the squad read as follows:

"The ICC has informed Sri Lanka Cricket that Upul Tharanga has been tested positive for the presence of a prohibited substance during a testing of a urine sample collected from him after the semi final match vs New Zealand on 29th March 2011and a disciplinary charge has been initiated.

"Since there is an ongoing inquiry to verify this charge, Upul Tharanga will not be making himself available for selection until the conclusion of the inquiry and therefore will not be available for the ODI and T20 matches in England and the Sri Lanka “A” Team tour of England."

Sri Lanka 'A' tour England from 16th July to 16th August, playing one first-class and three one-day games against the England Lions as well as matches against Leicestershire, Durham, Lancashire and Nottinghamshire.

Sri Lanka ODI/T20I squad: Tillakaratne Dilshan (captain), Thilina Kandamby (vice-captain), Dinesh Chandimal, Dilhara Fernando, Sanath Jayasuriya, Mahela Jayawardene, Dimuth Karunaratne, Nuwan Kulasekara, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Ajantha Mendis, Jeevan Mendis, Tissara Perera, Suraj Randiv, Kumar Sangakkara

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