Jehan Mubarak returns to Test Squad for Pakistan series
Jehan Mubarak makes a comeback to the Sri Lankan Test squad after a gap of almost eight years as he was named in the 16-man squad to face Pakistan in the three-match series which kicks off on 17th June.
Mubarak, 34-year-old, who last played a Test in 2007, has been a consistent performer in domestic cricket after having scored more than 1000 runs consecutively for two seasons.
Mubarak has amassed 1043 runs in 18 innings in this season’s Premier League Tournament for the Nondescripts Cricket Club with an average of 65.18 scoring three hundreds and seven fifties.
The top order will consist of Dimuth Karunaratne, Kaushal Silva and Kumar Sangakkara while the middle order will be strengthened by captain Angelo Mathews and his deputy Lahiru Thirimanne.
Youngsters Kusal Perera and Kithruwan Vithanage, who top scored in the matches against Pakistan-A in the recent unofficial Tests, will compete with Dinesh Chandimal and Mubarak for spots in the middle order.
Sri Lanka squad for Test series
Angelo Mathews (c), Lahiru Thirimanne (vc), Kaushal Silva, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kumar Sangakkara, Kithruwan Vithanage, Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Perera, Jehan Mubarak, Rangana Herath, Dilruwan Perera, Tharindu Kaushal, Nuwan Pradeep, Dushmantha Chameera, Dhammika Prasad, Suranga Lakmal (subject to fitness)
Nuwan Pradeep, Dhammika Prasad and Dushmantha Chameera will form the core of the pace attack while Rangana Herath will lead the spin attack consisting of Tharindu Kaushal and Dilruwan Perera.
Pacer Suranga Lakmal was included in the squad, but his selection will depend on his recovery from a groin injury, while Shaminda Eranga was left out after suffering a back injury.
The selectors have ignored Upul Tharanga and wicket-keeper Prasanna Jayawardene in the quest of including youngsters in the squad to build a team for the future.
Pakistan are touring Sri Lanka for three Test matches, five One-Day Internationals and two Twenty20 Internationals which begins on 17th June.
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