Sri Lanka Name 30-Man World Cup Squad

Angelo Mathews
Angelo Mathews will captain Sri Lanka as they try to win the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand
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Sri Lanka have named their 30-man preliminary squad for the Cricket World Cup 2015, which gets underway in Australia and New Zealand in February.

The 1996 champions have finished as runners-up in the last two tournaments - in 2007 and 2011 - and will begin their campaign against co-hosts New Zealand on 14th February.

They go on to play Afghanistan (21st February), Bangladesh (26th February), England (28th February), Australia (8th March) and Scotland (11th March) in Pool A.

Before the competition, they complete a seven-match ODI series against England, play New Zealand in a seven-match ODI series and play South Africa (9th February) and Zimbabwe (11th February) in warm-ups.

The squad includes off-spinner Sachithra Senanayake, who is currently banned from bowling in international cricket due to an illegal bowling action.

Since being reported and suspended in July, he has worked on remodelling his action and would be eligible to play if his action his re-assessed as legal.

PHD Kaushal is the only uncapped player in the squad while all-rounder Farveez Maharoof, who played the last of his 104 ODIs in 2012, is also included.

Ramith Rambukwella has yet to play an ODI but has played a Twenty20 International.

The squad will be reduced to a 15-man final squad by the ICC's deadline of 7th January.

Sri Lanka preliminary World Cup squad: Angelo Mathews (captain), Dinesh Chandimal, Niroshan Dickwella, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Shaminda Eranga, Lahiru Gamage, Rangana Herath, Mahela Jayawardene, Dimuth Karunaratne, PHD Kaushal, Nuwan Kulasekara, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga, Farveez Maharoof, Jeevan Mendis, Ajantha Mendis, Dilruwan Perera, Kusal Perera, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Pradeep, Dhammika Prasad, Seekkuge Prasanna, Ashan Priyanjan, Ramith Rambukwella, Lakshan Rangika, Kumar Sangakkara, Sachithra Senanayake, Upul Tharanga, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kithuruwan Vithanage

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