Sri Lanka name
20-man pool with World Cup in view
Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka have named a 20-man nucleus of players they plan to use
during the coming nine months in preparation for next year's World Cup.
The squad will also
form the pool from which Sri Lanka will select their final choices for this
month's test series against South Africa and a tri-series also involving
India that follows in August.
The squad includes
injured captain Marvan Atapattu who has not played since March because of an
acute career-threatening lower back problem that required surgery in May.
"We think this will be
the nucleus of players from which the final 14 will be selected for the
World Cup," Ashantha de Mel, the chairman of selectors, told journalists on
While Atapattu aims
for a return during the Champions Trophy in October, stand-in skipper Mahela
Jayawardene has been reconfirmed as captain until Atapattu recovers full
The notable absentees
are fast bowler Nuwan Kulasekera and batsman Jehan Mubarak, both of whom
participated in the recent series against England.
start the first of two tests against South Africa at the Sinhalese Sports
Club on July 27.
(captain), Sanath Jayasuriya, Upul Tharanga, Kumar Sangakkara, Tillakaratne
Dilshan, Russel Arnold, Chamara Kapugedera, Farvez Maharoof, Chaminda Vaas,
Ruchira Perera, Dilhara Fernando, Lasith Malinga, Malinga Bandara, Muttiah
Muralitharan, Marvan Atapattu, Michael Vandort, Thilan Samaraweera, Rangana
Herath, Nuwan Zoysa, Prasanna Jayawardene.