Saturday, May 17, 2008

Jayasuriya makes ODI comeback through IPL

Sanath Jayasuriya makes a return to the Sri Lanka squad for the Asia Cup in Pakistan after having been dropped for the one-dayers in the West Indies last month. Jayasuriya, who has retired from Tests, was included in the 15-member squad following the intervention of Gamini Lokuge, the country's sports minister, after selectors had left him out of the original squad.
His unbeaten 114 for Mumbai Indians in an Indian Premier League match has brought Sri Lanka's Sanath Jayasuriya back into the one-day international fold with selectors including him in the Asia Cup squad announced here on Friday.

The veteran all-rounder was dropped from the squad following his poor form, which saw him hitting a highest score of 41 runs in his last 20 ODI innings.

The 38-year-old swashbuckling batsman, who has retired from Tests and was dropped from ODI team for the West Indies last month, was included in the 15-member squad on last moment recommendation from Sports Minister Gamini Lokuge.

The selectors had met on Tuesday but the minister delayed ratifying the squad, which helped Jayasuriya make his case with an unbeaten 114 for the Mumbai Indians against the Chennai Super Kings.

The sports minister summoned the four-member selection committee headed by Ashantha de Mel, the former Sri Lanka fast bowler, and asked them to reconsider and include Jayasuriya.

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