Thursday, June 17, 2010

Jayasuriya dropped for 2010 Asia Cup

Sanath Jayasuriya has been dropped from Sri Lanka's Asia Cup squad by the new selection panel headed by Aravinda de Silva.
The 40 year old veteran who is also an MP in Sri Lanka's parliament has been out of form and has only managed to score more than 50 runs once in his last 16 ODI matches. Twenty20 cricket has been no better for Jayasuriya, his last half century was back in June 2009 during the ICC World Twenty20 in England.
Speaking to the press on Jayasuriya's omission, Aravinda de Silva said: "We left Jayasuriya out on form."
Sri Lanka's Mystery Spinner, Ajantha Mendis, has also been dropped. With just five wickets in his four games at the recently concluded tri-series in Zimbabwe, the ineffective Mendis has been replaced with the inclusion of left arm spinner Rangana Herath.

Herath played his last ODI for Sri Lanka in 2004 but has been a regular in Sri Lanka's Test side.
Muttiah Muralitharan, meanwhile, has made a return to the side after a groin injury he picked up during the 2010 ICC World Twenty20 in the Caribbean and resumes his role as vice captain.
Centurion from the recently concluded Zimbabwe tri-series Dinesh Chandimal and all-rounder Thissara Perera will miss the Asia Cup having been selected for an A-team tour to Australia.
Dinesh Chandimal, Chamara Kapugedera, Lahiru Thirimanne, Thilina Kandamby, Jeevan Mendis and Farveez Maharoof were originally named in a Sri Lanka A-team squad for a tour to Australia in June.
However, Kandamby and Maharoof have since been included to the Asia Cup squad. While Chamara Silva and Thissara Perera have been named as their replacement for the A-team tour to Australia.
Squad: Kumar Sangakkara (captain/wicket-keeper), Muttiah Muralitharan (vice-captain), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Upul Tharanga, Mahela Jayawardene, Thilan Samaraweera, Angelo Mathews, Farveez Maharoof, Chamara Kapugedara, Nuwan Kulasekara, Chanaka Welegedara, Lasith Malinga, Suraj Randiv, Rangana Herath, Thilina Kandamby.

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