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Row over Vaas as Sri Lanka aim to rout Pakistan

cricket Updated: Jul 19, 2009 00:04 IST

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Rampant Sri Lanka go into the final Test against Pakistan in Colombo from Monday aiming for a 3-0 sweep despite the uncertain future of veteran seamer Chaminda Vaas.

Vaas, 35, was named in a 16-man squad for the third Test at the Sinhalese sports club after being overlooked for the first two matches, which Sri Lanka won to take a winning 2-0 lead in the series.

The Daily Mirror newspaper reported on Saturday that the Sri Lankan selectors and administrators picked the left-arm seamer to give him the opportunity to use the match as a farewell Test.

It had already been suggested in media reports earlier that the 110-Test veteran was being eased out of the five-day game and would only play one-day and Twenty20 cricket.

However, Sri Lanka's chief selector Asantha de Mel rubbished speculation that a deal had been struck with Vaas which could see him bow out of Test cricket after the match.

"We did not have any deals or understandings," de Mel was quoted as saying by the Daily Mirror. "We did not even speak to him. We just picked him into the squad. We have to wait and see if he gets the chance to play when the final 11 is named before the match."

It is unlikely Vaas, who has 354 Test wickets since his debut in 1994, will be asked to sit out after being named in the 16, but it remains to be seen who he will replace from the winning combination.