Lanka recall Fernando, Malinga for India Tests
Sri Lanka’s selectors on Friday recalled fast bowlers Dilhara Fernando and Lasith Malinga for the first of three Tests against India.cricket Updated: Jul 09, 2010 22:52 IST
Sri Lanka’s selectors on Friday recalled fast bowlers Dilhara Fernando and Lasith Malinga for the first of three Tests against India.
The selectors also named three uncapped players in batsmen Lahiru Thirimanna and Thilina Kandamby, and off-spinner Suraj Randiv, in a 16-man squad for the Test in Galle.
Malinga, who has 91 wickets from 28 Tests, has not played the five-day version since turning out against England in Galle in December, 2007.
Fernando last played a Test in 2009 in Pakistan and returns with 88 wickets in 33 matches behind him. It will be the third Test series between the two nations in as many years. Sri Lanka won 2-1 at home in 2008, while India claimed the return series 2-0 last year to become the world number one side.
“We go into the series with India with the aim of winning it,” said Kumar Sangakkara.
Test squad: Kumar Sangakkara (C), Muttiah Muralitharan (VC), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Tharanga Paranavitana, Mahela Jayawardene, Thilan Samaraweera, Angelo Mathews, Prasanna Jayawardene, Lasith Malinga, Rangana Herath, Dilhara Fernando, Dammika Prasad, Suraj Randiv, Thilina Kandamby, Chanaka Welegedara, Lahiru Thirimanne.
Injury hit Bangladesh recall Ashraful
Dhaka: Bangladesh recalled former captain Mohammad Ashraful and all-rounder Naeem Islam on Friday after batsman Roqibul Hassan and wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim were ruled out of the ongoing one-day series against England.
Roqibul, who top scored for his side with 76 in the first ODI, was injured after being struck by the ball on the left toe while Mushfiqur was hit in the face by left-arm spinner Faisal Hossain and had to be stretchered off the field.