Sri Lanka drop Jayasuriya for West Indies tour

Updated on Feb 19, 2008 10:31 PM IST
Jayasuriya, who has retired from Test cricket, still plays in one-day matches but the decision to leave him out of the tour in the Caribbean likely signals the end of the destructive left-handed opening batsman's international career.
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AFP | By, Colombo

Sri Lankan cricket selectors today dropped Sanath Jayasuriya for the tour of the West Indies starting next month and brought back left-arm fast bowler Thilina Thushara Mirando.

Jayasuriya, who has retired from Test cricket, still plays in one-day matches but the decision to leave him out of the tour in the Caribbean likely signals the end of the destructive left-handed opening batsman's international career.

Sri Lanka play two Tests and three one-day internationals against the West Indies in March-April.

Thushara has played just one Test match - also against the West Indies - in Sri Lanka's tour there in 2003.

The selectors have left out out-of-form left-handed opener Upul Tharanga, with the tall left-hander Michael Vandort and Malinda Warnapura being given the opening batting roles.

In the spin department, left-armer Rangana Herat makes a comeback after a long lay-off, which means that leg-spinner Malinga Bandara misses out.

Sri Lankan squad:
Mahela Jayawardene (captain), Kumar Sangakkara, Michael Vandort, Malinda Warnapura, Thilan Samaraweera, T M Dilshan, Chamara Silva, Muttiah Muralitharan, Farvees Maharoof, Chaminda Vaas, Lasith Malinga, Rangana Herath, Ishara Amerasinghe, Thilina Thushara Mirano and Prasanna Jayawardena.

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