Sri Lanka name squad for first Test with Pakistan
Sri Lankan wicketkeeper Prasanna Jayawardene will miss the first Test against Pakistan in Galle on Saturday after fracturing his finger, skipper Kumar Sangakkara said.cricket Updated: Jun 30, 2009 01:30 IST
Sri Lankan wicketkeeper Prasanna Jayawardene will miss the first Test against Pakistan in Galle on Saturday after fracturing his finger, skipper Kumar Sangakkara said on Monday.
Jayawardene, 29, who picked up the injury during a practice match, will need about two weeks to recover.
"With Jayawardene out of action, we have a vacancy at the moment. We are not looking at a specialist wicketkeeper, but one who can also score and put some runs on the board," Sangakkara told reporters as the 15-man squad was named.
With Sangakkara himself able to keep wicket, the selectors are looking at playing either Angelo Mathews, Kaushal Silva or Chamara Kapugedera, with the latter most likely to get the nod as an extra batsman.
Kumar Sangakkara (Captain), Muttiah Muralitharan, Malintha Warnapura, Tharanga Paranavithana, Mahela Jayawardena, Thilan Samaraweera, Tilakaratne Dilshan, Angelo Mathews, Chamara Kapugedera, Ajantha Mendis, Thilina Thushara, Nuwan Kulasekera, Dhammika Prasad, Kaushal Silva and Suranga Lakmal.