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SL explore options for England tour

Sri Lanka have picked an experienced squad for the forthcoming 'A' tour of South Africa as they look at their back-up options ahead of the home series against England.

india Updated: Aug 25, 2003 13:47 IST
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Sri Lanka's selectors have picked an experienced squad for the forthcoming A tour of South Africa as they look at their back-up options ahead of England's tour of Sri Lanka later in the year.

Russel Arnold, an experienced 29-year-old middle-order batsman, recently axed from the national side, will captain a 15-man squad that includes 11 players with international experience.

"We wanted to give ourselves every opportunity to look at some players for England's tour of Sri Lanka in November," chairman of selectors Lalith Kaluperuma said.

"We have given some exposure to some known faces but there are also to some raw youngsters. We want to see how they do," he added.

In the batting department, Arnold, Naveed Nawaz, Avishka Gunawardene, Michael Vandort and Jehan Mubarak will all be looking to force their way back into the national squad when England visit.

Left-arm fast bowler Nuwan Zoysa, dropped after a lacklustre tour of England last year, right-arm paceman Dharshana Gamage and slow left-arm spinner Rangana Herath will be vying for places in the bowling attack.

Sri Lanka A will tour South Africa in September and October.

It will be the start of a new intensive A team schedule designed to toughen up fringe players in readiness for international cricket.

Sri Lanka's national squad, currently enjoying a rare break in their international commitments after an exhausting 16-month period of non-stop cricket, will resume full-time training after the arrival of new Australian coach John Dyson on September 1.

Sri Lanka A squad: Russel Arnold (Capt), Naveed Nawaz, Avishka Gunawardene, Ian Daniel, Jehan Mubarak, Michael Vandort, Prasanna Jayawardene (wk), Lanka de Silva (wk), Thilan Thushara Mirando, Dharshana Gamage, Nuwan Zoysa, Omesh Wijesiriwardene, Kaushalya Weereratne, Rangana Herath, Janaka Gunaratne.