Sri Lanka announce Asia Cup squad
by CricketArchive Staff Reporter
DateLine: 10th June 2010
The Sri Lankan selectors took a bold decision as they axed veteran Sanath Jayasuriya and finger spinner Ajantha Mendis for the forthcoming Asia Cup 2010 in Sri Lanka that starts on June 15.
Regular skipper Kumar Sangakkara and off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan, who were rested for the tri-nation series in Zimbabwe, returned to the squad for the tournament, which also features India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Former skipper Mahela Jayawardene and pace spearhead Lasith Malinga were also back in the side after being rested.
Tillakaratne Dilshan, who captained Sri Lanka to the series win in Zimbabwe, and opener Upul Tharanga, who shone with the bat in the event after being ignored for the Twenty20 World Cup in the West Indies, were retained in the squad.
Besides all-rounder Anjelo Mathews, Thilan Samaraweera, Farvez Maharoof, Chamara Kapugedara, Nuwan Kulasekera, Chanaka Welagedara, Suraj Randiv, Rangana Herath and Thilina Kandamby also kept their places in the squad.
: Kumar Sangakkara (C), Muttiah Muralidharan (VC), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Upul Tharanga, Mahela Jayawardana, Lasith Malinga, Anjelo Mathews, Thilan Samaraweera, Farvez Maharoof, Chamara Kapugedara, Nuwan Kulasekera, Chanaka Welagedara, Suraj Randiv, Rangana Herath, Thilina Kandamby.