Sri Lanka’s 14-man Players List for Asia Cup 2012
Left-arm-spinner Rangana Herath has been omitted from Sri Lanka’s 14-man squad for the Asia Cup, which begins on March 11 in Dhaka. Fast bowlers Dhammika Prasad and Chanaka Welegedara, who were part of the Sri Lanka squad for the Commonwealth Bank tri-series in Australia, also miss out.
Legspinner Seekkuge Prasanna takes Herath’s place while fast bowler Suranga Lakmal comes back from a long injury lay-off. The three allrounders who picked up injuries during the tri-series – Farveez Maharoof, Angelo Mathews and Thisara Perera – have been included in the squad.
Sri Lanka Team squad for Asia Cup 2012
- Mahela Jayawardene (capt)
- Angelo Mathews (vice-capt)
- Tillakaratne Dilshan
- Upul Tharanga
- Kumar Sangakkara
- Dinesh Chandimal
- Lahiru Thirimanne
- Thisara Perera
- Farveez Maharoof
- Sachithra Senanayake
- Nuwan Kulasekara
- Lasith Malinga
- Seekkuge Prasanna
- Suranga Lakmal
- In: Seekkuge Prasanna, Suranga Lakmal
- Out: Rangana Herath, Dhammika Prasad, Chanaka Welegedara
Herath played in most of Sri Lanka’s ODIs since being recalled for the tour of South Africa. He has been economical in his 10 one-dayers this year, conceding only 4.35 an over, but he hasn’t made too many breakthroughs – only five at 68.00.
Lakmal is returning to international cricket following an ankle injury. He last played for Sri Lanka during the one-day series against Pakistan in the UAE last November. He made a return to competitive cricket in the ongoing first-class domestic competition, the Premier League Tier A tournament, where he claimed eight wickets in four matches. Prasanna was dropped following the same one-day series – which Sri Lanka lost 4-1 – after he had claimed only four wickets in five matches at an average of over 50. He has since show impressive form in the Premier League Tier A, claiming 41 wickets in four matches for Sri Lanka Army, with five five-wicket hauls in eight innings.
Mahela Jayawardene and Mathews have been retained as captain and vice-captain respectively. Sri Lanka play their first match of the tournament on March 13 against India.