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12-May-2018 05:29:00 GMT
Sri Lanka in West Indies 2018

Sri Lanka drop opener Karunaratne form West Indies tour

Colombo: Sri Lanka opening batsman Mahela Udawatte has been called into a 17-man test squad for next month's tour to West Indies, along with three other uncapped players, Kasun Rajitha, Jeffrey Vandersay and Asitha Fernando.

Sri Lanka's injured opener Dimuth Karunaratne was left out for the three-match Test series against the West Indies, the cricket board said Friday.

Karunaratne, 30, fractured a finger while batting in the nets earlier this month as he prepared for a limited-overs domestic tournament. The left-hander has played in 49 Tests and scored 3,186 runs.

The 31-year-old Udawatte will hope to get his first opportunity in the longest format, more than 10 years after his one-day international debut in West Indies.

Regular opener Dimuth Karunaratne remains on the sidelines with a fractured finger, and fast bowlers Dushmantha Chameera and Nuwan Pradeep are out with back and hamstring issues respectively.

The national selectors have also included senior players Angelo Mathews and Suranga Lakmal but their participation in the tour is subject to fitness.

Sri Lanka will begin the tour on 30 May with a three-day warm-up match, and the first Test starts on 6 June in Trinidad.

Sri Lanka full squad: Dinesh Chandimal (capt), Mahela Udawatte, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera (wk), Dhananjaya de Silva, Roshen Silva, Angelo Mathews (subject to fitness), Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Rangana Herath, Dilruwan Perera, Akila Dananjaya, Jeffrey Vandersay, Lahiru Gamage, Kasun Rajitha, Suranga Lakmal (subject to fitness), Lahiru Kumara, Asitha Fernando

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