Thursday, May 02, 2013

Chanaka Welegedara recalls in the Sri Lankan squad for Champions Trophy

Fast bowler Chanaka Welegedara has been recalled in Sri Lanka’s 15-man squad announced for the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 which is scheduled to kick off on June 6.
This fast bowler has not played any ODI match since mid-2010. Even, after sustaining hamstring injury, he had to come back home mid-way through Sri Lanka's Test series in Australia last December.
The inclusion of two senior players Mahela Jayawardene and Rangana Herath were expected. They did not play in the last home ODI series against Bangladesh. Jayawardene was not selected due to his finger injury while Herath had been rested.
Batsman Upul Tharanga failed to make his position in the squad due to his poor form. He had a woeful series against Australia. Playing three innings, he accumulated 13 runs. Because of his poor form, he was not even selected in the main squad against Bangladesh.
Another player who was not picked for the tournament is spinner Ajantha Mendis. Batsmen Kithuruwan Vithanage and Angelo Perera, and allrounder Sachith Pathirana have not been picked in the squad.