Mahela Jayawardene, Lahiru Thirimanne return to Sri Lanka squad for World T20

Mahela Jayawardene pulled out of the Twenty20 and one-day international series against Bangladesh due to injury.

updated: February 17, 2014 21:32 IST
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Colombo: Batsmen Mahela Jayawardene and Lahiru Thirimanne have been named in Sri Lanka's 15-member squad for the World T20 in Bangladesh next month after injury layoffs, while strike spin bowler Rangana Herath will have to prove his fitness for his inclusion. Both Jayawardene and Herath had returned from Bangladesh having missed Twenty20 and one-day international matches there due to injuries. Thirimanne returned home from United Arab Emirates last December midway through playing Pakistan.

Uncapped seam bowler Chathuranga de Silva will take Herath's place if the senior hasn't recovered in time for the tournament starting March 16.

Sri Lanka would have four specialist spin bowlers if Herath returns, including allrounder Sachithra Senanayake. There are eight specialist batsmen, including seam bowling allrounders Angelo Mathews and Thisara Perera.

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