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Sri Lanka leave out Muralitharan

Muttiah Muralitharan
Muralitharan has taken 464 one-day wickets

Sri Lanka have left veterans Muttiah Muralitharan and Sanath Jayasuriya out of their one-day squad to tour West Indies next month.

The 38-year-old Jayasuriya and spinner Muralitharan, 35, have been left out as Sri Lanka build for the 2011 World Cup.

Ajantha Mendis replaces Muralitharan, who will play the two Tests that precede the one-dayers, while Mahela Udawatta takes Jayasuriya's place.

Fast bowler Lasith Malinga will miss the series with a foot injury.

Jayasuriya - the only player to score over 12,000 runs and take over 300 wickets in the 50-over format - retired from Test cricket in December but stated his intention to play one-day cricket for a few more seasons.


Muralitharan has a world record 723 Test wickets and 464 one-day scalps and his experience will be missed in the Caribbean.

The indications are that he will be rested from now on in one-day series, only playing landmark tournaments.

But the duo's absence is a clear signal that Sri Lanka are planning for the future as co-hosts of the next World Cup with India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

All-rounder Kaushalya Weeraratne, 27, who won the last of his 11 one-day caps in 2003, has been included in the squad

Port of Spain, Trinidad, will host the first two one-dayers (10 and 12 April) while the third will be played in St Lucia on 15 April.

The Test matches will be held in Guyana (22-26 March) and Port of Spain (3-7 April).

Sri Lanka: Mahela Jayawardene (capt), Kumar Sangakkara, Tillekeratne Dilshan, Chaminda Vaas, Chamara Silva, Upul Tharanga, Chamara Kapugedera, Malinga Bandara, Kaushalya Weeraratne, Nuwan Kulasekera, Ajantha Mendis, Jehan Mubarak, Ishara Amarasinghe, Mahela Udawatta, Thilina Mirando.

see also
West Indies call up new spin pair
12 Mar 08 |  West Indies
Muralitharan breaks Test record
03 Dec 07 |  Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka in West Indies 2008
31 Dec 07 |  Cricket

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