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Sri Lanka puts Dhananjaya in Twenty20 WCup squad

Published: 24th August 2012 11:59 AM  |   Last Updated: 24th August 2012 11:59 AM   |  A+A-

By AP

Teen Akila Dhananjaya could be host Sri Lanka's surprise bowler at the upcoming Twenty20 World Cup.
The uncapped 18-year-old offspinner performed impressively in the Sri Lanka Premier League to earn a slot in the 15-member national squad announced on Thursday.
Sri Lanka's first match is against Zimbabwe on Sept. 18.
Ajantha Mendis returns after nine months on the sidelines due to injury to bolster a three-member specialist spin attack which also includes veteran Rangana Herath.
Led by Mahela Jayawardene, the squad has nine specialist batsmen including uncapped opener Dilshan Munaweera, who has a strike rate of 122 runs in domestic Twenty20 matches.
Former captain Kumar Sangakkara and seam bowler Nuwan Kulasekara, who were injured during Sri Lanka's recent one-day international series against India, have been picked subject to fitness.
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Sri Lanka Squad: Mahela Jayawardene, Angelo Mathews,  Kumar Sangakkara, Tillakaratne Dilshan,  Lahiru Thirimanne, Jeevan Mendis, Dilshan Munaweera, Thisara Perera, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Kulasekara, Rangana Herath, Ajantha Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Shaminda Eranga, Akila Dhanajaya.

Hamid Shinwari, right, CEO of the Afghanistan Cricket Board, Kifayat Ullah Nabi Khail, left, and Etisalat Official and Afghanistan team captain, Nawroz Mangal, centre, at a press conference held at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012. (AP)

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