Lanka recalls Perera for triangular series

Published: Saturday, December 8, 2001, 0:34 [IST]
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Colombo: Sri Lanka has recalled all-rounder Suresh Perera in its One-day squad for the triangular series starting here on Saturday. The hosts will meet Zimbabwe in the opening match of the tournament, also involving the West Indies.
Perera, reported for a suspect bowling action by West Indian umpire Steve Bucknor in August, was selected after being cleared by the Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka (BCCSL). Left-arm fast bowler Nuwan Zoysa regained his berth in the One-day squad after an impressive performance in the recent Test series against the West Indies. The hosts have also included leg-spinner Upul Chandana to boost their chances on slow turning wickets here. Sri Lanka, however, will miss the services of strike bowler Dilhara Fernando and wicket-keeper Romesh Kaluwitharna. Fernando was ruled out with a stress fracture of the back, while Kaluwitharna had been out of international cricket since suffering a finger injury in a tri-series at Sharjah in October. Sri Lanka lost the Sharjah final, but starts favourite following its maiden clean sweep in Test cricket against Carl Hooper's West Indians. Zimbabwe, which blanked Bangladesh 3-0 in One-dayers in November, has been struggling on its current tour. It lost both its One-day practice games against Sri Lanka 'A' and Board President's team. The teams (from): Zimbabwe: Stuart Carlisle (captain), Heath Streak, Andrew Flower, Grant Flower, Dion Ebrahim, Trevor Gripper, Craig Wishart, Douglas Marillier, Mluleki Nkala, Travis Friend, Gary Brent, Henry Olonga, Sean Ervine and Tatendra Taibu. Sri Lanka: Sanath Jayasuriya (captain), Marvan Atapattu, Avishka Gunawardene, Mahela Jayawardene, Russel Arnold, Kumar Sangakkara, Chamara Silva, Suresh Perera, Kumar Dharmasena, Upul Chandana, Chaminda Vaas, Muttiah Muralitharan, Charitha Buddika, Nuwan Zoysa and Prabath Nissanka.

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