Colombo: Sanath Jayasuriya was on Friday named in the Sri Lanka squad for next month's Asia Cup in Pakistan after having been dropped for the one-dayers in the West Indies last month.
The left-handed batsman, who has retired from Tests, was originally not considered for selection but picked later at the behest of the country's sports minister Gamini Lokuge.
"I had a meeting with cricket selectors this morning and one of the things we discussed was to recall Sanath Jayasuriya in to the team," Lokuge told AFP.
Jayasuriya, 38, had cracked a fine century in a domestic Indian Twenty20 tournament in Mumbai on Wednesday.
Jayasuriya, who has made 12,310 runs from 411 one-day internationals, made it into the side at the expense of opener Upul Tharanga.
Fast bowlers Ishara Amerasinghe and Thilan Thushara, and legspinner Malinga Bandara were also left out of the 15-member squad.
Speedsters Farveez Maharoof and Dilhara Fernando made comebacks after recovering from injuries while spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan, who had been rested for the West Indies ODIs, was also included.
The tournament will be held in Pakistan from June 24 to July 6.
Sri Lanka squad: Mahela Jayawardene (captain), Kumar Sangakkara, Sanath Jayasuriya, Mahela Udawatte, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Chamara Silva, Chamara Kapugedera, Kaushal Weeraratne, Farveez Maharoof, Chaminda Vaas, Dilhara Fernando, Muttiah Muralitharan, Ajantha Mendis, Jehan Mubarak and Nuwan Kulasekera.