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Published: Thursday, July 19, 2012, 11:55 [IST]
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No DRS for India-SL ODIs?

Colombo, Jul 19: Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene has said the team would like to keep the momentum going against India, after their series win against Pakistan, ahead of their first ODI at Hambantota to be played on Saturday.

"We have just finished a series against Pakistan successfully and what is important is to continue with the good work," Jayawardene said ahead of the series that kicks off with a lone Twenty20 game in Hambantota on Saturday, followed by five ODIs.

Asked about the strategies the team has come up with against India, Jayawardene said only hard work holds the key to success.

"We have to work hard to reach the goals we want to attain," Jayawardene said.

Ahead of the series against India, Lanka has recalled a few players and a couple of new players have been included in the squad, as the focus is now on ICC World T20 that will be played in September.

"It's a good opportunity against India. We need to take the team forward. We have brought in a few new players for the one-day side, and we have to think about the World Twenty20 and which of these players will be suitable for that competition."

When asked if the teams are abiding by ICC's rules and regulations and opt for the Decision Review System for the ODI series, Sri Lanka Cricket secretary Nishantha Ranatunga said, both the teams need to agree and BCCI's stance still remains unchanged on DRS, which suggests that DRS will not be used in the upcoming series.

"As per the ICC guidelines, both teams have got to agree in having the DRS. As far as the Indian board is concerned they are not in favour of that. That was a decision taken at ICC level," said Sri Lanka Cricket secretary Nishantha Ranatunga.


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