Rookie spinner Tharindu Kaushal called into Sri Lanka Test squad
Teenage off-spinner Tharindu Kaushal has been given his first call-up to the Sri Lanka Test squad.
Last Updated: 09/11/12 10:05am
Kaushal - who has not played a single first-class match - impressed for Sri Lanka at the Under 19 World Cup in Australia earlier this year and is a member of the Sri Lanka one-day squad currently playing New Zealand in a five-match series.
"Kaushal has a lot of potential and we have included him in the squad to (help him) get the feel of being in the presence of senior players and train with them," chief selector Ashantha de Mel said.
Kaushal almost certainly will not make his debut in the Galle Test which starts on November 17.
Off-spinner Suraj Randiv is expected to join experienced left-arm spinner Rangana Herath in the starting XI.
"We will see how the other off-spinner Suraj Randiv bowls in the first Test and then decide whether we should take a gamble with Kaushal," de Mel said.
Colombo hosts the second Test from November 25.
Meanwhile Sri Lanka opener Tillakaratne Dilshan has been ruled out of the last two one-day internationals against New Zealand with a sore back.
Sri Lanka: Mahela Jayawardene (captain), Angelo Mathews, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Tharanga Paranavitana, Kumar Sangakkara, Thilan Samaraweera, Prassanna Jayawardene, Tharindu Kaushal, Suraj Randiv, Rangana Herath, Dinesh Chandimal, Nuwan Kulasekara, Chanaka Welegedara, Shaminda Eranga, Dhammika Prasad