July 14, 2008 (AFP) – Sri Lankan batsman Upul Tharanga was on Monday given a chance to stake his claim for the upcoming home Test series against India after being named in the 12-man squad for a warm-up match against the tourists. Sri Lanka Board XI squad: Jehan Mubarak (capt), Mahela Udawatte, Upul Tharanga, Chamara Kapugedera, Chamara Silva, Thilina Kandamby, Kaushal Silva, Chanaka Welagedera, Sujeewa Silva, Dammika Prasad, Rangana Herath, Dilhara Fernando. India arrive in Sri Lanka on Tuesday and open the tour with a three-day practice game against a Sri Lanka Board XI in Colombo on Friday.
It is the tourists’ only fixture before the three-Test series starts on July 23.
They will also play five one-day internationals after the Tests.
Tharanga was dropped on form after playing the third and final home Test against England last year.
He also missed the recent Asia Cup, which Sri Lanka won in Karachi earlier this month.
The left-handed opener has scored 713 runs in 15 Tests and 2,055 in 69 one-day internationals.
The Board XI squad also contains fast bowler Dilhara Fernando and batsman Chamara Silva, who are expected to figure in the Test series.