Lankan Prez wants best team to be selected for World Cup
Colombo: Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksha today urged the national selection committee to pick the best available team for next month`s World Cup which will be held in the sub-continent.
A presidential statement said that no player must be left out of the team due to personal preferences of individuals.
"It will be selection committee`s responsibility to pick the best 15," president was quoted as saying.
The veteran opening batsman Sanath Jayasuriya who is now a ruling party parliamentarian has been included in the provisional squad of 30 players which will be pruned down to 15, later this month.
Jayasuriya`s inclusion at 42 years and that of Chaminda Vaas` have raised eye brows.
Both were stars of Sri Lanka`s successful 1996 World Cup campaign.
Both have not figured in Sri Lanka`s recent successes in the one day arena.
Kumar Sangakkara`s younger outfit was able to beat Australia Down Under for the first time in Sri Lanka`s cricketing history last November.