Galle:Lasith Malinga, the Sri Lanka fast bowler, has been left out of the squad for the first Test against West Indies which begins in Galle on November 15.
Malinga had made a comeback to Tests after an absence of more than two years during the home series against India in July and August 2010. He played the first Test, was rested from the second and bowled only six overs on the final day of the third, as India completed a successful chase at the P Sara Oval. Since then, Malinga played the tri-series at home against New Zealand and India and was part a successful tour of Australia, where Sri Lanka won a one-day series for the first time.
The 16-man squad also included uncapped wicketkeeper Kaushal Silva, who will be a back-up for Prasanna Jayawardene. Suranga Lakmal, a medium-pacer, was the other uncapped player in the team.
Squad: Kumar Sangakkara (capt), Mahela Jayawardene, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Tharanga Paranavitana, Thilan Samaraweera, Angelo Mathews, Prasanna Jayawardene (wk), Thilina Kandamby, Ajantha Mendis, Suraj Randiv, Rangana Herath, Kaushal Silva, Dammika Prasad, Dilhara Fernando, Thilan Thushara, Suranga Lakmal.