Colombo: Sri Lanka have included uncapped batsman Ashan Priyanjan and recalled opener Dimuth Karunaratne after an absence of two years in a 16-member squad for its first two matches of a one-day international series against New Zealand.
The 24-year-old Priyanjan has scored 1,594 runs in 60 first class limited-over matches at an average of 31, including a century and 11 half centuries.
Karunaratne played the last of his two one-day matches in 2011. The Sri Lanka squad has seven specialist batsmen, three all-rounders, three seam bowlers and three spinners.
Sri Lanka will host New Zealand for three one-day internationals and two Twenty20 games, starting with the first ODI on November 10 in Hambantota.
The squad: Angelo Mathews (captain), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Perera, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Dinesh Chandimal, Lahiru Thirimanne, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga, Suranga Lakmal, Rangana Herath, Sachithra Senanayake, Ajantha Mendis, Ashan Priyanjan.