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Spinner Ajantha Mendis and fast bowler Dilhara Fernando have been named in the 30-man provisional squad for the upcoming tours by Pakistan and India.
Mendis and Fernando last played for Sri Lanka during the tour of South Africa last year. Mendis, who suffered a back injury, hasn't played a competitive match since January.
Nuwan Pradeep, the fast bowler, is also returning from injury. Pradeep suffered a hamstring tear in the tour match against the South African Invitation XI in Benoni and had to return home. He has since played just one first-class match for Bloomfield Cricket and Athletic Club, picking up four wickets.
Another notable inclusion is the legspinner Kaushal Lokuarachchi, who last played for Sri Lanka in 2007.
Pakistan will arrive at the end of this month for a series of two, Twenty20s, five One Day Internationals and three Tests in June-July.
India are expected to play a shorter series, comprising five One Day Internationals and one Twenty20, starting July 22.
The provinsional squad consists of Mahela Jayawardene, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara, Tharanga Paranavitana, Lahiru Thirimanne, Upul Tharanga, Dinesh Chandimal, Thilan Samaraweera, Prasanna Jayawardene, Chamara Silva, Chamara Kapugedera, Angelo Mathews, Thisara Perera, Farveez Maharoof, Isuru Udana, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Kulasekara, Chanaka Welegedera, Suranga Lakmal, Dhammika Prasad, Shaminda Eranga, Dilhara Fernando, Nuwan Pradeep, Suraj Randiv, Rangana Herath, Sachitra Senanayake, Ajantha Mendis, Dilruwan Perera, Jeevan Mendis, Kaushal Lokuarachchi. (niz).