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Rumesh Buddhika

Tamil Union’s prolific left-hand batsman Rumesh Buddhika will lead Sri Lanka in their three-match unofficial Emerging Players series against South Africa starting July 30 at the Pallekele International Stadium.

The 15-member squad picked by the selectors also includes promising leg-spinner Jeffrey Vandersay who took a match bag of eight wickets for Sri Lanka Board President’s XI in the three-day warm-up match against the touring Pakistan team.

Sri Lanka Emerging team:

Rumesh Buddhika (captain), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Hashan Dumindu, Kusal Mendis, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Lahiru Madusanka, Lakshan Sandakan, Jeffrey Vandersay, Minod Bhanuka, Nisala Tharaka, Kasun Madhushanka, Denuwan Rajakaruna, Kasun Rajitha, Sahan Nanayakkara, Angelo Jayasinghe.

South Africa Emerging team is due to arrive on July 27.

The tour itinerary is as follows:

July 30-Aug 2: 1st four-day match at Pallekele

Aug 6-9: 2nd four-day match at Dambulla

Aug 13-16: 3rd four-day match at Pallekele