Sri Lanka's [ Images ] cricket selectors on Tuesday included uncapped all-rounder Jeevan Mendis in the 15-man squad to play the first Test against Pakistan starting this weekend.
The 29-year-old Mendis has appeared in 20 ODIs and Twenty20 [ Images ] games but is unlikely to make the final XI as the spin department appear to be firmly booked by Rangana Herath [ Images ] and Suraj Randiv [ Images ].
Thisara Perera, after his heroics in the One-day series where he became the fourth Sri Lankan bowler to achieve an ODI hat-trick, may still find himself left out of the final XI .
The first Test starts in the southern port town of Galle on June 22.
Squad: Mahela Jayawardene [ Images ] (capt), Angelo Mathews [ Images ] (vice-capt), Tillakaratne Dilshan [ Images ], Tharanga Parnavithana, Kumar Sangakkara [ Images ], Thilan Samaraweera [ Images ], Dinesh Chandimal, Prasanna Jayawardene [ Images ] (wk), Chanaka Welagedara, Suraj Randiv, Rangana Herath, Nuwan Kulasekara [ Images ], Nuwan Pradeep, Thisara Perera, Jeevan Mendis.
Photograph: Nikhil Monteiro / Reuters