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Patience running out with Thisara Perera


The national selectors have done their best to convince authorities in selecting Thisara Perera back into the ODI squad, but when the five-match series against India gets underway on Sunday, both the all-rounder and the selectors will be under tremendous pressure.

Perera became public enemy number-one after he dropped a dolly off Pakistan Captain Sarfraz Ahmed in the virtual quarter-final of Champions Trophy in Cardiff. Sarfraz went on to make a match-winning 61 not out to take Pakistan to the semi-finals. Pakistan went on to win the tournament beating arch-rivals India.

The inclusion of Thisara Perera into the Sri Lanka squad has been hotly debated both at Maitland Place and Reid Avenue and, unless he shows drastic improvement, application and commitment, the curtain is set to come down on his largely unfulfilled career.

Perera was overlooked for the home series against Zimbabwe and he made use of the opportunity to play T-20 cricket in England joining Gloucestershire.


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