Marvan fails to attend selection meeting, unlikely for Aussi tour

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Colombo, Oct 3 (UNI) Former Sri Lanka Cricket captain Marvan Attapattu is likely to be dropped for the upcoming test tour to Australia as he failed to attend a crucial meeting with the Sri Lanka Cricket selection committee here today, a top SLC official said.

''Marvan was called today for a meeting with the Selection Committee to discuss his availability for the two tests against Australia next month. But he failed to turn up for the meeting with the selectors today though he promised to come,'' Sri Lanka Cricket Secretary Gangatharan Mathivanan told UNI over the phone tonight.

Although Attapattu was currently not with the Sri Lanka Cricket, the selectors, who virtually sidelined him during the world cup series in West Indies (despite being included in the squad) and the subsequent one-day series against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi, were of the opinion that the experience of the most elegant player would be an asset in Australia.

''There is nothing that we can do about it because Marvan is not in contract with us. We cannot take any action,'' Mr Mathivanan said.

Sri Lanka is yet to win a test and none other than Captain Mahela Jayawardena had supported his inclusion in the team against the World Champions.

Attapattu announced his unavailability for the home series against Bangladesh last month citing personal reasons and asked to be released from his contract with the SLC, which came into effect from the beginning of October.

Sri Lanka, currently playing five one-day series against visiting England, is set to play two Tests in November in Australia and return for the tri-nation CB Series in February, also featuring India.

UNI

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