Colombo: Wicketkeeper Romesh Kaluwitharana was recalled by Sri Lanka on Tuesday for the first Test against New Zealand, which starts on Friday.
Kaluwitharana, who has not played Test cricket for two years, joins a squad selected with a strong emphasis on spin.
Apart from Muttiah Muralidharan, spinners Kumar Dharmasena, Upul Chandana and Kaushal Lokuarachchi were named also named. Michael Vandort has been recalled, but there are no places for Russel Arnold and Jehan Mubarak, who have both been struggling to score runs.
The series will be the first as captain for Hashan Tillekeratne.
The squad — Hashan Tillekeratne (captain), Maravan Atapattu, Sanath Jayasuriya, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardena, Romesh Kaluwitharana, Kumar Dharmasena, Kaushal Lokuarachchi, Chaminda Vaas, Muthiah Muralidharan, Prabath Nissanka, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Upul Chandana, Michael Vandort, Dharshana Gamage.