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Two Lankans in Bahrain team for Malaysia

Two Sri Lankans Ajith Kumarasiri and Gayan de Silva have been included in the Bahrain cricket team for the ACC trophy tournament to be held in Malaysia from June 12 to 22.

The 14-member strong Bahrain team who emerged runners-up at the Asian Gulf Cup Cricket championship held in Kuwait in December, will arrive in Sri Lanka today to play three warm-up matches as part of their preparations for the forthcoming tournament.

They are billed to play against SriLankan Airline, local under 23 champions and BRC. They leave for Kuala Lumpur on June 9.

The two Sri Lankans are former Panadura CC cricketer Ajith Kumarasiri and the baby of the side 16 year-old Gayan de Silva, who has captained Bahrain in all age groups from under 13 to 17.

Left-hand batsman left-arm spinner Ajith Kumarasiri is the most experienced cricketer in the Bahrain Cricket Association league.

After a successful school cricket career, Ajith obtained his University colours before appearing for Panadura CC in Sri Lanka's premier division. Since arriving in Bahrain Ajith played for Sri Lanka Club with distinction captaining the team in 1995-96 and 2002-03.

A gritty all-rounder, Ajith has best performances of 90 not out and 6-5 against Indian Club. He represented Bahrain at the Gulf Cricket Championship in Kuwait.

Sixteen-year-old left-hand bat and left-arm medium pace bowler Gayan de Silva, represents Bahrain Cricket Association Under 17 side and he also played for the Sri Lanka Club.

Gayan becomes the youngest player ever to represent Bahrain national team. Has a maturity beyond his age. A genuine all-rounder with immense potential. At the age of 12 years he represented Bahrain Under 17 team at the Junior Asia Cup in Pakistan.

He captained Bahrain junior teams of all ages and led Bahrain Under 17 team in Bangalore, India early this year at the Asian championships and included in ACC's Select Asian team.

A safe fielder, Gayan has forced his way into the team as a left-arm quick bowler. He has a best double of 73 and 4-26 against Khan CC.

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