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    Cricket-Sri Lanka confident of Sharjah victory

    COLOMBO, Oct 8 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka, buoyed by recent wins in a test series against Australia and a tri-nation one-day tournament, are confident they can win the forthcoming Sharjah cricket tournament, coach Dav Whatmore said on Friday.

    ``We are playing well and are confident. Pakistan is a little stronger and you cannot underestimate West Indies, especially when you have a player like (Brian) Lara playing,'' Whatmore told a media conference.

    The three-nation Sharjah tournament runs from October 11 to 23.

    Sri Lanka beat Australia 1-0 in a three-test series after winning a one-day tournament which they staged against Australia and India.

    Aravinda de Silva, dropped for that tournament, was included in the 15-man squad for Sharjah named last Monday.

    ``The selectors felt that we needed some experience in the middle order, that is why Aravinda has been included,'' Whatmore said.

    Sri Lanka's former captain Arjuna Ranatunga was not included but Whatmore said he could still play for the team in the future.

    ``In the last 19 innings Ranatunga has been the main run scorer for Sri Lanka. If the selectors feel his experience against the opposition is required, then he will play,'' Whatmore said.

    The squad, captained by Sanath Jayasuriya, leaves for Sharjah on Sunday.