Asia Cup 2012 March 2, 2012

Herath, Welegedara rested for Asia Cup

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Left-arm-spinner Rangana Herath has been omitted from Sri Lanka's 14-man squad for the Asia Cup, which begins on March 11 in Dhaka. Fast bowlers Dhammika Prasad and Chanaka Welegedara, who were part of the Sri Lanka squad for the Commonwealth Bank tri-series in Australia, are also not in the squad.

While the selectors did not originally offer any explanation for why the players had been left out, Mahela Jayawardene, the Sri Lanka captain, said, after the first final of the Commonwealth Bank series, that a decision had been taken to rest the three bowlers for Sri Lanka's Test series against England, which starts four days after the Asia Cup final.**

"Everybody knows that after the Asia Cup, we travel, we get to Colombo, and the next day we get to Galle to play the No. 1 Test team in the world in a Test match," Jayawardene said. "I only have four Test bowlers left so I needed to rest them obviously. We made a decision that Rangana is definitely rested, and obviously Chanaka Welegedara and Dhammika Prasad, the other two Test bowlers, are going to take a two-week break and get ready for the Test matches because I doubt they can play a Test match straight after travelling from Bangaldesh."

Legspinner* Seekkuge Prasanna takes Herath's place while fast bowler Suranga Lakmal comes back from a long injury lay-off. The three allrounders who picked up injuries during the tri-series - Farveez Maharoof, Angelo Mathews and Thisara Perera - have been included in the squad.

Herath played in most of Sri Lanka's ODIs since being recalled for the tour of South Africa. He has been economical in his 10 one-dayers this year, conceding only 4.35 an over, but he hasn't made too many breakthroughs - only five at 68.00.

Lakmal is returning to international cricket following an ankle injury. He last played for Sri Lanka during the one-day series against Pakistan in the UAE last November. He made a return to competitive cricket in the ongoing first-class domestic competition, the Premier League Tier A tournament, where he claimed eight wickets in four matches. Prasanna was dropped following the same one-day series - which Sri Lanka lost 4-1 - after he had claimed only four wickets in five matches at an average of over 50. He has since show impressive form in the Premier League Tier A, claiming 41 wickets in four matches for Sri Lanka Army, with five five-wicket hauls in eight innings.

Mahela Jayawardene and Mathews have been retained as captain and vice-captain respectively. Sri Lanka play their first match of the tournament on March 13 against India.

*9:38 GMT, March 3: The article had referred to Seekkuge Prasanna as an offspinner. This has been corrected.

**14:34GMT, March 4: This paragraph, and the following one, have been added after Mahela Jayawardene's press conference in Brisbane on March 4. The article originally said Rangana Herath had been dropped from the team

Edited by Nikita Bastian

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  • on March 5, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    @Adithya Raghunathan : dont know from which country you belong but that was a seriously good joke

  • on March 5, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    why not rest sanga and dilshan too?

  • Lankanforever on March 5, 2012, 5:53 GMT

    Ajantha is suffering from a series back injury. Haven't played since January this year. Jeewan haven't played since dec 2011. They are unavailable for selection. Herath and Welagedara are the only consistent test bowlers we have at the moment and if we are playing a test immediately after Asia Cup better hold them back. BTW some says that Rangana is suffering from a slight knee injury, so he is rested not dropped. And for people who say the team must contain certain players when you count the names suggested here it is about 10 different names. Someone tell me where we are going to put all these players. Even I say that Bhanuka and Eranga must be in the team. But who should be dropped???

  • on March 5, 2012, 5:33 GMT

    Very good selection for SL ahead of Asia Cup..............in Bangladesh SL doesn't have to play any specialized fast bowlers since they play 3 good allrounders.........Mehela is doing very good at the moment.......................

  • on March 5, 2012, 4:16 GMT

    "What happened to the likes of Jeevan Mendis?? and Ajantha Mendis???" Obviously you haven't heard of the no-Mendis policy? Even Duleep Mendis is gone.

  • on March 5, 2012, 3:42 GMT

    It would have been good to rest Mahela,Kumar,Dilshan too before the England Tour so that they will not burn out.We have to make changes and ensure that senior players are well rested so that the same fate that India is suffering at this moment does not happen to the SL team too.

  • on March 5, 2012, 2:15 GMT

    bangladesh will defenitely win the tornament!!!! and they will go on to win the next world cup

  • AeroSyd85 on March 5, 2012, 1:49 GMT

    What's wrong with Suraj Randiv??????????????????????????????? seekuge is no where near him

  • KingOwl on March 5, 2012, 1:09 GMT

    The Aisa cup at this time of the year is a meaningless tournament. I would rather they all rested and prepared for the test series against England.

  • Cpt.Meanster on March 4, 2012, 20:31 GMT

    I personally feel this Asia Cup is a meaningless tournament. No other team apart from India would really want to jump on the bandwagon. Pakistan to a certain degree yes because they lost badly to England which was quite surprising to me. SL's squad looks 'okay' but not great. The batting is good but the bowling is a bit weak. It seems Ajanta Mendis is injured which is unfortunate cause on subcontinental tracks his bowling is lethal. Good spinners will win this tournament for their teams. Pakistan have Saeed Ajmal, India have Ashwin and others. SL should have had Herath. Very tricky for SL's chances. I hope they come good though.

  • on March 5, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    @Adithya Raghunathan : dont know from which country you belong but that was a seriously good joke

  • on March 5, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    why not rest sanga and dilshan too?

  • Lankanforever on March 5, 2012, 5:53 GMT

    Ajantha is suffering from a series back injury. Haven't played since January this year. Jeewan haven't played since dec 2011. They are unavailable for selection. Herath and Welagedara are the only consistent test bowlers we have at the moment and if we are playing a test immediately after Asia Cup better hold them back. BTW some says that Rangana is suffering from a slight knee injury, so he is rested not dropped. And for people who say the team must contain certain players when you count the names suggested here it is about 10 different names. Someone tell me where we are going to put all these players. Even I say that Bhanuka and Eranga must be in the team. But who should be dropped???

  • on March 5, 2012, 5:33 GMT

    Very good selection for SL ahead of Asia Cup..............in Bangladesh SL doesn't have to play any specialized fast bowlers since they play 3 good allrounders.........Mehela is doing very good at the moment.......................

  • on March 5, 2012, 4:16 GMT

    "What happened to the likes of Jeevan Mendis?? and Ajantha Mendis???" Obviously you haven't heard of the no-Mendis policy? Even Duleep Mendis is gone.

  • on March 5, 2012, 3:42 GMT

    It would have been good to rest Mahela,Kumar,Dilshan too before the England Tour so that they will not burn out.We have to make changes and ensure that senior players are well rested so that the same fate that India is suffering at this moment does not happen to the SL team too.

  • on March 5, 2012, 2:15 GMT

    bangladesh will defenitely win the tornament!!!! and they will go on to win the next world cup

  • AeroSyd85 on March 5, 2012, 1:49 GMT

    What's wrong with Suraj Randiv??????????????????????????????? seekuge is no where near him

  • KingOwl on March 5, 2012, 1:09 GMT

    The Aisa cup at this time of the year is a meaningless tournament. I would rather they all rested and prepared for the test series against England.

  • Cpt.Meanster on March 4, 2012, 20:31 GMT

    I personally feel this Asia Cup is a meaningless tournament. No other team apart from India would really want to jump on the bandwagon. Pakistan to a certain degree yes because they lost badly to England which was quite surprising to me. SL's squad looks 'okay' but not great. The batting is good but the bowling is a bit weak. It seems Ajanta Mendis is injured which is unfortunate cause on subcontinental tracks his bowling is lethal. Good spinners will win this tournament for their teams. Pakistan have Saeed Ajmal, India have Ashwin and others. SL should have had Herath. Very tricky for SL's chances. I hope they come good though.

  • Dhs2000 on March 4, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    @acnipuna- How is Dilshan not a part time spinner??

  • on March 4, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    Wt happened to suraj randiv????????????

  • acnipuna on March 4, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    Lot of comments on ajantha mendis but i believe that he is a useless guy against india, pakistan and even to bangladesh batsman who play spinners well omission of jeevan mensdis is surprise coz sri lankans does not have any part time spinner in the team and i think only two of medium pace all rounders can stay in the team in bangaldesh pitches

  • on March 4, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    What happened to the likes of Jeevan Mendis?? and Ajantha Mendis??? Understand Herath being given a break. The younger members should be given a chance. Spin has been our strength for many years so its disappointing to see only 1 specialist spinner against aussie esp since our fast bowlers cannot stop runs once the bleeding starts.

  • 31dinu on March 4, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    as i know Ajantha Mendis is still not recoverd from his injurey......but he will have to find something new.. Mistry wont be effective again.

  • 31dinu on March 4, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    as i know Ajantha Mendis is still not recoverd from his injurey...

  • Aju.Nair on March 4, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    Yea..i am also searching for Ajantha Mendis..where is he ?..I still dont know the reason behind ignoring Mendis...also not able to find another Mendis, Jeevan Mendis..

  • maddy20 on March 4, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    Its surprising to see they are repeatedly ignoring Ajantha Mendis. Whatever happened to the poor fella? He was doing great before he was dropped? Can some SL fan please clarify? Is he injured or something?

  • randikaayya on March 4, 2012, 3:05 GMT

    Good luck to Daddy-To-Be Range.... Range, have your baby safely and be prepared to torment those English!

  • 31dinu on March 4, 2012, 2:40 GMT

    so Welagedara too not having luck as dropd again without a single chance.he was a good ODI bowler.what went wrong on him is the team plan against Sehwag.we ask him to bowl for his shots for get his wicket.i didnt see any other reason than that econmy thing .. Then what abouth Shamindra Eranga? He's not injurd now.playing domestic and already found his form with the ball.

    Then Dimuth Karunarathne,dropd from the squd in last tour for no reason,and scoring heavily for SSC again..

    Then Bhanuka Rajapaksha,the next Sri Lankan Jayasuriya/Sanga ...not a single fail to say.doin great with A team and SSC ..also handy part time pace bowler.

    Lot of people are only talk about these few.but there is another young player Roshen Silva.average 50+ in 1st class cricket.has playd something can concern to select..but not even enough chances in A team.. Everyone need to talk about these not only when we lose,but also when team doin well...that will make the best of the best team.

  • chad_reid on March 4, 2012, 1:23 GMT

    herath got dropped coz of the 6 hit by d hussey otherwise thier is no reason to drop him

  • on March 3, 2012, 17:44 GMT

    why ajanta mendis putted aside..... bring him............... he will act as murli

  • on March 3, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    I don't understand why would you make any changes to a team which has performed so well in the CB series... The selectors should have named an unchanged squad for the Asia Cup... Herath was the most economical of Sri Lankan bowlers in this series, just because he hasn't taken many wickets doesn't give the selectors the right to drop him... he would have been very handful on these subcontinent pitches since they favour spin bowling... on what grounds is Senanayake still in the team, he should have been dropped from the team rather than Herath... in the match against Australia in Melbourne, it was Herath who made 14 useful runs in the end and not Senanayake which gave Sri Lanka the upperhand at the end of the match...

  • MyFineLeg on March 3, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    Is Shaminda Eranga fit ? PLEASE DON'T BRING BACK CHAMARA SILVA, NO MATTER WHAT FORM HE IS IN. HE SIMPLY DOESN'T HAVE THE CONFIDENCE TO BAT AT INTERNATIONAL LEVEL. Some players immediately show signs that they have what it takes, at that level - like Chandimal.

    Herath is 34, and that may be why he is not in 2015 plans. Ajantha Mendis will make an appearance against a side which still hasn't unravelled his mystery, certainly not against India or Paks. Hope Thisara is fit. reminds us of Dilshan in his young days, when he used to make some impact in every game, bat, field or bowl. He still does ......

  • JaneJosephene on March 3, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    Sangakara is better captian than Mehela. This is an important series and sangakara should have to do something, Mehela and Dilshan are good players but not good captian as compared to sangakara

  • csowmi7 on March 3, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    tired of watching India Sri Lanka matches. Sri Lanka may be an excellent team but have always lost to India recently. The India Pakistan encounter promises to be mouth watering as Pakistan have the best bowling attack in Ajmal, afridi and gul while India has the best batting in subcontinental conditions. Would love to see Ashok Dinda getting a chance as he has been phenomenal in domestic cricket. Ajmal vs Kohli should be awesome. :)

  • vk6848 on March 3, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    Herath may not have taken wickets but he bowled well even in difficult circumstances, just what one needs In ODIs. Batsmen respect him. Even in the Indian thunderstorm he was very steady- he should have bowled more that day

  • D.PERERA on March 3, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    Herath was not dropped from the team.he is going back to SL because..He is going to be a "DAD" with in the next couple of weeks.. that's the only reason he is not in Asia cup..We wish him a lot..and we can see him back in England Tour

  • on March 3, 2012, 8:43 GMT

    Off spinner Sekkuge Prasanna??

  • rkannancrown on March 3, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    I think Herath must count himself unlucky to be left out. He is a good bowler and his present average is no reflection of his contribution. I remember Sri Lanka persisting with Attapattu when his batting average, after several games, was in single digits. Murali had a poor record till Darell Hair lit the fire in him.

  • on March 3, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    rav63.. jeevan is still recovering from a fractured finger ..

  • on March 3, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    Prasana has been in the form of his life in domestic cricket and thats why he has been picked, although I would have liked to include both herath and prasana :)

  • ikmal--syd on March 3, 2012, 7:07 GMT

    more bad selections, the team is good, but we still dont have lanka's best players playing for their country fast bowlers such as eranga are not in this squad, permaratne. consistent pace bowler, what about spinners boresella and malinda pushmpakumara and more who have been taking a truckload of wickets, while roshen silva and chamara silva, yes chamara silva have been scoring a lot of runs, silva being to one to reach over fifty in most in almost every of his last 6 to 7 matches. Please selectors, we don't want to start losing again, please take us forward, forget the money.

  • on March 3, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    I wonder why Suranga Lakmal picked ahead of Shaminda Eranga. He is a promising fast bowler

  • on March 3, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    Why Herath Dropped SL Squad ..........

  • WaldermaltCricketer on March 3, 2012, 6:17 GMT

    When did Seekkuge Prasanna become a offspinner???

  • on March 3, 2012, 6:15 GMT

    why mess with a winning team, i dont understand they are doing so well with herath holding up one end with a containing role

  • on March 3, 2012, 6:09 GMT

    Great batting Sachin Who will come back in Assia Cup?

  • mohanan on March 3, 2012, 6:05 GMT

    I think they are trying out young players for future.

  • wafiq on March 3, 2012, 5:47 GMT

    what about kaushal lokuarachchi,doing great with the bat & bowl

  • Dashgar on March 3, 2012, 5:29 GMT

    That's a mistake, Herath is easily the best spin bowler in Sri Lanka.

  • on March 3, 2012, 5:18 GMT

    i wonder why suranga lakmal? his ODI ECON is over 6 runs

  • on March 3, 2012, 5:10 GMT

    Sri Lankan selectors have a habit of discarding the best and selecting the second best. Only when they get into real trouble and after lot of pressure put in by media and cricket fans only they take in the left out players. The omission of Thilan Samaraweera from the test squad to UAE and SA and subsequent taking him in the disguise as a replacement for Mahela is another classical example. The fact that Sekkugage Prasanna listed as a off break bowler is totally wrong. He is a right arm leg spinner. There are two wrong things done here. Dropping Herath when we are about play in the tri-series finals. That is sending him the message no matter what he does he will not be there in the next tour. Secondly Indians after all this humiliation may be waiting to take revenge on our bowlers in conditions favourable to them. There is a huge risk in exposing two inexperienced spinners to them. One is ok to gain experience but two of them, I think it is big mistake. I hope I am wrong!

  • rahulcricket007 on March 3, 2012, 4:56 GMT

    WHERE IS SURAJ RANDIV? HE WAS IMPRESSIE AGAINST INDIA IN TESTS & ODIS IN 2010 .

  • on March 3, 2012, 4:51 GMT

    @kalpman, lol. Why should SL only play ipl contracted players? And all those players played for SL even before ipl introduced. Playing for the country made who they are right now, not that third class t20 tournament.

  • Cpt.Meanster on March 3, 2012, 4:50 GMT

    SL and India are better off as being ONE team. God.. it's so boring when these 2 teams play. My uncle tells me SL and India play each other every weekend. I can only laugh so much. It's absolutely silly and childish what the ICC and administrators on both boards are doing. After this we also have a complete tour of India by SL sometime during the fall. I cannot take this anymore. How about some India-Pakistan games ICC ?

  • on March 3, 2012, 4:43 GMT

    Selectors made a mistake in 2011 by omitting Chandimal from world cup squad. Now again they are making a blunder by omitting Jeevan and Herath. Jeevan is a bowling allrounder. A clever cricketer and a player for the future.

  • DilumSL on March 3, 2012, 4:39 GMT

    whats wrong with herath??? he didn't get much wickets but still he is more reliable and experienced than pranna and sachthra. what happened to eranga he is not injured as plays in list a matches. he is a better choice than lakmal.

  • chatg on March 3, 2012, 4:01 GMT

    I think we should find another good left arm spinner. Yes we have Rangana but he's in is 30's. we badly need good leg spinner or lef arm spinner. We need some one like Niroshan Bandarathilaka.....To be frank there is a hole in our spinning department. we used to have the best spinning attack in the world even without murali (He can fill a whole spinning army).....

  • Rick777 on March 3, 2012, 3:42 GMT

    Excluding Herath...

    It's a big mistake as he has performed well throughout the last year. He was instrumental in taking SL to the ongoing CB series final by bowling tight spells which no blower has been able to do after Vass or Murali. While Malinga gives you the wickets while conceding runs, Herath stopped the flow of runs. This once again shows how pathetic the SL cricket selectors & administration aka politicians are. Wonder if Mahela was consulted on this team selection... If Herath does more good things in the CB series finals and if SL wins, wonder if still he is dropped. Sorry stateā€¦.

  • on March 3, 2012, 3:00 GMT

    good decision to drop Herath....sachithra too should have been dropped....we need some spinners who could turn the ball.. RANDIV was the ideal option...Im not sure why prasanna was picked...he plays in TIER B(division 2) premier league for army n he cannot be picked for his domestic performances....

  • Sachit1979 on March 3, 2012, 2:56 GMT

    I am also very much surprised with Herath's omission. Yesterday he played very vital role in Sri Lanka's win. After Christian's hat trick, he was the one who held the bat with unbeaten 14 and made a valuable partnership with Thirimanne to take Sri Lanka to a respectable score. In bowling also, he bowled the death overs and ensured tight line to restrict Australian batsmen. In other matches too he has been impressive though he did not get enough wickets. Overall I believe he has been most consistent Sri Lankan spinner in last few months after retirement of Murli and he should have been there in the squad of ASIA cup.

  • on March 3, 2012, 2:54 GMT

    @kirkiter good point. agree.

  • satish619chandar on March 3, 2012, 2:49 GMT

    With his experience and guile, Herath would be more than handy in shorter format too.. He did a great job both in SA and in Aus too.. Bad decision to drop him..

  • on March 3, 2012, 2:39 GMT

    Where is Suraj Randiv?? He is seems to be most upcoming spinner for SL side.

  • Cannuck on March 3, 2012, 2:27 GMT

    First of all I don't understand why Rangana is left out. If he is replaced I wish selectors chose someone like Jeevan Mendis who is a batting allrounder/Leg spinner. If anything this Aissie tour proved we need to stack the team with all rounders, so that we have deep batting. This is why Australia is so strong, as they have depth all the way down to #10. So with Jeevan we get a spinner replacing a spinner, but with a better bat! Other depends on the 3 injured all rounders, and their replacement. I know Kapu has been tried again & again, but hope he can make it this time. IF not this should be his last such chance.

  • on March 3, 2012, 1:33 GMT

    To all da ppl whm wonder why hearth been dropd reason becose he bowled too well in australia.if he bowled around 7 rpo selecters think twice to drop.SL gel to gether as a team nw bt look what selecters done???

  • johnathonjosephs on March 3, 2012, 1:27 GMT

    Herath dropped? Oh boy..... when will the Lankan selectors learn? They did this to Samaraweera against Pakistan too and lost badly

  • on March 3, 2012, 1:27 GMT

    @Kalpman sanga,mahela,dilly nd angy all made name them self b4 ipl ok.ipl makes talent nd enrgy out frm theis guys nd nthn to do with selection.c wt hapan to indian stars??? They cnt play outside asia. Theis all bcz of ipl reminder.

  • on March 3, 2012, 1:14 GMT

    mayb they wanted to rest herath for the english test..:s not pretending to understand the selectors here btw..

  • kirkiter on March 3, 2012, 0:07 GMT

    I wonder with the amount of cricket being played why do they limit the squad size to 14 - thats just mind boggling with the heavy workload causing so many injuries

  • on March 2, 2012, 23:34 GMT

    Rangana Herath has recorded the best bowling average during recent matches including the Friday one at MCG. Even against Indians he had the best average although he was given only five overs. His bowling has been highly commended. Unlike those days, current energetic young players are able to handle fast bowlers without any difficulties. Pl use the best resouces we have.

  • rav63 on March 2, 2012, 23:23 GMT

    sekkuge prassanna ahead of Jeevan Mendis?? what the hell Jeevan was the best spinner in the pak odi series!!! and sekkuge didnt do well . Jeevan Mendis can bat a bit too . why did he get ignored

  • on March 2, 2012, 22:46 GMT

    might be short on wickets but he bowls tight spells stemming the run flow. and he's high on confidence after 2 good tours leaving him out was the wrong move.

  • katsunn on March 2, 2012, 21:31 GMT

    prasanna is a legspinner not an offspinner as the article claims

  • on March 2, 2012, 21:03 GMT

    wheres ajantha mendis? called the 'future of spin' a few years back

  • sanath100 on March 2, 2012, 20:22 GMT

    I'm not sure why Rangana Herath wasn't picked for the series.......only 1 spinner is picked. Subcontinent pitches are for spinners, especially in Bangladesh..... I think Hearath, Ajantha Mendis, and Jeavan Mendis will be a great aset for Srilankas in Asia cup.

  • Philip_Gnana on March 2, 2012, 20:18 GMT

    What has he done wrong? Herath has been a consistent performer. It is beggar's belief that a consistently performing player is being left out. Then again, this is SL and this is not the first time. Sure the youngsters are being given a chance, but lacking an experience campaigner will cost SL Philip Gnana, Surrey

  • on March 2, 2012, 19:54 GMT

    It is very unfair to drop Herath. Very unlucky player. if CB series performance is not enough, what else selectors expecting from. My personal view is left arm spinners presence is important for evry ODI squad.Herath was over looked many occasions priviously aswel.

  • CricketPissek on March 2, 2012, 19:46 GMT

    Ajantha Mendis is getting a raw deal!

  • ARad on March 2, 2012, 19:44 GMT

    Are the selectors watching the current triangular ODI series in Australia? Herath has been a bright spot in the bowling department considering that spinners do not receive a lot of assistance from Australian wickets. Bowling economy as well as how a player handles the match situation says a lot about a bowler since different players have different roles in ODIs. Omitting Herath without explanation is a bad idea (especially if the explanation has anything to do with his bowling average.)

    Kapugedara?? Kapugedara??!!

  • on March 2, 2012, 19:21 GMT

    he may be rested bcoz he hav to play a big part against ENG in upcoming 2test matches

  • Sinhaya on March 2, 2012, 19:19 GMT

    I think Shaminda Eranga would be a better idea than Suranga Lakmal. Good idea to leave out Prasad and Welegedara for Bangladesh where pitches will only favor spin bowling.

  • mike88 on March 2, 2012, 19:12 GMT

    comon...herath should have played....

  • anuradea on March 2, 2012, 18:55 GMT

    To Drop Herath who was part of our success in australia just before the finals is not great. The least they could have done was to wait until the finals are over. Timeing is everything in management and our selectors need some HR management lessons!!!!!!!!!

  • on March 2, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    I don't think dropping Herath is a good Idea. Atleast we should have get one extra batsman. Banuka Rajapasha would e the best choice. I don't mind Chamara Kapugedara as well. I don't think we need 6 seam bowlers for Asian pitches.

  • Sobat on March 2, 2012, 18:52 GMT

    I think the team is on the right direction and only problem i see here is dropping herath... yes we need wickets in the middle overs... but we all played in bouncy wickets ... but he did bowl well we must say it... and replacing him with prassanna dont make much diference.... im sure

  • cri.lk on March 2, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    Sri lankan selectors ....ple bring BHANUKA RAJAPAKSA in team as soon as possible boz he need to get match practice......if selectors want keep him out of team ...in future will be disappoint by sri lankan cricket fans.... so we have to face next world cup in australia and new zeland...Bhanuka is just 20 year old one of talented batsman in sl ...open you eyes... rubbuish selectors of sri lankan.if you are doing politics in cricket that s not good my friend....i am keen on youngers batsman forever.........when banuka play at domestic match in ssc which he was bat at no5 or 6,,so if he scored 178 ,160 so give him chance at natinol side of sri lanka.....i hope that he will be 2 mattew hyaden.sure 100/:

  • Charindra on March 2, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    And great to see Lakmal back in the side. The pace bowling department has a lot of honest performers, but lacks firepower beyond the incomparable Malinga. And good to see Tharanga retained, although he might not get a game at all. It would have been terrible if he had been dropped so suddenly, after being a mainstay for about 7 years, and performing consistently.

  • Charindra on March 2, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    Did the SL selectors really have to announce the squad right before the finals series?? Now, if Herath is picked to play in the finals, he might be demotivated and turn in a poor performance, not even being his usual economical self, because he will feel that there's nothing to play for. Not very smart in my opinion....

  • on March 2, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    These selectors have done a huge mistake by omitting Herath. He is more reliable than Sachithra and Prasanna.

  • on March 2, 2012, 18:05 GMT

    only two spinners in the squad for a sub continent series?

  • on March 2, 2012, 17:58 GMT

    Why Prasanna??? It would have been better if Randiv was recalled!

  • on March 2, 2012, 17:01 GMT

    Still no Mendis, strange, but with the injury to Thisara I guess Kapugedara will be called if he plays well in CB Series finals, if he is selected in the final XI that is...

  • on March 2, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    where is rangana herath?

  • samuditha on March 2, 2012, 16:37 GMT

    where z herath?????????????????

  • Solace1 on March 2, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    Lakmal?? Prasanna?? selectors have made a serious joke of themselves here, these people haven't even been able to bag ipl contracts then how can they shine for lanka now? look at the shining stars like matthews sanga dilshan mahela etc, they are all in a top position because ipl made them what they are now!!

  • on March 2, 2012, 16:27 GMT

    Can someone explain me why Prasanna gets the nod ahead of Randiv?

  • Danufur on March 2, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    Yay! SL play INDIA.... AGAIN! Booooring!

  • on March 2, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    what about shaminda eranga he has been performing well with ball and bat.why not giving him a chance.he is an excellent swinger of the ball on both sides of wicket. do take him

  • on March 2, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    why R.Herath has been excluded???

  • on March 2, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    can someone tell me what randiv had done to dropped from national team? and what other spinners have doing better than him? this is clearly politics, randiv by far the best spinner in sl, he was grooming awesomely after murali retirement,however selectors destroyed his promising career, as they always do to most players,

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  • on March 2, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    can someone tell me what randiv had done to dropped from national team? and what other spinners have doing better than him? this is clearly politics, randiv by far the best spinner in sl, he was grooming awesomely after murali retirement,however selectors destroyed his promising career, as they always do to most players,

  • on March 2, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    why R.Herath has been excluded???

  • on March 2, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    what about shaminda eranga he has been performing well with ball and bat.why not giving him a chance.he is an excellent swinger of the ball on both sides of wicket. do take him

  • Danufur on March 2, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    Yay! SL play INDIA.... AGAIN! Booooring!

  • on March 2, 2012, 16:27 GMT

    Can someone explain me why Prasanna gets the nod ahead of Randiv?

  • Solace1 on March 2, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    Lakmal?? Prasanna?? selectors have made a serious joke of themselves here, these people haven't even been able to bag ipl contracts then how can they shine for lanka now? look at the shining stars like matthews sanga dilshan mahela etc, they are all in a top position because ipl made them what they are now!!

  • samuditha on March 2, 2012, 16:37 GMT

    where z herath?????????????????

  • on March 2, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    where is rangana herath?

  • on March 2, 2012, 17:01 GMT

    Still no Mendis, strange, but with the injury to Thisara I guess Kapugedara will be called if he plays well in CB Series finals, if he is selected in the final XI that is...

  • on March 2, 2012, 17:58 GMT

    Why Prasanna??? It would have been better if Randiv was recalled!