Asia Cup 2012 March 14, 2012

Shaminda Eranga picked to replace Mathews


Shaminda Eranga, the fast-bowling allrounder, has been picked to replace the injured Angelo Mathews in the Sri Lanka squad currently playing in the Asia Cup.

Ashantha de Mel, Sri Lanka's chairman of selectors, said that Eranga was picked because the team needed to bolster its rank of fast bowlers for the rest of the tournament. "Lasith Malinga is nursing a groin strain and he was left out of the first match against India," De Mel said. "He will most probably play in tomorrow's game against Pakistan, We thought Eranga, who has recovered from his shoulder injury, would be useful because he can bat as well."

Eranga made his Test debut against Australia at the SSC last year, taking 4 for 65. He has scored a first-class hundred and four half-centuries in his 41-match career. Eranga was originally named in Sri Lanka's Test squad to play Pakistan in the UAE last year, but had to withdraw with a shoulder injury to his right arm.

Apart from Mathews, who has been ruled out with a calf muscle injury, Sri Lanka have also lost the services of another fast bowling all-rounder, Thisara Perera, who picked up a back injury during the triangular one-day series in Australia that also featured India.

Edited by Tariq Engineer

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  • Sumeet on March 15, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    Eranga has been an impressive bowler. However, I remember there was a very impressive SL bowler by name Amerasinghe in the 2008 CB series played in Australia. Whatever happened to him? Can my SL friends here throw some light?

  • ikmal on March 15, 2012, 5:13 GMT

    excellent selection, eranga is our next more talented bowler behind the mop, he has swing, line and length and he's only going to get better, u can't be a bad bowler, in fact ur a good one if u can get ponting and clarke on debut, u may remember. very nervous about today's game

  • Satish on March 15, 2012, 4:21 GMT

    As SL Were looking for pace bowling option with some batting abilities, Eranga can fit in it decently.. He had a good debut series.. They would have been tempted to include in Dhammika.. He showed good temperament in Australia.. @JustIPL : Really?? Did SL brush aside India in CB series?

  • Eranga on March 15, 2012, 2:46 GMT

    @LuckyLukcy.Know something? Jeewan is injured and hasen't played any cricket for 2 or so months. Suraj is available though.

  • Lucky on March 14, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    What we are missing is a good spin bawling allrounder. replace Kapugedara with Jeewan Mendis. And swop Prasanna with Randiv. Selecters should know this is subcontinent for crist shake

  • asiri on March 14, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    its good move. sl should drop kapugedara,lakmal, and replace eranga and malinga for the playing 11.And promot maharoof in to no.7 to bat he can bat through the innings

  • V.L on March 14, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    @JustIPL Brushing aside?We have beaten SL 3-1 since worldcup. And Malinga was "rested" because the Lankans are afriad that a 23 year old will rip his bowling to shreds. Remember Malinga does not play tests. So thats the only possible reason. Me thinks Maling will play against Pak tomorrow.

  • Aruna on March 14, 2012, 15:12 GMT


  • Abdul on March 14, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    Good decision has taken by SL selectors to bring Shaminda Eranga, as a replacement for Angel.SL should play all the time with confidence. pls pls SL play with confidence.

  • Dinindu on March 14, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    finally a good thing...i think Randiv should be in too.he's taking wickets as well.took 11 wickets in last game....selectors should do something for kapugedara ...we are wasting such a talent in down the order....will be more handy in top of the order ...if mahela,sanga and dilshan is not gonna play for next world cup,why cant we give some rest for one of them and ask youngster to bat @ top ..kapu will good choice for #3 or #4 ....we just wasting him as we did since long time ...

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