Asia Cup 2010 June 9, 2010

No Jayasuriya and Mendis in Asia Cup squad

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Forty-year-old opener Sanath Jayasuriya has been dropped from the 15-member Sri Lanka squad for the Asia Cup starting in Dambulla next week. Also missing from the line-up is spinner Ajantha Mendis, while fast-bowling allrounder Farveez Maharoof is back in favour after recovering from a side strain which had kept him out of contention since February last year.

This was the first squad picked by Sri Lanka's new selection panel, headed by former captain Aravinda de Silva, who took charge two weeks ago.

Sri Lanka coach Trevor Bayliss had warned at the start of the year that Jayasuriya was unlikely to be picked as a specialist opener and that he would have to force his way in as a spinning allrounder if he was to play the 2011 World Cup. He had been left out of Sri Lanka's side for the tri-series in Bangladesh earlier this year as well, and had been moved out of his favoured opening slot to the middle order late last year. Jayasuriya's most recent outings for the national side were at the recent World Twenty20 in the West Indies, where he had a miserable time, averaging 3.75 in six matches.

There were some surprises in the slow-bowling department with left-arm spinner Rangana Herath, who last played an ODI in 2004, chosen ahead of Mendis, who has had a reasonably good tri-series in Zimbabwe. Two offspinners at opposite ends of their careers, 38-year-old Muttiah Muralitharan and newcomer Suraj Randiv, are the other specialist spinners.

The Asia Cup will be held in Sri Lanka from June 15-24. India, Pakistan and Bangladesh are the other participating countries.

Squad: Kumar Sangakkara (capt & wk), Muttiah Muralitharan (vc), Mahela Jayawardene, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Upul Tharanga, Thilan Samaraweera, Angelo Mathews, Farveez Maharoof, Chamara Kapugedara, Nuwan Kulasekara, Chanaka Welegedara, Lasith Malinga, Suraj Randiv, Rangana Herath, Thilina Kandamby.

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  • shameerpvt on June 14, 2010, 4:08 GMT

    There is only one question in the selection of Aravinda De Silva & it is the selection of Thilina Kandamby who had a fair bit of opportunity, but didn't show his potential to us. But lets see how Thilina Kandamby is performing after giving the opportunity. Well done Aravinda, you took the SL Cricket towards the right direction....

  • PraveenAkm on June 12, 2010, 9:46 GMT

    Sana is a legend, but now time has come to say good bye to him. Seems Ara is heading the right direction with new selection committee. He has given the reasonable comments for each excludes and includes of players. And I'm sure Ara will provide a world cup wining team. Cheers…….!

  • on June 12, 2010, 5:01 GMT

    That selection was fine accept one thing, they should select chandimal instead of kandamby. coz batsmen like chandimal can make the game away from opposition anytime, that we all ready seen in zimbabwe. furthermore chandimal got the ability to hit sixes in any time, thats the thing sl team struggling past few years .

  • criczed on June 11, 2010, 21:33 GMT

    Selecting the batting lineup going to be tricky for Kumar and Trevor this time. They would have to drop someone between Kanda, Kapu or Thilan. My bet it all three will be given a chance. Then again opening the batting will also be a question. Dili, Upul & Mahela are all in good form. For Upul there is no place other than opening so decision will be between Mahela and Dili. I think we should stick to the old line up with Dili opening and Mahela may be 1 down or 2 down. And now bowling. I think SL will play two spinners. Murali & Suraj are the picks for me. Rangana might play against india or Ban but still doubt his place .only if something really go bad with the two offys Rangana will get a chance.on the fast bowling department I am sure Nuwan will play all the matches and Lasi, Chanaka & Maroof might get to play between them. Looking forward for some interesting matches to come on espn3.

  • criczed on June 11, 2010, 21:32 GMT

    Good Team selection. Chandimal & Jeevan can play in Aussie conditions and prove that they are ready for the world cup. Sana.. I am sure it's a sad story but I still think he can win us a game on a good day. But good days are hardly come by for Sanath these days. But I wish him luck if he can prove him self to come back and play for the world cup. contd..

  • Ishanka_Sampath on June 11, 2010, 7:17 GMT

    Good team. bt I hope Youngest player Dinesh chandimal should be in this squad.because he performed well in the Zimbabwe series. Arrival of Maharoof is a pleasing matter. We all should agree that Sanath was a good batsman for decades. Bt now it is time 2 leave 4 him. So I wish that he will get that decision soon. So finally I wish our guys to be the Asian champions again. Sanga, be cool, u can do it . wish u all d best. I forgot..... great Aravida de silva, I think u will do ur best 2 take the world cup 2 Sri lanka this time. Wish u all d best too.

  • Zookinii on June 11, 2010, 6:23 GMT

    I think Thilan Samaraweera is a much better batsmen than Kapugedara or Kandambi. Samaraweera is like Lanka's dravid. Classy player indeed. Adds stability to the side. He may be slow in the beginning but he brings up his strike rate and is guranteed to give you more than Kapugedara or Kandambi.

  • Decimus on June 10, 2010, 23:09 GMT

    For SL Cricket, Mahela Jayawardena is Sri Lnaka... See More's best batsmen. From what I read and heard Mahela believes that he can better express himself if he opens the batting for Sri Lanka. So my question is why can't you get Mahela to open the batting with Upul Tharanga? Because just like Sri Lanka make cricket pitches for Sri Lanka's best bowler--Murali to bowl, why can't you accommodate Sri Lanka's best batsmen with his preferred batting position in the batting order. I'm sure Dilshan will make a very good 2down batsmen.

  • Cannuck on June 10, 2010, 19:34 GMT

    FINALLY I say! The old man is dropped! Wonder where his friend HLANGL (a.k.a Ass De Mel) who couldn't read between Ara's words & intentions of not criticizing an "old" legend publicly, & wrote here and singled me out as the main guy wanting Sana out of the SL team? See my friend, saner heads have prevailed, & SL cricket is finally on the right track. Few people here have pointed out why Chandimal & few others are not picked, for a good reason of touring Aussies with the A team. But I don't think any selection would make all of us happy, so let's trust that Ara knows what he is doing! Way to go Ara, & I hope the one time legend & MP for Matara finally sees the writing on the wall, & walk into the sunset (or to lake Diyawanna, where the SL parliament is). As for HLANGL, I can't wait to hear what he has to say about his "old man" being dropped-may be he will defend it as him being rested. Scary thing is knowing SL politics, he could be right, & the old man may yet make an appearance!!

  • amilasan on June 10, 2010, 18:52 GMT

    Well....well...how sad it is cricketing world changes....Both heros of last Asia cup final are out of the team. Do you remember the 100 of Sana? What did you do that day....? I am asking from the people who becomes happier by dropping him. Really shame on you people. Mendis picked 6 wickets for 13. Although asian teams would pick him, we could have given him a chance. I am a SriLankan supporter. I have a feeling that Sri Lanka can't win the Asia cup this time with this team. Lets see....

  • shameerpvt on June 14, 2010, 4:08 GMT

    There is only one question in the selection of Aravinda De Silva & it is the selection of Thilina Kandamby who had a fair bit of opportunity, but didn't show his potential to us. But lets see how Thilina Kandamby is performing after giving the opportunity. Well done Aravinda, you took the SL Cricket towards the right direction....

  • PraveenAkm on June 12, 2010, 9:46 GMT

    Sana is a legend, but now time has come to say good bye to him. Seems Ara is heading the right direction with new selection committee. He has given the reasonable comments for each excludes and includes of players. And I'm sure Ara will provide a world cup wining team. Cheers…….!

  • on June 12, 2010, 5:01 GMT

    That selection was fine accept one thing, they should select chandimal instead of kandamby. coz batsmen like chandimal can make the game away from opposition anytime, that we all ready seen in zimbabwe. furthermore chandimal got the ability to hit sixes in any time, thats the thing sl team struggling past few years .

  • criczed on June 11, 2010, 21:33 GMT

    Selecting the batting lineup going to be tricky for Kumar and Trevor this time. They would have to drop someone between Kanda, Kapu or Thilan. My bet it all three will be given a chance. Then again opening the batting will also be a question. Dili, Upul & Mahela are all in good form. For Upul there is no place other than opening so decision will be between Mahela and Dili. I think we should stick to the old line up with Dili opening and Mahela may be 1 down or 2 down. And now bowling. I think SL will play two spinners. Murali & Suraj are the picks for me. Rangana might play against india or Ban but still doubt his place .only if something really go bad with the two offys Rangana will get a chance.on the fast bowling department I am sure Nuwan will play all the matches and Lasi, Chanaka & Maroof might get to play between them. Looking forward for some interesting matches to come on espn3.

  • criczed on June 11, 2010, 21:32 GMT

    Good Team selection. Chandimal & Jeevan can play in Aussie conditions and prove that they are ready for the world cup. Sana.. I am sure it's a sad story but I still think he can win us a game on a good day. But good days are hardly come by for Sanath these days. But I wish him luck if he can prove him self to come back and play for the world cup. contd..

  • Ishanka_Sampath on June 11, 2010, 7:17 GMT

    Good team. bt I hope Youngest player Dinesh chandimal should be in this squad.because he performed well in the Zimbabwe series. Arrival of Maharoof is a pleasing matter. We all should agree that Sanath was a good batsman for decades. Bt now it is time 2 leave 4 him. So I wish that he will get that decision soon. So finally I wish our guys to be the Asian champions again. Sanga, be cool, u can do it . wish u all d best. I forgot..... great Aravida de silva, I think u will do ur best 2 take the world cup 2 Sri lanka this time. Wish u all d best too.

  • Zookinii on June 11, 2010, 6:23 GMT

    I think Thilan Samaraweera is a much better batsmen than Kapugedara or Kandambi. Samaraweera is like Lanka's dravid. Classy player indeed. Adds stability to the side. He may be slow in the beginning but he brings up his strike rate and is guranteed to give you more than Kapugedara or Kandambi.

  • Decimus on June 10, 2010, 23:09 GMT

    For SL Cricket, Mahela Jayawardena is Sri Lnaka... See More's best batsmen. From what I read and heard Mahela believes that he can better express himself if he opens the batting for Sri Lanka. So my question is why can't you get Mahela to open the batting with Upul Tharanga? Because just like Sri Lanka make cricket pitches for Sri Lanka's best bowler--Murali to bowl, why can't you accommodate Sri Lanka's best batsmen with his preferred batting position in the batting order. I'm sure Dilshan will make a very good 2down batsmen.

  • Cannuck on June 10, 2010, 19:34 GMT

    FINALLY I say! The old man is dropped! Wonder where his friend HLANGL (a.k.a Ass De Mel) who couldn't read between Ara's words & intentions of not criticizing an "old" legend publicly, & wrote here and singled me out as the main guy wanting Sana out of the SL team? See my friend, saner heads have prevailed, & SL cricket is finally on the right track. Few people here have pointed out why Chandimal & few others are not picked, for a good reason of touring Aussies with the A team. But I don't think any selection would make all of us happy, so let's trust that Ara knows what he is doing! Way to go Ara, & I hope the one time legend & MP for Matara finally sees the writing on the wall, & walk into the sunset (or to lake Diyawanna, where the SL parliament is). As for HLANGL, I can't wait to hear what he has to say about his "old man" being dropped-may be he will defend it as him being rested. Scary thing is knowing SL politics, he could be right, & the old man may yet make an appearance!!

  • amilasan on June 10, 2010, 18:52 GMT

    Well....well...how sad it is cricketing world changes....Both heros of last Asia cup final are out of the team. Do you remember the 100 of Sana? What did you do that day....? I am asking from the people who becomes happier by dropping him. Really shame on you people. Mendis picked 6 wickets for 13. Although asian teams would pick him, we could have given him a chance. I am a SriLankan supporter. I have a feeling that Sri Lanka can't win the Asia cup this time with this team. Lets see....

  • jerryman on June 10, 2010, 18:49 GMT

    happy that they dropped jayasuriya , especially if he is in the side only for bowling , the side is ok , however would have liked to see maybe dilhara fernando for welagedera and ajanta mendis included jehan mubarak is another player who would have done well. kandamby in a 50 over side is good , especially to strenghten the middle order with an anchor role in the event of Sl loosing 5 wickets with less than 50 on the board ... ahppy to see dilshan and tharanga getting back to form... could be a formidable side ...

  • Indike on June 10, 2010, 18:29 GMT

    Mahela, Will you be opening the batting in ODIs with Upul Tharanga? As Sri Lanka's best batsman I belive you're better equipped opening batsmen than Dilshan or Tharanga. I belive that you should consider the open position. Because as a batsmen in the Sri Lanka lineup you have have made more hundreds than anyone else and you know how to build a big inning...Look what Sachin Tendulkar and Mark Waugh did when they started to open the batting for their country's.

  • on June 10, 2010, 18:27 GMT

    That selection was fine accept one thing, they should select chandimal instead of kandammby, bcoz he can get some experience against India & Pakistan. we have to play the world cup in Asian country only not in Australia. so its good for him & future srilankan cricket also. we need some more young player like chandimal. i think we missing chandimal.

  • sumedha_de_silva on June 10, 2010, 17:46 GMT

    hi all

    I agree with the team , it is good.

    Maharoof should get a chance after the injury , he was playing well and proven.

    question on Dilhara- he is not consistent and leak so many runs . So he is very risky player. But again in his day (not many) he is deadly but leak quite few runs.

    on jeevan mendis- he is good , but he has to prove little bit more , let him go to australia with team A and prove

    on Chandimal- again he is talented but not solid number one yet. let him get more experience in australia.

    About the seniors left- they are the best so far , you cannot drop any of them . Jaya deserve the axe . He is too old now . he should go back to matara and help produce good players and build the city. Make sure st servatious do well in cricket. sumedha (sri lankan and naturalized US citizen) Sri alnka vs USa , i support Sri lanka in cricket but any toher sport i have to support usa.

  • on June 10, 2010, 17:07 GMT

    Ayyo, why did Ara pick fatty Kandamby in the squad? Honestly, he is not at all worth a place in the side. I would've picked the impressive all-rounder, Jeevan Mendis, instead. Chamara Krapugedara should have also been dropped and Thirimanne should've been picked! Also, it is good that Chandimal is being sent to Australia with the A-side as he will gain a lot of cricketing experience in terms of playing on fast pitches and against genuinely fast bowlers. It is better than playing in a useless tournament like the Asia Cup, where we will face useless teams like India, Pakistan and Bangladesh!

  • sarith01 on June 10, 2010, 16:49 GMT

    Maharoof is a better option than perera since he is a good bowler(suits for dambulla). Herath is a good bowler & mendis needs to improve. It could have been better if dilhara was selected over welagedara. Any way selectors have done well.they have selected a team to win the Asia Cup & to form a sqaud for WC as well. chandimal, 2 mendis' & thisara will be definite contenders for WC XI. Let see how it goes in Asia cup & aussie tour. All the best Sri Lanka

  • sarith01 on June 10, 2010, 16:25 GMT

    I think this is a very good selection.there is a vry fair reason behind every inclution & exclution. There is no problem for evry one about inclution of Sanga,mahela,taranga,dilshan,mathews,malinga,murali,randiv,kulasekara & exclution of sanath J in the XV. Then if u consider middle order 2 out of chandimal,thilan,kapu,kanda,jeewan have a chance in the XI. Because we have many all rounders we need specialist batsmen for middle order.so there won't be a chance for j . mendis in playing XI. It's a far better experience for him to play against Aussie A team than be in the bench in AC.Same goes with chandimal.even though he could be the best choise for middle order thilan's & kanda's batting styles will be suitable 4 dambulla conditions(remember it's not a 300 pitch).kapu has a nother chance to improve.

  • on June 10, 2010, 16:01 GMT

    @Dilshan Abeysekera..

    They were sent to Australia with the Lanka A team. Thats going to be alot better exposure than the current Asia Cup. Which honestly, is one of the most BORING tournaments around!

  • on June 10, 2010, 15:41 GMT

    It's hilarious to read the comments such as "just coz you played the game, it doesn't mean you know everything". This is about a man who won us the world cup & considered by most as the "cricketing-brain behind the leadership of Arjuna". I've followed SL cricket since the 1st test in '82 (unlike many who became "die-hard" cricket fans after '96 & of ODIs) & follow the domestic comps closely. Yet, I never consider myself to know better than the selectors, who has performed at the highest level & look at many aspects (popular sentiment not being one of those). As Ara has explained clearly (which I had wanted all his predecessors to do), with the current stable batting lineup (with return of Sanga/Mahela), Chandimals choices are "Benchwarmer in Dambulla" or "a challenging tour of Australia". If I were DC, I know which I'd prefer. As for AM, if ara says he's out for tactical reasons, that's good enough for me. Remember how the last tactical move with AM (last asia cup) worked for us?

  • randikaayya on June 10, 2010, 15:40 GMT

    Before questioning the non-selection of Jeevan Mendis and Chandimal, please go read the other post about the same topic. I totally agree with Aravinda's declaration about giving these two lads more exposure down under with the A team is better than having them warm the benches at the quadrangular in Dambulla. They are the future of Sri Lankan cricket and they'll be better served with competitive exposure in Australia.

  • Sulaimaan91 on June 10, 2010, 14:03 GMT

    not selecting Chandimal and JMendis is absolutely correct, as stated by aravinda himself, Chandimal and JMendis are touring australia with SL A team rather than warming the benches in Asia cup where SL plays a max. of only 4 matches and the batting line up looks full.Surprise is not selecting Dilhara ahead of Welegedara since dilhara bowled really well in Zim.

  • on June 10, 2010, 13:33 GMT

    Dnt knw y they picked Kandamby.... damn it

  • NISH67 on June 10, 2010, 13:23 GMT

    I understand that Aravinda has said Chandimal is better off playing with the A team in Australia rather than warming the bench in the Asia cup . While the point he makes has logic , why would Chandimal warm the bench - he should be an automatic choice in the team ahead of Kapugedara and Samaraweera after his stupendous showing in the Tri nation tournament . This is how you reward performances from youngsters and help them build on the confidence gained rather than pack them off to an alien land in difficult conditions at the beginning of their career . God forbid if Chandimal has a horrendous tour of Aussie, what will the selectors do ? . In any case Aravinda is contradicting his own words uttered at his inaugural press do , where he specifically said , his main aim is to build a team for the 2011 WC and in pursuit of same , the team should play and win as many matches/tournaments as possible . Last time I checked the best way to do that is ensure you play your best team !

  • on June 10, 2010, 13:18 GMT

    As several people so rightly said, dropping Mendis could most probably be to hide him and allow to work more on his mystery deliveries.However I think if any Sri Lankan bowler should be chosen on the side, it has to be Mendis (well actually more so Murali, but you get my point).I think Samaraweera provides that rock in the middle order.Randiv the metronome of a spinner has a rightful place in the squad Jeeva and Chandimal should rightly play in Australia, to condition themselves to inernational cricket. They are potential stars and it is importantto groom them for the future, and I am surprised that Thissara Perera the hard hitter and usually extremely economical bowler is not in there, he is a great talent.And I am a tiny bit upset but not surprised that our best ever pace bowler, Vaas was not considered especially he is in form for teams in Sri Lanka, India and England. We have so many bowlers that our fourth ever highest ODI wickettaker (Fernando) is not there. Yes Maharoof is back!

  • on June 10, 2010, 12:55 GMT

    kandamby.....................................

  • on June 10, 2010, 12:54 GMT

    well Aravinda &Co congrats for your judgement!!! Ajanta Mendis has been mastered by the Indians and Pakistanis,,they play him very well and make him look very ordinary in the recent past. He was new at the last asia cup when inidans had not figured him out at that time,,, but times have changed. Jayasuriya should have been kicked out a while ago,,, it was long over due<<< this does not mean he has not contributed greatly in the past,,, well that is the past and now we are on the present and he cant be selected on just past glory,,, he should have taken lessons from Aravinda and Arjuna and know to quit gracefully before being kicked out.

  • NISH67 on June 10, 2010, 12:48 GMT

    We all had high hopes when Aravinda took over as chairman of selectors but if the first squad picked by his team is anything to go by , Sri Lankan supporters are in for a another frustrating spell . Where in the wide world is Chandimal and Jeevan mendis , also fernando who bowled with genuine pace in Zim and also seemed to have overcome his no- balling problems of the past ??? . Maharoof is a spent force - they have also left out the talented Thisara Perera . Leaving Ajantha mendis out for a while seems like a good idea as he has become very predictable . Only hope and pray that this selection trend is not a forerunner to what we can expect from this new panel, if it is so , we are doomed as a cricketing nation !

  • shameerpvt on June 10, 2010, 12:41 GMT

    I think, Thilina Kandamby & Thilan Samaraweera should be replaced by other youngsters, especially Dinesh Chandimal or Jeewan Mendis or Jeewantha Kulathunga or some new talented player. I don't say Thilina Kandamby & Thilan Samaraweera are not talented, but they have shown difficulty in changing their game according to the requirements of modern cricket of scoring quick runs. It was seen that,Thilan Samaraweera didn't play any big shot consistently during the tour of Zimbabwe, but tried to push the ball like in a test match. But even that he was not successful & only consumed balls adding pressure to other players to score runs quickly. Thilina Kandamby also could be put into same category as we understand him. Therefore, players including into the national side must be challenging to the new requirements of cricket & give priority to players who can score quick runs & be the victor in our team at any time.

  • CKfrombrisbane on June 10, 2010, 12:39 GMT

    Well done ! Great job ! This look like my dream team. Hope that young talanted Dinesh Chandismal will get an opportunity in future. I am sure definitely he is . Any way Good job well done Mr ARAVINDA. You are my best cirkecter all the time.

  • ashy16in_ on June 10, 2010, 12:34 GMT

    I am surprised that Mendis and Dilhara have not been included for the Asia Cup because they are wicket taking bowlers and they were the most impressive bowlers in the Zimbabwe Tri Series. I would have preferred to see Mendis for Herath, Dilhara for Welegedara and Chandimal for Samaraweera. I am sure Pakistan and Bangladesh must be heaving a big sigh of relief because there is no Mendis to torment them with the carrom ball.

  • Ajithlk on June 10, 2010, 12:15 GMT

    I think its a very good move to have allowed Chandimal and Jeewan to go ahead on the A team tour to australia, than to have them in the Asia cup side which is played between India, bangladesh , pakistan and us in Dambulla. The exposure and value these two will get in the aussie tour will count to much more than the asia cup over here. Well done to the new selection committee!!

  • on June 10, 2010, 11:41 GMT

    Guys who perform well in ZIM not selected. Contact Mr Arvinda De Silva ask him why Chandimal and Ajanta not picked? Remember last Asia cup Ajanta Mendis who won the Asia Cup for us. Resent tour of ZIM Chandimal shows his colours geting his first 100. Kandamby is a slow runner. He always get out during a runout.

    If I am the chief selector I choose Mendis and Chandimal over Rangana and Kandamby. Any body have Arvinda's contact no

  • on June 10, 2010, 11:37 GMT

    chandimal & Jeevan should have in place of Thilina Kandamby and thilan samaraweera, if Aravinda going for 2011 WC better choice of those players.

  • burner1985 on June 10, 2010, 11:30 GMT

    It was a good start getting rid of sanath, but I would have rather had Jeevan Mendis in for Herath, Thissara Perera for Maharoof and Dilahra for Welegedara. These guys have not done anything in the domestic season and have failed on previous tours, specailly Welegedara. Other than that it looks like a good squad. Wonder where Vass is though. If they can give guys like Samaraweera and Herath a go, why not Vass?

  • on June 10, 2010, 11:17 GMT

    Where is Dinesh Chandimal..... & Jeewan Mendis.... Please give the chance to young talented players

  • YAlwis on June 10, 2010, 11:16 GMT

    I think Aravinda and his team got one selection wrong, Chandimal needs to be in and Kapugedara should be out. It is a good move to drop Sanath. Sanath is now on a declining stage and I think he should gracefully retire from international cricket.

  • lchanna on June 10, 2010, 11:12 GMT

    Dinesh chandimal should be in side though sanath not in squad SL can win matches I think selectors of Sl not giving opportunities for younger players instead they try to keep their old team

  • harry_sl on June 10, 2010, 11:09 GMT

    i really dont see why some people hate tharanga... i think he has to be in the team... chandimal and thirimanne has more time, so they should go with the A team and gain some more experience.. the only problem is who will open with tharanga.. my XI would be; 1. Mahela Jayawardena/Dilshan 2. Upul tharanga 3. Kumar Sangakkara 4. Thilan Samaraweera/Mahela 5. Tilakaratne Dilshan/Samaraweera 6. Angelo Mathews /Maharoof 7. Thilina Kandamb/ Hapugedara i 8. Suraj Randiv 9.. Nuwan Kulasekara 10. Lasith Malinga 11. Muttiah Muralitharan/Rangana herath but i think mahela and upul should open, since they both are very fond of big scores, patnerships and can be aggressive when needed... but dilshan must be in the team...

  • Imran711 on June 10, 2010, 10:57 GMT

    Thanks to aravinda that he had some changes on ASIA cup 2010. Good decision that has been taken chandimal going to play with A side in Australia. that he can get more experience. Sanath Jayasuria that he should retired now and give opportunity for youngsters. Good decision about Ajantha mendis that he should drop for some series because his performance its very poor than others. Good decision has take that Mahroof is back. but he came from the injury, should get chance to prove his self. Thilina kandambey that he should be dropped. and Dilhara should be in. Best of luck for the Sri Lankan cricket team. Hip hip Hurray.

  • Avishka247 on June 10, 2010, 10:47 GMT

    Aravinda Da Silva is my cricketing hero and was very happy when he took over as chairmain of selecting committee. However, the squad that has been selected for Asia Cup is a joke! Dinesh Chandimal should be there, there's no question about that. He should've simply replaced Tilan Samaraweera! if not, Chanaka Welagedera! Don't need so many bowlers. If they wanted variations in the attack why drop Tilina Tushara? Where did Rangana Herath come from? I rather have Jayasuriya as a left arm spinner than have him! (Herath is a good bowler but he sud be in the test side!) Once again, Jivan Mendis could've included as his leg spin bowlling is good for one dayers. Selectors, plz use common sense! Just coz you played the game, it doesn't mean you know everything! If I was a selector, I would've selected these players, Sanga, Mahela,Dilshan,Mathews,Murali,DINESH CHANDIMAL,Malinga,Randiv,Jivan Mendis,Tharanga,Kapu,Thushara,Kulasekara,Kandamby and between Herath/Jayasuriya(purley as bowling allround

  • tedmurphy on June 10, 2010, 10:29 GMT

    Jeevantha Kulatunga?. Are the new selectors also sidelining this talented player?. Jeevantha is the only player to score centuries in all Prov. formats : 4 dayers, 50 overs and T20 Tournaments in 2010. Dilshan like (or better) fielder, he can also bowl well as he has shown in domestc 4 dayers this year taking 4 wickets in the small number of overs given to him for bowling by his team's captain while captain himself bowling more than a regular bowler with no impact. (No impact, but surprisingly he is seen as a reserve somewhere). Even at a time when so many tournaments are present this talented player (Jeevantha Kulatunga) is not seen around.

    Aravinda please give us spectators a few chances to see how this very committed palyer (Jeevantha Kulatunga) would employ his talents against a few international sides before it is too late.

  • CricketPissek on June 10, 2010, 10:20 GMT

    you cant expect Dinesh Chandimal to be included in the squad when Sanga has returned. of course he's done well and is an exciting prospect, but his time will come. Herath's inclusion ahead of Ajantha Mendis is a surprise indeed. Damn shame too cos Mendis was just getting his groove back, and Herath is more of a test bowler. I hope Jeevan Mendis won't disappear into the wilderness because he's an exciting prospect as well. Overall, a decent squad selected by Aravinda & Co.

  • Main_Culprit on June 10, 2010, 10:01 GMT

    The is my team - 1.Mahela 2.Dilshan 3.Upul 4.Sanga 5.Anjelo 6.Kapu 7.Maharoof 8.Randhiv/Herath/Bandara 9.Kulasekera 10.Malinga 11.Murali. See the balance of this with plenty of options. If the front line does well, there is hitting power in the middle.4 medium pacers and three spinners to choose from. what you think????

  • fusionsun on June 10, 2010, 10:01 GMT

    so happy to see the back of Sanath Jayasuriya... you need to be passionate about playing for your country only as far as you're capable of delivering the goods...

  • LALITHKURUWITA on June 10, 2010, 9:57 GMT

    Aravinda will be kicked out by Namal Jarapaksa for dropping MP.

  • sundermagy on June 10, 2010, 9:30 GMT

    Its absolutely rubbish to leave out the young and talented Dinesh Chandimal and Jeevan Mendis for Asia Cup and what is Kapugedara doing in the team...its not a good team selection....

  • Partha25 on June 10, 2010, 9:05 GMT

    Well done Aravinda. The selection couldn't have been better. May be Dilhara fernando is little unlucky. But selection of mahroof was a great one. He is a good fighter. He can absorb pressure well,have pretty good temperament. Mahroof in form will be pretty good for the WC. He and mathews can form a formidable alround options for SL. One bowling alrounder and one batting alrounder. One like pollok and one like kallis. They both have a matuterd head on their shoulder. wow thats pretty good for SL cricket. One thing seems to me if srilanka wants to continue sanga as a captain then his wicket keeping duty should release. During try series we saw Dilshan was far better captain when he was out of wicket keeping job. So this is the thing selectors should address. Best of luck SL.

  • on June 10, 2010, 8:23 GMT

    You guys are missing the point here. That is if you take Dambulla, its for the seamers. So that is why Maha is select ahead of Jevan Mendis. Jevan is a spinning allrounder who is not suited to Dambulla conditions. With regards to Chandimal, who is he going to replace ? Its Sanga !!! Keeper, top order batsman. So will he get a chance to be in the final XI ?? Answer is No. Unless Sanga is injured. So if he was picked, he would be seated in the dressing room doing nothing and its far better for him to go to Australia and get more exposure. Remember he is only 20 and many more years to come. Guys, when selecting a team you need the correct balance !!! just not select the best players available.

  • Shukry on June 10, 2010, 8:22 GMT

    Well Well. The match winners of the previous Asia Cup are not in the squad.. Sanath scored a magnificent 100 to set up a score after SL were like 40 odd for 4. and mendis just ran through the indian batting lineup with a 6 wicket haul.. this is cricket.. now both of them are fighting for their places. good to see SL selectors are on track.. well done Aravinda.!!!

  • on June 10, 2010, 8:15 GMT

    I think the exclusion of Dinesh Chandimal,though a bit surprising,is justifiable.He does not have enough experience to be in the world cup & he probably should be a back up player.We do not have many one day games leading up to the world cup so that he would have had @ least 30 games under his belt.He is young,& is a good prospect for the future.We should focus on the world cup now.

  • on June 10, 2010, 7:51 GMT

    I think Maharoof should be given another chance before the WC and it is also good for Chandimal and Jeewan Mendis to get exposure in Australia rather than warming the benches during Asia Cup. However, I do not think Chamara Kapugedara deserves a place and he has been given enough opportunities but still has a batting average of 21. I would think the top five places in the batting order is more or less finalized ( Dilshan, Tharanga , Mahela, Sanga and Mathews). The No 6 and No. 7 would be a choice between Kandambe, Samaraweers and Kapugedara. I do think Dilhara should have been in the Asia cup squad as he was one of the better bowelrs in Zimbabwe.

  • susantha598 on June 10, 2010, 7:27 GMT

    This is continuation of my last post. For the WC we need to have a left arm seamer. We have both Chanaka and Thushara and I think Chanaka has better records (on SR, average & ER) during 2009 & 2010 performances. I am not convinced on Thushara's overall performance in Zmb, where he was very inconsistant and was bowling all over the place during the death. So testing Chanaka in AC is worthwhile. Dilhara has improved a lot and will be part of the WC squad I guess. We need to have also an aggressive middle order batsman too. Thilan and Kapu are competing for this position and the next middle order batsman who has a good record in ODI's during 2009 & 2010 is Kandambi. I think our six batsmen Dilshan, Mahela, Tharanga, Kumar, Chandimal & Mathews have cemented their places for top and middle order positions. Jeewan could be the next in the line and both Chandimal and Jeewan should be played in Australia to face short pitch deliveries rather than playing in the AC.

  • Dilush on June 10, 2010, 7:21 GMT

    It's been my great pleasure to have a new cricket board with a fair knowledge of cricketers and making good decisions like this the above.So as a Sri Lankan I wish all the success to the sri lanka cricket team n da cricket board in the future to be with the cricket players to win each and every game....thanks..cricinfo..

  • bjcm12 on June 10, 2010, 7:11 GMT

    Why should Sanath should be there to bowl in power play when you have very much better bowlers today in the Sri Lanka team. Thank god this man is out. He should gracefully retire and even if he had played in Dambulla he would have been hooted at by our spectators who had enough of Jayasuriya. Sad - his exit is so hurting. Every dog has his day. Jayasuriya never knew this.

  • manjulatc on June 10, 2010, 7:08 GMT

    where is Thisara & Dinesh

  • on June 10, 2010, 6:59 GMT

    what happened to a new younger player Dinesh Chandimal ?

  • susantha598 on June 10, 2010, 6:58 GMT

    Its a very good team selection. Congradulations Aravinda.There are valid reasons for including Maharoof, Chanaka W., Herath and Kandamby where many fans think are not proper selections. We need to have a good balance in the team as well as proper replacement for every player in the team. Thissara is still not established as a hard hitting bowling allrounder. His performance in Zimbawe was below par(both in batting and bowling). So we must test (under sub continet conditions ) our next option of fast bowling all rounder who is Maharoof. He had some good performaces at Dambulla in the past and the seaming conditions over there could be other reason for his selection. Jeewan performed very well as a leg spinner and he will definitely be in our WC squad. But we will be without a left arm spinner (as Sanath J most probably will not be in the mix) and that's why Herath who is our best left arm spinner is selected.

  • bigbang07 on June 10, 2010, 6:56 GMT

    As Maestro of Cricket pointed out- Chandimal, Jeewan Mendis are in the Sri Lanka A team and are going to tour Australia. Lets face it, thats a much better test for them since guys like Chandimal(20 years old) will have enough time to play on subcontinental tracks.

    As for the squad-looks a good one! Thank goodness Sanath is dropped, probably agree that Dilhara should have been given a look in ahead of Malinga due to form.. plus Kandamby, Maharoof are questionable. Looks like Kapu gets another chance to redeem himself. Maybe we're a bowler short in Thissara Perera but overall looks a good squad.

    Expecting a keen contest in this Asia Cup Overall since all the teams want to make an impact-go Lanka!!

  • on June 10, 2010, 6:39 GMT

    Dinesh chandimal & Jeevan mendis joing Sri lanka A tour to Australia gentlemens

  • on June 10, 2010, 6:37 GMT

    Maybe the reason why they dropped Mendis is the ease by which Indians (and maybe Pakistanis handled him the last time they played.

  • on June 10, 2010, 6:36 GMT

    kandamby is useless and welagedara wasn't upto the mark on last few tours.really chandimal and jeewan mendis should have been selected instead of kandamby and welagedara.

  • on June 10, 2010, 6:17 GMT

    dinesh chandimal should be included instead of thilan samaraweera thailan having a big big pust no doubt he is a good test cap but in ODI s it should be more attacking and capable of big shots like candimal hits and fielding also should be very sharp which thilan is no were near young candimal

  • Roshanga on June 10, 2010, 6:15 GMT

    please reverse this decision and include chandimal and jeewan mendis if we want to win the world cup. i cannot understand why kandamby is in this squad ahead of chandimal. what has kandamby done for sri lanka cricket. i dont know how they decide on payers.

  • Sanju123 on June 10, 2010, 6:07 GMT

    I think Rangana and Thilan Should be left out and Dinesh Chandimal and Thisara Perera should be included.

  • elmo_leon on June 10, 2010, 6:00 GMT

    Samaraweera and Kandamby? maybe kandamby but samaraweera has not got any chance in ODIs. he better stay at test level. Kandamby must improve a lot! chandimal will surely go to aussieland with the A team, which will be really great for him, so no problem about that. maybe mendis should be sent with the A team as well! Kapu should get a playing XI slot ahead of thilan and kandamby. and last but not least, it feels great to see GUTS from the selectors to omit the name of the uncle who entered politics for selfish gain! I say, now we can win next year's world cup! way to go!

  • on June 10, 2010, 5:46 GMT

    WHERE IS DENISH CHANDIMAL IN SL SQUAD FOR ASIA CUP

  • jagathclaude on June 10, 2010, 5:39 GMT

    Do not agree with the team picked by the selection committee headed by Aravinda. Jeevan Mendis and Dinesh Chandimal should have been included instead of Welagedara and Herath. Do not see a point of them putting Welagedara in to the team as he failed in the last few tours. There is enough fast bowlers if they require such as Mathews, Kulasekara, Mahroof and Malinga.. All of them can bat too. Not happy one bit with the team.

  • imti69 on June 10, 2010, 5:35 GMT

    I THINK MOST OF YOU ALL HAVE FORGOTTEN THAT A CRICKET TEAM IS CONSIST OF 15 MEMBER SQUAD AND ONLY 11 CAN PLAY THE GAME. HAVING READ MOST OF THE COMMENTS, IT LOOKS LIKE THE ICC HAS TO CHANGE THE RULES TO ACCOMMODATE AROUND 20 PLAYERS IN THE SQUAD.

  • Shafi79 on June 10, 2010, 5:35 GMT

    Great jo Aravinda! loved you as a player and now i really am glad you back in the mix as a selector! Maybe i would have thought Dilhara instead of Welagedara would have been a better choice but otherwise great choices. It was high time to give Herath a go. Thissara may have to wait as Mathews and Mahroof are far better players for the 50 over game, in a T-20 format i maybe tempted to go with thissara ahead of Mahroof. Chandimal & Thirimanne have done well but they are young and will learn from the tour with the A squad, agree with the expirience of Thilan & Kandambi but if one of them fails in this series Chandimal should be brought in to the squad ...

  • howizzat on June 10, 2010, 5:23 GMT

    It looks end of the road for the Grand Old Man. An end of an era. Arvinda has done really well in finding a combination. A wise decision to drop Mendis and bring back Herath as well as to drop Fernando and bring Mehroof. Samarveera, Kapugedera and Mehroof provide good solidarity in lower middle order while Kadamby is a utility man. Welegedera is a wicket taking bowler. Only grey area is Tharanga and I feel Chandimal would have been a better choice.

  • Maestro_of_Cricket on June 10, 2010, 5:19 GMT

    For those who are wondering what happened to Chandimal and Jeevan Mendis, both of them are off to Australia with the A team. So is Thirimanne. They will gain invaluable experience from the bouncy Australian pitches rather than from toiling on ever so familiar wickets at Dambulla. Good for them. But the problem is, Kapugedera had been named the A team's One Day captain, and Kandamby the Test captain. Maharoof was also in the A team squad. Now the composition of the team touring Australia would have to be changed as well. Another thing I noticed was Daminda Darshanpriya who was part of the A team for so long has been dropped from the Aussie tour. Very sad to see that since he was performing so well in the domestic circuit during the past few months. Seems like we are not going to see him at the international level if things go on like this.

  • bjcm12 on June 10, 2010, 5:11 GMT

    Great to see the new selectors has done good to Sri Lanka cricket by dropping Sanath and even Ajantha Mendis. Dinesh Chandimal and Jeewan Mendis should get into the national side but good that the selectors are sending both of them to Australia to adapt to Aus conditions which is very important for cricketers for their long careers. Very good opportunity even to Kaushal Silva to go to Australia and he sould be kept in line as a future wicket keeper like what Aussies are doing with Tim Paine, Matthew Wad and Graham Manuo. Sanath should immedietly retire now and at least protect the least respect that he owe from the cricket loving public in the country. This is a very good lesson to all senior players of Sri Lanka. Know when to retire and keep the popularity and respect like Madugalle, Mahanama and even Arjuna.

  • Kangon on June 10, 2010, 5:09 GMT

    Pretty satisfied with the team. Especially the inclusion of Rangana Herath, this guy can do something to us in ODIs too. Fell good that they didn't rush Chandimal to play national team, this is good that he gets some experience in Australia instead of playing our friend India all the time. Aravinda rocks...

  • on June 10, 2010, 5:07 GMT

    I totally agreed with Aravinda. He seems to be thinking of the world cup and not the Asia cup. It is a really good decision to sent Chandimal and Thirimanne to Australia to get some experience against Ausies. Dropping Dilhara and A.Mendis is not because of their failure. I think Aravinda wants to test all the bowlers he has in his mind. Rangana Herath can be so harmful in slow pitches like SL/IND. That could be the closest reason for selecting him, because next world championship also in south asia. Good thinking by Aravinda. Maharoof always been a real contributor for any condition. After his injury this is the first time he appears and it will create a tough competition between Maharoof and Thisara for the bowling allrounder posotion. Kapu cannot be rested because everyone understood him as the next 'Sangakkara'. He has the potential and we have to let him play freely in a fixed position. Finally it is a fair and good selection by Aravinda.

  • Rosh1 on June 10, 2010, 5:01 GMT

    @ people criticising the selectors. Please note that the selectors are far sigthed than yourll and me. Remember guys like Aravinda have played plenty of cricket to know what they are doing. The reason for them not to have Chandimal is a simple decision. Whom is he gonna replace in the team... and it is obviously Kumar. So basically he would have been seated on the bench all the time. Rather than make him sit on the bench they opted to chose him for the SL-A aussie tour. Remember the guy is only 20 years and a cricketer really matures only after playing the aussie in aussie and this chance is not available all the time. Cannot comment on Mahroof and Herath and I am sure the selectors had their reasons.

  • crickstats on June 10, 2010, 4:52 GMT

    Couldn't understand the logic to bring back Maharoof, Matthews is playing well, do we need another seamer on these conditions. May be we should have included a spinning all-rounder like Jeewan Mendis. Kandthamby shouldn't have recalled, bad fielder, Kapugedara is lucky and i think has the backing of the skipper Sangakkara. Again Dilhara is missing, why they are playing musical chair with his career. Hopefully this is the final chance for Thilan

  • sulfi on June 10, 2010, 4:37 GMT

    well done aravinda,keep it this for well of srilanka cricket,verry happy to see mahroof bk,gd selection but chandimal want to be there for samaraweera or kandamby

    kplay well all da best for srilanka ,doing ur job with out hasitasance aravinda

  • Sanju123 on June 10, 2010, 4:36 GMT

    This is a brave decision to Drop SANA (An MP....:-))and Mendis. Well Done ARA.Hat off to you.Yet I would Like to see Chandimal and Thisara in the places of Rangana and Thilina. Boleta Ridenna gahanna puluwan kollo thamaiy ODI walata oone.

  • on June 10, 2010, 4:31 GMT

    Thank god ...Jayasuriya dropped this time....But still Kandamby & R.Herath in the squoad...J.Mendis did well few days back in Zim..he can bat & Bowl than herath...Herath cant bat even with kids bowling... Also Dinesh Chandimal dissapeared form the list...its not fare Aravinda....Also no need Samaraweera...we should select Thisara Perera as he able to hit all over the park strongly at the powerplays. I am not with you Aravinda.....

  • on June 10, 2010, 4:27 GMT

    There are positives and negatives. Jayasuriya needs to be dropped. Not that he's a great player but he's out of form now and now he needs to retire. Mendis also relatively monotonous now. So resting him also a good option. Its good to see Upul Tharanga back. But if the Sri Lankan selectors really eying on the world cup, Kandamby and Thilan should have being out from this squad. Instead of these two, i would rather prefer Chandimal and Tissara Perera who performed well recently. This is the first job done by Aravinda but i hope he will focus more towards the world cup rather than just testing worn out players.

  • on June 10, 2010, 4:22 GMT

    Since transparency was promised we would like to hear from selection committee on omission of Dinesh Chandimal and Tisara Perera also the inclusion of Thilan Samaraweera, Ferveze Maharoof and Thilina Kandamby.

    We are in fact foxed as to how Samaraweera is in this squad with such ordinary performance. Even Kapugedara should have been dropped ideally. But may be investing some matches in him, might pay back.

    Good that you had guts to drop SJ. But for how long is the million dollar question?

    For me in any match or tournament we must play best available side. Is this best available side for SL?

  • on June 10, 2010, 4:20 GMT

    Good to see Sanath Jayasuriya making way but A Mendis. U Must b kidding me. He had a good tri series. And Chandimal. Sorry guys but already the team is loaded with better guys. And will MJ open or will Tharanga do so?

  • on June 10, 2010, 4:04 GMT

    its sad to see that some ppl here don't appreciate an intelligent selection. aravinda is obviously doing what's best for the team by 1. leaving out jayasuriya, 2. not playing chandimal 3. giving mendis a rest and 4. letting players like maharoof and herath make a comeback. the guys who want chandimal in the squad, please realize that he is only 20 yrs old and has a long way to go.... it would be a mistake to expose him to the international arena just yet.... we don't want to make him another vinod kambli, do we?? besides he can now go on the A-team tour instead..... so yeah, i think aravinda has started on a good note!! :-)

  • RahulSalian on June 10, 2010, 3:55 GMT

    I do not understand the logic of selectors when you made Dilshan captain for Zim tri series then make him the Vice captain. How come Murali becomes the VC. Nothing against Murali he is a world class performer.

    Why is Chandimal dropped after scoring a brilliant century.

  • on June 10, 2010, 3:51 GMT

    rangana herath is in the squad..dats good..but why kandamby..why didnt they give a chance to Jeevan Mendis...he is a promising all rounder...

  • on June 10, 2010, 3:47 GMT

    hey where is chandimal?????????????????????

  • SajithCooray on June 10, 2010, 3:46 GMT

    The good news is that Sanath is out and so is Ajantha who has lost his bowling mystery and a disaster on the field. Chandimal is not going to learn anything by playing on Sri Lankan pitches during the asia cup.....he is better learning about Australian pitches during the SL-A tour especially since Sri Lanka will be touring Australia later this year. Aravinda wants to groom Thilan to be like Hashan in the 1996 squad who could steady the game in case of early wickets. I cannot understand the inclusion of Kandamby and Rangana Herath since both could not even get into the squad to Zimbabwe...Rangana probably playing because of the condition of the Dambulla pitch and my guess is that Kandamby will have a hard time getting into the playing eleven.....

  • sanath007 on June 10, 2010, 3:33 GMT

    MENDIS BOWLS IN POWERPLAYS,PEOPLE HAVE FORGOTTON THAT.IT'S 2 LATE TO INTRODUCE RANGANA HERATH,SHUD HAVE PICKED JEEVAN MENDIS.ALSO CHANDIMAL SHUD HAVE BEEN PICKED

  • on June 10, 2010, 3:31 GMT

    SMSM Senanayake & K Weeraratne should have gotten a look in, instead of Herath and Maharoof. But i guess u have a plan behind picking this team, Maharoof is still young and needs to be more consistent in the domestic structure. Herath shouldn't be playing one day cricket at all. if it was up to me.. i would look into Bandara, Randiv or Senanayake for the test team to aid Murali! all in all Good pick Aravinda! i understand the reasoning behind sending Dinesh with the A team! But why Kandamby? he has done nothing in the provincial tournaments this year.. maybe it is time Kaushal Silva gets a look in. List A average of almost 37.first class average of 45 plus he's a really good keeper!

  • on June 10, 2010, 3:31 GMT

    Guys, Chandimal is touring australa wth SL A team. Don't you guys think he will better off in Australia gaining some valuable experience than playing in Asia cup ?

  • SLfan on June 10, 2010, 3:31 GMT

    Fairly good selection, when considering the conditions of the pitch. I guess that reason for the inclusion of Maharoof ahead of Thissara Perera may be due to his past record of taking wickets in this ground. http://stats.cricinfo.com/asia2010/engine/records/bowling/most_wickets_career.html?class=2;id=1434;type=ground But, Thissara would be also very valuable, because of his hard hitting ability, from which he clearly ahead of Maharoof. But, Kapugedera is a bit of concern now. He is very talented, no doubt about that. But he is very inconsistent. We first saw Kapugedera as a six hitter in Australia back in year 2005/2006 I guess. Now, his strike rate is also decreasing day by day.A really brave decision to drop Jayasuriya.Hats off... Let's hope the best from the guys. But definitely selectors should look after Thissara & Chandimal, because they are the future of Sri Lankan cricket !

  • on June 10, 2010, 3:28 GMT

    Seems to me that the selectors have given a though about the wicket in Dambulla the most when selecting this team..Chandimal & Thissara are the future prospects but the selectors would've thought that their aggression wouldn't work out well on the dead slow wicket of Dambulla..However,I still believe that these young talented players should get the taste of international level atleast in the bench so they can observe how the seniors adopt their selves to the different kind of venues..Yet, I don't see a difficulty for Dinesh & Thissara to adopt to the slowness of the wicket since this is 1 of our country ground..Apart of that, I'm surprised why they haven't given another opportunity to Jeewan Mendis considering his all round talents! Why do we need Herath when we already have two quality spinners in Murali & Randiv? I would've given a chance to Jeewan rather than picking up Herath since Jeewan is a solid all-rounder..My squad have Dinesh,Thissara & Jeewan for Thilina,Herath & Chanaka

  • V.GOMES on June 10, 2010, 3:25 GMT

    I think this is a fair selection and a good one by Aravinda. Good to see Mahroof coming in place of Perera. And for all you Chandimal fans - 1 century does not warrant him a place in the SL squad,..maybe in India or Pakisthan it is so easy to get a place after 1 century, but we are not that desperate. He is a good player and his time will come very soon. The longer he waits, the more seriously he will take his permenant position in the SL side when the time comes.

  • on June 10, 2010, 3:23 GMT

    nice work done by aravinda silva why t.samarawera in? where is t.perera

  • on June 10, 2010, 3:20 GMT

    ohh godd blunderss mann....... if a side has Sanath jayasurya..... opposition will surely have fear in them man.... whether her fires or not is immaterial.. his name in the squad adds fire to the team... right choice to leave out Ajantha Mendis......but why not Tushara and perera???... and Dinesh Chandimal?

  • on June 10, 2010, 3:01 GMT

    Thank god finally......MP can focus on his parliamentarian work now, but I still belive Jeevan (Mendis) deserves a place (probably at the expense of Thilan)

  • Praszzgsk on June 10, 2010, 3:00 GMT

    Ok, after all we have a new selection team which follows the same path. Players should be picked based on their current form and performances, fine enough Jaya and Ajantha not performed. But Why you retain Thilan and Thilina Kandamby(Both are not mobile in Field) ahead of promising youngsters like Chandimal & Jeevan, who proved they could do well in bigger matches. If you say they don't have enough exposure? Ok fine. How they are going to get exposure if they were not picked after a good tour. Rangana Herath has being picked ahead of Jaya & Ajantha......? Sounds bit Odd to me. With Randiv, Murali and Dilshan is in. Any way all the very best & hope Sanga's captancy and decision making will be questioned big time. For my mind he failed in thoes two aspects after first two tours.

    Go SL Go...................

  • Shaqiq1 on June 10, 2010, 3:00 GMT

    Aravinda seems to be making quite an impact after being elected as the head of the selection committee. One good move is the inclusion of Farveez Maharoof who has been out of the limelight since early last year.After having witnessed a spectacular triangular series in Zimbabwe, the SLCC should have looked into the inclusion of splendid potential players like Jeevan Mendis and Chandimal because including them into a tournament like the Asia Cup would help mould them for the important tournament,"the World Cup."Switching the topic to Sanath, i feel it is wrong for people to criticise him as he was one of the greatest players produced by Sri Lanka. It is true that he did not perform well over the last couple of months but that doesn't mean they have to criticize him right throughout. Looking at a fair point of view, the previous selection board should be criticized for including him in the squad for if they had dropped him, then it would have given Sanath the signal that his time was up.

  • on June 10, 2010, 2:55 GMT

    Good team and well done Aravinda. But still why Kandamby and Kapugedara? And it's good to see Maharoof back in the squad. Where is Jevan Mendis? Was that his first and the last tour?? And also good thinkin by Aravinda to let Chandimal and Thirimanne to Play for Sl-A in Aus. Cheers!!

  • lasa983 on June 10, 2010, 2:44 GMT

    Why they have not selected inform Dinesh chandimal instead of thilan samaraweera or thilina kandamby is a mistry to me.

  • tallgrass on June 10, 2010, 2:41 GMT

    What is this - a farce? Where is Dinesh Chandimal, Thisara Perera and Jeevan Mendis? What on earth is Kandamby, Herath and Maharoof doing in this squad? You suck aravinda - Sri Lanka cricket will never go anywhere with absurd favourtism like this!!

  • SPGUN on June 10, 2010, 2:32 GMT

    where is Chandimal ? is it their mission and to select unfit and out of form players in Kandamby. The current side playing in Zim was one the better fielding sides we have witnessed after the glory days of 96. Also wat's Maharoof doing here Perera's bowling is not upto mark yet but experience cannot do any harm !if they wanted a bowler Dihara is back into form and he's the only bowler who cud extract some sort of bounce to trouble India especially.So over to u Mr Chief Selector to come up with the answers with the promised transperancy.

  • Chrishan on June 10, 2010, 2:25 GMT

    Well done Aravinda for doing what's best for the team. I have always wanted to see Mathews and Maharoof play together and now the opportunity has finally arisen. It's good to see that Maharoof hasn't been forgotten with the emergence of Mathews, after all at one point it was Maharoof who was playing the role of the all-rounder which we so desperately needed. Kula, Malinga, Mathews, Maharoof, Murali and Randiv looks an awesome bowling line-up and the best part is that it doesn't compromise the batting line-up.

  • on June 10, 2010, 2:10 GMT

    This squad is not right for me HELLOOOOOOOOOOO,Mr De Silva my question to you is where is "Bradman-like" Chandimal,Jeewan Mendis,Tilan Thushara,Dilhara Frenando and Thissara Perera who have performed exeeding expectations and my word what did mystery spinner Ajantha Mendis who was the man of the tournement in Asia cup 2008 edition, done to see himself out of the SQUAD who actually had a pretty decent tri series in Zimbabwe and how did Rangana Herath come in all suddenly to the one-dayers where he should have been tested in the concluded Zimbabwe series. Welegedera who had a nightmare t20 WC is also a big surprise for me,Maharoof inclusion is also a shock considering he hasnt been in the mix for more than a year and a half now.Good to see Mainga back but will need to get those yorkers right a lot more than in T20s.Suddenly Kandamby has arrived leaving no choice for any greenhorns or by the fact youngsters. Overall good squad selected with a huge amount of experience .

  • topspeed55 on June 10, 2010, 1:56 GMT

    left-arm spinner Rangana Herath is not at all a surprise selction. He bowled really well against India who are better players of spin bowling. He is orthodox and can be handful as a specialist spinner. He has some good variations too. Mendis is no longer a mystery unless he really starts spinning the ball to add the risk element if batsmen try to hit him. Anil Kumble was not a big spinner but he had so many variations to keep batsmen guessing all the time. Sanath Jaysuria if really wants to remain remembered then he should retire right now or it will be too late. As Tony Greg once said he should retire when he is at peak. But the way he is playing currently its too far and too late.

  • on June 10, 2010, 1:50 GMT

    Where the hell is Dinesh Chandimal ??Didn't he displayed enough to get a ticket to Asia cup and instead Thilan Samaraweera Dinesh Chandimal should play.Also I feel this is the right time for Sanga to give gloves to Dinesh and focus more on his batting.Well his batting is sorta disaster comparing to what he used to be Good luck Sri Lanka and yes this time too we can lift the trophy Lions.... ;)

  • shajw on June 10, 2010, 1:25 GMT

    I think the selectors have shown themselves to be a little short-sighted here. With the WC coming, the AC is another great opportunity to blood new talent and give emerging stars like Dinesh Chandimal and Jeevan Mendis some valuable exposure to top-flight opposition. I just don't see the point of bringing back someone like Maharoof, who offers nothing different in the bowling department compared to the likes of Kulasekara and Mathews, who are almost certain to make the starting XI in every match.

  • srilanka1996 on June 10, 2010, 1:10 GMT

    im da 1st 2 comment here.2 say da truth why rangana herath is in the squad.he is an excellent bowler but it will take time for him 2 adapt frm test 2 odi's.and i think chanaka welegedera should nt be in the side,i think dilhara fernando would have been better and also i think chandimal shoud have been selected fr kapugedera cz kapugedera has failed alot of times and chandimal is a great striker of da ball,and also maharoof shud play well to keep his place in da side bt overall itz a gud yteam,jus hav 2 tighten some screwes.best of luck srilanka.

  • on June 10, 2010, 1:01 GMT

    not a wake up call , ite end of the road for SJ.. should have been done long before .knowing SL, however things could change before w'CUP.

  • solangaarachchi on June 10, 2010, 0:44 GMT

    Where is Chandimal. He deserves a place in this squad. What's wrong with Ajantha Mendis. Hw bowled well in last tour. Herath is a test bowler. He can't contain the batsman. Jeevan Mendis should also be there. I think Aravinda has mess of it. Where is those youngsters.

  • on June 10, 2010, 0:35 GMT

    Personally, it would have been smarter to select Jeewan Mendis and Ajantha Mendis, very good ODI players, instead of Thilan Samaraweera and Rangana Herath who are Test specialists.

    Thushara is also better than Maharoof. And Thissara Perera is better than Kapugedara who has been very inconsistent.

    Tharanga, Dilshan, Jayawardene, Sangakkara, Kandamby, Matthews, Mendis, Thushara, Kulasekera, Randiv/Mendis/Murali, Malinga

    Welegedara is cover for Thushara, Perera is cover for Matthews and Kulasekera as bowlers, also top order batsmen too.

  • Umair_umair on June 10, 2010, 0:05 GMT

    A Pakistani supporter. Where is Chandimal? Reward for his good performance in T20 and in Zimbabwei? even the writer didn't mention his name. whats wrong there? I take him as Omer Akmal of Sri Lanka.

  • on June 9, 2010, 23:44 GMT

    Jayasuriya dropped..finally..there is justice in the world :), then again, where is Jeewen Mendis and Dinesh Chandimal. Surely these two deserves another go. If they wanted to play Kandamby so bad why didn't they include him in the Zimbabwe tour.

    Nvm, I am just going to be happy that Sanath is dropped, the rest I can bare with :)

  • lionscricket on June 9, 2010, 23:39 GMT

    come on guys what happened to chandimal? i think he has enough brains and skills to be ready on time for the world cup. maharoof coming in for tissara is good as of now cause he is a better bowler but need s to contribute a lot more with the bat if he is gonna fit at 7, or he has to beat kule to the #8 slot which is most unlikely given kule s new ball capabilities ( cause we lack good new ball bowlers ). so i think itll be dilshan, tharanga, sanga, mahela, thilan, angelo, kapu/kanda, kule/welagedara, randiv/herath, malinga, murali.

  • on June 9, 2010, 23:38 GMT

    I'd put Chandimal in before Thilina Kandamby. What has kandamby done to deserve a place in the 15 ahead of Chandimal? He takes up too many balls and does not see the side through. We need flair at number 6-7 and likes of Chandimal could have provided that. Strange that Aravinda who played a simmilar brand of cricket ignoring Chandimal in this case.

  • on June 9, 2010, 23:36 GMT

    Atleast 02 out of the 04 boards had the common sense to drop vetrans not deserving their places in the teams any more (Yuvraj and Jaysuria) and the depressing to see the same poor tactical approach by the two other (Ashraful + 02 Shoaibs). Seems 02 boards do want to do well iin the 2011 WC and beyond and for the other 02 no long term thinking is in mind.

  • coolbunny200 on June 9, 2010, 23:35 GMT

    Where is Dinesh Chandimal? I am really dissapointed to see him out of the squad. He should have picked ahead of Samaraweera. I know he is a specialist wicketkeeper, but the guy is in form and batting brilliantly. He should get a chance.

  • Zookinii on June 9, 2010, 23:32 GMT

    OH MAN!!! Why have they selected Kandamby and Kapugedara?!! Why not select Dinesh Chandimal and Jeevan Mendis - these two new upcoming players would benefit a lot from playing this series. And they'd probably perform much better too. Kapugedara and Kandamby really don't bring a whole lot to the side. Their input will be marginal compared to Chandimal and Jeevan Mendis.

  • raamvenky82 on June 9, 2010, 23:13 GMT

    no chandimal? then what this kandamby is doing in the team??strange selection,but anyhow maharoof is a good choice,as they seeking for a good finisher but their batting order and playing xi will be question.maybe chance of leaving out kapu,kandamby,herath,welegedara...

  • wjkalana on June 9, 2010, 23:12 GMT

    Dinesh Chandimal should have get the place instead of Kapugedara, And I m not surprised if sanath included in thins line up later.

  • on June 9, 2010, 23:05 GMT

    its the home ground situation ...and sanath jayasuriya would have been a risk..a risk if succeeds the opponent wud have no chance !! and some handy bowling too !! sri lanka pakistans going to get u !!

  • on June 9, 2010, 22:58 GMT

    where is dinesh chandimal?

  • on June 9, 2010, 22:34 GMT

    Very good selection if this team play well we can win this tournament. 1. Kumar Sangakkara (capt & wk), 2. Tillakaratne Dilshan3. Upul Tharanga 4.Mahela Jayawardene5. Angelo Mathews 6. Thilan Samaraweera 7.Farveez Maharoof 8.Nuwan Kulasekara 9.Lasith Malinga 10. Muttiah Muralitharan 11. Suraj Randiv.

  • on June 9, 2010, 22:16 GMT

    Jayasuriya has no doubt had his time at the top of the table. But going by his most recent form, he is probably better off to quit ODIs and T20s and concentrate on domestic t20Is and politics.

  • prikand on June 9, 2010, 22:14 GMT

    It is understandable and it is a timely move to drop Sanath.Why Mendis is a question.Nice to see Maharoof back.Hopefully we will see Mendis in future soon.He is too good to be ignored.Our honourable member of parliment, now at least should concentrate about the wellbeing of the Matara folks, who voted for him.However the legendary memeories you have given to our motherland and to the cricket loving fans all over the world will be in their hearts for many years .All best for your political career and cricket is going to miss you for definite.

  • stocky699 on June 9, 2010, 22:02 GMT

    Insane... Mendis looked much improved in Zimbabwe and he is rewarded by being dropped worse than that though is the continued selection of Kapugedera who is going through a run of form even a second string Bangladeshi batsman would be ashamed of. You have too question the logic behind it, something must be going in in the back ground.

  • on June 9, 2010, 21:22 GMT

    If a man was a destructive opener as lately as the previous year why would you demote him to the lower order? Either play him as an opener or just tell him to take a hike, don't make a legend like Sanath just fade away, if you don't want him in the side just let him know so that he can retire in peace.

  • achi82000 on June 9, 2010, 21:00 GMT

    Could have taken Dinesh Chandimal as the wicket keeper Sangakkara is too old to be the wicket keeper.His recent past wicket keeping was horrible.And I thought Dilshans captaincy was way better than Sangakkara's. And this should be the last chance for Kapugedara. Thilina Thushara could have been taken he has bowled so well in the past in Dambulla..

  • Roshini on June 9, 2010, 20:54 GMT

    OMG...Chief Selector Mr. Aravinda is playing with fire.Isn't it? What a bad move to drop him now. The entire nation was backing him to play until 50 and now with 10 prime years still left in him here comes the shocker..How can we set an example to our dear oldies. Too bad Mr. De Silva you should jolly well support individual interest ahead of the nation. Thats the only way SRI LANKA cricket can progress.Please reverse your decision.

  • rezmata on June 9, 2010, 20:48 GMT

    Why 3 specialist spinners? SL won't have any balance in the team without a spinning all-rounder. Jeevan Mendis would be a better bet in place of Herath, and think JM has got the potential to be groomed for a vital Russel Arnold role in the squad. Maharoof and Kandamby deserves a go, and they better perform well; coz Thisara Perera and Dinesh Chandimal are hot on their heels. Aravinda, SL cricket still depends on you.

  • RamNalin on June 9, 2010, 20:45 GMT

    Well done Sanath. It was wonderful watching you and your old partner Kalu the first 10 overs of the game. May god bless you in your politics. Be a sportsman in Politics and do well.

  • srini_jana on June 9, 2010, 20:30 GMT

    What happened to Dinesh Chandimal? I think he is a better player than Chamara Kapugedera!

  • on June 9, 2010, 20:28 GMT

    Jayasuriya better to retire

  • MFNadeem on June 9, 2010, 20:11 GMT

    Jayasuria is a fair call but Mendis shouldn't be dropped from any format of the game. Look at his averages. Except test matches, his averages are less than 20. What else you need from a bowler!!!!!!

  • on June 9, 2010, 20:10 GMT

    I think its time for Jayasuriya to understand that his age is 40 and he needs to step down by himself before people stop dropping him..

  • on June 9, 2010, 19:49 GMT

    finally Sanath is dropped. But why Mahroof is selected and why not Dilhara?

  • heavens on June 9, 2010, 19:44 GMT

    looks like a very good squad. mixture of experience with young blood. nice balanced team. Good work Arvinda

  • on June 9, 2010, 19:20 GMT

    This is a joke.. Thilina kandambi ahead of Dinesh chandimal?? ommision of thissara perera was jutified by including mahroof.. Why ajantha mendis was kicked out when he was gaining the confidence little by little and settling into a rythem after he lost all his form?! and out of no where with no oneday experience here comes rangana herath.. common aravinda you couldve done better.. Dissapointed!

  • Maestro_of_Cricket on June 9, 2010, 19:08 GMT

    Some decisions are good, but some are bad. Maharoof shouldn't have taken away from the SL A squad touring Australia; he would have gained valuable experience and also would have come back into international form after the injury. His recent domestic performances don't deserve a place in the national squad this quickly. Dilhara Fernando or Jeevan Mendis would have been a better pick. The decision to drop Jayasuriya and Mendis is automatic, no questions about that. It is high time that Jayasuriya realised he should solely focus on his parliamentary carrier. Playing Mendis against Asian countries (esp. India and Pakistan) doesn't yield good results these days. Chandimal and Thirimanne are with the SL A squad for Australia; no use them dragging here to Dambulla. So good work there by Aravinda. But the selection of Herath seems illogical; he's not going to get a game unless Murali or Randiv gets injured. Should have tried a new face instead.

  • Dhushan on June 9, 2010, 19:04 GMT

    I can understand not having Jayasuriya in the squad because he has underperformed in the past 8-12 months or so but why not Mendis atleast in the squad? I'm guessing this is because Asian countries are very good at batting against spinners, specially India & Pakistan who are probably our biggest rivals in this tournament. Anyway, good luck Sri Lanka. I hope to watch you guys at the final.

  • shashankvaish on June 9, 2010, 19:04 GMT

    jayasuriya shud retire by himself..or be in top form till the world cup

  • on June 9, 2010, 19:00 GMT

    Where is Dinesh Chandimal?? Any why Kandambi???

  • on June 9, 2010, 18:39 GMT

    Why sanath is not retiring. Isn't it a good way to retire by playing your last game announced so that all can bid you farewell rather than kicked out of the team and retire quitely with a press conference?

  • guitarman.lk on June 9, 2010, 18:35 GMT

    Chamikara Wijesinghe: I think this is a thoughtful selection, Very good balance on the card too. I feel sorry for sanath, but now it's the time for him. He should make his way for a new person to enter the team. I think in that way, he can contribute and show the world that he is not a selfish player as they say. I'm really looking forward to Rangana herath's finger flic ball and I think Mendis have to improve a lot. Specially his feilding. Last Asia Cup was named as the Mystry of Mendis and this time he's failed to make into the squad. How about that for a time change huh.. And deserved too. He's recent average and strike rate is inexplicable against teams like india, pakistan and even Bangladesh. He has to improve on his feilding, and he has to invent something new and he should disguise it. Any way i'm happy about the team selection and All da BEST LANKA..!!!!

  • bvart on June 9, 2010, 18:33 GMT

    Shame on the board! Jayasurya is a talent not to be missed

  • on June 9, 2010, 18:24 GMT

    Mahroof inclusion is a very good sign. He is a very good bowler and a quality batsmen at the bottom. He is better bowler than angelo and can hit the ball a big distance. Angelo however is a very good batsmen. Both must make it to the 11 in all the matches

  • on June 9, 2010, 18:22 GMT

    why not give chandimal a go................

  • on June 9, 2010, 18:19 GMT

    The squad seem to be quite good. I'm happy with the omission of Sanath Jayasuriya because he hasn't been in the best of form recently. Picking Rangana Herath ahead of Ajantha Mendis is a good move cause he had played well in recent tests and with Ajantha's mysteries slowly vanishing from the cricketing world, it's good to have another spin-bowler ready for the 2011 World Cup. While it would have been good if Thissara Perera was selected rather than Thilina Kandamby, it's good to give him a chance as well. Lastly, nice to see Maharoof back in the squad, his all-round skills may come in handy at the World Cup if he performs well here..

  • Nervewrecker on June 9, 2010, 18:14 GMT

    End of the road? No way. There is nothing like end of the road for Jayasuriya. He has made numerous comebacks into the side, though always on the basis of political influence and never on merit! He will definitely play the 2015 world cup. You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain. Jayasuriya has already chosen the second path.

  • C.N.Ekanayake on June 9, 2010, 18:10 GMT

    Where's Chandimal n Jeewan Mendis?? They proved that they are good enough to have a place in ODI side...

  • onics on June 9, 2010, 18:09 GMT

    By the way the selection is baffling. they should have picked up mendis in place of herath and chandimal in place of kapugedra to bolster srilanka batting. Mendis has got an amazing record which no srilankan has. He is the fastest bowler to reach 50 wickets in odis. Kapugedra has played 72 odis and has an average of only around 20 in batting. And he has done hardly anything with the ball. mendis has got an amazing average of 19.07 in 42 odis with 75 wickets at an economy rate. no other bowler has the record mendis has got. dinesh chandimal played a wonderful innings of 111 against india which kapugedra can never play in his life. if dinesh chandimal bats at no 3 it will releive the pressure of sangakara and mahela. they can bat at no4 and no5 respectively. by mendis replacing herath and chandimal replacing kapugedra srilankan team would have been the most balanced side in the tournament. now by doing this stupid changes they dont look a balanced side. they look a very ordinary side.

  • on June 9, 2010, 18:07 GMT

    We all know sana is out of form and maybe tharanga deserve the opening slot.. but still we will really miss sana,what a legend he has been. I think the selectors should give him a few one day matches,jus like dilshan,for them to come back to form,and not the adrenaline high t20!!

  • on June 9, 2010, 18:05 GMT

    Well done, new selection committee...All the very best for Sri Lankans...

  • funsuk on June 9, 2010, 17:59 GMT

    Looks perfect squade for Sri Lankan side. I have so much respect for Sri Lankan cricket for bringing up a best talent in cricket world depspite a small country.

  • OttawaSteve on June 9, 2010, 17:56 GMT

    There seems to be a typo in Jayasuriya's average in the World Twenty20. I think that his average was actually 20.3, not 3.75. He had a 68 and a 46 in there.

  • on June 9, 2010, 17:53 GMT

    mendis shud hv bn picked..rangana herath is not a one day bowler he flights the ball too much,and i fl thissara perera and dinesh chandimal are very unlucky.chandimal shud have been picked ahead of kandamby

  • Roshanga on June 9, 2010, 17:50 GMT

    bit disappointed with this squad. where is chandimal and jeewan mendis? i dont know why they have picked samaraweera and kandamby. ajantha mendis did bowl well but he is not in the squad. who is going to open with dilshan?

  • on June 9, 2010, 17:48 GMT

    Well done finally they have done what is needed (about sanath ) don't understand the move to include Maharoof , Tissara perere was quite ok if they needed an all rounder even his balling is not that bad and he is better hitter than maharoof , why the hell kandamby is in without chadimal ? that doesnt make any sense ! maharoof and kandamby havent played a game for months and there is no idea about their form

  • 9ST9 on June 9, 2010, 17:47 GMT

    A little harsh on Mendis - but remember that India and Pakistan read him so well it's better to keep him to be used against the non sub continental sides. Dropping Jayasuriya was an obvious action -it was a joke playing him in the World t20 in the first place. thankfully sanity returns

  • kktharan on June 9, 2010, 17:43 GMT

    superb job by the Sri lankan selectors. both dropped having heavy reason. A mendis strategy will not work against India and Pakistan at dambulla.S Jeyesuria is a running off battery. i think SL is really looking on world cup 2011. congrats.

  • pradeeplasantha on June 9, 2010, 17:42 GMT

    Not a bad selection...but about Mendis,bit tricky..i feel Mendis should be on the squad.but Rangana Herath also is a good choice.looks like Sri lanka try to hide Mendis & try to use during world especially with Australia @ Premadasa Stadium...will be interesting.About Sanath i don't think he has any choise other than retiring....but Jaya remeber you are the one who changed the one day cricket batting style & stiill a hero .....

  • on June 9, 2010, 17:41 GMT

    I see reason in giving the old timer S.J. a break but not having Mendis is like England not having Graeme Swann or Zimbabwe not having Ray Price.

  • yohandf1984 on June 9, 2010, 17:40 GMT

    Really disappointed of the selection . after being so promising in Zimbabwe how can Chandimal be dropped.So demoralising to youngster. He could hv been picked ahead of Thilan S or Kapugedara.Rangana Herath is never going to b a first choice (Since Murali & Randivv ) there. So they should hv given chance to Jeewan M who is a genuine spin all-rounder. Having more experince guys will do the job in Asia cup but Its not the way if you r considering future of the game in Sri Lanka

  • raghu86 on June 9, 2010, 17:39 GMT

    Its a decent side. There are 3 notable absentees though - d.chandimal, a.mendis and d.fernando. As for dinesh, its fine because this is a short tournament and with captain back he won't have got a game. But other two should have been there and definitely ahead of herath and welegadera, as both looked in good form in zimbabwe. Also its sad that sl doesn't seem to have any good young batsman coming. Still definitely good that they got rid of old sanath finally.

  • diwal on June 9, 2010, 17:36 GMT

    gonna miss sanath bt wise decision to eleminate sanath n mendis on performance basis

  • HaVoKry on June 9, 2010, 17:32 GMT

    Good on Aravinda for showing Jayasuriya out. However, I can't understand what Dinesh Chandimal has done wrong, to not get a place in the XV. He's looked in brilliant form, and is a handy wicketkeeper too, which gives Sanga the freedom to concentrate on his batting if needed. The team looks fairly solid otherwise, and it will be interesting to see who the openers are going to be; Tharanga has made a case for himself, but so has Mahela, and with Dilshan returning to form, it's going to be a hard decision.

  • on June 9, 2010, 17:32 GMT

    at last they have selected a good squad...way to go....

  • Lakpj on June 9, 2010, 17:13 GMT

    Well the selectors have started with good note by dropping Jayasuriya. Mendis should work on his bowling, he is not a mystery anymore. Hope they would give more chances to chandimal and Thisara in the future.

  • on June 9, 2010, 17:10 GMT

    chandimal should hav been selected ahead of samaraweera

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  • on June 9, 2010, 17:10 GMT

    chandimal should hav been selected ahead of samaraweera

  • Lakpj on June 9, 2010, 17:13 GMT

    Well the selectors have started with good note by dropping Jayasuriya. Mendis should work on his bowling, he is not a mystery anymore. Hope they would give more chances to chandimal and Thisara in the future.

  • on June 9, 2010, 17:32 GMT

    at last they have selected a good squad...way to go....

  • HaVoKry on June 9, 2010, 17:32 GMT

    Good on Aravinda for showing Jayasuriya out. However, I can't understand what Dinesh Chandimal has done wrong, to not get a place in the XV. He's looked in brilliant form, and is a handy wicketkeeper too, which gives Sanga the freedom to concentrate on his batting if needed. The team looks fairly solid otherwise, and it will be interesting to see who the openers are going to be; Tharanga has made a case for himself, but so has Mahela, and with Dilshan returning to form, it's going to be a hard decision.

  • diwal on June 9, 2010, 17:36 GMT

    gonna miss sanath bt wise decision to eleminate sanath n mendis on performance basis

  • raghu86 on June 9, 2010, 17:39 GMT

    Its a decent side. There are 3 notable absentees though - d.chandimal, a.mendis and d.fernando. As for dinesh, its fine because this is a short tournament and with captain back he won't have got a game. But other two should have been there and definitely ahead of herath and welegadera, as both looked in good form in zimbabwe. Also its sad that sl doesn't seem to have any good young batsman coming. Still definitely good that they got rid of old sanath finally.

  • yohandf1984 on June 9, 2010, 17:40 GMT

    Really disappointed of the selection . after being so promising in Zimbabwe how can Chandimal be dropped.So demoralising to youngster. He could hv been picked ahead of Thilan S or Kapugedara.Rangana Herath is never going to b a first choice (Since Murali & Randivv ) there. So they should hv given chance to Jeewan M who is a genuine spin all-rounder. Having more experince guys will do the job in Asia cup but Its not the way if you r considering future of the game in Sri Lanka

  • on June 9, 2010, 17:41 GMT

    I see reason in giving the old timer S.J. a break but not having Mendis is like England not having Graeme Swann or Zimbabwe not having Ray Price.

  • pradeeplasantha on June 9, 2010, 17:42 GMT

    Not a bad selection...but about Mendis,bit tricky..i feel Mendis should be on the squad.but Rangana Herath also is a good choice.looks like Sri lanka try to hide Mendis & try to use during world especially with Australia @ Premadasa Stadium...will be interesting.About Sanath i don't think he has any choise other than retiring....but Jaya remeber you are the one who changed the one day cricket batting style & stiill a hero .....

  • kktharan on June 9, 2010, 17:43 GMT

    superb job by the Sri lankan selectors. both dropped having heavy reason. A mendis strategy will not work against India and Pakistan at dambulla.S Jeyesuria is a running off battery. i think SL is really looking on world cup 2011. congrats.