Asia Cup 2010 June 9, 2010

No Jayasuriya and Mendis in Asia Cup squad


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…….!

  • dummy4fb 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 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....

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