Asia Cup 2010 June 10, 2010

'Mendis was left out for tactical reasons' - de Silva


Aravinda de Silva, Sri Lanka's chairman of selectors, said poor form was the reason for Sanath Jayasuriya's exclusion from the team for the Asia Cup, while Ajantha Mendis was left out for "tactical reasons".

"Sanath has not had a decent run lately we sidelined him after considering his performance over the past one year," de Silva said. "The decision to leave Mendis out was for tactical reasons. There are certain decisions we took for tactical reasons. Those areas I wouldn't want the opposition or any other team to know. It was discussed among the captain and the team management. I will talk to the players individually and explain to them so that they know why we have taken such a decision."

Jayasuriya's miserable form with the bat continued at the World Twenty20 where he averaged 3.75 from six matches, leading to speculation about his future in the side. Mendis played a crucial role in Sri Lanka's victory in the recently concluded tri-series in Zimbabwe, so his exclusion for the Asia Cup was met with surprise. The selectors also gave unexpected call-ups to allrounder Farveez Maharoof and left-arm spinner Rangana Herath. "When we talk of allrounders there are two types: a bowling allrounder and a batting allrounder. Angelo Mathews is a batting allrounder and we wanted a bowling allrounder so we picked Maharoof," de Silva said.

"We took Maharoof's record in Dambulla and he had performed well in the conditions there. When he was injured he couldn't play many matches and some of the matches he played were while he was recovering which we have also considered. Now that he is 100% fit we will look at his performance from now on," he said.

Herath, De Silva stated was added to the bowling to lend it some variety. "We wanted some variation in the bowling attack. Since we are playing seven games at Dambulla the pitch might take turn towards the end of the tournament so we should have some sort of variation within the squad in case we need to have a bowler who bowls left-arm spin. Also Pakistan has got a fair bit of right-handers. We needed a bowler who will be able to bowl during the Powerplays. That's the reason why we have gone for him with his experience."

De Silva said that the Sri Lankan batting line-up looked solid with a line up consisting of Tillakaratne Dilshan, Upul Tharanga, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Angelo Mathews, Chamara Kapugedera and Thilina Kandamby.

When media personnel raised the question why two youngsters - Dinesh Chandimal and Jeevan Mendis - who performed well in Zimbabwe were not included, de Silva said, "Chandimal and Jeevan have got great potential. It was very heartening to see them perform the way they did. We are playing three games initially in the Asia Cup and when you look at the team for the first two games they might not get the opportunity to play.

"If that happens we are depriving them of the opportunity to go and get some exposure in Australia. We thought the best idea would be to allow them to go to Australia with the Sri Lanka A team and play there. That's one tour I will follow very closely which I think will be competitive. It will really separate the men from the boys, a tour of Australia," de Silva said.

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  • Dummy4 on June 16, 2010, 10:53 GMT

    If there is one veteran the selection committee should consider, its Vaas. I still feel Vaas would easily fit in with any Sri Lankan attack, and he is still better and more consistent than all the present bowlers.

    Aravinda is a levelheaded thinker, I'm sure he'll come up ith a formula that will work.

  • Ishara on June 15, 2010, 9:24 GMT

    Ara, congratulations for the logical way of approach to team selection, which was lacking. I agree about both medis and chandimal's decisions and glad give chance to tharanga to get his confidence back. I can see ara looking at the big picture abt 2011 WC, to give youngster's enough experience, exposure and confidence. I agree with Thanveer, medis is terrible fielder and there is bit of potential with the bat. so he must go back and improve his all round skills to justify the selection,since these days most teams play well against him, specially Asian teams. any way i like to see A team selection to Australia. keep up the good work!

  • Dummy4 on June 14, 2010, 12:50 GMT

    gud job SILVA - i agree wit u nd i wud like 2 say GIVE A 1 MORE CHANCE 2 JAYASURIYA IN FUTURE a best player, sachin had same probs !! but he destroyd all tht criticise !!! its my openin ... wish SL HELD THE ASIA CUP 1CE AGAIN :)

  • Ashok on June 14, 2010, 9:25 GMT

    Dear Ara....u r a living legend...Its a fantastic decision to drop Sana in this Asia Cup series...Hatsoff to your bold decision...Let Sana concentrate on his political career & give opportunity to youngsters...I feel that if u can give a chance to Thisara Perera to play in powerplay early in the innings...I think it will give you a fantastic result...Because he is a clean hitter....

  • Chatura on June 14, 2010, 4:54 GMT

    Comparing to previous selection comittee Aravinda's selection can justify with a rational. Much appriciate the decision sending Chandimal and Jeevan with Sri Lanka A rather than waisting time at bench. High time to Sanath, say good bye to international cricket.

  • Dummy4 on June 13, 2010, 18:33 GMT

    Sanath should be give one last chance before the world cup in this tournament dont forget he was the only man standing in the last year asia cup finals in pakistan he scored 125 i know he has been out of ofrm but if we keep putting his feeling down he will never be able to play we should boost up his morale so that he gets back into form..Dropping mendis was a good idea because he has no skill on the field and the bat he has only with the ball which is not enough he should atleast field well and What about Chamindha Vaas Mr.Aravinda don't you see his good form in the county with the bat and ball i think chamindha vaas should replace farveez mahroof because he is of no use he takes lots of time getting set on the pitch while Chamidha Vaas is a way better bowler than mahroof and also a good batsman! Farveez Mahroof was the wrong choice..

  • Dummy4 on June 13, 2010, 18:27 GMT

    jayasuriya.should have to retire.after the exclusion of srilankan team in asia cup,he still not announce his retirement.because,he is still targeting the world cup 2011.sanath aiye you have done great job for srilankan cricket.particularly,you have done great job in 1996 world cup.we will not forget in our its the time for young blood.please give the chance to youngsters.

  • Dummy4 on June 13, 2010, 17:54 GMT

    Looks like Silva is getting things spot on. lets see how we fare in this tourny.

  • Praveen on June 13, 2010, 15:17 GMT

    Araa Good job. Keep up the good work. If we can select teams scientifically like this we can win the WC for sure. Sana, thanks for all the good things that you have done to Sri Lankan cricket. But now its time to find another player that could take place of yours. Sana is a legend of SL cricket……

  • Dummy4 on June 13, 2010, 12:59 GMT

    I think, they left Medis out because the Pakistani & Indians paly Mandis very well. They read Mandis very well. It is good bye for Santh. I don't know why he is waiting for his place.

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