Asia Cup 2010

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

Sa'adi Thawfeeq

June 10, 2010

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Dinesh Chandimal savours his maiden ODI century, Sri Lanka v India, Tri-series, 5th ODI, Harare, June 5, 2010
Aravinda de Silva believes Dinesh Chandimal will be better served on the A tour in Australia, rather than warming the benches during the Asia Cup © AFP

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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Posted by   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.

Posted by 3rd_man 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!

Posted by   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 :)

Posted by kevinjerry 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....

Posted by Cvic 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.

Posted by   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..

Posted by   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.

Posted by   on (June 13, 2010, 17:54 GMT)

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

Posted by PraveenAkm 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……

Posted by   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.

Posted by HussainS on (June 13, 2010, 11:25 GMT)

Finally Mahroof is back in the side. This is what i was expecting. Salutes for Ara. Great cricketers know about great players. Mahroof is a great all-rounder. He can surprise any team in the world by his seam bowling and hard hittting. Once he settled in the crease, he can hide any kind of bowlers in the world. He hit 3 consecutive sixers against Shane Warne in one the IPL's. Thanks once again for the selectors for picking up this team.

Posted by   on (June 12, 2010, 18:29 GMT)

I do agree with aravinda,..indian selectors should learn from aravinda...

Posted by   on (June 12, 2010, 13:55 GMT)

I totally agree with Aravinda....his decision on not including mendis ahead of da world cup and sending the two youngsters Jeevan Mendis and Dinesh Chandimal to aussie is a brilliant idea.......!!

Posted by bjcm12 on (June 12, 2010, 10:48 GMT)

Dear Aravinda - I do respect your decision on every single thing you have commented here as a cricket loving person. Best is your decision about Dinesh and Jeewan. Then get Mr. Jayasuriya to play domestic cricket and get into form rather than going behind politics if he wants to play cricket at 41 years. Still I do believe he needs to retire since even after practicing he cannot improve his reflexes. Going behind politicos will never improve his cricketing form.

Posted by Maestro_of_Cricket on (June 12, 2010, 9:35 GMT)

Don't know what are Aravinda's plans about Chaminda Vaas... He had a decent IPL recently, and also doing quite a job in the English domestic matches for the Northants. (Yesterday he won a match for the Northants single handedly, shining with both bat and ball) Vaas hasn't expressed his willingness to retire from limited overs formats, so Aravinda, going by his likings to pick experienced guys for his squads, might just give Vaas a chance in the upcoming events.

Posted by spiritwithin on (June 12, 2010, 8:34 GMT)

@Saurabh doubt comments like this make us indians more hated among other nations,atleast show some decency and not just chest thumping even though we hav done nothing in ODI's recently to warrant such behaviour,not to forget we were thrashed by sri lankans in da last asia cup final ...@vallam..totally agree with u,we need foreign selectors which will limit the regional bias

Posted by   on (June 12, 2010, 7:40 GMT)

Aravinda DeSilva is a all time great batsman,seems that he has some serious talent in selecting the team.Jayasurya's days are over.He is no longer a swasbuckling batsman nor a wily spinner these days.About Mendis,there might be a concious effort to hide him against india n pakisthan so that his weaknesses does not get exposed before the worldcup011.Mendis is a great bowler no doubt,but in the flat pitches in India,no bowler seems effective always,better they have him as a surprise package.I am an India and i am excited about young srilankan talents like mathews,randiv and jeevan mendis.India can take a leaf out of AD's book and have some recent x-players like ganguly,azhar and jadeja in selection panel. Good luck to Srilanka

Posted by tharshan.b on (June 12, 2010, 7:16 GMT)

Hey all missed out legend chamida vaas, if he is given out ony few chance, he will become as a third highest wicket taker in odi's. He showed good performances in ipl matches but still not given a single chance. Even though not performing sanath has given a chance but not for this legend.

Posted by Rici737 on (June 12, 2010, 6:22 GMT)


This poorest nation in the world should build a statue of """LOAD - SANATH JAYASURIYA""" and pray him day & night for his service offered.

It is sad, Third world people forget about his mythical service so quickly. Cricket nation with no future. Will never watch Sri Lankan Cricket anymore.

Posted by Timur on (June 12, 2010, 6:05 GMT)

Kapugedera is not in form. Kandamby is not dependable and also a horrible fielder. Why pick them. There are better players who are currently inform to play in Asia Cup. Dont experiment with players.

Posted by SLJohn on (June 12, 2010, 4:32 GMT)

if we used chanaka welagedara 100% we will loose the match against india, hence sevarg & guatam will mash him sure,

we should use 4 bolwers and 6 batmans and 1 all rounder

i thik Upul & Dilshan should start first and next Mahela , Sanga , Mathews ,Kapuwa & Kandamby Nuwan and Mathwes will start with ball first then Randiv with Rangan/Murali death overs malinga can do

and we have extra optional blowling Dilshan too.

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (June 12, 2010, 3:38 GMT)

VISION, LOGICAL THINKING, COMMITMENT, BACKBORNE, HONESTY, can change anything noy only in cricket. I think ARA got all of them so far. Now we need the APPLICATION and SET UP MONITORING SYSTEM so that we can monitor the progress and CHANGE if required to ACHIEVE GOALS ( i,e, WORLD CUP)

Posted by   on (June 12, 2010, 3:33 GMT)

Excellent selection overall. Especially the selection of Herath is a wise call. Omitting Mendis is justified as he has played too much cricket vs India so that indian batters take him very lightly. However, just a bit of doubt about Kandamby because in the field we haven't seen much of his guns firing than for sloppy fielding, poor running and selfish batting. May be he is very good in the nets still cannot forgive wot he did to our 400 run chase vs India. Kapu is good at times even under pressure but very inconsistent u can't rely on him. He needs some serious consultation on concentration i gues.

Posted by CKfrombrisbane on (June 12, 2010, 0:44 GMT)

To kunaljoshi30. Hey you talking about Ram an ancient myth. No one knows they are true or not. That's funny mate. DO NOT FORGET THAT MODERN SANA AND REST OF SRI LANKAN HAVE SENT INDIAN HOME FROM SEMI FINAL DURING LAST 15 FEW YEARS. If Indian team think of become successful in one day tournament do not think of even seeing SRI LANKANS. HA HA HA!

Posted by KP_84 on (June 11, 2010, 22:51 GMT)

What absurd explanations! Why would they pick Kapugdera and Kandamby ahead of Jeevan Mendis and Chandimal? It should be Kapugedera and Kandamby on that A team tour - neither have been consistent enough with their performances despite being given a prolonged run in the national team; while Chandimal and Jeevan were excellent in the tri-series.

Posted by MdAbdulAleem on (June 11, 2010, 20:59 GMT)

Very justified selection. Good job Aravinda. Cricket administartors, especially in India, learn from Aravinda.

Posted by kunaljoshi30 on (June 11, 2010, 18:32 GMT)

hey all Srilanka fans i am sure you forgot the pasting you got where ur legendary wait for it really legendary spinner Murli Mud got pasted all over the park and the indians destroyed ur team hey we dont mind losing as long as it makes ur half baked team overconfident of even coming close to full strength india so just for your info we are the number one test and where are u boys i do not think in the top 3 and no 3 in ODI's because of our young team being tried and lost so its fine boys we are comin to lanka to show you boys how ram destroyed lanka earlier and will do the same again so happy getting flooged by the dhonimator with his veeru and gauti and rest of the gang

Posted by   on (June 11, 2010, 18:17 GMT)

Hey Lankans stop giving comment on this article whether you play mendis or chandimal. The final will be played between IND vs pak and INDIA will the ASIA CUP.

Posted by SLfan on (June 11, 2010, 15:46 GMT)

@RAINA- Yeah, I can understand your mentality at the moment; Seems like badly hurted due to the heavy defeats happened to your team recently.Also, it may be heart breaking for you to see that Sri Lanka winning the cup also ! So, what can we(Sri Lankans) do ?... You're saying that we follw the decisions taken by your selctors...LOL.. If we do that, we should have sent a team without Tharanga, Kulasekera, Thushara & Fernando. That's where India went wrong. Your selectors did n't send at least one experienced bowler, where as we did... Showing harsh things like Wicket keeper captain, Mendis exclusion...(If you don't know)Mendis is a bowler who is struggling against sub continent batsmen. But Yuvraj is a batsman(I guess you surely know that). we don't care whether Yuvraj is playing or not.So, mind your own business... Seriously narrow minded fellow !

Posted by CKfrombrisbane on (June 11, 2010, 14:56 GMT)

Well we need to give a chance to Thisara Perera who is a great competitor who can bat really well under pressure at the end of the innings. That's what Sri Lanka need to consider at the movement. Like someone to hit at the end. Thisara is a good solution for that. Dilhara is good in plying in subcontinent against the teams like Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. Against the real team like Australia and South Africa he is not up to the standard.

Posted by Kushh on (June 11, 2010, 14:37 GMT)

@KURUWITA ...... hey that was a joke... i meant it in a sarcastic way... dont go up all political on me

Posted by   on (June 11, 2010, 14:30 GMT)

Ara you are more logical than an Australian and more talented than all. I now put my money on Sri Lanka to lift world cup provided Sanga's ego does not come along the way. One thing Ara might want consider is Marvan. There is plenty of cricketing and brain left in Marvan and Asantha De Mel left him out for no reason. Rather I shall say personal. Please Bring back Marvan. Trust me Upul Tharnaga has no ability I shall say sustainability. Sri Lanka could have won the last World cup had they not had Marvan warming the benches. Asanthad De Mel and Sanga you guys should be responsible for giving that game to Ausis. Upul Tharanaga can be Asantha and Sanga's boy but he is not the cricketer we should take to world cup. World cup should not the place to groom youngsters but to win the cup.

Posted by   on (June 11, 2010, 13:55 GMT)

we didnt just get beaten by zimbabwe we got smashed by the Zimbabweans by 6 wickets and 8 wickets rspectively

Posted by Pravski on (June 11, 2010, 13:18 GMT)

solid selections, I agree with sending Chandimal to Australia, the conditions and Australia A fast bowlers will test him. Ajantha Mendis doesn't deserve selection, he has lost form. I am confident Aravinda will not be a muppet or a joker.

Posted by chnind on (June 11, 2010, 12:02 GMT)

Indian selectors should have tried similar tactics before with Indian players. SL now has 4 Allrounder's Mathews, Perera, Jeevan, Maharoof. I feel ego about srilankan cricket.

Posted by   on (June 11, 2010, 11:16 GMT)

Great obsevation RAINA except u left out few minor details however we could ignore them.. like yuvraj is in a horrible form whereas mendis done pretty well in Zimbabwe and Srilanka won the tournament whereas you guys were beaten to death (beaten by zimbabwe twice???????!?!?!).. mmm

Posted by   on (June 11, 2010, 10:55 GMT)

Well done Aravinda, This looks like a good balanced squad. I think it's a good thing to give some exposure in Australia to the likes of Chandimal and Jeevan before getting them in to the National Team. The Only thing I can't understand is why Dilahara is not in the squad. To me he's bowling pretty well and in good rhythm. Anyway all the best Mr.Aravinda, It seems like he knows what he's doing!

Posted by royalblue on (June 11, 2010, 10:48 GMT)

2011 worldcup is the final destination...good luck guys..

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (June 11, 2010, 9:51 GMT)

It looks like PAK supporters are jelours of Chandimal.

Posted by husnifaizal on (June 11, 2010, 9:34 GMT)

Aravinda has always done something special when the time he was playing and as a chairman of selectors, the 1st move has been positive and wise thinking to bring back Maharoof and Herath. But it"s strange to see Kapugedara still in the side who has got enough opportunities and never has done well and Chandimal has proved he can do better with his 1st tour. I feel Kapu should have been sent tp australia instead of Centurion Chandimal. Without the big names in the side Chandimal managed to play well in the middle order an score a hundred, with the kind of form he is in, it will be more effective when the likes of Mahela and sanga comes back. It was a rubbish decision from the previous selection committee to leave Kandamby from the Zimbabwe tour, its good to bring him back as well.

Posted by   on (June 11, 2010, 9:22 GMT)

Well done Ara!!!! This selection of team and the manner in which he has explained the basis of each individual has been picked is really exceptional.Forthe best interest of Sri Lankan Cricket we should all praise this.. This is the sort of logic players and whole public would expect from your chairman of selectors to come up with after the announcement of final squad..Really appreciate you Ara....

This Shows how strategically you have thought when selecting the team your unique cricketing brain.... Well done...The last thing we now dont wanna see is political interference. Its good that he sent Chandimal and Jeewan to A tour to Australia..that is the sort of challenge one has to put infront of such a talented batter of 20 years old.. That is how Sri lanka produced players like Arawinda himself...Ara's statement saying "It will really separate the men from the boys, a tour of Australia" does really make sense..

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (June 11, 2010, 9:09 GMT)

Hi Kushh

Your favourite is Sana and he is in your team.

Yes he has already started openningbatting for Matara District with highest majority. Oter memebrs in your team are Mahinda, Basil, Gotabhaya, NAAAAmal, and other Jarapaksas. They all can bat, ball, field.

Posted by CKfrombrisbane on (June 11, 2010, 8:46 GMT)

Rangana herath has great talent and his performance was amazing during last few years. His performance in Australia was great and for some reason he was sidelined. But it's a great decision to take him back and use his spinning skill. He is someone who should be in the national team. The strongly believe Aravinda know what he is doing and he is best person to hold such an important role for Sri Lankan Cricket. I believe there should be a great improvement in Sri Lankan cricket during his term. Good luck to him!

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (June 11, 2010, 8:44 GMT)

I am sure ALL Sri Lankans agree what Ara explained. I hope politicians will stay away. I am not sure Namal Jarapaksa And other Jarapaksas agree with Ara for dropping Sana.

Posted by smudiya on (June 11, 2010, 8:22 GMT)

Well-done Aravinda make sure we will win the coming world cup. Good shot buddy, please get rid of the politics from our national game

Posted by dulith2 on (June 11, 2010, 7:59 GMT)

try these players thoruh sl a team. sachithra senanayaka, bhanuka rajapaksha, kaushalya weerrathna, chinthaka jayasingha, chamara silva.

Posted by MENDIS_Forever on (June 11, 2010, 7:56 GMT)

I do agree with mr.aravinda.Most of the sub-continental batsmen now well read it's useless to play him in the asiacup.Randiv is way better than mendis against indians.Maharoof inclusion is very good,coz it gives a full strength to the lower order.cheers!!!

Posted by venkatesh018 on (June 11, 2010, 7:55 GMT)

Honest and acceptable reasons, Aravinda has given on the team composition. Also very glad to know that he values the A tours and prefers Chandimal and Jeevan Mendis getting valuable exposure in australia. Except from the selection of Maharoof(Dilhara Fernando should have been picked instead)one can't find fault with the team selection. A lot to learn from our neighbours, Kris Srikkanth & co.

Posted by Vallam on (June 11, 2010, 7:49 GMT)

I wish the Indian selectors are so clear & logical in their thinking.

The statements given by Mr. Aravinda de Silva clearly explains reasons for the selection and dropping . He also seems to have taken the responsibility to talk to dropped players. That is a good sign . Why not ask him to select Indian team.If we can have foreign coach ,why not a foreign selector. That will also cut out regional favoritism

Posted by dulith2 on (June 11, 2010, 7:47 GMT)

this is my dream team for world cup 2011. mahela, dilshan as opening batsman. because both of them are very attacking plyers, if we want to win a game we need attak not defend. then upul as one down player. in first 15 overs we need to get runs about 9.00 per over. imagine after 15 overs 135/3.then we got sanga,mathews,jeewan to get us to 35 th over. imagine 80 runs in 15-35 overs(225/5 35 overs). there will be one solid batsman out of4,5,6 .then we got perera and maharoof, and they can clear the boundry very easyly. and if we need more sup and there will be randiv and kulasekara who can bat. we shoud take our batting power play at 42-47.... when we come to the bowling department we should use kulaseka,mathews,maharoof, as opening bowlers. malinga 15-25&40-49. thisara and jeewan 15 -40. randiv at any time. and mathews,malinga,kulasekara, at 40-50. full squad(mahela,dilshan,upul,snaga,mathews,jeewan,maharoof,perera,nuwan.suraj,malinga,kapugedar(as a allrounder),dinesh,medis,dilhara.)

Posted by RAINA. on (June 11, 2010, 7:28 GMT)

there is no any tactical reason regarding they left out ajantha mendis... they left out mendis because we(india) left out yuvaraj singh watever india do they ll example:india selected weak squad for zim tri series they(srilanka)also done the same thing.....wicket keeper captain for indian squad and they selected wicket keeper as captain

Posted by Zookinii on (June 11, 2010, 6:37 GMT)

Samaraweera would be a much better option over either Kapugedara or Kandamby. Samaraweera could be likened to Sri Lanka's version of the Wall. He's a classy player who offers a large amount of stability to the side. His scoring ability is far higher than that of Kapugedara or Kandamby as well. Samaraweera is one player who can deliver results. He may be slow in his innings but much like Dravid he can bring up his strike rate considerably. Given the players selected for this squad I think the line up should like this in no particular order.. 1. Tharanga 2.Dilshan 3.Jayawardene 4.Sangakkara 5.Samaraweera 6. Angelo Matthews 7. Kapugedara 8.Maharoof 9.Kulasekara 10.Murali/Herath 11. Malinga/Welegedara

Posted by   on (June 11, 2010, 6:06 GMT)

Asia Cup SL Xi 1. Mahela 2. Dilshan 3. Tharanga 4. Sanga (w) 5. Samaraweera 6. Mathews 7. Mahroof 8. Randiv or Herath 9. Murali 10. Malinga 11. Welagedara

Posted by BillyCC on (June 11, 2010, 5:42 GMT)

Two years ago, Ajantha Mendis was the talk of the town, and a spinner who had legitimate claims to being the next great spinner. And a lot of the reputation was built against the best spin-playing batsmen in the world. I still can't quite believe the steep decline.

Posted by GemsBond on (June 11, 2010, 5:34 GMT)

Excellent decision by silva not like the Indian selectors

Posted by sumithocs on (June 11, 2010, 5:28 GMT)

I don't understand what is the reason Chamara Kapugedara gets a place in the 15 men instead of Jeewan Mendis / Dinesh Chandimal. Kapugedara played 63 innings in an average of just 22.00(1298 runs) just six 50+ s. So why not trying to replace him with Jeewan Mendis as he is recognized as a genuine alrounder in Sri Lanka. I think Aravinda messed up at the start it self. Anyway I can be agree with the decision on Chandimal for some amount. But let Kapugedara keep out and ask him to be solid as a batsman and come back!!

Posted by   on (June 11, 2010, 5:08 GMT)

i agree with aravinda with all his decisions but dnt know why they choose Thilina Kandamby cz he has no sing of potential. im confuce about his picking...

Posted by SLJohn on (June 11, 2010, 4:40 GMT)

I'm 100% agree with Mr. Aravinda de Silva, I also don't think so Tilina kandamby is a good finisher too , we need a good hitter for the 7th Place like Tisara perera, also may his blowing side will be suited for this Dambulla ground too hence it's a slow pitch, And also my idea is unfortunately if our 1st wicket gone within 1st power play , we should send Suicide player like Nuwan kulasekara or Maharoof, who can Do or Die, this will help to keep the run rate well, So my batting Line is for Aravinda's selected team, 01.Upul Taranga 02. TM Dilshan 03. Mahela Jayawardena 04. Kumar Sangakkara 05. Angelo Mathwes 06. Kapugedara 07. Tilina Kandamby 08. Maharoof 09. Lasith Malinga/Nuwan kulusekara 10. Suraj Randiv 11. Murali/Rangana

Posted by AusFan619 on (June 11, 2010, 4:09 GMT)

Hats off to you sir !! Good justification !!! Chandimal and Thirimanne are the future duo for SL just like Aravina: Arajuna , Mahela: Sanga.... so they need to get a good platform...

Posted by   on (June 11, 2010, 3:52 GMT)

Kandamby is nt a finisher as well as nt very good runner.Though his school records are good, i dont think he is good enough for international matches. Tissara Pereras records against india is awsome. Why Thissara perera wasnt selected?. His bowling is also good. Kandamby cant bwl. I think thats one mistake AD silva made. Chandimal should play for the World cup next year. I think he must give chances to show his talent.

Posted by   on (June 11, 2010, 3:46 GMT)

Pleasure to see a combination which can take the team to front..!

As it proposes Mahela should Open..!

Kandamby is not in his best form & it can be easily included Chandimal instead of him.. It has to get the best when man is in his top form.

But this is a good combination..!

Posted by   on (June 11, 2010, 3:08 GMT)

It's take a man of Aravinda's brilliance , character and courage to make the right decisions that will take Sri Lankan cricket to it's true level of excellence. With the World Cup around the corner we could not have had a better chairmen of selectors. Mr.De Silva I salute you and wish you all the very best.

Posted by achi82000 on (June 11, 2010, 3:03 GMT)

Good to see Aravinda is talking with players who were not selected.And in the past selectors never came in front of the media and gave clarrification about the selection process.Because they themselves were not sure about their selection.And I would like to see Thushara ahead of welagedara.He has pace and has bowled well in Dambulla in the past..

Posted by   on (June 11, 2010, 1:48 GMT)

I dounbt Thilina Kandamby, he is not a finisher, he only plays well to left arm spinners, no attacking shots for off spinner and fast bowlers..

I would really like to see Sachithra Senanayake, the best bowler in the 1st class and he is an excellent fielder as well as an attaking batsmen.

Posted by   on (June 11, 2010, 0:31 GMT)

Surely they must drop Kapugedera for Jeevan Mendis.

More talent, and he offers spin bowling option too.

Posted by Decimus on (June 10, 2010, 23:10 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.

Posted by Decimus on (June 10, 2010, 22:56 GMT)

Mahela Jayawardena is Sri Lnaka'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 we make cricket pitches for our best bowler-Murali, 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.

Posted by CKfrombrisbane on (June 10, 2010, 22:36 GMT)

Rangana herath has great talent and his performance was amazing during last few years. His performance in Australia was great and for some reason he was sidelined. But it's a great decision to take him back and use his spinning skill. He is someone who should be in the national team. The strongly believe Aravinda know what he is doing and he is best person to hold such an important role for Sri Lankan Cricket. I believe there should be a great improvement in Sri Lankan cricket during his term. Good luck to him!

Posted by CKfrombrisbane on (June 10, 2010, 22:27 GMT)

It's great idea to play Dinesh in Australia as he gets exposed to the past pitches where Sri Lankan are struggling. Thisara perera is young talented boy and we believe that he might get a chance in national team soon as he is very competitive. We saw his talents in the last tournament against India

Posted by Mutukisna on (June 10, 2010, 20:53 GMT)

Hats off to the new Selection Committee and its Chairman who was the greatest batsman that SL produced since it gained test status. It also includes Ranjit Fernando, a former SL Cricketer, Manager, Commentator and most importantly, a man of integrity. Lets hope that they are not influenced by political pressure and if they are, they resist same in no uncertain terms. It is obvious they have acted without fear or favour. There will always be disappointments but life is full of it. They should also ignore the mindless comments made by the SL media, Sportscope of Lake House in particular, suggesting that Sanath was persecuted during the World 20/20 and also outrageously implying that Dlishan was trying to run Tharanga out during Zimbabwe Triangular. Cricinfo Editor should veto the e-mails of idiots who are allowed to display their ignorance of not just of cricket and the personalities involved, but also of their knowledge (or lack of it) of the language we all respect.

Posted by kamalshoib on (June 10, 2010, 19:32 GMT)

Ara... its good team u have selected i wsih insted of rangana herath Malinga bander will be good he can bat too in low order with some big heatting.and Mharoof i dont think its good one still u have a given a last chance its fair..if u dont perfoam good bye... Mr Mharoof...

Posted by   on (June 10, 2010, 19:27 GMT)

I Agree with u Sir !!! India and Pakistan are good teams, so we should play well. Mahela did last time, let's see wht Sanga vill do.... So far Mahela had great winning average, and he is the leading captain also, so any how Sanga has to break is record otherwise he should clinch da world cup!!!

All da very best

Posted by Bang_La on (June 10, 2010, 19:15 GMT)

Arvind de Silva, the most unsung hero of modern day cricket! I still see his clinched jaws while batting few times in 1996 WC. What an ideal for younger cricketrs!

Posted by Indike on (June 10, 2010, 18:27 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.

Posted by   on (June 10, 2010, 18:03 GMT)

What the nonsense some of the Srilankans here suggesting Chandimal and Jeevan Mendis are better of playing against Australia A than India and Pakistan.Chandimal except for his hundred against nth string Indian team has done anything exceptional to club with him the highly talented Umar Akmal.I for instane didnt like his look on the crease.lets see what the chap does in Australia?

Posted by NILUKSHA on (June 10, 2010, 18:00 GMT)

Well Done Aravinda. It seems you have a good sense. I'm backing the inclusion of Kandamby and Maharoof. We still remember how Kandamby played against India in 2009 showing a great future. Unfortunately he has to bad at bad times. We should give more chances to Sri Lanka's most successful "A" team captain. Maharoof is a great player and he will add lot to the team. I truly backed Aravinda's comment on the requirement of a bowling all rounder.

Posted by   on (June 10, 2010, 17:59 GMT)

I little doubt on Chamara Kapugedera and Thilina Kandamby form....

Posted by   on (June 10, 2010, 17:40 GMT)

good decision to include maharoof.cuz we need a bowler who can bat well..thissara perera has done well but his bowling is not upto standard.cnt rely on him to bowl 10 overs.but he has potential

Posted by   on (June 10, 2010, 17:19 GMT)

Everything arrives in good time. And when the time is ripe, the right man too arrives. He is straightforward & steadfast: his decisions are based on his wealth of knowledge and his foresight. And he explains the logic behind his decisions.

He has no fear, with or without the Cricket bat in hand. it cannot get any better. He won the round one. All we have to do now is wait and see whether a hot shot from the arena of national politics would rock the boat.

On board are Aravinda De Silva and Kumar Sangakkara, a formidable duo. Will they steer the ship of Sri Lanka Cricket safely or will they get marooned? I guess, they will succeed, herein is our best chance, with Anura Tennakoon too around. Good luck to all the good guys. Budu Saranai.

Posted by   on (June 10, 2010, 17:11 GMT)

well, his ideas are right.. but he needs to present it properly.. leaving out mendis has its own merits.. but yo don go to a press conference and in response to "why no mendis.." u say "wont tel u.. secret!!"?? very odd..

Posted by KasunD on (June 10, 2010, 16:39 GMT)

Well done "ARI" your are in right path. If you can go ahead with the way you think we will be world champs in 2011. But as I always say be carefuller with Idea's of MR.Ranjith Fernando who is living in a dream world. He is a colonel citizen who think we still under " colonel regime". The day he can work as a true Sri Lanken (Which we Doubt) he can speak sence, other wise???? for the selection committee. Again all the BEST "ARI" we are with u.

Posted by vito_sl on (June 10, 2010, 16:30 GMT)

Hats off to De Silva. Really good selection except kandambi's inclusion. I think he had plenty of chances and didn't perform well as expected. It's a really good idea to send Chandimal & Jevantha with SL A squad to AUS. Those two guys got huge potentials and you need to groom them in OZ conditions for the future. Resting Mendis also makes sense as Sub cont. players started playing well against him. He needs to some time to learn turning the ball than all his mysteries..

Posted by   on (June 10, 2010, 16:27 GMT)

One of the Best Selections I have ever witnessed In Sri Lanka...Great Work Ara..Players; show ya potent.

Posted by howizzat on (June 10, 2010, 16:25 GMT)

I completely agree with what Aravinda said. The selection is a master stroke from the master batsman. A technically sound and the same time agressive batsman has made technically sound and agressive decisions in selecting the squag, keeping the future in mind. Srilanka is lucky to have him as a selector.

Posted by Agnar on (June 10, 2010, 16:23 GMT)

We should support new selectors. The reasons Aravinda has given are logical. I am not saying that I agree 100% with all arguments, but they are based on valid reasons. He has been transparent as he promised. There is no guarantee that any committee will take the best decisions all the time. The important thing is that they should select players based on their performance and tactical reasons and not based on opinions, friendships, government influence, popularity of players, fear of criticism, etc. Fans should understand that Sri Lankan team should not be picked by popular vote. Selection committee should formulate a method that is based on numbers to rate players. It is necessary to hire a statistician to analyze individual player performance against different countries, different grounds, etc. Now Sri Lanka has a good pool of players. A fair selection method will create healthy competition among players. Aravinda is capable of doing this job. We should give him a chance.

Posted by CricketPissek on (June 10, 2010, 16:17 GMT)

there's a reason why it's Aravinda de Silva heading the selection panel and not armchair critics like those who make LOUD statements on cricinfo comments pages :) he's no fool, he knows exactly what he's doing. People forget that although Chandimal did well, it was in Zimbabwe against Zim and a weakened Indian team. An 'A Team' tour on Australian wickets will do so much for the 20 year old's cricketing education more than the Asia cup which nobody outside Asia cares about. If his technique can be strengthened by playing on bouncy wickets, it bodes well for the future. Leaving out Mendis for tactical reasons may not be a bad idea, especially since IND and PAK know his bowling so well and might just hurt his confidence if he gets battered by them.

Posted by pakspin on (June 10, 2010, 16:04 GMT)

Yeah the "tactical" reason for Mendis being dropped is that he poses no threat to Pakistan and India. I know that Pakistani batsmen actually target him as a vulnerable bowler on the Sri Lankan side. Especially, on Asia pitches, he would have been hit all over the park.

Posted by Maestro_of_Cricket on (June 10, 2010, 15:51 GMT)

Mendis left out for tactical reasons... Ha! We all know what those tactical reasons are Mr. Aravinda, you don't have to say you are hiding them from other teams. Especially India and Pakistan! The explanations given for all other selections and non-selections make sense. I really like the one "...we need to have a bowler who bowls left-arm spin. Also Pakistan has got a fair bit of right-handers..." about Herath. reveals how deep Aravinda had thought about his selections. Well done. But still, it surprises me that the exclusion of Dilhara hasn't been questioned, nor Aravinda has mentioned about it. I really think his raw pace and the bounce he extracts from the pitch would have troubled the batsmen.

Posted by Srikolith on (June 10, 2010, 15:45 GMT)

i'm not agree completely with Aravinda. What kandamby has done recently to be picked up into the team? Instead of him talented chandimal should have been picked up.Rest of the selection is ok. It's a good idea to drop A.mendis, bcz india & pakistan really play well against him. Finally herath got a chance to show his capability. I think srilanka desperately need a fine left spinner during last decade. he'll be a surprise wicket taker. Its also good to see sanath being dropped. I think Srilanka is gonna win this asia cup, bcz they are the strongest team. good luck!

Posted by Prometheus85 on (June 10, 2010, 15:39 GMT)

I think Aravinda ayya made a good decision. it is time that we got a chief selector with a backbone. Hope he will do a great job.

Posted by Mevan on (June 10, 2010, 15:35 GMT)

Well done Aravinda Keep up the good work. Mevan

Posted by randikaayya on (June 10, 2010, 15:29 GMT)

Hurray! Aravinda has arrived! I agree wholeheartedly with everything he has done in selecting the team for the asia cup. Especially the directness in explaining the decisions is something totally new for a chief selector of SLC. I love the fact that he says 'Sanath is laid off for poor form and doesn't go on to lament on him being such vital part of Sri Lankan team and that he hopes Sanath will return with a bang soon'. What we lacked so far was the element of hard nosed directness and in Aravinda we seem to have struck gold. Also the fact that the two young guns are given an opportunity to go ahead and gain invaluable exposure down under rather than the usual useless bench warming all new comers get to do at multi-national tours is a great choice and they would benefit from that i feel. Wish you all the best in the future Ara, I'm sure you'll do wonders for SLC!

Posted by theswami on (June 10, 2010, 15:26 GMT)

Exclusive tactics of SL ... wow

Pity India can't use them ... the bench strength is'nt the word it is, (used to be) it is bench weakened ....

Posted by Bulathwelage on (June 10, 2010, 15:24 GMT)

Finally we have a man who really can address the issues pertaining to the cricketers prudently and with foresight. Continue the good work Aravinda. We want Sri Lanka to win the next World cup. We have the talent. Its a matter of putting them together at the correct moment suited to the circumstances. Congrats.

Posted by srini_jana on (June 10, 2010, 15:20 GMT)

Happy to see a selector speak logically! Hope Aravinda can use loads of his expereince to take Sri Lanks in the right path!!

Posted by   on (June 10, 2010, 15:19 GMT)

Didnt like the squad that he picked initially, but Aravinda's reasoning makes sense though! Still, i dont see much potential in kandamby or samaraweera. But true, chandimal and jeevan mendis can learn alot playing australian clubs than playing india or paki.

Posted by ABP235 on (June 10, 2010, 15:12 GMT)

Aravinda De Silva knows what cricket means. It is coming out openly in his no holds barred approach to selection. I honestly wish India had a selector of this foresight. The tactical reasons, though not revealed by De Sliva, are quite clear. Mendis has become easy to read of late, whereas Herath truly brings variety and is economical unlike Mendis. Bandulla is on a higher elevation and normally wet breezy conditions (regular rain) and helps pacers. I reckon Maharoof is a very talented pacer with excellent swing and bounce, and therefore is a great choice. Players like Sehwag, Afridi, Butt do not like the ball to swing & bounce from middle stump line...surely the wicket keeper and slip fielders will be in business if the conditions are found to remain lively for Maharoof.

Posted by   on (June 10, 2010, 15:12 GMT)

nice they should take maharoof cuz hez havin some good pace and also batting nice thinking aravinda :D

Posted by Ellis on (June 10, 2010, 15:07 GMT)

The biggest tactical reason for leaving Ajantha Mendis out is that the sub-continental teams have worked him out. He is not the potent force against them that he can be against other teams. Jayasuriya's exclusion is well supported by the facts. A good team has been selected and the selectors have made a good start. Let them do their job without any external pressures.

Posted by Kushh on (June 10, 2010, 15:06 GMT)

Jayasuriya dropped? Nooo.... thats only for tactical reasons. Obviously Ara dont want to expose our greatest secret weapon (Sanath Jayasuriya opening the batting) before the world cup

Posted by   on (June 10, 2010, 15:05 GMT)

Now that is called as selecting a team with vision. The indian selectors sidelined ishant, rp singh and irfan pathan from touring to zimbabwe. Once the spear head of the attack (not long ago) these guys could not even get in to a second string team? It is ok if the selectors feel so, but what is the logic in not selecting them for the A team or not giving permission for them to play in the county cricket? Zaheer returned as a completely different bowler after bowling 100s of overs in english county, why deprive that opportunity for ishant, rp and pathan???

Posted by kool_Indian on (June 10, 2010, 14:57 GMT)

Very sensible decisions and the good thing about all this is the proper explainations being given - I guess Aravinda started on a very good note. Also the decision reg. Dinesh Chandimal and Jeevan Mendis is good. Looks like SL hv got good selectors!

Posted by KaZsa on (June 10, 2010, 14:57 GMT)

Its good to see a selector explaining his decisions properly...There is room for disagreements, but for every selection they have made,they have given a good explanation and they have given the expression that they are following the performance of the players closely.I think this is a good begining.The problem with the Sl selectors for in my opinion was that they just bring players in without any proper plan.If we take the SL squad, we have about 20 to 25 players who can play really well, but the problem is we don't have a solid 11 like in 1996.I think Aravinda is looking forward to build the right 11 and then have backup for those players.Maharoof was a player who showed great potential and he was sidelined after one injury and nobody looked at him.We were wasting a great resource in Maharoof especially we have brought his to a match winners level.I think its really good thing to give him the chance now to come back in.It seems at least finally SL cricket is heading in the right track

Posted by   on (June 10, 2010, 14:51 GMT)

Wow this is excellent! well done Aravinda & the Rest. 100 % agree with the Asia cup squad, hope this is going to be the start of a new era of team selection; you select a team and you give reasons why you chose or drop certain players. From players point of view no disappointment either, since you know why got selected or dropped.

Posted by   on (June 10, 2010, 14:45 GMT)

But one should not forget the Stength and ability of youth in all sporting for example take a look at Soccer which mostly comprised with player under 30,which is the energetic and youthful age of sporting guild.Cricket requires the same amount of enthusiasm on the field,looking to the WC, SLC should have groomed some young and prolific players looking for the future instead they are running to the opposite end of the line where it is getting near- ending best players.

Posted by asadkum on (June 10, 2010, 14:42 GMT)

Mohammad Asad from USA............. Jayasuria has already entertained the c ricket world a lot !!! We always remember him as a cricket legend...I guess, now he should give time to his family & relax....

Posted by DamithPathirana on (June 10, 2010, 14:42 GMT)

itz quite acceptable his decisions, but one BIG mistake. Why the hell is that young CHANDIMAL, is not getting a place in SL poor middle order. I mean rather than waiting for him to get old, why can't we use him now. Like Umar Akmal for PAK. This is not fair for his career(future). Shame on you Aravinda, poor decision.

Posted by   on (June 10, 2010, 14:39 GMT)

At least he has given good reasoning for the selections. Although what will hapen if soem batsman gets hurt? Also how come underperforming kandamby and not so gr8 kapugedera get there easily?

Posted by   on (June 10, 2010, 14:35 GMT)

I am glad he took the time to explain the exclusion of Chandimal and Jeewan Mendis. None of who criticized the selection were aware of the Australian tour. Reading this, I am inclined to think that De Silva has made the right decision :)

Posted by sramesh_74 on (June 10, 2010, 14:24 GMT)

Mendis left out for tactical reasons!!!! Wow Mr. de Silva..that is amazing. The only tactical reason I can think of is, the Indians had a good measure of him after his debut series and wickets have been as rare as hen's teeth for Mendis against India. Even the Pakistanis have been playing him with a fair degree of comfort. That could be the other tactical reason.

Posted by ace_mrf on (June 10, 2010, 14:12 GMT)

I would want to have Jayasuria in my team anytime.. This players exerts mental pressure to the opposition...and on his day he can be damn dangerous! I wonder y he was excluded?

Posted by   on (June 10, 2010, 14:09 GMT)

100% agree with you.................................................!

Posted by   on (June 10, 2010, 13:52 GMT)

Aravinda has a good idea of what he doing!

Posted by CricEshwar on (June 10, 2010, 13:52 GMT)

Not a bad team, Srilankans always are a little too tactical. In the 2008 Asia cup, Mendis was rested the game before the final against India denying them an exposure before the finals. What he did in the finals was history. Jayasurya deserved what he got for sticking way too long, he looked like he didnt belong there, same while with Mumbai Indians.

Posted by   on (June 10, 2010, 13:50 GMT)

For once, the selectors have justified, or have given reasons as to why people are left out. I wish Aravinda turns out to be as good a selector as he is a batsman (I still think he can bat better than most)

Posted by solangaarachchi on (June 10, 2010, 13:50 GMT)

Aravina's explanation is quite ok. I feel we have to send best team to Australia. That should the tough one even Austalia A. Condition and everything is very difficult for SL. True skills and temperament will be measured there rather than in home condition. So chandimal got better opportunity playing in Australian lively pitches against great pace attack rather than playing on dead pitches.

Posted by casper1111 on (June 10, 2010, 13:41 GMT)

Aravinda may have been known as madmax when he was a young player. Definitely not showing any of those signs here. Very clear thinking process about Chandimal and the new Mendis. Very proud of you Ara !!! Thanks for standing up and talking so honestly about Sanath being out of form and A Mendis not working his tricks anymore for SL.

Posted by   on (June 10, 2010, 13:39 GMT)

I really appreciate for the main decisions new selectors have taken. now even we loss (which is less likely to happen) no one can blame because the the best team has been selected. best of luck to the lions

Posted by arunnr on (June 10, 2010, 13:38 GMT)

A De Silva is right on the money for the SL team selection... Nice to see the transperancy in their selection... and they have taken some very bold decisions keeping in mind of the WC 2011.. Great work

Posted by   on (June 10, 2010, 13:38 GMT)

I don't think Aravinda has justified by saying Chandimal will be better served in Ausie tour. The reason being by looking at the batting line up picked up for Asia cup it raises a few questions. We may play 6-7 batsmen depending on the conditions. Dilshan, Sanga and Mahela will be there anyway. Tharanga will have to be there if Mahela is playing at no.4. Even if that is the case the rest of the batting is made of that Kapugedara, Kandamby and Samaraweera. My personal opinion is that Chandimal is a better choice than Samaraweera and Kandamby even to bat at no. 6 or 7. There is no point playing Samaraweera at all due to to few reasons. He is not a hard hitting batsman and he is not young almost 34. So he cannot be considered as an investment for the future. So bottom line is Chandimal should have been there in the squad.

Posted by Deepfreezed on (June 10, 2010, 13:35 GMT)

They should send majority of these batters to face the Australian A team. You will then see how pathetic and desperate these batters will be against pace. Sri has no clue or hope facing Australia, England or South Africa in their own conditions.

Posted by   on (June 10, 2010, 13:34 GMT)

very well said Ara,the Sri Lankan U19 tour of 1984 gave you the opputunity to play against the likes of Waugh brothers,Mark Taylor & Craig Mcdermotte,likewise Chandimal & Jeevan will get more exposure in playing in Australia against Australian A side,than playing in Dambulla against the same opponents we see everyday.It will give them a lot of confidence in the long run..

Posted by   on (June 10, 2010, 13:23 GMT)

Nice job Aravinda. After sometime we found an unbiased man for this post…

Posted by sujanm on (June 10, 2010, 13:11 GMT)

On second thoughts i think i agree with aravinda. lets c who will perform in aussi

Posted by Vivek.Bhandari on (June 10, 2010, 13:10 GMT)

really nice decisions by Aravinda in recent times...esp regarding Mendisses, Mahroof, Chandimal, etc...hope their Indian counterparts take some cue from it...

Posted by fercsl84 on (June 10, 2010, 13:09 GMT)

this selector is going to be the best ever we r going to have, what a good way to think that it is good that chandimal should tour aus rather than staying on bench cos we play aus in october this year, this man is the future of sri lanka cricket, im so glad that even it to like 7 years for him to come to the board. u have all support and blessings from all supporters who love sri lankan cricket, god bless u mr de silva

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