Sri Lanka tour of Australia, 2010 October 2, 2010

Muralitharan included in Sri Lanka squad for Australia

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Muttiah Muralitharan has been included in the squad for the limited-overs tour of Australia in November as Sri Lanka build their team for the 2011 World Cup. Aravinda de Silva, Sri Lanka's chairman of selectors, said Murali remained an important part of the one-day set up, though he had retired from Tests and didn't play the recent tri-series in Sri Lanka which also involved India and New Zealand.

"Muralitharan is definitely part of our World Cup plans and we have included him to give him some international exposure ahead of the big event," de Silva said. Murali had retired from Tests during the home series against India in July but said he would be available for the World Cup if selected. He recently played an important role in Chennai Super Kings' victory in the Champions League Twenty20 in South Africa.

Suraj Randiv, another offspinner, was also picked in the 16-man squad but de Silva said only one spinner was likely to play on Australian pitches. "Jeevan Mendis, who bowls legspin, and Tillakaratne Dilshan's offspin can also be utilised," he said.

The squad has five seamers - Lasith Malinga, Dilhara Fernando, Nuwan Kulasekara, Dammika Prasad and Thisara Perera - to suit Australian conditions. Allrounder Angelo Mathews' selection is subject to fitness as he recovers from an injured left knee and Thilina Kandamby has been put on standby.

Sri Lanka will play three one-day warm-up matches against Queensland and New South Wales before facing Australia in a Twenty20 international and three ODIs.

Squad: Kumar Sangakkara (capt & wk), Mahela Jayawardene (vc), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Upul Tharanga, Chamara Silva, Jeevan Mendis, Angelo Mathews (subject to fitness, Thilina Kandamby on standby), Chamara Kapugedara, Thisara Perera, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Kulasekera, Dilhara Fernando, Muttiah Muralitharan, Suraj Randiv, Dammika Prasad, Dinesh Chandimal.

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  • on October 9, 2010, 20:54 GMT

    WHY is dilhara fernando in the team

  • ravindias on October 8, 2010, 20:42 GMT

    Team is fairly good.But there should be a match winning bowler.I think we only have one match winning bowler right now.That is Udana,and he is not in the team.He has the best stuff as the fast bowler and could get Ausee's out.Most other fast bowlers going to give them batting practice.We got to have him to have a chance.

  • dev111 on October 7, 2010, 10:27 GMT

    Selction Ok But Why They Selecting Dilhara Fernando,They Can Select Chaminda Vass Or Other Fast Bowler

    (ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 Sri Lanka Squad) 1.T.DILSHAN 2.M.JAYAWARDENA 3.K SANGAKKARA 4.D.CHANDIMAL / U THARANGA 5.C.SILVA 6.C.KAPUGEDARA 7. A.MATHEWS 8.N.KULASEKERA 9. T. PERERA / S.RANDIV /A.MENDIS / 10.L .MALINGA 11.M . MURALITHARAN Other players (15,16) Chaminda Vass & T. THUSHARA

  • Ashirwada on October 7, 2010, 5:40 GMT

    Good thinking of add Dinesh Chandimal, He should play 4 the WC 2011.And not include the Sana.Good decision from the selectors.

  • Da-Silva1996 on October 6, 2010, 9:30 GMT

    I agree with Suranga Silva that Jayasuriya is well past his best and Sri Lanka cannot include him in the side.I started watching cricket because of the exciting players like Jaya, Da Silva, Murali that Sri Lanka always manage to find and i feel that Jayasuriya is the best batsman of all time as well as a great bowler but i have accepted his time has been long over so its time for fans to accept this as well.If Sri Lanka wants to win the world cup, there are many emerging players like Chandimal than can help achieve this.Good luck Sri Lanka, Kovilan Moodley-South Africa

  • cha111 on October 6, 2010, 7:46 GMT

    I can't believe that they have not picked Rangana Herath, who I think is the best spinner in the current contest(SL). He has improved quite a lot with his variation and pace but selectors are very reluctant to give him fare share of chance. He only failed one match during the last tour (India) and he was axed. At least I'm happy that they've picked Chandimal!

  • on October 5, 2010, 15:15 GMT

    I think Aravinda wants to hide Ajantha against the aussies

  • on October 5, 2010, 15:03 GMT

    wise decision....murali s a ledgend and we still need him

  • on October 5, 2010, 14:36 GMT

    Here few guys are crying about not naming Sanath , I am not sure whether they are SL supporters oh whether they have bet on Sl losing world cup , Grow up guys Sanath has lost his spark, no longer he is the Sanath of the past if he was picked for team then it is clear Sl is playing the game with 10 players . feel pity for the guy , but pity is not going to win us the WC

  • on October 4, 2010, 23:02 GMT

    @stich 50 means not only diving fielding..for an example a runout of shewag in the finals.it's worth more than 50.it's good quick thinking

  • on October 9, 2010, 20:54 GMT

    WHY is dilhara fernando in the team

  • ravindias on October 8, 2010, 20:42 GMT

    Team is fairly good.But there should be a match winning bowler.I think we only have one match winning bowler right now.That is Udana,and he is not in the team.He has the best stuff as the fast bowler and could get Ausee's out.Most other fast bowlers going to give them batting practice.We got to have him to have a chance.

  • dev111 on October 7, 2010, 10:27 GMT

    Selction Ok But Why They Selecting Dilhara Fernando,They Can Select Chaminda Vass Or Other Fast Bowler

    (ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 Sri Lanka Squad) 1.T.DILSHAN 2.M.JAYAWARDENA 3.K SANGAKKARA 4.D.CHANDIMAL / U THARANGA 5.C.SILVA 6.C.KAPUGEDARA 7. A.MATHEWS 8.N.KULASEKERA 9. T. PERERA / S.RANDIV /A.MENDIS / 10.L .MALINGA 11.M . MURALITHARAN Other players (15,16) Chaminda Vass & T. THUSHARA

  • Ashirwada on October 7, 2010, 5:40 GMT

    Good thinking of add Dinesh Chandimal, He should play 4 the WC 2011.And not include the Sana.Good decision from the selectors.

  • Da-Silva1996 on October 6, 2010, 9:30 GMT

    I agree with Suranga Silva that Jayasuriya is well past his best and Sri Lanka cannot include him in the side.I started watching cricket because of the exciting players like Jaya, Da Silva, Murali that Sri Lanka always manage to find and i feel that Jayasuriya is the best batsman of all time as well as a great bowler but i have accepted his time has been long over so its time for fans to accept this as well.If Sri Lanka wants to win the world cup, there are many emerging players like Chandimal than can help achieve this.Good luck Sri Lanka, Kovilan Moodley-South Africa

  • cha111 on October 6, 2010, 7:46 GMT

    I can't believe that they have not picked Rangana Herath, who I think is the best spinner in the current contest(SL). He has improved quite a lot with his variation and pace but selectors are very reluctant to give him fare share of chance. He only failed one match during the last tour (India) and he was axed. At least I'm happy that they've picked Chandimal!

  • on October 5, 2010, 15:15 GMT

    I think Aravinda wants to hide Ajantha against the aussies

  • on October 5, 2010, 15:03 GMT

    wise decision....murali s a ledgend and we still need him

  • on October 5, 2010, 14:36 GMT

    Here few guys are crying about not naming Sanath , I am not sure whether they are SL supporters oh whether they have bet on Sl losing world cup , Grow up guys Sanath has lost his spark, no longer he is the Sanath of the past if he was picked for team then it is clear Sl is playing the game with 10 players . feel pity for the guy , but pity is not going to win us the WC

  • on October 4, 2010, 23:02 GMT

    @stich 50 means not only diving fielding..for an example a runout of shewag in the finals.it's worth more than 50.it's good quick thinking

  • stich on October 4, 2010, 16:36 GMT

    Dont think he ( Kapugedera) can save 50 on the field anymore. The good life seems to have got to him! True he has got sooooo many chances maybe selectors see something in him ...

  • PHANTOM-X on October 4, 2010, 12:26 GMT

    Murali's inclusion is very vital. Murali turns less these days. we love to see his ripping off spinners (batsman can't stay on there back foot and crash him for fours) ( He is famous as a spinner who can even spin on glass ) mixed with Doosras and straight deliveries.

  • PHANTOM-X on October 4, 2010, 12:17 GMT

    Chamara Kapugedara got sooooo many chances but he's yet to deliver...he's strike rate and average is soooo poor ( once in a full moon he gets a fifty ). Thilina Kandamby plays for his place in the squad and he is unable play big shots when it's required. Chamara Silva is better then these two. Love to see Dinesh Chandimal and Jeevan Mendis in the squad.

  • on October 4, 2010, 10:42 GMT

    MY SELECTION (ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 Sri Lanka Squad) 1.T.DILSHAN 2.M.JAYAWARDENA 3.K SANGAKKARA 4.D.CHANDIMAL / U THARANGA 5.C.SILVA 6.C.KAPUGEDARA 7. A.MATHEWS 8.N.KULASEKERA 9. T. PERERA / S.RANDIV /A.MENDIS / 10.L .MALINGA 11.M . MURALITHARAN

    Other players (15,16) S.T. JAYASURIYA & T. THUSHARA

  • Da-Silva1996 on October 4, 2010, 10:23 GMT

    Great selection Mr Da Silva except for Kapugedera, Chamara Silva, Fernando, Prasad.Kandamby should not even be considered at he is hopeless in all aspects of cricket.Chandimal has been long overdue for his spot in the side despite already reaching a century and i am happy to see his inclusion.Also someone below commented on dropping Murali who really needs to stop sleeping.Murali may not be his former best but he is still the best spinner in the world performance wise and who would leave the greatest bowler of all time out of the side when there are no replacements that can match him at the moment.He will be needed heavily for the world cup so please no more silly comments.

  • on October 4, 2010, 8:17 GMT

    kapu = out for +0 and save +50 in fielding = +50 but kandamby out for +50 give -50 in his poor fielding= 0 ......so who is the best?

  • stich on October 4, 2010, 1:55 GMT

    Certainly Kapugedera is riding is luck - ro somethingelse!!

  • shyda123 on October 3, 2010, 21:03 GMT

    I would have loved to see Sanath Jayasuria in the worldcup squade, I think he deserve to play his last match and retire. He was the one who helped srilanka to achieve victory in 96worldcup. So I hope for his services to the srilankan team he should be given a chance to to play. And I think he is far better than some players playing in the team. I hope he is back for his last few matches and score some quick runs and get important wickets too.

  • maxacrick on October 3, 2010, 16:53 GMT

    Kapugedara should bat up in the order.. he is way better than what his stats looks.. he is not getting much chances to bat.. this selection looks really good.. batting order should be... Dilshan, Mahela, Chandimal, Sanga, Kapu, Chamara, Mattews, Suraj/Thissara, Kula, Malinga, Murali

  • on October 3, 2010, 15:50 GMT

    ohhhhhhhh noooo not again Dilhara fernandooo the guy whobowls without opening the eyes so how does he know where the ball lands? and Kapugedara the guy who failed continuously its reallt unacceptable the guys like kushal perera the 20 year old wktkeeper batsman is better than him or jeewantha kulathunga

  • Alakeshwara on October 3, 2010, 13:34 GMT

    It will be really worth if Chamara KAPUGEDARA is given chance to bat in top order - no 5 position prefferably. He is a batman with good temperament & technically correct. His style can be adjusted in Tests & Limited over games as well. I reckon he will be another Wettamuny, Aravinda, Mahela in future........ Also feel Thilina KANDAMBI is not suitable for Limited over cricket. He shd be considered only for test with his scoring speed. Thilan SAMARAWEERA is a much better Batsman in both form when compare with Kandambi.

  • pirateseeker on October 3, 2010, 13:18 GMT

    @ shanel.sira.... wtf man?? here is murali's stats in the recently concluded champions leacgue twenty-twenty tournament: matches: 6 overs: 23.1 runs: 132 wickets: 12 best bowling: 3/16 (in the final mind you) average: 11.00 economy rate: 5.69 strike rate: 11.5 he's not the bowler he used to be,..... but no denying it, he's still pretty good!!

  • skdev on October 3, 2010, 12:30 GMT

    dammika prasad does not deserve to be in the squad andbesides we don't need another "fast" bowler, it should be kandambi or mubarak, in case maththews is unable to come because of his surgery it should be kandambi and mubarak in for prasad.kapugedara too is riding his luck, how about herath in for him.or even the new guy sachithra senanayake.

  • on October 3, 2010, 11:15 GMT

    MY BATTING LINE UP FOR WORLD CUP 2011

    1. T. DILSHAN

    2. M.JAYAWARDENA

    3. D.CHANDIMAL / U THARANGA

    4. K SANGAKKARA

    5. C.SILVA

    6. J.MENDIS

    7. A.MATHEWS

    8. T. PERERA / R.HERATH

    9 .N.KULASEKERA

    10. L .MALINGA

    11. M . MURALITHARAN

    OTHER 2 PLAYERS SHOULD INCLUDE FOR THE SQUAD AS FOLLOWS

    T . SAMARAWEERA

    A.MENDIS / C.VAAS DEPENDING ON PERFORMANCE IF THEY GET A CHANCE AGAINST WEST INDIES

  • Shanel.Sira on October 3, 2010, 10:51 GMT

    no need that old fellow the only thing he can do is be a politition he is no good in cricket now

  • Sachit1979 on October 3, 2010, 9:56 GMT

    Few inclusions and few exclusions are really really surprising. Specially inclusion of Kapugedera and Dilhara while exclusion of Kadambi, Samarweera and Kulathunga. Not sure how Sri Lankan selectors think but if they want to prepare a formidable side for WC 2011, they need to try out more options. Already exhausted trials are not going to help any more.

  • on October 3, 2010, 9:06 GMT

    Can we WIN the WORLD CUP? Better concentrate on fielding. SL, no doubt are better than Ind and Pak in fielding, but need to be more consistent like Aus, SA and NZ. During late 90's our ground fielding was brilliant - guys like Jayasuriya and Hashan Tillekaratne were brilliant fielders inside the circle, whereas Vaas, Atapattu and even Murali were outstanding at the boundary. Roshan Mahanama was world-class, be it inside the circle or at boundary. The present bunch is very, very inconsistent.

  • KaZsa on October 3, 2010, 8:50 GMT

    A pretty decent squad.Although I have a problem with Dilhara.I don't think he is the man for the job.Thilina Thushara would have been a much better inclusion even though he has to prove himself after the injury he suffered.I have another problem with Thilan Samaraweera not being included.I think he can give that extra stability to the batting order at No.6.His experience and exposure will be very important to keep the side in the hunt in a batting collapse.Where he can make the other big hitting youngsters to play around him.This is a side full of great talent and a side who can topple the best of the best.Only concern is the stability in the middle order.Even then,we would see how things unfold in Good bouncy Aussie tracks.Looking forward for a gala contest.

  • CricketPissek on October 3, 2010, 8:03 GMT

    i support Dilhara's inclusion personally. he is a strike bowler and his no-ball problem is more of a legend and legacy now than a current issue. back in 2000-2006 if dilhara's no-balls were a drinking game, everyone would be smashed by his 3rd over :-D but now he's definitely improved in that sense. i do feel Maharoof should have been on standby, esp for Mathews. but in Aravinda we trust!

  • on October 3, 2010, 7:27 GMT

    oh yet another chanz for kapugegadara. he got lot of chanzz but received nothing.chandimal & jeewan mendis r good. keep it up.

  • Lion_of_Lanka on October 3, 2010, 7:10 GMT

    @ PottedLambShanks: Yeah how he doesn't chuck and how the aussie fans with a negative IQ couldn't understand why the ICC bent the rules to 15 degrees when they tested murali (to accomadate 99% bowlers including Aussies own McGrath & Lee) Shouting 'no ball' like a bunch of parrots won't change ICC stats, records and what Wisden- the bible of cricket (Called murali greatest bowler ever) & Aussies' own Steve Waugh said about him (Bradman of bowling) Even Warne said Murali's action is legal. So lets see Aussies, are you gonna shout like bunch of parrots and display the whole world your immaturity OR are you for once gonna show the best bowlers in the world the respect he deserves. I'm talking about the public not the players.

  • tanstell87 on October 3, 2010, 6:48 GMT

    that guy Kulatunga who blasted the Warriors bowling attack shuold have been in T20 side !!!

  • tanstell87 on October 3, 2010, 6:46 GMT

    the non selection of Chaminda Vaas & Jayasuriya continues to baffle me...Thushara would have been effective on Aussie wickets...the selectors are looking on building a fit side..hence the non selections of Vaas & Jayasuriya...as an Indian fan i would have loved them getting one final oppurtunities...but ????

  • 9ST9 on October 3, 2010, 6:46 GMT

    I don't agree with guys saying that Welagedara should be in the side. He's too expensive as a bowler, i was unfortunate enough to see him bowl for Wayamba in the CLT20 and it was apalling. Mahroof despite his hat-trick in the Asia cup continues to bee too expensive, he's no longer the steady economical bowler we saw during 2005/6 or the inaugural IPL. This time last year, some commentators described Kulasekara and Thushara as the most promising new ball pair - touch disappointed to see Thushara, a capable batter as well not in the line-up. Kapugedara is a sad story those magical innings he plays are far too infrequent, and at times this attacking batsman ends up with strike rates around 40-50. Tough series but don't worry too much about the results, WC2011 is a different scenario altogether.

  • on October 3, 2010, 4:29 GMT

    ohhh god !!!!¬!!!!!! no sanath.....wat kind of selection is diz !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kal00 on October 3, 2010, 4:19 GMT

    I think this will be Not Totally a good selection. This is a good time to experiment a new fast bowler & a new batsman. Including Chandimal & Jeewan Mendis is very good. But I believe Nuwan Pradeep should be bowling alongside with Malinga. Fernando & Prasad proved not much so far. I believe Vass should have given a chance where he is in wonderful form right now. And a good batsman like Dimuth Karunarathna must be inside, instead of Tharanga. Be watchful dear boys. You must win to prove to world this a good side........

  • on October 3, 2010, 4:17 GMT

    The selectors should have picked Vass and Thushara ahead of Fernando and Prasad.Because both Fernando and Prasad are out of form.

  • Step19hen on October 3, 2010, 2:13 GMT

    I am glad that Murali is being given a run ahead of the world cup, a few scalps in his bag wont hurt the Sri Lankan cause at all. On the other hand, I seriously feel that the inclusion of Dilhara Fernando in the squad is a reflection of Sri Lanka's inadequate pace bowling line up. Dilhara has shown time and time again that he is not worth a spot in the Sri Lankan line up, specially on a tour to Australia. With regulations getting tighter on front foot no balls and free hits being employed, its a recipe for disaster. On a brighter note, I'm excited to see how the likes of Chandimal and Mendis perform on such a tour and hopefully Angelo Mathews recovers in time for the series opener.

  • Rukicee on October 3, 2010, 2:03 GMT

    Thank God there is no Jayasuriya!This squad looks good... lets now win some games:)

  • nzcricket174 on October 3, 2010, 1:31 GMT

    I am still surprised that Samaraweera is not included. He is one of their most reliable and consistent players in the test arena. Seeing as the World Cup is right around the corner, he should be a given a chance to prove himself again.

  • lahirushanaka on October 3, 2010, 0:37 GMT

    This is the worst team I ever seen.The chairman of the selection team Aravinda de silva sellected the team like never played cricket before.He was my favourite player also best player ever had in sri lankan team but his decisions discusting.Just think who are the strong batsmen in the team.only few.Is this team going to face Australian team in Australia and the worldcup? You are joking.Where is Chaminda Vaas?He is the best bowler we ever had after murali.For my opinion these all decision impact by politicians or corruptions.Vaas still performing very well and he is the most vicket taker against Australia.PLease give a answer for the whole Sri lanka What is wrong with Vaas?

  • on October 2, 2010, 21:21 GMT

    Tharanaga Paranavithana, Chaminda Vaas, Thusara & Maharoof should be in the mix for WC2011. Dilhara & Prasad are questionable selections.

    It should also be either Silva or Kapugedara.

    Dinesh Chandimal & Jeewan Mendis are good selections.

    In the recently concluded SL A matches fast bowling selections were awful and rather ad hoc.

  • on October 2, 2010, 21:03 GMT

    I don't think people should worry about Mendis' exclusion. We are in the same group as Australia for the world cup, so I believe the decision is tactical. I am pretty sure they are hiding Mendis for the world cup, as he is certain to still surprise the Australians with his variations. If Aussies figured him out during the this tour, that would be a huge minus for us.

    So all in all, good squad.

  • on October 2, 2010, 20:21 GMT

    good job aravinda nicely balanced team. but instead of dilhara thilina thurasha would have been a better choice cause he being a left armer and cause of his hitting powers. specially for the T20. and also dilhara had his chance.he is a good fast bowler but if he doesn't use his chances its no point having this much of faith in him. because that fast bowler's slot gonna be crucial in the world cup.Its seems herath doesn't have the luck in his side.his addition could bring good variation to the squad. but still you have just 11 slots to play with.

  • on October 2, 2010, 20:18 GMT

    last tri serise one of comentator roshan abeysinghe saided we have one of yong fast bowler nuwan pradeep.but after that i didnt see him even pakistan a team touar also so what hapent to him i like to unfit or what ?

  • s1o9n9i0c on October 2, 2010, 16:49 GMT

    Dinesh chandimal in is right. But chamara silva in for what ? Can't you see Jeewantha Kulathunga for that position ?

  • on October 2, 2010, 16:28 GMT

    like to c this as the world cup squad! bt sana n vaas insted of j. mendis/ kandamby and dilhara!!

  • on October 2, 2010, 15:35 GMT

    a very good squad, ajantha mendis should have been advised to practice his stock ball the off spinner much more like ashwin for india,mendis have been one dimensional with the carom ball and the googly,the batsmen have no worries with him right now.aravindha please advise ajantha.we cant afford to loos him right now

  • kalistar7 on October 2, 2010, 15:31 GMT

    Selection of murali is fantastic & in the other hand a chance should have been given for our master blaster Sanath Jayasuriya who has done very well in the Australian soil. Dilhara & Kandamby are waste for the team but Chandimal is ok instead of Kandamby. Welcome to Australian soil I look forward to see our heros in Black Town carnivel on 25th of october.

  • AMPriyanga on October 2, 2010, 15:29 GMT

    Quite good. I don't need Mendis to be captured in the high-tech cameras in Australia before the world cup!...and guys don't be harsh..Fernando is definitely is some talent despite his lack of discipline. And Kapugedera too...world saw how good he is when he pull out a victory from nowhere in T20 WC against India. All his failures are in credit of the seniors like Mahela and Sanga being so reluctant to bat down the order even in the easiest of the run chases....Anyway my only bother is the fact that Sri Lankan selectors have forgot Vaas for the WC2011.

  • Ramesh-IT on October 2, 2010, 15:10 GMT

    @Sanki88: Oh poor boy, I wonder where your brain is! Maybe somewhere in dustbin. Supporting for a man who've taken just 18 wickets in 3 years(2008 till today) is not only insane, but very peculiar. Have a look at other comments and show me one supporter of Fernando. Even Fernando should be laughing if he sees that a guy believes in him this much. And baby, i watch more youtube videos than anyone else. Just try for the noball videos of Fernando on youtube and see how many of those crap comes out. The only thing i agree with you is Sreesanth is a bad bowler(i too said the same earlier). But having an argument who is the worse of the two, is total time-waste. Both of them are crap.

  • sanath007 on October 2, 2010, 14:55 GMT

    WHY DILHARA? what has he done to deserve selection? shame....Maharoof, welagedara and thushara should easily be picked ahead of dilhara for the fast bowlers spot

  • on October 2, 2010, 14:55 GMT

    Again Dilhara Fernando's getting a chance and Dhammika Fernando. Just look at the stats of these guys to see how effective they are!! I am sure Chaminda Vass is still much better than these two. Aravinda has failed to read his pace bowling department yet.

  • TharinduChat on October 2, 2010, 14:53 GMT

    Good news is that J Mendis, D Chandimal were included although I would like to see A Mendis mesmerise Aussies. Otherwise a well -balanced squad.

  • first_slip on October 2, 2010, 14:49 GMT

    @Chandrashekar Konanur: mate This Article is about Srilanken team selection to play against Australia, not about India vs Australia...i hope you can read engligh and understand it...

  • on October 2, 2010, 14:48 GMT

    oh finally DINESH CHANDIMAL is thr

  • Vasum on October 2, 2010, 14:47 GMT

    I think Dilhara Fernando is not a good choice, may be Ajantha Mendis. Next Captain should be trained now, no point electing Mahela as Vice Captain.

  • PottedLambShanks on October 2, 2010, 14:44 GMT

    Hope the Aussies take this last opportunity to tell Murali what everyone thinks of his action!

  • on October 2, 2010, 14:43 GMT

    I dont understand why Chaminda Vass has been left out , he has been doing really well in the last county season , i think he should be an automatic selection for the world cup

  • on October 2, 2010, 14:35 GMT

    Very good squad good combination of youth and experience . But doubt whether all the players will get a chance to play since Series contain 3 ODI s and 1 t20 . Therefor i think we should give players who have already registered their place in WC squad a break and give chances to guys like Chandimal ,Jeewan , Prasad to play at least all 3 ODIs

  • Maestro_of_Cricket on October 2, 2010, 14:27 GMT

    Hmmmmm Why drop Samaraweera? I thought he was a pretty dependable batsman in the middle order. Perhaps Aravinda assumed that his style of batting only suits the subcontinent. Still, he should have been the one on stand by, not Kandamby. As someone here pointed out, that guy can't field, can't bowl (well) and can't even run! Simply cannot accept in limited overs cricket. Also. the choice of Prasad is also a mystery. He is more suited to Test cricket as he tends to leak runs. He didn't perform that well in SL A tour of Australia either.

  • bigbang07 on October 2, 2010, 14:01 GMT

    I think this is a pretty decent squad-Fernando was ok the last few games (ODI'S) has an economy under 6 or so. Pretty sure Aravinda want PACE bowlers along with Malinga and maybe Prasad as cover

    Herath was actually economical-unless the admin expects Jeevan Mendis to take over- come to think of it, I'd have liked Mendis to have a go at Australia since they havent played him much except for T20I's..

    Really hope Angelo gets better asap, not happy about Kapu or Kandamby. Hope our boys give a fight!

  • dasunnirmala on October 2, 2010, 13:51 GMT

    i think this is the best selection for a long time. Dinesh Chandimal is in,Thats good.

  • Kushh on October 2, 2010, 13:48 GMT

    @Ramesh-IT

    U forgot his stock ball - No Ball

  • on October 2, 2010, 13:36 GMT

    OHHH Aravindha this is wrong Dilhara Fernando why? ahead of Herath I agree with srikolith all the way. this guy is just awaste of team space and waste of money on expensive Air plane ticket ticket to Australia.

  • on October 2, 2010, 13:31 GMT

    chaminda vass should of been chosen...

  • isuruwj on October 2, 2010, 13:30 GMT

    i duuno y SL selecters keep Kandamby around useless player... cant field... not a bowler... can bat in domestic club matches... can't run between wickets... poor selection(even to keep him as standby)

  • on October 2, 2010, 13:27 GMT

    BCCI should learn from this. Kumble has been an equal champion in rcb's wins, and he should surely be in india's world cup plans. Alas, he was sitting in dressing room and cooling his heels, last time Indian team was in finals. Watched his opponents pummel 359 runs against mediocre bowling.

  • Sidath346 on October 2, 2010, 13:22 GMT

    I have to agree with Ramesh-IT. Fernando is only a burden each time he bowls as the risk of a no-ball is always present. He's played cricket for so long but has not improved and it's just once in a while that he shines. He is definitely a useless addition to the SL WC side. Might as well give this opportunity to another player.

  • on October 2, 2010, 13:22 GMT

    i think we are missing a point, Ausi's did'nt face Ajantha Mendis much he might be a handful, specially in Australia pitches are fast his carrom balls & quick turns should trouble Ausi batsman.

  • on October 2, 2010, 12:57 GMT

    murli will definitely kick aussie's ass :P

  • MBA394 on October 2, 2010, 12:50 GMT

    @ Ramesh.......What do u mean Fernando has not done anything?...........He and Kapugedara are the 2 blokes who are assured of their places for the World Cup.....come what may !!!!

  • yashyima on October 2, 2010, 12:46 GMT

    i'm so glad coz that ajantha mendis has not picked up to the squad.I am just worried about anjelo mathew's due to his injury whether he would be able play or not,coz he should be in our final XI....I really love to see that Dinesh chandimal in the squad,I guess he will be our number 3 batsmen if mahel opens the innings with Dilshan...my squad would be.....Dilshan,mahela,chandimal,sanga,silva,mathews,kapu,randiv,kulasekera,malinga,murali...

  • first_slip on October 2, 2010, 12:43 GMT

    @Ramesh-TT well Dilhara is quality fast bowler who doesn't always have the luck on his side, fielders tend to drop catches more often than others bowling, still he has good record as a fast bowler, & sri lanken Selectors also don't give him enough chances to play,more often he is side line, if selectors want to drop one most of the time he is the one get axe, if he get the chance regularly i think he will become more dangers bowler than Malinga,in whole selection it would have been nice if they had a Left arm quick like thushar, but he is Ingerd at the moment.& Nice to see Jeewan mendis in the side, i think he should get more chances to play for sri lanka, also they may have select Dimuth Karunarathne instead of tharanga coz Dimuth is more solid & very strong on Pull and Cut, in Australia you need play who shot ball well which i think Tharanga not quit good at,

  • SLfan on October 2, 2010, 12:42 GMT

    Good to see that selectors are giving chances to youngsters like Dinesh Chandimal, Jeewan Mendis etc. Keep it doing Mr.Aravinda, because they are the people who should take our cricket forward. I hope that you will do the same thing when selecting the world cup squad as well, because we need our best 11 players to win the cup, unlike last T20 world cup where we had only 10 players virtually.....One thing which I'm not agree with him is the inclusion of Dilhara Fernando mainly due to his inconsistency. I believe that the selectors could have given the chance to Vaas, to see whether is he still good or not....Overall I think it's a good selection, but Kapugedera & Chamara Silva need to show their maximum potential atleast from here onwards, which they failed to do so far. Good Luck !

  • on October 2, 2010, 12:30 GMT

    Good to see chandimal and mendis again. Very good selection

  • Sanki88 on October 2, 2010, 12:24 GMT

    @Ramesh-IT- To make a comment like that you actually have to watch cricket, not highlights. I have seen many times where Fernando had removed very good batsmen with his normal delivery... if you want to see for yourself, spend some time on Youtube. And comparing him to Sreesanth displays the level of your cricketing brain, Sreesanth's pace is not even close, stats neither and his slower ball is not one of the world's best. I'm sure that your questions will be answered next month if Fernando gets a chance.

  • Asintha on October 2, 2010, 12:16 GMT

    Where's Chaminda Vass He is the Best Fast bowler ever came from Sri lanka. Sri Lanka Need Specialist fast bowlers like VASS if they want to win 2011 world cup.

  • Raj2000 on October 2, 2010, 12:12 GMT

    I wonder why Samaraweera was not included. He is one of the most dependable middle order batsman SL has ever produced.

  • maddy20 on October 2, 2010, 12:06 GMT

    Good decision by the Lankan selectors. They can't just keep the champion warming the bench for too long!

  • nzcricket174 on October 2, 2010, 12:01 GMT

    No reason he can't still be playing limited overs cricket. 8 wickets in his last test is enough proof he is still dangerous (especially against an Indian batting order!). He bowled well in the CLT20, didn't see him get hold of (if he did, sorry). Batsmen rarely get a hold of Murali. When they do, he usually gets the last laugh. Michael Clarke will need to watch himself against Murali, he is an excellent player of spin, but Murali is one of those players who can work people out.

  • Ramesh-IT on October 2, 2010, 11:46 GMT

    I wonder what Fernando has achieved in these many years! Absolutely nothing. he's got nothing special other than his split finger slow ball. He bowls it once an over, and the other five balls are flying to boundaries. he's a Srilankan version of Sreesanth.

  • Srikolith on October 2, 2010, 11:40 GMT

    where's herath. I think he is the best spinner (in limited over format) right now. Aussies have lot of right handers. So he'll be very effective against them.Otherwise this is a very good selection.

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  • Srikolith on October 2, 2010, 11:40 GMT

    where's herath. I think he is the best spinner (in limited over format) right now. Aussies have lot of right handers. So he'll be very effective against them.Otherwise this is a very good selection.

  • Ramesh-IT on October 2, 2010, 11:46 GMT

    I wonder what Fernando has achieved in these many years! Absolutely nothing. he's got nothing special other than his split finger slow ball. He bowls it once an over, and the other five balls are flying to boundaries. he's a Srilankan version of Sreesanth.

  • nzcricket174 on October 2, 2010, 12:01 GMT

    No reason he can't still be playing limited overs cricket. 8 wickets in his last test is enough proof he is still dangerous (especially against an Indian batting order!). He bowled well in the CLT20, didn't see him get hold of (if he did, sorry). Batsmen rarely get a hold of Murali. When they do, he usually gets the last laugh. Michael Clarke will need to watch himself against Murali, he is an excellent player of spin, but Murali is one of those players who can work people out.

  • maddy20 on October 2, 2010, 12:06 GMT

    Good decision by the Lankan selectors. They can't just keep the champion warming the bench for too long!

  • Raj2000 on October 2, 2010, 12:12 GMT

    I wonder why Samaraweera was not included. He is one of the most dependable middle order batsman SL has ever produced.

  • Asintha on October 2, 2010, 12:16 GMT

    Where's Chaminda Vass He is the Best Fast bowler ever came from Sri lanka. Sri Lanka Need Specialist fast bowlers like VASS if they want to win 2011 world cup.

  • Sanki88 on October 2, 2010, 12:24 GMT

    @Ramesh-IT- To make a comment like that you actually have to watch cricket, not highlights. I have seen many times where Fernando had removed very good batsmen with his normal delivery... if you want to see for yourself, spend some time on Youtube. And comparing him to Sreesanth displays the level of your cricketing brain, Sreesanth's pace is not even close, stats neither and his slower ball is not one of the world's best. I'm sure that your questions will be answered next month if Fernando gets a chance.

  • on October 2, 2010, 12:30 GMT

    Good to see chandimal and mendis again. Very good selection

  • SLfan on October 2, 2010, 12:42 GMT

    Good to see that selectors are giving chances to youngsters like Dinesh Chandimal, Jeewan Mendis etc. Keep it doing Mr.Aravinda, because they are the people who should take our cricket forward. I hope that you will do the same thing when selecting the world cup squad as well, because we need our best 11 players to win the cup, unlike last T20 world cup where we had only 10 players virtually.....One thing which I'm not agree with him is the inclusion of Dilhara Fernando mainly due to his inconsistency. I believe that the selectors could have given the chance to Vaas, to see whether is he still good or not....Overall I think it's a good selection, but Kapugedera & Chamara Silva need to show their maximum potential atleast from here onwards, which they failed to do so far. Good Luck !

  • first_slip on October 2, 2010, 12:43 GMT

    @Ramesh-TT well Dilhara is quality fast bowler who doesn't always have the luck on his side, fielders tend to drop catches more often than others bowling, still he has good record as a fast bowler, & sri lanken Selectors also don't give him enough chances to play,more often he is side line, if selectors want to drop one most of the time he is the one get axe, if he get the chance regularly i think he will become more dangers bowler than Malinga,in whole selection it would have been nice if they had a Left arm quick like thushar, but he is Ingerd at the moment.& Nice to see Jeewan mendis in the side, i think he should get more chances to play for sri lanka, also they may have select Dimuth Karunarathne instead of tharanga coz Dimuth is more solid & very strong on Pull and Cut, in Australia you need play who shot ball well which i think Tharanga not quit good at,