Sri Lanka in Australia 2012-13

Sangakkara wants more Tests for Sri Lanka

Andrew Fernando in Melbourne

December 23, 2012

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Kumar Sangakkara drives through the off side, Australia v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Hobart, 5th day, December 18, 2012
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Kumar Sangakkara hoped better communication between administrators and players would in future help avoid the dearth of Test cricket that Sri Lanka face in 2013. When the Sydney Test ends early in the new year Sri Lanka will have played their last Test against top-flight opposition until December. Two-thousand-and-thirteen had shaped to be a busy year for Sri Lanka in the longest format, but the removal of five Tests now means a glut of ODI cricket will now overwhelm their schedule.

A two-Test series in the West Indies was the first to be scrapped, as both boards scrambled to make their players available for the duration of the IPL - a significant boon for that tournament, given Sri Lanka and West Indies were finalists in this year's World Twenty20. In place of the cancelled Tests, the teams will play a budget-friendly ODI tri-series involving India, which can only take place after the Champions' Trophy, which was the time Sri Lanka had originally been slated to host South Africa at home.

That three-Test series was then postponed until 2015, with the Sri Lanka Premier League, which is scheduled for early August, ensuring that South Africa's visit could not be moved to that month. The culling of Tests from Sri Lanka's schedule had already become a theme of the present administration, who also did away with one home Test against then world No.1 England in March this year, as well as replacing two Tests against India in July and August with a five-match ODI series.

The news of the Test removals were met with personal disappointment among the seniors in the Sri Lanka team, but in November captain Mahela Jayawardene defended the board's decisions, suggesting the preference of limited-overs cricket over Tests would allow the board to continue to function despite its financial distress. If both of the two Tests scheduled in Zimbabwe materialise, Sri Lanka will play no more than six Tests in the year, with four of those having been against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.

"I think each country should play a minimum of 10 to 12 Test matches a year," Sangakkara said. "Hopefully 12 Test matches a year. We need to make sure that we find time to do that. I think players and administrators and everyone should really be together and talk on these things and understand that Test cricket is important. That's the only way cricketers are going to improve."

Sri Lanka last played South Africa at home in 2006, when they defeated the visitors 2-0 in a two Test series. At 35, Sangakkara may not be playing Test cricket in 2015, while 35-year-old Mahela Jayawardene and 36-year-olds Tillakaratne Dilshan and Thilan Samaraweera are also likely to consider retirement before that series.

"South Africa coming to Sri Lanka would have been a fantastic opportunity for us to try and beat the number one side in our own conditions. We have done that before. So it's disappointing. Hopefully, there will be more Test matches played and more thought put into scheduling and having a discussion as to how we fit in ten to 12 Test Matches a year."

Sangakkara also said the detriments of the paucity of Tests would spread beyond the Test specialists in the team, like Samaraweera, Prasanna Jayawardene, Chanaka Welegedara and Suraj Randiv.

"It's not just disappointing for them, even for us. Whatever the form you play, you want to play more Test cricket. So hopefully after next year we can be more proactive in our scheduling and we can talk on which countries are willing to come and play and how are we going to schedule Test cricket so that it is kept as the ultimate form of the game."

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Posted by mihir_nam on (December 25, 2012, 15:58 GMT)

Hahaha Sri Lankan cricketers want more test but want their Board to scrap Test series as it clashes with premier leagues. Well Sri Lankans. I was Sri Lankan supporter since they got Victory over West Indies in Nheru Cup 1989 then won 1995 Tri Series in UAE. then reached final of Tri Series in Australia after playing full test series there. then won World Cup . Gave world good players like Jayasuriya,Desilva,Vaas,Murali,Tilakratne etc..then came 1999/00 with Mahela new era of Lankan test started then came Sangga another class player. But what happen now you are like BCCI pet. want to play India again and again . Look at Aussies they have BBL running but they have not scrapped their test series for that. International cricket should go on. I am not against leagues but it should not be done at compromise of Test Cricket. Please re-Schedule 2 Test Series with Windies. Sangga Mahela Dilshan can miss 2 weeks of IPL. ICC should intervene and be strict with SLCB. Suspend them from test

Posted by Sinhaya on (December 25, 2012, 7:01 GMT)

@DilumSL, you are spot on correct! West Indies nicely kept their home season going whilst IPL was on. Darren Sammy the awesome power hitter (my favorite cricketer) must be saluted for refusing all international T20s!

Posted by DilumSL on (December 25, 2012, 6:36 GMT)

@Sinhaya: May be you are speaking the truth about the foreign players in SLPL. But still I believe SLPL is a must. we already had an inter provincial t20 tournament before SLPL. It was a complete failure coz no one cared about that. and some even didn't know that there was a tournament like that. speaking about West Indies I think they are the only nation who benefited by IPL other than India. They stick to their schedule even without their top players like Gayle, Bravo etc... and able to find some new players. Now look at them. WT20 Champions

Posted by shivif on (December 25, 2012, 3:44 GMT)

I just cannot fathom how the Sri Lankan Board could scrap a test series against South Africa at home . This is sacrilegious. Do not they have iota of common sense. What's this about playing against Bangladesh and Zimbabawe. Is it for our batters to pile up their runs against mediocre teams. As cricket aficionados we need to voice our opinion. Its not only about the crowd pulling 20 20 that matters. These formats are fleeting. However test cricket has stood the test of time. Cash is important, but should not be the only factor.

Posted by ex-Srilankan on (December 25, 2012, 2:13 GMT)

It is time countries that give lower priority to test cricket be penalised by having their test status suspended. Only a threat of such action will move countries like Sri Lanka to take test cricket more seriously.

Sangakarra has a mixed record on this subject. Does he want the WI-SL series re-instated thereby running the risk of not earning a lot of money via the IPL or is he talking only about the SA-SL series?

Posted by MH19 on (December 24, 2012, 21:13 GMT)

Sanga's comment is very well supported towards the longer format of the game but also now only he has realised this.We are no way near to be a very good test side but a brilliant 50 over side.We need to beat teams like Australia in Australia, India in India and we have still not done this.Beating South Africa in SA was an awesome result but the way they played the 3rd test was horrible.Looking at the players in SL I do not see anyone likes test cricket they all like SLPL,IPL and making quick bucks classic example is Malinga and seniors dont set an example. If we play more test we can change that perception.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 18:21 GMT)

Bangladesh is starving for test cricket as well. The SLankans can always play them.

Posted by Sinhaya on (December 24, 2012, 15:50 GMT)

@DilumSL, sorry correction to my earlier response to you. Sanga must realize that you cant have both tests and IPL full duration in a congested cricket calendar. I suppose small not so rich cricket boards like Sri Lanka, West Indies and NZ must depend on IPL to get some extra income for survival. Look at NZ, they will have to play a depleted side for the 1st test against England in May 2013 cos many players are playing IPL and will only arrive in England just on the eve of the first test. Like Indian fan tanstell87 says, IPL being trimmed down to 4 weeks will greatly be helpful to everyone.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 15:37 GMT)

Another Tri Series with India??? come on we are sick of playing india

Posted by Sinhaya on (December 24, 2012, 15:30 GMT)

@Romesh Perera, honestly Sanga and Mahela must realize that they got all the privileges they enjoy today all due to our 1996 successs. Prior to our 1996 world cup success, players could not rely on cricket to make a living. They used to go by bus for practice sessions. But today Sanga and Mahela have made ample amounts of money for plenty of generations after them to survive. One thing I respect Aravinda and Arjuna is that they loved playing for the country far more than Mahela and Sanga who are too tempted by IPL lures. Also yes both of them are not giving adequate space for young batsmen to establish themselves in the years ahead when they are gone. It is utterly ludicrous and ridiculous for Sanga to be crying for test match shortage when surely could have pleaded with the board to play the 3 tests against SA in July next year. Honestly by the time we tour Pakistan or UAE this time next year to play Pakistan, we can get thrashed due to our lack of tests.

Posted by Sinhaya on (December 24, 2012, 15:15 GMT)

@DilumSL, you are correct. At least like how West Indies does, should n't we play youngsters for tests and experiment and send those desperate for IPL like Sanga and Mahela to play IPL. Honeslty SLPL is a waste regarding getting foreign players. We can surely have a low key SLPL with just domestic players and pick our talents. Sanga must realize that you can have both tests and IPL full duration in a congested cricket calendar.

Posted by DilumSL on (December 24, 2012, 14:00 GMT)

@Sinhaya agree with you mate. but your opinion about SLPL is wrong. I think ti is ok to make some arrangements for SLPL because it is a good opportunity for youngsters. if it is not for SLPL we will never fing players like Akila, Munaweera even Eranga also proved him self in SLPL. But IPL it's another story. it's ok to play IPL if the players are free. but they have to give their priority to the country. Again No one can force them to do that. But SLCB has to be strict about this matter. postponing test is not the solution. why can't we send completely different team with players who don't play in IPL???

Posted by gibboj on (December 24, 2012, 8:57 GMT)

no country should move tests to allow their players to play in a domestic competition

Posted by StaalBurgher on (December 24, 2012, 8:33 GMT)

Agreed on the number of Tests per year. It is unacceptable that some play more than others. This is more damaging to Test match cricket than people's myopic and small minded fixation on T20.

Posted by mainul079080 on (December 24, 2012, 8:25 GMT)

Sanga with all the respect towards you as a wonderful ambassador of Srilankan cricket, i want to say that you are speaking like a hippocrate. You Dilshan and Mahela want to play IPL and SPL and tell strongly to the board. Isn"t it? And u also dont want to postpond test series! How is it possible to give emphasis on both format. But i am in strong favour of your comment that every test playing nation should play at least 10 tests/year. BCCI, PCB, BCB AND SLCB should rearrange the cricket calender in that way.And they r the representatives of the largest portion of population of cricket world.So i dont find any reason why they cant arrange 4 or 5 test match series between each other? i think these cricket boards are not run by qualified persons like ECB, ACB and they are influenced too much politically.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 8:23 GMT)

Only India can ask for more test And get more test...No matter what their performance is."4 match test series"!Other countries can ask ,but they will not get more test.and Zimbabwe and Bangladesh they cant even ask.that's the rules of ICC.

Posted by TYJAY on (December 24, 2012, 7:28 GMT)

@Sudath_NZ comments are shocking. Please note we are not playing armature cricket !!! SLC should get tough with senior players. Remember our old best team went to South Africa those days. They all never played an international game after that!!! I think Sanga and Mahela are getting a unfair deal. They should be banned or send them for a compulsory retirement. See what happened to Ricky Pointing.

For now Senior players should be focusing on winning a test match in Australia. Not talking these nonsense !!!!

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 6:36 GMT)

I fully aggree with Sinhaya..Sanga and Mahela do totally opposite to what they tell. They actually couldnt do 1% what Arjuna and Aravinda have done for Sri Lanken Cricket..Bcos of Arjuna and Aravinda's service new talents like Sanath / Kalu/Attapattu were introduced to the side..Aravinda and Arjuna didnt want to Bat at nomber one possition or to be highlighted.

They always gave opertunaties to the youngsters and they guided to the Victory.But what Mahela and Sanga is doing is they want to play at nomber 1 or 3.No reasonable opertunaties are given to Chandimal and Thirimanna to groom..Sanga and Mahela blocking opertunaties to youngesters to perform..Sanga and Mahela refused to particiapate for the practice matches in England series as they wanted to play IPL for mONEY..fINALY TOUR ended with loosing...

Posted by Solace1 on (December 24, 2012, 6:19 GMT)

@Sinhaya: That i understand brother, but what about your positive energy which our team needs badly?

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 6:13 GMT)

Sanga, you are absolutely right. Test cricket only will help any cricketer to develop his cricketing career for ever. What to do Sanga, now each sport is linked to money. Just because of money, you all are supposed to play for the SLPL and the scheduled tour had to be cancelled. You are suggesting 10-12 tests in an year however, I doubt whether SLC will have at least 5 tests in 2013 or not at all.

Posted by Kb.Thamboo on (December 24, 2012, 5:59 GMT)

From this article, one thing is very clear. The top nations where their respective cricket boards have a the major control of what happens in their nation's cricket are the one's playing more test cricket. Eg: Australia, England & South Africa and to some extent New Zeland. Look at the recent test stats, Srilanka & India recently hosted New Zeland & England respectively, both the nations didn't even win the test series in their own soil. Humiliating 2nd test defeat for Srilanka and an even worse series for India. This didn't happen 5 years ago. Nations were always finding it tough in the subcontinent. There was no easy money and once these players (mainly the young bloods) got the luxuries at that age that easy, they committed to t20 format. Some Cricket boards saw this and made it a profitable scheme for them as well. "Hola entertaining cricket, Adios classy cricket!!!!!" Once the greats who are close to retiring do retire, i wouldn't be surprised if we have 3 day tests. Cheers!

Posted by Sinhaya on (December 24, 2012, 1:23 GMT)

@SamuelH, I fully agree with you. Point here is that from one side Mahela and Sanga keep telling our cricket board that they want to keep playing IPL, which forces our board to cull off tests. Classic example was in May 2009 when Arjuna Ranatunga organized an England tour, Mahela and co refused wanting instead to play IPL. This year too, our players wanted to play IPL forcing to cut one test against England. For next year's IPL, same story applies because West Indies tests are also cancelled. Sanga should have vocally spoken against the decision to cancel 5 tests next year (2 against West Indies and 3 against South Africa). Also, why on earth do we need an SLPL? Will it ever match IPL in anyway?

Posted by Sinhaya on (December 24, 2012, 1:15 GMT)

@Sinhaya-2, I was never against IPL in full I always felt IPL is fine, but it must be shortened. Many Indians feel it that way. I want us to win at the MCG, but our bowling attack is my worry. Hope we can draw inspiration from our triumph in Durban last year. Getting Aussies all out twice will not be easy. Understand?

Posted by Sinhaya on (December 24, 2012, 1:13 GMT)

@Rise-of-Sinhaya, if someone is warm towards Sri Lanka, I reciprocate and that is why I am doing so to tanstell87.

Posted by Sudath_NZ on (December 24, 2012, 1:03 GMT)

Dear Sanga, Don't take serious about the comments by TYJAY. Your still 35, Sachin now 40 but still playing test cricket.Don't worry about the age.I am 47 still playing good cricket for over 40 "Presidents" tournament in NZ.I like all the format of cricket.Nothing wrong with 20/20,ODI or Test cricket. Hard part is time schedule.All the best SANGA. Your the best!

Posted by Htc-Android on (December 23, 2012, 23:50 GMT)

What to do sanga? u and ur fellow team mate mahela want to play IPL. Because of that we got a test series in WI got cancelled. Then how do u expect Sri lanka to play more test matches.

Posted by duralsumo on (December 23, 2012, 23:02 GMT)

Further to my comments when will the dates for the Australia India series. It is not giving anyone who wants to travel to India any opportunity to see the series??????? Not good marketing Cricket Australia?

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 23:00 GMT)

Sanga is correct to bemoan Sri Lanka'a irregularity of Test Matches. Remember that Murali was frustrated by the same issue (only 4 Tests in his last year I think) and it triggered his retirement from Test cricket. But I will take Kumar to issue over Test specialists and including Randiv in this. Ajantha Mendis has an outstanding Twenty 20 and ODI record but has played only 16 Tests and can't break into the team. By contrast Randiv's record is poor even though many of his Tests have been played on the biggest-turning pitches in Sri Lanka.

Posted by heathrf1974 on (December 23, 2012, 22:42 GMT)

I do agree that all Test nations should play that amount of tests, so that after every 4 years each Test nation has played each other both home and away. I also think if you want to be a serious test player you do away with domestic T20 if it affects your test preparations.

Posted by duralsumo on (December 23, 2012, 22:24 GMT)

Why is the an overemphasis of accountability of who is the best test nation thru tournaments? I had my youth knowing that either Australia or the West Indies being the best test nations. No tournament required West Indies smashed all comers 99% of the time, simarly the Australian team of the mid 90s to the late 00s. We knew who the best was. No need for leagues. What is more disturbing however how domestic T20 tournaments are forcing countries reschedule test series. Up until 2008 it was accepted that the best time for test cricket in the West Indies was March and April . However a domestic T20 has drained the West Indies test season. TOTALLY WRONG. If the Cowdery lecture was Tony Greigs final cricket commentary he has spoken lots of sence. ICC you need to show courage and set aside two windows for domestic T20 competitions.

Posted by RWMarsh on (December 23, 2012, 21:47 GMT)

Dear Sanga, My Xmas wish is that I'd like to see 2 Divisions, 5 teams each, 4 x 3 tests per year (rotating home venue each year), relegation for the last placed team in D1 - promotion for first placed team in D2, all tests played simultaneously in both divisions on set dates in the calendar (one country has the bye)... this would give us a true picture of who the best team is and who the best players are. Oh, and T20 would fade into obscurity (rubbish sport that doesn't deserve the title 'cricket').

Posted by TYJAY on (December 23, 2012, 21:45 GMT)

I find hard to believe Sanga's comments..

Then he has to give up the IPL contract !!! IPL is the killer for test cricket..

Why don't you retire and play IPL. Then SL can work with young lads to build a solid test cricket side.

I firmly believe Sanga, Mahela and Dishan should retire and only play IPL. Let SLC to build young team who loves to play Test cricket.

Arjuna is right !!!

Posted by Laki1993 on (December 23, 2012, 21:45 GMT)

Sanga is right, Test cricket is the ultimate and should be played more instead of meaningless one day and 20/20 games. It is very disappointing that some cricket boards seem to be paying less attention to the development of the game yet more attention to money to line their pockets.

The boards can schedule tours around players commitments to the IPL so top players are available to participate on tours. A 6 week to 2 month tour should be 2+ warm up matches, 3 Tests, 3 or 4 one day matches and 2 x 20/20 matches.

It is disappointing that we see less of players such as Sanga & Mahela playing in their strongest format Test cricket.

Let's hope the administrators see the error of their ways .....

Posted by Nadeem1976 on (December 23, 2012, 21:15 GMT)

test cricket is boring. other than sa vs aus and aus vs eng there are no more interesting test series left. ICC should promote T2020 cricket only because it's future of Cricket. I just watched two great T2020 matches in two days and i am very happy and entertained.

Posted by SDHM on (December 23, 2012, 21:00 GMT)

May I suggest that you get your board to stop cancelling Test series and scheduling pointless ODIs with India then, Mr Sangakkara? It would help massively.

Posted by tanstell87 on (December 23, 2012, 18:01 GMT)

@Prabhash1985 - its not only Sri Lanka's problem every board in sub continent is governed by politicians.

Posted by tanstell87 on (December 23, 2012, 18:00 GMT)

@Sinhaya - i agree with you DRS should be used by BCCI..that one series in 2008 Ajantha Mendis had a ball against Indians & they just refuse to use it now but i think it should not be forced but i am game for technology anyday ! yes IPL has become boring now but its just impossible to switch off that tv when that guy Tendulkar plays but yes a 4 week tournament would have been ideal !

Posted by tanstell87 on (December 23, 2012, 17:55 GMT)

@Rise-of-Sinhaya - no mate i have been watching cricket since 1995 & i have been fan of Sri Lankan team since then & also i support sub-continent teams when they play outside sub-continent...i would like to clarify one thing here - people who started watching cricket after 2007/8 are engaged in thrash talks here...not fans like me.

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (December 23, 2012, 17:32 GMT)

I firmly believe Sri Lanka Cricket needs people who played cricket together with educated people, and not the men with power... Power has various forms... Dark powers exist... If you want to be a good leader, you should try to be a good human. I copied it from someone. Think about that, Sri Lanka cricket. You are wasting our country's fortunes...

Posted by DilumSL on (December 23, 2012, 17:22 GMT)

now this is interesting. Sanga wants more test !!! When Arjuna was in the SLCB he wants players to play a test series in England and some players sign a petition against it to the president and revise that decision. Then the same players complained that there is too much politics involve in cricket. and now they want more test matches. Now my question to Sanga will you mind playing a test series instead of playing in IPL? meant no offence btw.

Posted by siddharth_r2001 on (December 23, 2012, 17:13 GMT)

Mr. Sangakkara, it's not a question of "which countries are willing to come and play". It's a question whether the greedy SLC board can think of anything other than $$, and stop cancelling test matches left, right and center!!

Posted by torsha on (December 23, 2012, 16:39 GMT)

Sanga u need to retire first..

Posted by Solace1 on (December 23, 2012, 16:15 GMT)

My brother Sinhaya's suggestions are fancy, first i thought he was on my side against the IPL, now he bats for it, i don't know what happened, hope he focusses on the second test, because his positive energy is very much essential in our quest to win the second test!!

Posted by Mevan on (December 23, 2012, 16:10 GMT)

Unless we play enough test matches, we will never develop our future cricketers. The Board thinks only of money and is killing the goose that lays the eggs. If we only going to play three tests in 2013, then 2 of the four "oldies" must be rested for each match ( in rotation) and the chance given to 2 young players. Where is Thirimanne?

Posted by Return-of-Sinhaya on (December 23, 2012, 16:10 GMT)

Sinhaya why are u wishing good luck against pakistan? Don't you know they are all praying for us to lose 3-0 and also the t20's and the odi's 5-0

Posted by Sinhaya on (December 23, 2012, 15:11 GMT)

@tanstell87, thanks a lot buddy. Biggest problem for our cricket is our administration which is totally incompetent. Your suggestion on IPL is right. Each team meet each other once and then a semi finals and finals. A tournament 6 to 7 weeks long is totally boring as 4 weeks is ideal. BCCI should have thought deeply about all Indian fans and given an at least 2 year long break for SL India bilaterals. I hope BCCI embraces DRS by the time Aussies tour India. Good luck to India in the series against Pakistan.

Posted by Sinhaya on (December 23, 2012, 14:59 GMT)

@EnglishCricket, U19 world cup is not necessarily how the future goes. South Africa too failed to qualify for the U19 world cup 2nd round in the year 2000 edition. @RuwanFer, you are right. Arjuna Ranatunga is the need of the hour to administer our cricket. Sanga and Mahela are too eager to play IPL and what is the point in saying not enough test cricket. I hope Chandimal can resist IPL. Surely Sanga why did n't you volunteer to tour WI instead of playing IPL? Wonder if we can at least postpone the ODIs and T20s with South Africa next year and play the 3 tests instead? Surely!

Posted by tanstell87 on (December 23, 2012, 14:50 GMT)

India fan here...i agree with Sangakkara here...it would have been fantastic to watch South Africa v Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka in a test series for a genuine cricket fan like me....even last year SL-Ind test series was cancelled in favour of ODI series...even WI-SL test series has been cancelled...personally being an Indian i dont hate IPL...but it could have been a shorter version...each team playing other once & then semis & final that would have been much more better IPL format...anyways looking forward to see SL doing well in Melbourne & Sydney...& also someone just mentioned SL need to give opportunities to Chandimal & Thirimanne...alb to Lankan Lions !

Posted by RuwanFer on (December 23, 2012, 14:26 GMT)

Ah.. not again Sanga! You talks one thing but doing the complete opposite, just like your captain buddy. This is really boring now.

Posted by EnglishCricket on (December 23, 2012, 14:09 GMT)

Sri Lanka are a declining team and without their old players, are nothing even their under-19 youth team is average.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 13:46 GMT)

Mahela and Sanga is 36 + years old now..So young Chandimal and Thirimanne should be given more opertunaties now. Sri lanka now should start playing matches with Chandimal or Thirimanne allowing only mahela or Sanga to play on rotating basis.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 13:39 GMT)

I don't really get the point of test ranking tables I mean take Werner Blomberg comment as an example he makes a valuable point, once a player like Captain Cook achieved 7000 test runs, everyone was impressed of the fact that he achieved it at such a young age but that's because he and his team play far more matches then anyone else otherwise I'm sure other players could've scored more than him just one example. Also the amount of test matches teams like Pakistan, New Zealand and especially Bangladesh and Zimbabwe get to play, even if they win most of them, its still not good enough to break into the top 2 of the test rankings so really in test Cricket, England, Australia and South Africa will always remain top no matter how many matches they lose or win. I personally think test rankings should be abandoned if it is unfair as there's no point.

Posted by Gloryof96 on (December 23, 2012, 13:23 GMT)

Sanga is probably one of the finest left-handed batsmen along with Pollock, Sobers and Gower ever BUT now he is beginning to sound a little hypocritical .......

Posted by Gloryof96 on (December 23, 2012, 13:11 GMT)

Being a Sri Lankan I admire Sanga and Mahela (as batsmen), BUT if they are so keen and show they love playing test cricket, then they should play test and not run off to play IPL leaving the cricket board with no option other than cancel tours, hence no point asking for more tests!! (Sangas eloquent English is not consistent and doesn't add up on this topic!)

Cricket boards should also be looking at keeping test tours on without cancelling them even if it means calling younger players to fill in and get much needed exposure (this is the same which occurred 30 years ago when Kerry Pecker started his world series).

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 12:50 GMT)

I agree the test loads are unequal. If allistair Cook can play 87 tests in 6 years and pieterson 92 in 7 then i cant see why something cant be done to increase the number of tests for other players.

Posted by ExtremeSpeed on (December 23, 2012, 12:34 GMT)

Well I don't see the point of the Sri Lanka experience talented trio to continue playing tests especially when you are only going to be playing teams like Bangladesh and Zimbabwe in 2013, might as well give your reserves a chance so you can build for the future.

Posted by Dinrockz on (December 23, 2012, 11:43 GMT)

dont think Sanga shud be one to talk, he along with Mahela and rest of the seniors refused to tour england cause it clashed with the IPL. Even now i dont think they will agree to play test matches if it falls during the IPL

Posted by Return-of-Sinhaya on (December 23, 2012, 11:31 GMT)

Aus & Eng fans are living in deniail. Why does T20 attract huge crowds and test cricket doesnt even have TV audience. We lankans love t20s and it was evident at the t20 WC.Message is clear -"WE WANT T20s"

Posted by Sinhaya on (December 23, 2012, 11:26 GMT)

Exactly right Sanga! So why did n't you protest SLC decision to postpone the tests against SA in July 2013? My point is that you, MJ, Dilshan and Samaraweera are not too far before retiring. Surely why could n't you see to it that emerging stars like Chandimal, Thirimanne, Dimuth Karunaratne etc end up getting test match practice throughout 2013? My worry is that when we play Pakistan in December next year, we will have played too little test matches, which will catch us off guard. Why worry about SLPL? Can we cancel SLPL in 2013 to play the tests against SA? If we can do that, then great because the 2 tests against West Indies too are cancelled to make way for a tri series.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 11:00 GMT)

you have to feel for SL test players.sanga,mahela.thilan,dilshan and prasanna wouldn't suffering from this too much because they are almost decided to retire.But what'll happen to young guns.This's utterly nonsense from SLC.such a bad administration process from them.I wouldn't wonder if SL loss their test status due to poor administrations not because under performance.Young players need to play more international test cricket with good sides to set themselves high.not just local 1st class cricket.I hope SLC 'll pay their attention to this article.

Posted by Test-is-the-best on (December 23, 2012, 10:23 GMT)

A very good comment by Sangakkara this time. Killing of Test Cricket will kill the rest.Countries like England & Australia would never tries to cut down their tests to play useless domestic T20 tournaments.

Posted by Batmanian on (December 23, 2012, 10:06 GMT)

Just send specialist T20 players to the T20 and the best Test team to tests. We're seeing in Australia that it matters not a mite who plays for the 'franchises' - some semi-retiree and some up-and-comers is enough to please the demographic. As far as I can tell, Australia and other countries are playing more Tests than ever.

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Australia v Sri Lanka at Sydney - Jan 20, 2013
No result
Australia v Sri Lanka at Brisbane - Jan 18, 2013
Sri Lanka won by 4 wickets (with 180 balls remaining)
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