Sri Lanka in Bangladesh 2013-14 January 23, 2014

Ajantha Mendis returns to Sri Lanka's Test squad

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Ajantha Mendis has been named in Sri Lanka's Test squad to Bangladesh, after he had been directed to return from the Big Bash League at short notice this week. Batsman Kithuruwan Vithanage has also been named in the 15-man squad, which leaves for Bangladesh on Thursday morning.

Mendis replaces offspinner Sachithra Senanayake from the squad that toured the UAE, while Vithanage is in the team for Lahiru Thirimanne, who remains sidelined with the ankle injury he sustained during the ODI series against Pakistan in December. Kusal Perera had been Thirimanne's replacement on that tour, but having not got a game against Pakistan, Kusal has been overlooked. The 13 others in the squad for the Pakistan series are unchanged.

Mendis has been increasingly regarded a limited-overs spinner, but on this tour offers variety from the orthodox spin-bowling styles of left-armer Rangana Herath and offspinner Dilruwan Perera. Both Mendis and Vithanage last played Tests in March 2013, also against Bangladesh.

Vishwa Fernando, the 22-year-old left-arm quick, was among those retained from the tour to the UAE, where he did not get a game. Said to possess considerable pace, generated from a jerky action, he will support the leading trio of fast bowlers Shaminda Eranga, Suranga Lakmal and Nuwan Pradeep, while continuing his work with the national trainer and fast bowling coach Chaminda Vaas.

Positive left-handed batsman Vithanage has not been in great domestic form over the past months, but is considered among Sri Lanka's brightest middle order prospects. He had hit a half-century on Test debut against Bangladesh, in Galle.

The national selectors awaited the return of the team from the UAE before announcing the squad. The team will play two Tests, in Dhaka and Chittagong, after the tour was given the green light by Sri Lanka Cricket amid security concerns. The first Test will begin on Monday, less than a week after Sri Lanka played their previous Test, in Sharjah.

Squad: Angelo Mathews (capt), Dinesh Chandimal, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kaushal Silva, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Kithuruwan Vithanage, Prasanna Jayawardene (wk), Dilruwan Perera, Rangana Herath, Ajantha Mendis, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Shaminda Eranga, Vishwa Fernando.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • POSTED BY Yasi_Gee on | January 26, 2014, 16:24 GMT

    I hope SL will give chances to new comers; otherwise it's no point picking them for tours and not giving them any opportunities. Good luck Sri Lanka.

  • POSTED BY on | January 26, 2014, 2:23 GMT

    @IndianCoolGuy your team is getting thrashed by NZ and just lost ODI #1 ranking. So if i were you il think twice before before posting a such comment. Yes we did some mistakes in the last test with Pakistan but except for chandimal i think everyone did reasonably well. its not going to be a white wash for sure. I still dont think chandimal should be in the team. He might be a key member out of form but now he is a burden to the others. I think its the high time to drop him and give someone else chance.

  • POSTED BY BounceTrack_BULLY on | January 26, 2014, 1:45 GMT

    I had seen SL team touring Kenya, Zimbawe, Bangladesh when they are outplayed by top teams. This is a good strategy to get back to form and also will get them some points to go up in ranking.

  • POSTED BY on | January 25, 2014, 14:46 GMT

    We should have a captain with sense.From the very beginning Mathews was not in that frame.He is not an attacking type captain like Mahela or Sanga.

  • POSTED BY IndianCoolGuy on | January 25, 2014, 14:40 GMT

    SL will be very very happy playing against Bangladesh, thinking for easy wins. BUT,,,, Its not the case going happen. lol. I think Bangladesh is a clear favorites here. Common Bangladesh,, white wash SL... SL is one of the weakest team in the world now and you should not miss beating SL every match. Its a good match practice for the asia series ahead. Enjoy..... (:-/

  • POSTED BY TheKeeper on | January 25, 2014, 12:49 GMT

    Wow, some people think that Ajantha Mendis is a toothless bowler. But if having best-of-figures of 6/13 in ODI and also 6/8 in t20 is toothless, then I can only imagine what he'd be like if he had teeth.

    If the conditions are right for Mendis, he is an absolute match winner.

  • POSTED BY King_Ravanaa on | January 25, 2014, 5:01 GMT

    @HatersAreOrdinary... Test and ODI series win, and T20 as a consolation price, and that too you are saying to a team like Sri Lanka against in favor of team like Bangladesh? earlier i was just go aggressively fans like you, but now i am not, as now i am only having sympathy towards Bangladesh and its fans lol

  • POSTED BY HatersAreOrdinary on | January 24, 2014, 22:10 GMT

    Welcome SL to bangladesh! We glad that you came but we wont be your friend in the field! We are strongly expecting some positive results yeah you heard me right a test win n odi series win! T20 you can take it as consolation prize ;)

  • POSTED BY kahvas on | January 24, 2014, 19:21 GMT

    Another toothless overhyped bowler. I thought his career was done, but lets face it SL is short if choices. Maybe he bowls negative better than current crop

  • POSTED BY Fogu on | January 24, 2014, 15:49 GMT

    Welcome to SL. Hope you enjoy the hospitality that BD has to offer. I am hoping for a good competitive series with our friends from the south. Go Tigers!

  • POSTED BY Yasi_Gee on | January 26, 2014, 16:24 GMT

    I hope SL will give chances to new comers; otherwise it's no point picking them for tours and not giving them any opportunities. Good luck Sri Lanka.

  • POSTED BY on | January 26, 2014, 2:23 GMT

    @IndianCoolGuy your team is getting thrashed by NZ and just lost ODI #1 ranking. So if i were you il think twice before before posting a such comment. Yes we did some mistakes in the last test with Pakistan but except for chandimal i think everyone did reasonably well. its not going to be a white wash for sure. I still dont think chandimal should be in the team. He might be a key member out of form but now he is a burden to the others. I think its the high time to drop him and give someone else chance.

  • POSTED BY BounceTrack_BULLY on | January 26, 2014, 1:45 GMT

    I had seen SL team touring Kenya, Zimbawe, Bangladesh when they are outplayed by top teams. This is a good strategy to get back to form and also will get them some points to go up in ranking.

  • POSTED BY on | January 25, 2014, 14:46 GMT

    We should have a captain with sense.From the very beginning Mathews was not in that frame.He is not an attacking type captain like Mahela or Sanga.

  • POSTED BY IndianCoolGuy on | January 25, 2014, 14:40 GMT

    SL will be very very happy playing against Bangladesh, thinking for easy wins. BUT,,,, Its not the case going happen. lol. I think Bangladesh is a clear favorites here. Common Bangladesh,, white wash SL... SL is one of the weakest team in the world now and you should not miss beating SL every match. Its a good match practice for the asia series ahead. Enjoy..... (:-/

  • POSTED BY TheKeeper on | January 25, 2014, 12:49 GMT

    Wow, some people think that Ajantha Mendis is a toothless bowler. But if having best-of-figures of 6/13 in ODI and also 6/8 in t20 is toothless, then I can only imagine what he'd be like if he had teeth.

    If the conditions are right for Mendis, he is an absolute match winner.

  • POSTED BY King_Ravanaa on | January 25, 2014, 5:01 GMT

    @HatersAreOrdinary... Test and ODI series win, and T20 as a consolation price, and that too you are saying to a team like Sri Lanka against in favor of team like Bangladesh? earlier i was just go aggressively fans like you, but now i am not, as now i am only having sympathy towards Bangladesh and its fans lol

  • POSTED BY HatersAreOrdinary on | January 24, 2014, 22:10 GMT

    Welcome SL to bangladesh! We glad that you came but we wont be your friend in the field! We are strongly expecting some positive results yeah you heard me right a test win n odi series win! T20 you can take it as consolation prize ;)

  • POSTED BY kahvas on | January 24, 2014, 19:21 GMT

    Another toothless overhyped bowler. I thought his career was done, but lets face it SL is short if choices. Maybe he bowls negative better than current crop

  • POSTED BY Fogu on | January 24, 2014, 15:49 GMT

    Welcome to SL. Hope you enjoy the hospitality that BD has to offer. I am hoping for a good competitive series with our friends from the south. Go Tigers!

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2014, 15:34 GMT

    Pak won the final UAE test not because of their batting or bailing but only because of their brilliant and excellent technical captaincy. What a marvelous captain Misbah is. Great coaching of Whatmore. Why S/L lost the final test was due to the non-professional attitude of S/L captaincy of the intention of drawing the match. This is not cricket or sport.

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2014, 15:10 GMT

    Again the inclusion of vishwa & kithuruwan or anyone else would not make a big deal, its only a 2 match series. The SL XI is thankfully settled in- Dimuth - Kaushal - Sanga - mahela - Chandi -Mathews - Prassana - Dilruwan/mendis/Pradeep - Eranga - Rangana - Lakmal.

    Chandimal scored back to back hundreds against bd so zip it haters. yes chandi will be in pressure to score because kithuruwan is pushing for a place. dimuth also needs a big knock this series or KJP will grab it with both hands.

    i feel Roshen Silva deserves a call up more than kithuruwan even if they intend to play him for the ODI's too. Roshen is 25 and should not be a waste of a talent

    very unfortunate that Sachithra couldn't make it.. ajantha could have kept playing the BBL & made some money lol.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | January 24, 2014, 13:09 GMT

    Drop chandimal in all formats as he has not performed at all..waste of a spot ..

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | January 24, 2014, 13:05 GMT

    Chandimal should dropped from the side ..they are doing same mistake when they picked chamara kapugedera..and mathews doesnt have any captaincy sense at all

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | January 24, 2014, 13:00 GMT

    Worst Captain of sri lankan cricket history is angelo mathews.he us got to good set of players who could nt use them properly and chandimal should be out sri lanka team until he performs..he is a bad captain too and he does nt deserve to be in the side

  • POSTED BY TheKeeper on | January 24, 2014, 12:12 GMT

    You cannot rest Mahela, especially in the test matches, because he is a match winner and a safety net for Sri Lanka.

  • POSTED BY SriLankanYoungBlood on | January 24, 2014, 7:55 GMT

    Chandimal has hugh technical issues when playing quality spin. When he struggling he only know playin stupid cross bat shot and get out. BD pitches also more sping friendly and they have some quality spinners. So it's better him to rest this tour and correct his techniques. He is great asset to SL side and most fluent batsmen against Aussie,SA and Eng condition.

  • POSTED BY SriLankanYoungBlood on | January 24, 2014, 7:45 GMT

    @PadMarley Good question bro. There r lot of young faster bowlers better than him. Charith Jayanpathy,Kasun Madushaka,Ishan Jayarathne. I think SJ personally know him and gave favorable to him. I have never seen him before and haven't heard before PAK tour. Since BD wickets r spin friendly could add Tharindu Kaushal instead of him

  • POSTED BY ms2000 on | January 24, 2014, 5:47 GMT

    Inclusion of Chandimal is a total waste. Kusal Janith Perera should been given a chance and he is 100% better than Chandimal. I really do not understand the logic of including Chandimal. Mahela should have been rested and Priyanjan given a chance. Why cant the selectors understand what the ordinary spectators understand? Mathews will prove once again he is not a Captain!

  • POSTED BY TZ9383 on | January 24, 2014, 5:44 GMT

    selectors must give another chance to Sachithra 1 game is not fair We know Ajmal is the best off spinnerr in the world now but he also got 8 wickets in the last tunament

  • POSTED BY Widura89 on | January 24, 2014, 5:19 GMT

    I think Mahela Jayawardena should have been given a rest.He had an injury on his left hand .So his place should give to Ashan Priyanjan or Kusal Janith. If tharindu kaushal in the squad by lefting rangana herath it will be gud.

  • POSTED BY TEROSHAN on | January 24, 2014, 3:34 GMT

    Why selectors did not pick Kithruwan for tour to PAK.. Sachithra and K Perera should be in and sanga and mahela should not play together Sanga with Kithruwan Mahela with PJ or KJ Perera see what is capability of young SL Blood does not matter if Bangladesh win bcz it will be real measurement of and great experience to SL Youngsters..

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2014, 3:25 GMT

    why still no tharindu kaisal and roshen de silva? please drop kithruwan and mendis and include them

  • POSTED BY Lakpj on | January 24, 2014, 3:06 GMT

    @Aaqib Ali Aamer Ok then if your batsman can score that much do you think that your bowlers can get 20 wickets and win. SL bowlers bowled very well in UAE. just that their captain and the management made a mockery during the last 2 days of the 3rd test to allow Pakistan to square the series. If they bowl that well I don't think Bangladesh batsmen will score a lot.

  • POSTED BY PadMarley on | January 24, 2014, 2:55 GMT

    Who is Vishwa Fernando ?? Can someone share any observations of his skills? Excuse me... why Ajantha Mendis????

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2014, 2:45 GMT

    Local Cricket fans of Bangladesh, please do come out in numbers, especially to see the the test matches with Sri Lanka. This would be one of the best protests against the unjust proposal being discussed in ICC. As they are talking in revenue terms, please come out to show the market potential of Cricket in Bangladesh. There should not be any empty seat in the stadium.......

  • POSTED BY somethingdifferent on | January 24, 2014, 2:05 GMT

    Despite the ordinary form of Sangakara and BD having the home advantage I think it should be a cake walk for SL, provided they avoid the negative attitude shown during the UAE series. BD even so many years of test cricket are still just not in the same league.

  • POSTED BY jeri14 on | January 24, 2014, 2:04 GMT

    Why chandimal is in the team? He should be out like Kapuwa...Dont understand the logic behind the selection..

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | January 24, 2014, 1:07 GMT

    For ODI game Isuru Udana should play he is playing really good in local games He can start to play.

  • POSTED BY Lion_96 on | January 24, 2014, 0:49 GMT

    Shud be an interesting series. BAN have played well at home. But facing a another Subcontinent side in a home series will be tougher proposition than facing NZL. SL, like its neighbours, are very good at playing spin and have quality spinners of their own to take advantage of any turn on offer. Despite all the talent we have and quality batsmen we posses,all of this will come to nothing, if employ the Mathews approach. Speaking of which, can we change our captain? Cos from the last press conference Mathews said we were not "cautious" (negative??) enough.

  • POSTED BY CricketFever11 on | January 23, 2014, 23:56 GMT

    Sri Lanka should play with their full strength. This is a well performing BD unit in recent times.

  • POSTED BY Messa1 on | January 23, 2014, 23:39 GMT

    I think Upul Tharanga should be given one more chance. Not as an opener but in the middle order. Also either Mahela or Sanga should get a rest and the chance should've been given to a youngster.

  • POSTED BY TerranceRajah on | January 23, 2014, 23:36 GMT

    I have great respect for Mahela and Sanga. They have carried SL Cricket after the likes of Sanath and Aravinda. But I think if SL have to groom future test cricketers, they should have rested these 2. The batting order should have Dimuth, Kausal, Kithruwan, Chandimal (Last chance) Mathewes, Angelo Perera,Prassana. There are others like Roshen Silva, Ashan Priyanjan are also options. We dont play much test cricket and by playing Sanga and Mahela the opportunities are wasted and these two are not going to gain anything from this tour except for records. Sanath you are doing a good job , please use these opportunities to build young blood and a tour like Bangladesh could have been an opportunity that you could have cashed in. After having all the experience we still lost to Pakistan in the 3rd test as we were poor in our thoughts and actions. we had all the experience that was needed. BTW giving Ajantha another go is good and What Happened to Chamara Welegedara ?

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | January 23, 2014, 22:34 GMT

    Just goes tyo show how thin the talent is in SL. This is almost as embarrassing as the test defeat to Pakistan, one of the worst ever

  • POSTED BY ca2ca on | January 23, 2014, 22:09 GMT

    Posted by SriLankanYoungBlood on (January 23, 2014, 16:57 GMT)

    Agree completely. Ajantha Mendis in Test squad and degrading of Senanayake ?? Well we have to wait and see. If SS can be replaced for underforming why not Sanga (at the present form since NZ series) with an upcoming player ?

  • POSTED BY shanepe2003 on | January 23, 2014, 21:56 GMT

    I think Mathews need a rest after hammering comments from specteters after last match. SL will have to find a captain soon rather than later cos Mathews is definitely not captain material more of a selfish player who only care own survival.

  • POSTED BY on | January 23, 2014, 20:38 GMT

    Can not understand the basis of continous selection of Kithruwan Withanage.....He has not done anything significant in domestic matches.............Roshen Silva and Ashan Priyanjan are much better middle order players than Kithruwan...

  • POSTED BY Naliyachand on | January 23, 2014, 19:42 GMT

    Its really important to include Mahela & Sanga as Bangladesh doing really well at present. No need to under estimate Bangladesh team and its better to keep full strength side from Sri Lanka. Srri Lankans are going to play international cricket matches, Not practice matches

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 23, 2014, 19:28 GMT

    as a cricket fan...just be honest n realistic BD bowlibg attack is not leathal at all cos SL is comfortable on slow pace n low bounce pitch than BD. SL batsmen are in good nick with a plus of coming out from series against better bowling unit which will help SL batting also at the same time SL fast bowling showed good progress in UAE which boosted their confidence too. Time for BD to show that they had the skills n temperament to win session/sessions both in batting n bowling along with ability to not loose a session/sessions too badly to get into a position where SL can take the control of the test match. My prediction SL should win this series with SL 1 to BD 0.

  • POSTED BY on | January 23, 2014, 18:41 GMT

    The scary part is that Mathews believed that they should have been even slower in the third Pak test. Such negative thinking will leave SL completely vunerable. Ban could easily win this, especially since they are a drastically improved side from the Ban team three or four years ago...

  • POSTED BY on | January 23, 2014, 18:11 GMT

    last few tests for mahela I think. Let him play n enjoy his cricket for another year or so. Sanga will play little longer. Both these players should keep WC in their mind & think about concentrating more on test matches & should give chance to youngsters in ODI & T20.

  • POSTED BY on | January 23, 2014, 18:04 GMT

    Roshen Silva over looked again after hitting 181 not out a week ago :( other than that good squad.

  • POSTED BY Tokai69 on | January 23, 2014, 17:52 GMT

    Eagerly waiting to see bating from Kayes, Shamsur, Mominul in the Test along with veterans in the Test. Not much worry about ODI/T20 thought, as Tigers are the favorite in their home

  • POSTED BY yorkslanka on | January 23, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    Sanga and Mahela should have been rested for this tour and their places given to two youngsters...

  • POSTED BY ashqarmahi on | January 23, 2014, 17:10 GMT

    LETS PLAY...Then we will see....currently Bangladesh is doing well in the home ground...This time we are all expecting to extend our record against Sri lanka...

  • POSTED BY SriLankanYoungBlood on | January 23, 2014, 16:57 GMT

    Old vine from Old Bottle again. Mahela,Sanga and Chandi easily rested for this tour. But not happend.Instead we could play Kithuwan,Ashan and Kusal. One and Only positive Kith is in a squad but may not get a chance at all. I think SJ allows Mahela and Sanga to clear the failures against PAK and shines against minnows like BD and extend their Individual Records/Runs instead wining the team. pretend unrealistic form and allow to play atleast another 2 years. But i'm sure it will never happened and after the test series they will come with empty hands. Probably this tour result will be 1-1.BD will get first Test Win over SL. Instead of Mendis Thranidu Kaushal could give a chance and Sachie could a have a another Match to prove. Under this circumstances i can't support SL. Best of Luck BD.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 23, 2014, 16:56 GMT

    @hasib9 that's the height of optimism.. SL ate not as weak as you are considering them and bagladesh is not strong enough. . they might win 1 or games but nit that much..

  • POSTED BY jerryman on | January 23, 2014, 16:55 GMT

    From this squad the playing X1 should be the above listed minus Chandimal, Vishwa,Vithanage & mendis If the wicket is taking spin , maybe Mendis can play instead of Pradeep . If mahela is still not fully recovered he should be substituted with Vithanage . Fielding is going to be crucial as well and SL cannot be complacent thinking Bangladesh are underdogs . Never under estimate a team . this is what India is doing currently in NZ in their OSIs to their peril . good luck lions and hope to see more positive cricket and better captaincy from Matthews . he should have learnt a lesson from the last test in Sharjah...

  • POSTED BY on | January 23, 2014, 16:31 GMT

    Ajantha Mendis must have been given more chances than actually he was. I still believe that Mendis is a real threat for batters. Also I feel he should be a regular member of the SL team in all three formats.

  • POSTED BY DD_f0rever on | January 23, 2014, 16:04 GMT

    Mendis is an ordinary spinner..Younis had exposed him during Pak tour..Since then every nation's batsmen have started to pick him..

    But to get BD batsmen out you don't need good bowlers anyway lol

    Ajmal and Rehman are the World's Best spinners right now..and I'm sure you guys would agree with me !

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 23, 2014, 16:01 GMT

    @gethike: if u don't point out nastly to BD then make it clear about Bangladeshi attack. I just want to make sure at this moment BD is playing better cricket than Sri.

  • POSTED BY mainul079080 on | January 23, 2014, 15:52 GMT

    Srilanka must be in state of shock and their captain in a state of repent after that shell shocking defeat to Pakistan due to playing negative cricket. Bangladesh must take this advantage and prevail over them from the word go.

  • POSTED BY hasib9 on | January 23, 2014, 15:48 GMT

    Here is what's going to happen: Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene will do the bulk of the scoring, and then Herath will take most of the wickets. What will SL do after these old fellas retire? The fast bowlers are average and won't be that much effective in BD conditions but probably will get a few wickets. Mendis will leak runs and most of the other batsmen, in the absence of Dilshan, will most likely fail.Test series will either be drawn or SL will win it, ODIs will be mostly won by BD, and SL will win the T20s.

  • POSTED BY sonu77 on | January 23, 2014, 15:42 GMT

    Chandimal will score a ton & secure his spot for another two years !

  • POSTED BY on | January 23, 2014, 15:42 GMT

    Good to see mendis in test, hope his mystery may work in bangla .

  • POSTED BY sonu77 on | January 23, 2014, 15:40 GMT

    @Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist : No, he is not like our Manoj Prabhakar! not Mendis, but Sehwag's career almost over

  • POSTED BY Afta on | January 23, 2014, 15:26 GMT

    The selectors should not get away with the idea that, performances against Bangladesh will reveal the moulding of our future stars or talent. Games could be won and records broken, cos you are playing against a team at the bottom of the rankings. So there's nothing to crow about. I am sure Ajantha mendis will come out with flying colours or may be Chandimal will whack a double century. But, are these the criteria that they are the best we have? Sharjah has confirmed beyond doubt the mindset and the positivity flaws (you walk on to the grounds to win and not to play painstaking, dour, boring, negative cricket). Technically, our new batting talent needs geographical changes (eg. Almost every stroke of Dimuth Karunaratne is played on the leg side, and Chandimal wants to whack the straight balls out of the grounds) I can see only one future spark in the form of Ashan Priyanjan who is more technically equipped than the present lot. The selectors should select him for all games.

  • POSTED BY RAJ18 on | January 23, 2014, 15:08 GMT

    It's baffling that selectors keep on playing Chandimal, when he fails in every match.It's similar to Dhoni keep on playing Ashwin when he is under performing.Drop Chandimal from playing 11, tell him to prove in domestic circuit, get his form back, and then draft him back in to the team. At the moment he is just a passenger.And it's a tactical mistake by the so called SL selectors to drop Kusal, he is the X factor, that we desperately need at the top of the order.Where is Akila Dhananjaya, why is he not being played against BAN, are these selectors really doing a good job? Over to you Minister of Sports in SL.

  • POSTED BY on | January 23, 2014, 14:48 GMT

    This should be Chandimal's last chance! If he can't score runs against the Bangladesh attack , then I don't think he could score runs against any attack. I don't mean any disrespect to Bangladesh :)

  • POSTED BY on | January 23, 2014, 14:46 GMT

    I think Mendis needs to be given an extended run. The problem with his selection these days is he is always dropped after one series. The best I have seen him after batsmen world over figured him out was during the 2011 world cup and our brilliant selectors/captain dropped him for the finals. Since then he has either been injured or dropped on the results of one series or a couple of matches!..Also, Kusal should have been in the squad.

  • POSTED BY sheru-sher on | January 23, 2014, 14:45 GMT

    Good to see Ajantha Mendis back in the Test side . He should be encouraged as he is a humble hard working cricketer.

  • POSTED BY YsaKaru on | January 23, 2014, 14:43 GMT

    Kusal Perera and Tharindu kaushal must be in the squad.I agree with Charitha Nanayakkara.

  • POSTED BY on | January 23, 2014, 14:37 GMT

    i am a good fan of mahela jayawardena but he should be replaced by youngsters this is my opinion and kushal perera need a chance to prove in test cricket

  • POSTED BY Htc-Android on | January 23, 2014, 14:33 GMT

    I dont know why these people are calling for Kushal ahead of Dimuth. Dimuth scored more runs than Sanga in UAE with average of nearly 40. So why we need to drop him?. He had starts in most of his innings, but he just needs to convert them. Dimuth has a good technique and he is a good stroke maker as well.

  • POSTED BY Prabhash1985 on | January 23, 2014, 14:32 GMT

    The main problem with Malinga is that he thinks he know everything. I remember, once he had told to a local newspaper, that there is not a single ball that he don't know how to bowl. It's like saying that I know the alphabet, so I have nothing to learn anymore. What makes Murali great? Is it because he can spin the ball that much? I don't think so. I think Murali is great, because given all the tough times he had, he bounced back no matter how hard the situation was. That includes the batsmen getting used to his bowling. That quality is there in Shaminda as far as I realized from what I have heard. Malinga, a great talent is wasted. I hope it will not happen to our other bowlers. They are not famous at the moment, but they will do the job for you, like Vaas did for years to Sri Lanka, in his 120-130 speed. Limelight is not important. Keep working hard, Sri Lankan youth. You can be a lethal weapon! Appreciation may not come at all, but keep going!

  • POSTED BY on | January 23, 2014, 14:29 GMT

    Another bad idea from our selectors. What's wrong with giving Senanayake a few more games? Selectors are strange creatures and I don't follow their logic or lack there of. Like Sujith Lasan mentioned, what about Tharindu Kaushal?

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 23, 2014, 14:19 GMT

    what happen to thrindu or akila...santh's theme is old is gold....beacause he is

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | January 23, 2014, 14:18 GMT

    Senanayake should be in the team along with Kushal Perera.

  • POSTED BY on | January 23, 2014, 14:18 GMT

    For me this selection is not bad. Dimuth did OKAY during the last series, so he deserves another chance. I also like Kusal to be in the playing 11, but it is better to play some domestic cricket rather than sitting on the bench. I also agree that Mahela should has been rested for this series. Great to see Kiththa in the squad, but I'm afraid whether he will get a chance. When it comes the 2nd spinner, Sachithra is the ideal. But he should blame himself for not making use of the opportunity he got. He is out of form & better to play some domestic cricket to regain form. But he must be in our long term plans. By the looks of it they are planning to unleash young Vimukthi in the Eng tour, which is not bad either. Who knows we may see a 4 men pace attack for the 1st time from SL. :D

  • POSTED BY Big_Brother_of_Cricket on | January 23, 2014, 14:06 GMT

    Seems that selection blunders are a regular thing for SL cricket with Jayasuriya as the chief selector. Bad treatment for Sachithra after a single test on a flat deck where no spinner could have got wickets. Where's Tharindu Kaushal ? He's being with the team in many tours and now being overlooked when he performs really well. I guess the problem is that they recalled Mendis from Big bash just for the entertainment of the selectors and now needs to find a reason for that. That's how things are done in SL cricket these days.

  • POSTED BY bootlicker on | January 23, 2014, 13:50 GMT

    I am with Sandasiri. It is true that SL haven't got much opportunities to play Test matches like England and Australia but SL should have rested at least Mahela, Sanga and Herath.There is no point playing top 11 with Bangladesh, this is not underestimating or discriminating them hence this is the golden opportunity SL have got to expose their young talent and build up the team.

  • POSTED BY sanga2020 on | January 23, 2014, 13:49 GMT

    Good that they included Mendis. He need to play few tests continously to gain confidence. He never had that opportunity. He has potential and need more giudence and confidence of his ability.Hope SL will be positive and will play to win all games.

  • POSTED BY Sameeratennakoon on | January 23, 2014, 13:42 GMT

    Kusal Perera must be in the squad. Chandimal and Mahela should be rested. Chandimal may find his rhythm by playing some domestic cricket and Mahela may get some rest for upcoming T20 WC. Having Upul Tharanga in middle order will be great apart from chandimal.

  • POSTED BY fahim_28 on | January 23, 2014, 13:01 GMT

    i think herath would be better rather than ajantha in front of strong improving bangladeshi batting line-up.

  • POSTED BY DAY.BEFORE.TOMORROW on | January 23, 2014, 12:58 GMT

    On conclusion of WC 2015, Sankakarra will smash all the ODI records of Sachin and with the tour of India in 2015, Mahela will smash all the Test records of Sachin. In T-20 we are the No.1 and champion side and the leading wicket takers, century scorers, highest scorers are Sri Lankans only.

  • POSTED BY Sachit1979 on | January 23, 2014, 12:25 GMT

    Murlitharan retired and Rangan Herath is also 35 year old now. A very desperate moment for Sri Lanka to find an able replacement in spin department. They invested considerable amount of time in Ajantha Mendis and Suraj Randiv but result so far has not been satisfactory. I wish baton gets passed to someone really skillful before Herath plays his final test.

  • POSTED BY on | January 23, 2014, 12:23 GMT

    Why tharindu kaushal not selected?

  • POSTED BY Domestica on | January 23, 2014, 12:17 GMT

    Where is Kusal Janith Perera,It is bad move to out him in squad, Kaushal Silva and Kusal Janith is suitable for Opening Tests,

  • POSTED BY Udendra on | January 23, 2014, 12:15 GMT

    I can't understand what's the point of persisting with Mendis for test cricket. What about the young off spinner Tharindu Kaushal?

  • POSTED BY musfiqur.mishu on | January 23, 2014, 12:08 GMT

    Nice balance team of both sides it will be a good series. Advanced Welcome Sri Lanka to Bangladesh. Have good series with us it will be hard to play with us.

  • POSTED BY Sandasiri_Asitha on | January 23, 2014, 12:03 GMT

    Poor selection, plz rest Mahela until he gets well. No point of playing best 15 man for Bangladesh tour, where U can easily give young uncap players huge opportunity to play international. Mahela, Sanga, Rangana even Prasanna can be rested. include big gun for T20 where we need to get used to pitches for coming world cup.

  • POSTED BY jerryman on | January 23, 2014, 12:02 GMT

    Kusal perera should be in the squad instead of dinesh chandimal. Hoping to see a much healthier run rate in the tests . try for 3 per over

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 23, 2014, 11:59 GMT

    An interesting series it promises to be with my all money on Bangladesh. Their strong batting will thrash the inexperienced bowling lineup of Lanka.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 23, 2014, 11:40 GMT

    this is a great selection but I wanted to see tharindu kaushal

  • POSTED BY slcoold on | January 23, 2014, 11:39 GMT

    Hope Kiththa gets in ahead of Chandimal. It was a dismal performance by Chandimal in UAE.

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | January 23, 2014, 11:35 GMT

    Though nowadays he's regarded as limited over player, if my memory is right, his international career kick started from tests against "Power Packed INDIA team" WoW !!! what a series he had....

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | January 23, 2014, 11:33 GMT

    I thought he had retired with nightmares after that Sehwag onslaught. Haven't heard of him for some time now. Wow! so he is still playing? lol....

  • POSTED BY on | January 23, 2014, 11:24 GMT

    I think it's safe to say that we'll never or at least for a long time, we won't be seeing the likes of Maharoof, Tharanga, Kapugedara, Prasad, Fernando, Lokuhettige, etc. I don't think it's fair to just toss them aside, especially Tharanga and Maharoof. They have done great for SL (For example, Tharanga has the second highest score by a SL batsman, Maharoof is one of only 4 SL bowlers to have a hattrick) and deserve another chance. Both a still under 30. And if Jayasuriya is serious aboud grooming young blood, then where are Akila Dananjaya, Tharindu Kaushal, Angelo Perera etc.

  • POSTED BY on | January 23, 2014, 11:17 GMT

    What's wrong done Sachitra senanayke?

  • POSTED BY Rashen on | January 23, 2014, 11:15 GMT

    Honestly I think Kusal Perera deserve a place. Dimuth didnot perform well at all. So ideally he has to be dropped.

  • POSTED BY on | January 23, 2014, 11:09 GMT

    mendis needs a run of games and i hope he gets these.. not 1 then out etc.. he needs to be the main spinner in the odis!! spinners need games to develop and mendis is no different.. sl selectors have treated him poorly thus far hope this changes...

  • POSTED BY Prabhash1985 on | January 23, 2014, 11:08 GMT

    All the best Kithruwan and Ajantha. We have a lot of faith in you... A good future ahead of Sri Lanka, but should have discipline, hard-work and morale. Seeing the first few signs of a beautiful future, Sri Lanka! Need to believe in something though things are harder at the moment.

  • POSTED BY ajithabey on | January 23, 2014, 10:58 GMT

    The team looks good on paper despite the majority of them having handed over the last game to Pakistan on a platter with real time bungling on the last two days of that match which is a mystery and talking point amongst cricketing enthusiasts. It would have been better to give Senanayake,Seekuge Prasanna and Priyangan another opportunity before sidelining them as it is time look beyond Mahela,Sanga & Herath especially when playing with bottom placed teams either in tests or the shorter versions.

  • POSTED BY on | January 23, 2014, 10:52 GMT

    Sachithra should have been retained ahead of Dilruwan. It was not fair to SS to have been only given one match, even that on a wicket that Rangana and Ajmal struggled as well, and then to be dropped. He is by a distance the best off spinner in the country. Dilruwan batted brillianly on his debut, true! But he was not picked to bat, but as a front line off spinner. He did not look like a wicket taking threat in TEST so much so that even the captain did not trust him to bowl during the run chase. Unless he can pull off a Thilan Samaraweera like career, start as an offie and develop into a middle order batsman, investing in him as a bowler is unlikely to pay dividend. Selecting Kithruwa ahead of Angelo Perera must only mean that the selectors want to remain consistent, having already given him a test birth ahead of a few others.

  • POSTED BY on | January 23, 2014, 10:38 GMT

    This is good news. Many people had written off Mendis and limited him to just being a Twenty 20 player. Yet he has proved himself to be a big game player in all three formats and is capable of troubling the best players including Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman and Gayle. There are of course elements of his game that need to improve but he has obviously worked hard, is stronger and less injury prone. He deserves specialist coaching and to be backed by selectors to enable him to evolve.

  • POSTED BY Lakpj on | January 23, 2014, 10:37 GMT

    It is a pity that Tharindu Kaushal is not there in this tour he is the next big thing in SL cricket. other than that the squad looks ok. This is a important series for Chandimal he needs to score if not he could be in trouble.

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  • POSTED BY Lakpj on | January 23, 2014, 10:37 GMT

    It is a pity that Tharindu Kaushal is not there in this tour he is the next big thing in SL cricket. other than that the squad looks ok. This is a important series for Chandimal he needs to score if not he could be in trouble.

  • POSTED BY on | January 23, 2014, 10:38 GMT

    This is good news. Many people had written off Mendis and limited him to just being a Twenty 20 player. Yet he has proved himself to be a big game player in all three formats and is capable of troubling the best players including Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman and Gayle. There are of course elements of his game that need to improve but he has obviously worked hard, is stronger and less injury prone. He deserves specialist coaching and to be backed by selectors to enable him to evolve.

  • POSTED BY on | January 23, 2014, 10:52 GMT

    Sachithra should have been retained ahead of Dilruwan. It was not fair to SS to have been only given one match, even that on a wicket that Rangana and Ajmal struggled as well, and then to be dropped. He is by a distance the best off spinner in the country. Dilruwan batted brillianly on his debut, true! But he was not picked to bat, but as a front line off spinner. He did not look like a wicket taking threat in TEST so much so that even the captain did not trust him to bowl during the run chase. Unless he can pull off a Thilan Samaraweera like career, start as an offie and develop into a middle order batsman, investing in him as a bowler is unlikely to pay dividend. Selecting Kithruwa ahead of Angelo Perera must only mean that the selectors want to remain consistent, having already given him a test birth ahead of a few others.

  • POSTED BY ajithabey on | January 23, 2014, 10:58 GMT

    The team looks good on paper despite the majority of them having handed over the last game to Pakistan on a platter with real time bungling on the last two days of that match which is a mystery and talking point amongst cricketing enthusiasts. It would have been better to give Senanayake,Seekuge Prasanna and Priyangan another opportunity before sidelining them as it is time look beyond Mahela,Sanga & Herath especially when playing with bottom placed teams either in tests or the shorter versions.

  • POSTED BY Prabhash1985 on | January 23, 2014, 11:08 GMT

    All the best Kithruwan and Ajantha. We have a lot of faith in you... A good future ahead of Sri Lanka, but should have discipline, hard-work and morale. Seeing the first few signs of a beautiful future, Sri Lanka! Need to believe in something though things are harder at the moment.

  • POSTED BY on | January 23, 2014, 11:09 GMT

    mendis needs a run of games and i hope he gets these.. not 1 then out etc.. he needs to be the main spinner in the odis!! spinners need games to develop and mendis is no different.. sl selectors have treated him poorly thus far hope this changes...

  • POSTED BY Rashen on | January 23, 2014, 11:15 GMT

    Honestly I think Kusal Perera deserve a place. Dimuth didnot perform well at all. So ideally he has to be dropped.

  • POSTED BY on | January 23, 2014, 11:17 GMT

    What's wrong done Sachitra senanayke?

  • POSTED BY on | January 23, 2014, 11:24 GMT

    I think it's safe to say that we'll never or at least for a long time, we won't be seeing the likes of Maharoof, Tharanga, Kapugedara, Prasad, Fernando, Lokuhettige, etc. I don't think it's fair to just toss them aside, especially Tharanga and Maharoof. They have done great for SL (For example, Tharanga has the second highest score by a SL batsman, Maharoof is one of only 4 SL bowlers to have a hattrick) and deserve another chance. Both a still under 30. And if Jayasuriya is serious aboud grooming young blood, then where are Akila Dananjaya, Tharindu Kaushal, Angelo Perera etc.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | January 23, 2014, 11:33 GMT

    I thought he had retired with nightmares after that Sehwag onslaught. Haven't heard of him for some time now. Wow! so he is still playing? lol....