Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 1st Twenty20, Chittagong February 11, 2014

'Want to have our best team on the field' - Chandimal


Dinesh Chandimal, Sri Lanka's Twenty20 captain, said he wants to take advantage of a near full-strength side ahead of the two-match T20 series against Bangladesh.

If they can win 2-0 in Chittagong, Sri Lanka will head into the World Tweny20 in March as the No. 1 ranked side in the world. Chandimal feels that from this series onwards, it will be his and the team's duty to keep the ranking intact.

"We don't want to do some experiment," Chandimal said. "There is not enough time to do that. We want to have our best team on the field. This is a really good opportunity for us before the World T20s. We have two more games before the tournament. We are playing at the World Cup venue so we look forward to taking advantage."

As captain, Chandimal has led Sri Lanka to four victories in seven matches since taking over the position against Bangladesh last year. His own form, however, has taken a dip with 55 runs in seven games at 11. There has been some concern with his style of batting being used to at the end of the innings, and his lack of success in that area, but recent form will encourage him.

He scored a Test century against Bangladesh last week, which would give him some confidence. The presence of three former Sri Lanka captains in the line-up will also help Chandimal.

"The hundred helped me get some confidence," Chandimal said. "I am looking forward to doing good things in the Twenty20 series, ODIs, Asia Cup and World Cup. I am looking to keep my form.

"There's a lot of experience in this team. We have three former captains so there are a lot of good ideas. I really enjoy that as a captain. They always give me good ideas. That helps me as a young captain. They work very hard in the training. I am learning every day from them. As a youngster, it is a great opportunity as a captain."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Sinhhalaya on February 12, 2014, 9:34 GMT

    Good luck to team SL. Chandi needs to shelve the ugly hoick to mid-on which seems to be his 'release shot' when the pressure gets to him. Time and time again he plays that agricultural swipe which is not the hallmark of an international batsman. Think Sanga should be made captain of the ltd. overs side until the Asia Cup and the World T20 are over. At least he is fit, in form, capable and deserves his place in the side. He also has cricketing nous which Mathews can hope for and Chandimal can only dream of.

  • ESPN on February 12, 2014, 9:03 GMT

    Best side shouldn't include chandimal in t20.

  • Dummy4 on February 12, 2014, 5:57 GMT

    Chandi is a very talented player. Unfortunately he was out of form recent past. we should back to him.

  • geethan on February 12, 2014, 3:59 GMT

    Chandimal has to step himself aside from playing XI if Sri Lanka to field the best team on the field. Jeevan Mendis is a better option in the lower middle than Chandimal.

  • Dummy4 on February 12, 2014, 3:38 GMT

    some how or other sri lanka is the top rated T20 team.we can easily keep it with Bangladesh.chandimal easily can come at no 3 at and place him n top . this is the best time for testing n establish in the team. when u are the captain do it. no one will go against you still if you will win.all the best brother..

  • Shamalka on February 12, 2014, 3:04 GMT

    If Chandimal wants to play the best team, he'll have to drop himself from the team. Simple as that!

  • Dummy4 on February 12, 2014, 3:04 GMT

    Sri Lanka may not even require Chandimal's services if the top order fire!

  • Android on February 11, 2014, 22:55 GMT

    looks Good selection but they're might pick Angelo perera

  • Rakhita on February 11, 2014, 15:00 GMT

    Here is a crazy idea. Shall we not play Chandimal in T20s ? Guess that would give the full strength side. If we are lucky enough he will pick up an injury like Thirimanne and be out of the reckonings for the World T20. If there is any cricketing god looking down on us this is thou time to act for the greater good of the Sri Lanka Cricket because administrators are too busy in fighting power struggles for chairs and money in the ICC

  • Lakpriya on February 11, 2014, 14:03 GMT

    I am afraid on current form Chandimal should not be in the best SL team. he is good for tests and ODIs but not for T20s. But since he is the captain there is no option but to play him.

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