New Zealand in Sri Lanka 2012-13 October 25, 2012

Ajantha Mendis out of limited-overs squad

ESPNcricinfo staff

Spinner Ajantha Mendis has been left out of the Sri Lanka squad for the Twenty20 and the first three ODIs against New Zealand due to a side strain he sustained early in the World Twenty20. Mahela Jayawardene, who led Sri Lanka to the World Twenty20 final earlier this month, and Lasith Malinga, who has been the team's spearhead in limited overs, have also been rested for the Twenty20 match next Tuesday.

Newly appointed Twenty20 captain Angelo Mathews has medium pace bowler Nuwan Kulasekara as his deputy in the Twenty20, in Malinga's absence. Malinga was named vice-captain of the Twenty20 team for a year when Mathews was elevated to the captaincy for the same period. Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath has been omitted from the Twenty20 side and offspinner Sachithra Senanayake comes in.

Three players from the squad that played Sri Lanka's previous ODI assignment, the home one-dayers against India in July-August, miss out: fast bowlers Nuwan Pradeep and Isuru Udana, and batsman Chamara Kapugedera. Akila Dananjaya, the rookie offspinner who claimed five wickets in three games at the World Twenty20, including a spell of 1 for 16 in the final, gets his maiden ODI call-up.

The only newcomer in the one-day squad is 19-year-old offspinner Tharindu Kaushal, who is yet to make his domestic debut in any format. Kaushal was the second-highest wicket-taker for Sri Lanka at the recent U-19 World Cup in Australia, taking 11 wickets at 15.45.

After Sri Lanka's World Twenty20 final loss the selectors had expressed a desire to build a specialised Twenty20 team distinct from the ODI side, with an emphasis on batting firepower. However, 11 of the 13 players in the Twenty20 squad were in the World Twenty20 squad, and the only batting addition - Upul Tharanga - has largely been treated as an ODI specialist in the past.

Sri Lanka play New Zealand in a Twenty20 and ODI in Pallekele, before the teams move to Colombo and Hambantota where they play two ODIs at each venue. The limited-overs leg of the tour will be followed by two Tests.

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  • Prasad on October 28, 2012, 20:17 GMT

    Sri Lankan Cricket has been having the talent from the time Immemorial. However, personally i dislike what is happening right now. Too many youngsters coming to national squad with an enormous talent sans playing a single first class match in domestic circuit. Talent is an essential part to anything and defintely it can bamboozle any international opposition as they see a new talent for the first time. Having said, the first class experience is vital indeed to stay in the international level with a consistent performance; rather than fast come fast go basis. Sri Lankan Cricket must stop making number of debuts for teen-agers, no sooner they perform one or two extra-ordinary figures in school level and so forth. Rather than going for short term benifits (confusing an international team for one or two series from a brand new player); SL Cricket must forcus on making good temperament players via A tours and eventually getting them to national side.

  • Peter on October 27, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    Future srilankan captains should have a back bone to demand a team needed to them. clive lloyid, arjuna, ms dhoni are some examples to that type of captains. Also, experience players should take the responsibility in the middle order by giving youngsters the chance to fire in free hand in the openning positions. That was how arjuna and aravinda found jayasuriya as s striker.

  • Peter on October 27, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    In 1999-2003 Mr Sidath Vetthamuni did some radical changes. But due to the elemination of kalu, the match loosing turning point happened. That was the fault done by sangakkara in the stumping chance of andrew symonds in the 2003 semi final. In 2007 final, the rain was the main reason of the defeat.But If there was a firing openner with sanath, some thing could happen. In both matches, ponting was very lucky to win the toss. I can remeber in the match where sanath scored 189 against india, srilanka couldn't reach 300 due to poor strikers in the lower middle order. In 2011 final and 2012 T20 final, srilankan batsmans didn't fire in the initial overs and those were some reasons to their defeat. I can remember, in the sanath kalu era, they reached 100+ in some matches within 10 overs. Now a days west indies uses that stratergy. In the last T20, at least srilankan could have been used kulasekara as an openner as an innovative decesion if the usual openners were going to waste bowls.

  • Deepak on October 26, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    SL cricket has gone to the depths.. I mean, someone with no domestic cricket experience gets into the ODI squad with ease...! And people were saying Ashwin is ordinary! Seriously, are you kidding me?

  • Peter on October 26, 2012, 19:06 GMT

    I don't think Srilankan selectors read these comments or news paper articles. They usually select the same players again and again. Ultimately innocent spectators in Srilanka will suffer from the same result (runners up or semifinalist). They don't like to select a openning pair like gilchrist and hayden. gilchrist was an explosive batsman while hayden could safe guard his wicket and fire when needed. But Srilankan selectors usually select a bowl waster as their one openner. According to my dream ODI team mentioned before, the selectors should have to find replacements for dilshan, sanath, sangakkara, aravinda, arjuna, seram, soyza, malinga, vass and murali. I think kulasekara is similar to vass and thisara is similar to soyza. However both munaweera and chandimal should be given chances in ODI s and T20 s. I hope they will be given a chance in the next T20 against newzealand. Srilankan selectors have a history of keeping big hitters in the seram 2009 T20, chandimal 2010, 2012

  • Dilum on October 26, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    @Peternarendra well said sir... I bet SL fans could do a better job than the selection committee. SL recently never had a good selection committee.

  • Sage on October 26, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    SL has nothing to lose and surely can use a young T20 team against the Kiwis. Kiwis are a young team too. I'm happy Mahela is not in the T20, but why are you playing Dilshan, Sanga and Malinga? Just have a totally new team...It's time for a change and be innovative trying new things if SL wants to go forward. Otherwise they will end up in the same soup like b4 during future WC tournaments. I would really appreciate if someone from the selection board is bold enough to do the changes. I think we have depended way too much from Mahela. Sanga,and Dilly....Malinga with a change attitude could be a very different player.

  • Peter on October 26, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    The srilankan selectors must understand that the consolidating batsmans have the ability to fire when needed. for example, mike hussey is such a batsman found from austrailia. But after 1997, srilankan selectors often placed ball consuming batsman as a one of their openner and numer 6 batsman.The another fault is that they don't do radical selections as austrailian selectors do. austrailian selectors remove their super batsman and bowlers when they are out of form or above 36 of age. But Srilankan selectors don't do such a things. They keep their legends though they are out of form. And also, they use the same set of players for all three formats for the number of positions in the team. Since 2003, Srilanka lost 2 world cup finals, one semi final, two T20 final and one semi final. I think the selectors are going to use the number of playes in the 2007 world cup final for the 2015 world cup. They should remember aravinda could frighten austrailia and sanath could frighten india.

  • Dummy4 on October 26, 2012, 9:29 GMT


  • Dummy4 on October 26, 2012, 8:27 GMT

    good team been selected the purpose is to search a sri lanka in future

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