New Zealand in Sri Lanka 2012-13

Ajantha Mendis out of limited-overs squad

ESPNcricinfo staff

October 25, 2012

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Sri Lanka squads for New Zealand series

  • Twenty20 squad: Angelo Mathews (capt), Nuwan Kulasekara (vice-capt), Dilshan Munaweera, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Dinesh Chandimal, Jeevan Mendis, Lahiru Thirimanne, Thisara Perera, Shaminda Eranga, Akila Dananjaya, Sachithra Senanayake, Upul Tharanga
  • Squad for first three ODIs: Mahela Jayawardene (capt), Angelo Mathews (vice-capt), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Dinesh Chandimal, Lahiru Thirimanne, Thisara Perera, Jeevan Mendis, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga, Shaminda Eranga, Upul Tharanga, Rangana Herath, Akila Dananjaya, PD Kaushal

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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Posted by PrasadGunawardane 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.

Posted by Peternarendra 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.

Posted by Peternarendra 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.

Posted by Bruisers 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?

Posted by Peternarendra 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 bench.eg seram 2009 T20, chandimal 2010, 2012

Posted by DilumSL 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.

Posted by Sageleaf 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.

Posted by Peternarendra 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.

Posted by   on (October 26, 2012, 9:29 GMT)

SL T20 TEAM 1.D.CHANDIMAL(WK) 2.D.MUNAWEERA 3.C.KAPUGEDARA 4.JEEVEN MENDIS 5.A.MATHEWS(C) 6.B.RAJAPAKSHA 7.THISARA PERERA 8.N.KULASEKARA 9.SHAMINDA ERANGA 10.R.HERATH 11.A.DANANJAYA SQUARD MEMBERS 12.KUSAL JANITH 13.ANJELO PERERA 14.F.MAHAROOF 15.D.PRASAD

Posted by   on (October 26, 2012, 8:27 GMT)

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

Posted by Peternarendra on (October 26, 2012, 7:46 GMT)

This is my dream team ever for Sri Lanka for ODI....1Dilshan, 2Jayasuriya, 3Sangakkara(WK), 4Aravinda, 5Arjuna(CAPT), 6Mathews, 7Indika de Seram, 8Nuwan Soiza, 9Chaminda Vaas, 10Malinga, 11Murali

See, how many strikers, part time bowlers, match winners and part time wicket keepers there are in that team. Why cannot selectors select a this type of team with current players. Why they don't believe in placing two hitters to open the inning. Srilanka could win the 96 world cup by the innovation of sanath and kalu. Then ausrailia used gilchrist and hayden to lead the past decade. Now a days west indians are trying to do so. Why don't the selectors use free hitters to open the innig and experienced players to play in the middle. Why don,t they change the team during a series. They always kept out of form players in the team by stating that it was not necessary to change a winning team. Then they always lost world cup finals. Are they going to be the runners up of 2014T2o and 2015 world cup?

Posted by Sanga2014 on (October 26, 2012, 6:12 GMT)

Oh! Dr Would you beleive it So many clean strickers..... 1.Tharanga 2.Thirimanne 3.Mendis 4.Chandimal wow team is packed with power hitters Go NZ go back to home

Posted by anver777 on (October 26, 2012, 4:54 GMT)

Is Suraj Randhiv is still playing or given up ??????? what a bright start he had in his career, but no news nowadays ?????

Posted by aussiesl on (October 26, 2012, 4:51 GMT)

people get over it!!! malinga gives 110 percent to country and who doesnt want money? look if u r a government servant and you got offered in pvt company with more money you will no? after all he is human and he gives everything to his country thats slinga

Posted by anver777 on (October 26, 2012, 4:49 GMT)

Its a worrying news for SL..... Ajantha bowled awesomely in WCT20.... missing him is a big blow !!! hope to see him back soon !!!!

Posted by Shridharan.S on (October 26, 2012, 3:36 GMT)

Good Team selection by the Sri Lankan Cricket Selection Panel.

Posted by   on (October 26, 2012, 2:59 GMT)

I have two main concerns:

a) Selection for T20 - This is not a futuristic team. I am not too sure what Ashantha meant by saying that they ponder a separate team for T20s. This is more or less the same team. On what basis Tharanga and Thirimanne are selected for T20 team and what about Kapugedara?

b) Malinga - A lot comments being made about Malinga. My personal opinion is that some of the fans are basing him in a very prejudice manner which is extremely unfair. They are not aware of the facts of Malinga's career. For instance when Arjuna was the Interim committee chairman, Malinga was to go through surgeries in Aus, during that time he was not offered a contract. You play for the country counting on them. But when you are down country turns its back to players. He has done a lot of good for SL and we should not forget all that for one two off days he has had on the field. I am sure Malinga also can improve his attitude a bit to prevent these comments.

Posted by solankibhavesh on (October 26, 2012, 2:53 GMT)

I think its good team againts Black caps and the new team & new captain has chance to proove him self better inT20 side. So dont worry guys Srilanka will do well in T20 Vs NZ under the captaincy of Mathews. About Malinga he is class bowler of srilanka side he played for his country not for money.

Posted by sajhera on (October 26, 2012, 1:11 GMT)

Im not happy with including Sanga and Dilshan to the T20 format. I like VC Kulasekara.Its better malinga not include into the side for him too as now he can earn lot of money from playing premier leagues outside the country. please omit him from all formats. Hope young experience Maharoof will include in both format. Asantha, its better to find a very good 2-3 young talented batsman as a future investment(pl not kapu). please be brave enough to bring young players (19yrs) to the side. Now the Sanga,Dilshan and mahela;s era at the last stages.

Posted by PadMarley on (October 25, 2012, 20:39 GMT)

WHat is really special about Kaushal to be in national side? anyone know?

Posted by thegaffoor on (October 25, 2012, 20:19 GMT)

I'm extreeeeeemly happyyyyy.. My favourite player, Nuwan Kulasekara is the vice captain of the T20 side facing black caps. awesome... Deserving guy. What most people don't realise is that the wickets taken by Kule is mostly the top order batsmen, than tailenders.

Posted by   on (October 25, 2012, 18:52 GMT)

SL selectors and cricket board should request Malinga to retire from playing T20 and ODI cricket for Sri Lanka and allow him to play for all other premier leagues because he is not getting any injuries with them playing constantly

Posted by   on (October 25, 2012, 16:11 GMT)

overall selection: not futuristic. captain: good n he plays for the team. vice captain: lost his icon status among public, chairman: joker of the pack. recommendation: its better to loose ten matches with potential young players than winning 5 out of 10 with aging players. dont undermine the public as most Sri Lankans have witness Sri Lankan cricket from 90s to 2012 and they know cricket.

Posted by AMAZINGFAN on (October 25, 2012, 15:45 GMT)

NZ SHUD WIN THIS SERIES EASILY...U EXPECT THEM TO TONK MINNOWS.....

Posted by   on (October 25, 2012, 15:24 GMT)

I.P.L Malinga Ambani.....go to India pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

Posted by DilumSL on (October 25, 2012, 15:21 GMT)

now it's all make sense... whole this resting seniors thing is a fluke. they have only rested Malinga and Mahela who played in CLT. If they didn't play in CLT i'm quite sure the same squad that played in WCT20 will be named for this series. This T20 will win but it's not what should have done there are some huge issues 1. Malinga named as VC and he was rested straight away 2. De Mel bragged about clean strikers and he replaced Mahela with Upul Tharanga 3. They said that youngsters should have given chances but can't see any new youngster in this team 4. what is the role of Lahiru unless Sanga is not playing To me this is the team 1.Lahiru 2.Munaweera 3.Chandi(wk) 4.Kapu 5.Angi 6.Jewwan 7.Thisara 8.Nuwn 9.Sachithra 10.Eranga 11.Akila Subs 12.Angelo perera 13.Gihan rupasinghe/Kithruwan Perera 14.Chathuranga Kumara/Chathura peiris 15.S prasanna/ Rohan Jayatissa This might loose the game but this is called investment

Posted by RJ_Upasena on (October 25, 2012, 14:38 GMT)

Disappointing to read all these comments about the misguided perception that Malinga only plays for money. Obviously none of you know how many times he has played for Sri Lanka while in crippling pain from injuries. Wise up you lot, you really do not know this man and how much he loves to play for his country. You are a champ Slinger!

Posted by   on (October 25, 2012, 14:21 GMT)

Amazing that come the end of this series, it will be 34 ODI matches for Sri Lanka in 2012 alone way too much I should say.

Posted by randikaayya on (October 25, 2012, 14:16 GMT)

where is Chamara Kapugedara in the squad? He should be looked after and nurtured, not wasted. He's more talented than Tharanga, Lahiru and a few others there. and should bat high up in the order to be effective. This probably cost us the WC final and will not pay up well in future tours if continually snubbed. Bad miss that

Posted by Ganda-Phillander on (October 25, 2012, 13:45 GMT)

Lahiru is not yet a T20 player..he's a professional scooper.

Posted by   on (October 25, 2012, 13:29 GMT)

Selection is excellant however, Thisara should come in. The only worse decision is appointing Malinga as VC. Malinga is ideal for IPL only. For SL team he is too self-fish.

Posted by Mr.Khb on (October 25, 2012, 13:24 GMT)

Oh c'mon I think Mr. Mel has forgotten what he told few days ago. Only 2 new faces in the t20 squad. They should've rested Sanga and Dilshan too to bring on few more young players. Also what is Upul Tharanga doing in t20 squad? He doesn't match for the t20 format.

Posted by Htc-Android on (October 25, 2012, 13:20 GMT)

lol..sanga,thirimanne,tharanga for t20s. these are the big hitters he was talking abt.

Posted by IBA1 on (October 25, 2012, 13:17 GMT)

"We will pick a young side with players who can make a clean strike of the ball" ""We will make a separate specialist T20 Squad"

T20 specialists like Tharanga and Thirimanne? LOL

Posted by ujariv on (October 25, 2012, 13:13 GMT)

just concerned about the decision making of SLC. its a surprise that the newly selected vice captain need to be rested from the first game. Kulasekara deserves the VC . .. but what SL needs is another leader to be VC not a person who performs for money. Malinga should be rested from all games ... he may be a performer but whats the point of having a performer if his performance depends on the money he gets.

Posted by   on (October 25, 2012, 13:11 GMT)

what happen to CHAMARA KAPUGEDERA...why did he include to hongkong sixer side..???he's unworthy to play that kind of matches..he has got the ability to play in international level..best hitter and best fielder in sri lanka..give youngsters to play in hongkong..should bring kapu back for team..

Posted by Pappu_bhai on (October 25, 2012, 12:59 GMT)

Ha hA Ha.Thats it.They behave wisely.No need of mystery part time bowlers.

Posted by   on (October 25, 2012, 12:56 GMT)

good squad selection except i'd love to see both Dilshan and Sanga rested for the T20

Posted by sampi72 on (October 25, 2012, 12:42 GMT)

What a joke...Malinga has been named as resting vice captain...We need to build up a young 20-20 side..So TM Dilshan and Kumar sangakkara would have been rested...and Kapugedara and Angelo perera should have been named....Kapu has shown much aggression during last few batches in SLPL...Both these batters are known as big hitters... Opportunity should be given to Shamindra Eranga...since he had been always benched...We all are talking about Dhanajaya...However Kaushal has been rated very high by the commentators during the world under 19 tourney..he is one of the best under 19 spinners in the world...better to play both young prospects together to check their ability....

Posted by   on (October 25, 2012, 12:35 GMT)

where is De mels So called new six hitting team ??? with all the power hitters hehe oooooo its the same team malinga n mahela will also in the T20 team if they didn't played the ICL lol pathetic..............

Posted by   on (October 25, 2012, 12:33 GMT)

in the morning on news i saw Dilshan Munaweera in the one day squad.but now he is not in the side,is this politics or what? why isnt he in the team?bowls handy off spin a great hitter of the cricket ball and a great fielder too... surely can replace TM dilshan in the future,but still i think he fits to the playing 11. love to see him play.

Posted by yorkslanka on (October 25, 2012, 12:31 GMT)

looks like a good squad to me, nice to see eranga, chandimaland tharanga around again and i sincerely hope all three play. As i have said before i think that either chandimal or tharanga should have been vc of the team and I am glad that malinga has been rested as he needs to regain his form...glad that kapugedara hasnt got yet ANOTHER chance..also good to see senanayake back..only other i would like to see back is randiv then we are complete..i do hope that the likes of pradeep,prasad and udana are being used in the A team as we will need these guys when we tour Oz...good luck to Angelo in his first outing...

Posted by jb633 on (October 25, 2012, 12:08 GMT)

Yet again we have a two test series. These are becoming an utter joke. The ODI series should be 3 games and the test matches 4. Why do we need so many ODI'S and T20's. They are so tedius and lets be honest people don't really care about the result. Please administrators let great cricketing nations like Sri Lanka play more test matches.

Posted by   on (October 25, 2012, 11:42 GMT)

Ass de Mel a few days ago u spoke of players clearing the rope,Disgrased Anji and now U have made him Captain.U better pack ur bags as ur words are all Double toung.Drop Dilshan & bring in Chandimal to open with Kapu,1 down Kulasekera,2 Sanga 3 Anji 4 Jewan and so on as all wickets are not going to fall in this format.We need players to score 20 off 10 Balls.Only 1 match & u could experiment for fun.

Posted by chamil111 on (October 25, 2012, 11:36 GMT)

What is d use of thirimanne in t20? He is batting at no 6,7 nd coming 2 bat in last part of game and score 10,12 runs in 9,10 balls. Is it his role? I don't think sanga nd thiri both are playing @ once is going to be a fair. If thiri playes thn no need 2 sanga. If sanga playes thn no need 2 play thiri. Most missing player is kapu. If selecters want 2 give rest 4 only 1 senior batsman thn that should b sanga not mahela. My view is mahela, sanga, dilshan all have 2 retire from t20 nd give chance 2 youngers. But unfortunatly all of them don't want 2 do that because of t20 leauges. If they retired from t20 international thire rates in leauges r decrease. Thats y they don't wanna do that. In kapus case selectors gave him chances in last part of tounerments and final matches when he don't deserves a place in team or no need to play him. But when he deserves a place selectors don't look at him. This is the way most talented players give up cricket in past.

Posted by Yoker111 on (October 25, 2012, 11:16 GMT)

This is the best opputunity to let Thisara Perera to open the batting for SL. Make use of his strength, have faith in him, give him some confidence and most certainly some chances, SL has nothing to loose, let him open face atleast the first 5 overs and score as much as possible. If it works SL cricket will once again have a dangerous opener. that is where SL is weak right now. The opening slot is not STRONG or SKILLED enough to lead the way.. Youth will always beat experience. chances should be given and opputunities should be taken.

Posted by mfmfaiq on (October 25, 2012, 11:10 GMT)

maha,kapu,gihan,kusal Deserve Places in t20 Side!! Wheres The 6 Hitters Mr De mel? you're kidding again!!

Posted by Mathu. on (October 25, 2012, 11:05 GMT)

It is a good team selection, I am sure Akila and Sachithra will be a big threat to NZ big hitters, Upul's inclusion will solve the much need weigh in the middle order and I see that as the best call. Lahiru is yet to show his correct value as a batsman in T20. Good luck guys you need to be sharp not to have too many dot balls in both format.

Posted by Sanga2014 on (October 25, 2012, 11:00 GMT)

Kapu where is he ? ©©©©©©©©

Posted by   on (October 25, 2012, 10:54 GMT)

Munaweera deserves and is best fitted in ODI squad.

Posted by denwarlo70 on (October 25, 2012, 10:44 GMT)

Ha ha ha, epic, Lasith Malinga named Angelo Mathew' Deputy and rested straightaway from the 1st T20I,,,moreover, and honestly speaking, where is that "looking at new team composition" or something to that effect concept our chief selector was talking about a few days ago?

Posted by   on (October 25, 2012, 10:34 GMT)

Where s KAPUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU????

Posted by Karnain on (October 25, 2012, 10:33 GMT)

PD Kaushal?? Are they referring to PHT Kaushal? Tharindu Kaushal the U19 player

Posted by Sanga2014 on (October 25, 2012, 10:32 GMT)

Mr. De Mel Where are the big hitters ?

Posted by manchas on (October 25, 2012, 10:30 GMT)

Sanga and Dishan too should have been rested in T 20 team allowing youngsters to come in. Why Lasith Malinga for ODIs? He should not be considered for any SL team. He does not have feeling towards the motherland. Let him go and play IPL and others for money. That money will not last....Any person refuse to play test cricket should not be considered for any other format.

Posted by   on (October 25, 2012, 10:29 GMT)

this is wrong selection,,,,,,, plz give some chanse for youngster in t20,,,,, as i think best t20 is bellow, 1.T PERERA 2.D MUNAWEERA 3.C KAPUGEDARA 4. D CHANDIMAL 5.J MENDIS 6. A METHEWS 7.J MUBARAK 8.F MAHAROOF 9&10.N KULASEKARA/S SENANAYEKA/L MALINGA 11. A DANANJAYA

Posted by Amilaputha on (October 25, 2012, 10:25 GMT)

It is a great deceision to bring back Upul Tharanga for T20's and if he is playing the game I am sure he is a much better choice for the vice captaincy hece, he has been guiding his club , province to victories. And a rediculas not to see the name of Chamara Kapugedara's name in side. Selecters were talking highly about this talanted individual before the team was announced. But suprisingly his name is not there for the T20 game.

Posted by Karnain on (October 25, 2012, 10:12 GMT)

Where are the so called hitters?

Posted by chamil111 on (October 25, 2012, 10:09 GMT)

I can't understand why sanga and t.m dilshan are still in t20 team. Why selectors can't give that chance to kapu, gihan, maharoof? I don't think this is the best squad that we can select. This is my choice 1)D.Munaweera 2)U.Tharanga 3)D.Chandimal(wk) 4)C.Kapugedara 5)A.Mathews(c) 6)J.Mendis 7)T.Perera 8)N.Kulasekara 9)S.Senaanayaka 10)S.Eranga 11)A.Dhananjaya Extra- 12)L.Malinga 13)L.Thirimanna 14)F.Maharoof 15)New Comer(Gihan/...)

Posted by Perera32 on (October 25, 2012, 10:09 GMT)

Yessss, Finally, Nuwan Kulasekara is Vice captain. Kulasekara is probably the only player in our team that gives 100% in every game with the bat, bowl and in the field. He doesn't have as much skill as bowlers like Malinga or batsmen like Mathews but he takes everything seriously and gives absoloutley everything hes got. My team for the T20 is 1) Dilshan 2) Thisara Perera 3) Chandimal 4)Sanga 5)Thirimanne 6)Mathews 7) Jeewan Mendis 8) Kulasekara 9) Senanayake 10)Akila D 11) Eranga

Posted by Karnain on (October 25, 2012, 10:09 GMT)

Where are the so called hitters?

Posted by mfmfaiq on (October 25, 2012, 10:07 GMT)

Tharindu Kaushal NCC Spinner From Galle!!

Posted by Cricketfan11111 on (October 25, 2012, 10:07 GMT)

Ajantha Mendis is injury prone which is interfering with his career. He needs a good physiotherapist and a good fitness regime.

Posted by CricketMaan on (October 25, 2012, 10:07 GMT)

Make Malinga the vice captain and rest him for the next match! Surely selections are always a mystrey!!

Posted by   on (October 25, 2012, 10:06 GMT)

It is hoped that Mendis will be picked for the tour to Australia where he could be a revelation. His unprecedented 6 for 16 against them and his record breaking performances in the World Twenty 20 will hopefully persuade Sri Lankan selectors to pick him, but it is no guarantee. Despite being a proven big match player he was omitted from the ODI World Cup Final last year. And he'd need to displace Herath to be recognised as the number one spinner for Tests. Our carrom fingers are crossed.

Posted by DilumSL on (October 25, 2012, 10:03 GMT)

they should have rested Sanga and Dilshan. Upul Tharanga in T20s??? i don't hink thats a good move. and where is Kapu??? how can we built a team with youngster if they were not given a chance??? Angelo Perera should have also should included in this T20 squad. ODI team is fine but i personnaly thinks that it won't do any harm by resting seniors in ODI's as well.

Posted by   on (October 25, 2012, 9:58 GMT)

Can't the SL selectors permanently rest IPL Malinga? This is ridiculous......Mahela and IPL Malinga have been playing T20 cricket for their respective franchises and they are rested for international game...where is Suraj Randiv? i'd like to seen him in 50-overs and tests

Posted by   on (October 25, 2012, 9:42 GMT)

where are the so called 'big hitters' asantha de mel bragged?????????????????????????????

Posted by   on (October 25, 2012, 9:39 GMT)

Awesome.......................................................

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