Commonwealth Bank Series 2012

Jayawardene to lead Sri Lanka in Australia

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January 23, 2012

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Tillakaratne Dilshan prepares to catch during training, Centurion, December 14, 2011
The Sri Lanka captaincy is back with Mahela Jayawardene © Getty Images
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Sri Lanka ODI squad

  • Mahela Jayawardene (capt), Angelo Mathews (vice-capt), Upul Tharanga, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Lahiru Thirimanne, Thisara Perera, Farveez Maharoof, Rangana Herath, Sachithra Senanayake, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Kulasekera, Chanaka Welegedara, Dhammika Prasad
  • Stand by: Thilan Samaraweera

Hours after Tillakaratne Dilshan resigned as Sri Lanka captain from all three formats, the country's new selection panel appointed former captain Mahela Jayawardene in his place to lead the ODI squad to Australia for the tri-series in February involving the hosts and India. Angelo Mathews remains the vice-captain of the 15-member squad which also includes Dilshan.

Jayawardene was ODI captain from 2004 till 2009 (he took over as Test captain in 2006). He resigned in 2009, saying he wanted his successor to have sufficient time to build the team for the 2011 World Cup. Kumar Sangakkara took over from Jayawardene but stepped down after leading Sri Lanka to the final of the World Cup. Dilshan led Sri Lanka for nine months after the World Cup, but resigned on Monday following series defeats in both Tests and ODIs in all his four assignments.

Jayawardene has led Sri Lanka in 97 ODIs, winning 57 and losing 35. Whether Jayawardene is handed the Test captaincy as well remains to be seen; Sri Lanka's next Test series begins only in the last week of March against England at home.

Farveez Maharoof, the bowling allrounder, and Chanaka Welegedara, the fast bowler, were recalled after having last played an ODI for Sri Lanka back in June 2010. The duo were the only changes from the squad for the recent ODI series in South Africa, in place of Kosala Kulasekara and Dilhara Fernando. Thilan Samaraweera, who was ignored for the South Africa ODIs, was put on stand-by.

Maharoof was the leading run-scorer in Tier A of the 50-over domestic Premier Limited Over Tournament 2011-12 with 219 runs from six games at an average of 43.80 for the Nondescripts Cricket Club. He also picked up 10 wickets in the tournament at 17.00 and an economy rate of four. Welegedara has been a regular member of the Test side of late, and has now been rewarded with a place in the limited-overs squad as well.

Rangana Herath and the offspinner Sachithra Senanayake, who debuted against South Africa recently, will form the spin attack. There was no place for Suraj Randiv, who last played an ODI against Australia in August 2011.

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Posted by Santhush-Perera on (January 26, 2012, 18:40 GMT)

Changes are good if they are constructive...but I think, Vice-captaincy in both forms should have been rightfully given to most deserving and committed senior player Tharanga, instead of self-centered Mathews. It was a mistake to give him the VC within 2yrs. SL could have won recent series, if Matews didn't waste last 18 balls equivalent to 3 final overs scoring just 16 runs with 12 singles and 1x4 (including 8 balls of the last 2 overs) in the 2nd ODI.This is not acceptable, specially with 5 wickets in hand. This is how he scored during 45th to 50th over: 45th- 1 run - 3 balls, 46th- 2 runs - 3 balls. 47th- 1 run - 1 ball, 48th- 2 runs - 3 balls, 49th- 3 runs -4 balls, 50th- 7 runs - 4 balls Chandimal scored 26 runs facing same number of balls with 3x4 during the same period. SL need players who can give 100% commitment to the team without thinking of any personal gaining or likings. I don't think Mathews got those qualities,!!!

Posted by SLfan on (January 26, 2012, 15:19 GMT)

I think it's a good point by Rajitha Udayanga. Since Mahela is not in form, it's a really good idea to send him as an opener because he can play freely and it will be a moral booster for him. On the other hand, definitely Dilshan will play a more useful role at no.5 than Mahela. Also Dilshan will be very useful in the powerplay as well... No doubt Dilshan will still do well as an opener too, but looking at the team point of view, it will be good if captain can come to his usual form ASAP since otherwise it will affect the performance of the entire team.

Posted by   on (January 26, 2012, 14:32 GMT)

My team for Australian tour is 1.Tharanga 2.Mahela(C) 3.Sanga 4.Dilshan 5.Chandima l6.Lahiru 7.Mathews 8.Thisara 9.Sachitra 10.Kulasekara/Prasad/Maharoof 11.Malinga. Mahela and Tharanga should open the innings for Sri Lanka.

Posted by chamira on (January 26, 2012, 5:49 GMT)

Just about perfectly sums it up: "No light at the end of Sri Lanka's tunnel" http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/550845.html

Posted by   on (January 26, 2012, 5:41 GMT)

My Team 1.tharanga,2.mahela,3.denesh,4.dilshan,5.sanga,6.thirimanne,7.mathews,8.perera, 9.kulasekara,10.sachithra,11.malinga

Posted by bMike on (January 26, 2012, 0:36 GMT)

SL should definitely play Tharanga, Dilshan, Sanga, Chandimal, Mahela, Thirimanna, Kulasekara, Malinga, one out of Herath and Senanayaka. So 8 places are already filled. Here we have 6 specialist batsmen & Kulasekara can also bat. As we have only 3 specialist bowlers here no point playing 2 half -bowling allrounders. So SL should play 1 specialist bowler & a bowling allrounder for remaining two places. So it should be Maharoof and one out of Mathews and Perera.

Posted by HatsforBats on (January 25, 2012, 20:52 GMT)

Good news for SL cricket with Dilshan relinquishing the captaincy

Posted by seantells on (January 25, 2012, 18:02 GMT)

naturally yes, good way to go for next couple of years. team selection seems all good but duobts about spinners and wouldn't it be better to give a chance to a young upcoming batsman in?

Posted by   on (January 25, 2012, 16:06 GMT)

I like if Sri Lanka plays with 1. Tharanga 2. Dilshan 3. Sanga 4. Dinesh 5.Mahela 6.Lahiru 7. Mathews 8. Thisara 9. Kulasekara/ Maharoof 10.Herath /Sachithra11.Malinga... This will be a good combination in fast oz pitches..But if Mathews does not bowl he must be kept out from the team.. will see the three 22 old youngsters playing the fearless cricket..

Posted by   on (January 25, 2012, 15:59 GMT)

I like if Sri Lanka plays with 1.Tharanga 2.Dilshan 3.Sanga(wk) 4.Dinesh 5.Mahela(C) 6.Lahiru,7.Mathews 8.Thisara 9.Maharoof/Kulasekara 10.Herath/ Sachithra 11.Malinga If Mathews does not bowl then his place in the team should be vulnerable. this will be a good combination....... u cant drop Lahiru instead of mahela.We could see the fearless batting from three 22 years old youngsters.......

Posted by CricketFan2011WC on (January 25, 2012, 15:26 GMT)

I agree with @bMike's comment. To further add to it and what is funny about it is, Mahela, the newly appointed captain and Mathews, the vice captain, did not perform at least nearly well as many youngsters that are in the squad. So, very poor performers grooming and training youngsters. Doesn't it funny.. Hope this get posted...

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

When mahela took captaincy from marvan he was not in a good form but he played superbly after he got the captaincy. good luck mahela

Posted by Lion_96 on (January 25, 2012, 14:50 GMT)

I expect India to come back strongly after their humiliation in the Tests (they would want to defend their world title proudly). Australia will always be strong at home, so expect them to be perform well. Sri Lanka coming off two hard fought victories in South Africa, so they would have been accustomed to pacy pitches by now. Interesting series, but i dont see Sri Lanka making it to the Finals (Prove me wrong boys!!, need another Durban)

Posted by SriSanka on (January 25, 2012, 14:04 GMT)

Mahela is the best captain SL have ever had....he is very cool ,calm and intelligent and definitely he can do something to bring back the SL team into good form that each and every team in the world used to be feared. Also his second task is to groom Mathews for the next captaincy. SL fans don't need to bother about Mahela's recent form because form is temporary but the class is permanent... everybody knows what he can do and what he has done......he may not be very consistent but he is a genuine match winner on his day....I think his form will be good once he get the responsibility of captaincy because he is a born leader.......

Posted by bMike on (January 25, 2012, 12:36 GMT)

I can't understand why Mathews gets vice- captaincy. Methews doesn't deserve to be in first 11 & Tharanga should be vice-captain. Mathews plays as an allrounder but he doesn't bowl doesn't bat or doesn't even field well. It's like SL playing with 10 players + substitute. It'll be a disaster if Thirimanna misses his place. If Mathews is playing he should play as a bowler & he should bowl 8-10 overs. SL don't need someone who can bowl 2 overs & score 5 runs.

Posted by shazran1984 on (January 25, 2012, 12:09 GMT)

This would the turning point for SL cricket after a poor post Worldcup series both home & away .

Posted by   on (January 25, 2012, 11:14 GMT)

good selection in thirimanne,Chandimal & Tharanga they have 3 quality players to go with dilshan,jayawardene & sangakkara so they will be top 6.....matthews,maharoof & pererra,hearth & Malinga

Posted by SPGUN on (January 25, 2012, 10:09 GMT)

janap Totally disagree with you as you know there are certain cricketers who belong to different leagues you and I may belong to club cricket but matthews belongs to the Int'l stage. There is no point in him going back to play club cricket especially in SL since its sub std. The only way for him to regain form is playing int'l cricket.

Posted by Sachwid on (January 25, 2012, 8:10 GMT)

Finally some great selection !!.. no more Dilhara and Silva, i agree with some comments that dilhara has a good pace and fast bolwing options, but he is a bowler without brain, All the best to Mahela and the team !

Posted by   on (January 25, 2012, 7:30 GMT)

anthr tym, Sri Lanka z under da best ever captaincy in da Sl cricket history :D... Sri Lankan MJ z gonna rock da cricket world :-)

Posted by Sakthiivel on (January 25, 2012, 6:39 GMT)

MJ is not in form now he is the captain, Change the coach, change the captain. Not going to change the form.

Posted by kalins on (January 25, 2012, 6:37 GMT)

Still not in correct shape...you know why? Still politics in....Earlier also SL had sports ministers, but now still have but with fingerings.....more to go....Else MJ or Sanga or Dilshan can't play CRICKET...

Posted by   on (January 25, 2012, 6:04 GMT)

That's not a good choice I think. Please choose three different captains for three different versions.

Test-Angelo Mathews ODI-Lasith Malinga T20-Upul Tharanga.

Those will be good for the countries cricket.

Posted by world.cricketer on (January 25, 2012, 5:07 GMT)

@all SL fans SL beaten in SL by AUS and IND beaten AUS ALL SL fans let us see in the tri series who is better and i wish SL and make it to the final repeat the world cup again.

Posted by Balumekka on (January 25, 2012, 3:32 GMT)

Well..Well..Well....SLC did a trick here. If Mahela didn't accept captaincy, his place in the team is at risk because his bad form and youngsters like chandimal and Thirimanne are doing well. So its a do or die situation for Mahela! Anyway Mahela was the best captain we had after Ranatunga, so nothing wrong with this move i suppose.

Posted by Decimus on (January 25, 2012, 2:31 GMT)

Best of luck to Mahela. I believe it's the correct decision. He's calm and strategic. Got a best cricket in the team.

Posted by Sinhabahu on (January 25, 2012, 1:53 GMT)

@ITJOBSUCKS, here's my question to you. With a population of 1.3 billion, why can't India still find 11 players to avoid getting whitewashed and humiliated overseas?

Posted by   on (January 25, 2012, 0:21 GMT)

We live in hope that things will get better for SL. Good luck to Mahela and for heavens sake keep Chamara Silva well away from SL team

Posted by Cannuck on (January 25, 2012, 0:05 GMT)

People who blame Mj & Kumar for refusing the leadership needs to know they did so because of political interference they couldn't deal with. They probably didn't think the team would suffer like this with someone like Dilshan. To say they didn't support him is as stupid as saying they under performed purposely, because their reputation is on the line. They both want to win, but form is not permanent for anyone, but class & talent is. They can bounce back as they have done before. Kudos to Dilshan for trying, but you can't demand respect from players, if you are connected to politics. Same way leadership on the cricket field is not automatic for all. Some are born thinkers, who can read a game. Dilshan's ability to hit a ball doesn't translate to be a good leader. Same way MJ's current form doesn't mean he can't Captain. Some like him do better with leadership as he did during his captaincy. Before we judge him let's see if he can make a change & groom the youngsters! Have some faith!

Posted by SLfan on (January 24, 2012, 23:21 GMT)

@ ITJOBSUCKS - Ok mate, no need to argue with Sri Lankans as always you people do, because we are ready to accept that India is just fine and doing a great job these days. So you have nothing to worry about and nothing to prove, because you guys are just great !... So let us worry about our team and we're 100 % ready to accept that our guys are pathetic these days...Winning 2 ODIs can not hide the crisis in our Cricket and we Sri Lankans never afraid to admit that lot of things are not right here, because we know that first step to solve a problem is to admit that there's a problem. So, peace.

Posted by ddrath on (January 24, 2012, 22:49 GMT)

Well i feel like Mahela and Sanga not anymore team players! i know it is big call but if you really look at this way when SL team needs captain mahela should have put his hand up and said OK i will lead but Dilshan got the captaincy just because they both rufused to take over! Russell told that on the commentry and Dilshan knew.

i reckon Angelo should have given the captaincy now rather than saying this so called "grooming to be next captain!" Look at G Smith South africa! i dont see any reason why he cant do that. yes Sanga and Mahela wont listen to him at once but eventually they will have to. I feel like Snaga should not have given captaincy. yes he make SL win but something lacking from him when it comes to the team effort. he way too good policitican for SL cricket team.

Posted by SLMaster on (January 24, 2012, 20:04 GMT)

Finally a good move and team. Not because of Mahela is the Captain. Because Dilhara not in the squad and Chamara Silva not in the side. But I will keep my fingers crossed until the first match.

Posted by NP_NY on (January 24, 2012, 19:49 GMT)

Finally better sense has prefailed in SLC. Leaders like Mahela and Sanga shouldn't be wasted. If there is anyone who should be leading the SL team it should be one of these two.

Posted by DCDC on (January 24, 2012, 19:21 GMT)

Mahela may call his favorite man Chamara Silva again !!!! Selectors be aware he is a master politician.

Posted by vivek_khyati on (January 24, 2012, 18:24 GMT)

sri lankans are a very good team.. i wonder why they make selection blunders?? how can a player like perera sit out for 3 continuous odis, who won them their first odi in series in style?? tharanga, chandimal, sanga have got runs.. and dilshan too is getting back gradually to his form.. if jaywardena and matthews start scoring too, then there is no reason to worry for lanka.. bowling wise they have good services of malinga, kulsekara (nuwan, offcourse), perera.. i feel they are going to be a tough team for both india and australia in the commonwealth bank series..

Posted by DilumSL on (January 24, 2012, 18:20 GMT)

nothing against mahela...but when sl is struggling(without murali n mali in tests) both sanga and mahela refused the captaincy. Dilshan knew it was hard but still took the responsibility. now we have some momentum and suddenly mahela comes back as the captain. not saying that dilshan is a good captain but this is not fair for him. anyway hope mayya will do his best for the team. good luck mahela n the team. and thank u DILSHAN!!! for taking all the blame for the past failures

Posted by aahahaa on (January 24, 2012, 18:05 GMT)

good appointment, him and Ford.. Chandimal is a find but to win you need bowlers and there is none to be excited about, even Malinga looks jaded. Mahela is a very smart cricketer as he has proven over the years, the need is to find good capable bowlers. SL has the batting prowess but it is the bowling which is keeping them in the middle of the table rather than at the top.

Posted by   on (January 24, 2012, 17:22 GMT)

welcome mahela, I did not expect this. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ he was a wonderful captain for srilanakan cricket. i shocked when mahela retired from captanship. because he did good job as a captain. i'm also fan for his batting style. good leader. EVERYBODY SEE HERE. SRILANKA WILL WIN THIS COMMONWEALTH BANK SERIES in his captainship. ALL THE BEST GUYS.

Posted by Romenevans on (January 24, 2012, 17:01 GMT)

Indian Here! Go Aussies and Sri Lanka beat India and don't even let them win a single game and let them come home. So at least this IPL circus will see the consequences of taking fans for granted after that nightmare.

Posted by   on (January 24, 2012, 16:52 GMT)

Nominating Mahela as the interim captain is a very good move to say the least, but he should also be given a good pace attack to win matches. Whatever happened to very promising bowlers such as Nuwan Pradeep Fernando, Suranga Lakmal and R.M.S. Eranga? When are they going to be given some air? Australia might be just the place to try one of them out!

Posted by   on (January 24, 2012, 16:45 GMT)

anthr tym, Sri Lanka z under da best ever captaincy in da cricket history :D

Posted by Dilruksh on (January 24, 2012, 16:05 GMT)

since mahela is the new captain he will get the chance again to bat in the middle order.due to this lahiru tirimanne might not get a chance to play in the squad.poor decision yet again by SLC mahelas batting is pathetic.its better to put oungsters so that sri lanka can build a team for the next world cup

Posted by Sageleaf on (January 24, 2012, 15:58 GMT)

Well, Mahela is a good choice…and I'm sure we are going to give both teams a good run but should not be complacent and must carry the winning formula from the South African tour also be very positive. No matter how other teams cut it for me Australia is still the best team right now. What happen to Nuwan Pradeep and Shaminda Eranga? Are they still injured? What about young Bhanuka Rajapakse?

Posted by yorkslanka on (January 24, 2012, 15:35 GMT)

people on here dont seem to get the fact that although Mahela is going through a bad patch in terms of his form,he is a superb captain, both in terms of tactically and also man management..he will gel this team together and bring us back to where we used to be in terms of success...

Posted by Afta on (January 24, 2012, 15:23 GMT)

When Dilshan was appointed as captain, it was in desperation. At that time couldn't find a suitable senior. Anyway, don't blame him, he didn't ask for the captaincy. After Arjuna, Mahela has proved to be an astute captain, but could not understand his decision to quit earlier. The same goes to Sanga as well. I am sure the answeres will remain unanswered for all of us, even though most of us know how the politics work at the top. Mahela's appointment now may be a stand in situation, but a good one, considering the decline in the team's performance. Lets hope for the best, may be we will find the formula and the combinations that we are looking for. Surely, Mahela's experience will prove positive, and any team selection will be with his consultation. He knows the pitches in Australia and the opposition and above all he knows his job. Since we all agree he is our best to lead, What we can do is support him and the team all the way.

Posted by Janaps on (January 24, 2012, 15:00 GMT)

I am a keen follower of Sri Lanka cricket. Even though I have not played cricket at a high level, I played junior cricket for my school, played for the Health Dept team in the Govt Services tournament for several years and faced teams containing 'all ceylon' level players. In my sixties I still play cricket at a lower level for the Aylesbury cricket club ibn the UK. I wrote all this to justiify my comment. Which is, Mr.Angelo Mathews cannot justifiably be given a place in the Sri Lanka side as it stands today. He is badly out of form. This could be due to the recent surgical operations he has undergone. Sympathy and "previous steam" should not be good reasons to select a player for the highest level. I strongly feel he has to go back to club cricket, get more exposure, perform better and knock on the door again when it will readily open for him. Keeping him in the team as a passenger and waiting his form to click is irrational and counter productive.

Posted by   on (January 24, 2012, 14:33 GMT)

Appointing Mahela as new captain is right move in right time. Because he is the only player who can rebuild the team from this pathetic situation. and at the same time Angelo mathews can lean more things from Mahela and gain lots of experience the will be able to make himself as a succesful captain in future. Sanga was a very good captain. but Sri Lanka had only two captains who never give up till end. Those two were Arjuna and Mahela. Its really nice to here Mahela is back. Wish you all the best Mahela.

Posted by   on (January 24, 2012, 14:25 GMT)

why you want dilhara fernando ?.mahroof should have to bat at no 06 position

Posted by abuukasha on (January 24, 2012, 13:54 GMT)

Thank you SLC for your good decision to bring back great Mahela to lead our team, no doubt he is the best captain after Arjuna. Mahela is legend & classy for ever. conratulatins Mahela................... well done SLC

Posted by   on (January 24, 2012, 13:38 GMT)

Appointing Mahela the captain of the ODI side is definitely a regressive move by SL Cricket board .. Its understood that the VC, Angelo Matthews is too young to lead this side ... It would be difficult to build a side with a captain who might not be able to play for more than 2 years ... He was already sidelined for the last couple of ODI's in SA ... I know that Mahela is a very good player and he should be a part of the side as SL needs his experience and a player of his ability till whenever he decides to hang his boots

Posted by fadms on (January 24, 2012, 12:46 GMT)

I agree with Nipun M. Dasanayake. If he hadn't accepted the captaincy he knew he would be out of the team. He is a clever old fox that Mahela....

Posted by   on (January 24, 2012, 12:26 GMT)

what has happened to shaminda eranga??where is he??

Posted by LalTM on (January 24, 2012, 12:19 GMT)

This is probably the best decision taken by the SL Cricket for a long time. Mahela is the ideal choice to lead Sri Lankan team towards success at this turbulence situation. I consider him as the best captain with a good cricketing brain that Sri Lanka has ever produced. Look at his achievements as captain and his own performance over these years. He is the only Sri Lankan batsman who has scored over 10,000 runs at tests as well as at ODIs. With 184 catches taken at ODIs he tops the list of fielders of most number of catches taken at ODIs and with 181 test match catches taken, he currently is the number 3 of all time list of fielders of most number of test match catches taken. With all these great achievements under his belt he can lead by actions, not by words. His composure, true leadership qualities, excellent communication skills with outstanding cricketing talents, will certainly bring back the glory to Sri Lankan cricket.

Posted by   on (January 24, 2012, 12:15 GMT)

mahela is a gud player but i dnt knw as captian work like sanga he must do hardwork he vl succeed in ths series as captian knock all the best mahela for the up coming series

Posted by   on (January 24, 2012, 12:07 GMT)

Chamila kapugedara is there where belongs to, dropped, kapugedara is a terrible at test or ODI, he doesnt have a defensive technique, im glad that he's dropped.

Posted by   on (January 24, 2012, 11:40 GMT)

best of luck MJ.. where are Kapugedara

Posted by   on (January 24, 2012, 11:24 GMT)

Mahela is a natural leader with a good cricketing brain.. He performed better when he had his captaincy and I am dead sure that he will come back to the form and will lead the team by example. He proved himself as a world class cricketer and a leader. He is simply doing this again for all the diehard Sri Lankan cricket fans..

Posted by   on (January 24, 2012, 11:23 GMT)

Geoff Marsh sacked (Ex Coach of Sri Lanka)....Shaun Marsh did basically noting against India........Doesn't look like a good start of 2012 for Marsh Family.....

Posted by Reesath on (January 24, 2012, 11:13 GMT)

SRILANKA WILL WON THE SERIES ?

Posted by WeeBee on (January 24, 2012, 11:07 GMT)

Well! .. Good Decision by Managment! But Still only captaincy is not a issue here. Overall Form of the Srilankan team is involved in downfall of Srilankan cricket. Batsman not making runs! .. Sangakara, Dilshan, Jaywerdene ... They all have to make runs ... and they must have consistent pacer and seamers in the team.

Posted by Rocketman1 on (January 24, 2012, 10:46 GMT)

@miles100 - Sachithra Senanayake as part of the Lanka A vs Aus A tour in 2010 took 7 wickets at the Alan Border field in the first innings. The guy can bowl and it takes years to develop spin. Until another Murali/Warne type spinner turns up guys like him will do the job. He also hammered a few sixes as part of the A team and the 2nd ball he faced he hits a 6 to win the game for his team. He's a fighter and reminds me of Samaraweera who started as a spinner but developed into a batsman. This guy deserves time to develop. Ajantha Mendis has had a few bursts but has not been consistent. Randiv isn't a bad option as he can field very well and bat too. Sri Lanka will put up a fight in Australia. The divisions in the team and administration level will become manageable (they will never fix it!).

Posted by   on (January 24, 2012, 10:41 GMT)

mendis is having back injury my dear friends

Posted by   on (January 24, 2012, 10:35 GMT)

wow!!!!thatz what SL wants............Dilshan now you are free.........so play your game.....what you did earlier tht 50 runs from 27 bowls...hehehe we need tht back......and congrats Mahela......i want you to continue this captaincy untill you retired....so every one play hard and win the COMMONWEALTH series and bring our hidden proud back.........................

Posted by Australian0007 on (January 24, 2012, 10:25 GMT)

Very Very bad move. Mahela cant bat well on good bowling wickets (in AUS, SA & Eng).Jayawardana,s last nine innings:30/15, 30/14, 30/12, 2, 19, 15. He should rest for sometime, & add inform Samaraweera in to the team. For the Aus tour SL can put some other captain as an experiment

Posted by   on (January 24, 2012, 10:22 GMT)

A very brave decision by Dilshan, It will help the SL for their future and no doubt Mahela is one of the best captain of SL but the thing is that he is not in a good batting form but still a good decision by SL cricket. best of luck for Aus series.!!

Posted by dsig3 on (January 24, 2012, 10:02 GMT)

Randiv dropped for Herath. Thats a backward step, but I guess so is Jayawardena.

Posted by   on (January 24, 2012, 9:58 GMT)

This time India not play well there for Sri Lanka can lift up there game. So I wish new caption and Sri Lanka Cricket team to play well and show your class to the world.

Posted by mano.mcse on (January 24, 2012, 9:49 GMT)

mahela is a good batsmen.i think mahela out of form.And compare to sangakara,sangakara is best captain . i am an Indian supporter, we'll meet in Aussies as soon as.ready to fight with India.

Posted by taniap on (January 24, 2012, 9:45 GMT)

Sanga is a good front but most successful captains of the past remains Mahela and Arjuna. I think Mahela is the right person for the captaincy but the issue remains how many more years can he play - so we need to groom emerging captain material. While we all had hopes for Mathews, his nagging injuries is a worry for such a young man. If I were in SLCs administration, I would not stop at Mathews but keep searching for others as an eventual captain.

Posted by RiznyF on (January 24, 2012, 9:33 GMT)

Where is JEEVAN MENDIS, a genuine allrounder.

Posted by   on (January 24, 2012, 9:32 GMT)

This is a right movement but Mahela need to get runs and lead from the front. Dilshan cannot be a captain as he become very emotional at critical times. We need a cool captain like Sanga.. But he never take it back with prevailing politics. Anyway good luck for the team for progressing. Chandimal and Lahiru are youngsters who have shown their potential and need to secure them is the top priority.

Posted by   on (January 24, 2012, 9:23 GMT)

Mahela is a good player, but it doesn't justify the absence of Dilshan which will be really felt by Sri Lanka when they play against a tough team like Australia.

Posted by   on (January 24, 2012, 9:13 GMT)

Mendis is by far Sri lanka's best spinner. How the selectors leave him out?

Posted by   on (January 24, 2012, 9:08 GMT)

He is a good leader ................ good luck Mahela....

where is Kapugedara ?

Posted by crickrss on (January 24, 2012, 8:59 GMT)

I can see many say Mahela is out of form. Definitely he hasn't scored enough runs in tests. But, he averages 37.33 in his last 18 ODIs with a century and six 50s since his century in world cup final. Now he has been appointed captain for an ODI series and there is no news about test captaincy. Certainly what SL needs now is a captain who can bring SL into a good position. Giving chance to a youngster won't work at this time. We have good talent and only think we lack now is motivation I guess. Mahela has the capability to bring back SL to a strong position with his leadership. So Mahela haters , pls stop talking about his form and let him do his job.

Posted by   on (January 24, 2012, 8:58 GMT)

Congrats to both Mahela and Dilshan for accepting and resigning from the captaincy.This is what Cricket is all about to stand tall and be counted when the country needs a change. I would have liked to see Sanga as the vice captain.Some of the other players,officials and politicians should take a cue from this fine gesture whether forced or not. The composition of the team looks good on paper but Thilan could have been included to strengthen the middle order taking into account his recent international form instead of picking players based on domestic form which is no match for international cricket.Cannot comment on the change of coaches so quickly but I'm sure the experts know what they are doing.Good luck to the team and hopefully we will come out second best or the best taking into account the thrashing that the Indians are getting right at this moment in Australia.

Posted by sumedasg on (January 24, 2012, 8:54 GMT)

I think this is a temporary solution for the crisis. Mahela has done his bit as a captain and the role should be given to Mathews permanently upon returning from Australia.. he is young and can lead the team for a long time may be 2 or 3 world cups. I agree that it is a good decision to take out Dilshan from the captaincy which will do load of good for him as well as the SL Cricket. Finally if the selectors can look in to Janaka Gunarathna a wonderfull player and an allrounder, will do loads of good for SL Cricket.

Posted by   on (January 24, 2012, 8:38 GMT)

Finally.. Sanga is great spokesperson, but Mahela is the best Captain. Dilshan never meant to be a Captain. Good to see Maharoof back, an automatic choice before Mathews (future captain) came into the picture.

Posted by   on (January 24, 2012, 8:20 GMT)

Manamperi, how many Hundreds did Arjuna make before he was made captain ? If we go by hundreds then Kallis should captain SA, Tendular India etc. Mike Brially the famous England captain will never be according to you rules.

Posted by   on (January 24, 2012, 8:19 GMT)

Till the time Mahela captains, Angelo Mathews should be groomed as a captain. Sri Lankan selectors need to show faith in Rangna Herath. He is far more relentless and accurate than Ajantha Mendis.

Posted by   on (January 24, 2012, 8:15 GMT)

Maharoof where will be play with Tissara Perera and Mathews in the middle ? Welagedara was a failure in the ODIs and hope this will be a change. As many said Dilhara is a must in this. Kallis was inhibited by him and he was shaken in the first two tests. Even in a WC semifinal Dilhara felled the best WI batter and WI were shaken and SL won the match. Some intimidation helps and none, not even Malinga can frighten anyone.

Posted by CUPULW on (January 24, 2012, 8:13 GMT)

Mahela is the best captain available at the moment. however cricket is a game played by 11 (12 as the reserve is also important in the field) and our present woes cannot be solved by changing captain. look at the ODI bowling and only Malinga managed to take a few wickets out of the available 50. Apart from him there is noone who can bowl at 140+ as Dilhara is injured? all other bowlers we have manage 125-135 on a very good day and not much guile consistantly. Herath has come to the fore as the best spin option while all others have become bits n pieces bowlers. so we have a big problem bowling out sides. the batting improved with time during the SA tour but so did the conditions. now its a matter of getting used to OZ conditions. weather is more hot there now summer; also they have unearthed a lot of young pacies - genuine quicks who troubled the best India put in the park. Given Indias woes, we have a good chance to play in the ODI finals.

Posted by yorkslanka on (January 24, 2012, 8:03 GMT)

i am a fan of Maharoof but it has to be said that the slow pitches in Sri Lanka are a world away from fast bouncy pitches in Australia and on those wickets,he will be far to slow and picked off easily..Dilhara would have been a better bet and should be included in the squad alond with Samaraweera imho as we will need his stability in the middle order when the wickets fall quickly...

Posted by Kavum on (January 24, 2012, 7:56 GMT)

My question: Why ditch Marsh after such a short time? What has he done wrong or has he not sufficiently brown-nosed the powers that be? Also how much money do we lose in severance compensation by letting him go early and hiring Ford who will (naturally) demand even greater financial guarantees in case of arbitrary removal? Its also a wonder that we win the amount of ODIs we do with our notoriously inconsistent batters. Since 1992 (20 yrs ago) only 4 batters have averaged more than 37 Sanga, Marvan, Arjuna and Aravinda (although the latter 2 have lower career averages). Of the current lot (apart from Sanga) only UpulT and Chandimal avg over 35. Other career avgs are Mahela 33, Dilshan 34, Angelo 31, Thilan 27. The great Sanath only got 32.5 albeit at a 91% scoring rate. Need to analyse how SL was successful with this reality. Not having good bowlers except Vass, Murali and now Malinga, we got the job done quite often. Present batters are of the same quality and the bowlers are worse.

Posted by fairoosrizan on (January 24, 2012, 7:56 GMT)

Farveez maharoof selection is very good since he had performed very well in recent domestic tournements. more over if he has not selected what is the use of maintaining domestic tournement. farveez has made only 2 50's agreed. its because he batted lawer down the order but his batting avg & strike rate is very good.interms of balwing he bawls @ 120 But speed is not that revelevant since most of the good fast bawlers are not mainting the speed but the line and lenth eg(pollok , wasim , chanminda vass) farveez bawling state are much better than thisara,angelo & nuwan interms of stricke rate & economy rate

Posted by   on (January 24, 2012, 7:51 GMT)

Giving Captaincy To mahela is panic among the selector as they don t have too many option for captaincy were if they look at the future Mahela is not an Ideal choice The other part will be that it by Giving Vice Captaincy to Angelo Mathews they allowed him to groomed by the experience Captain and that will be great for Future

Posted by suve on (January 24, 2012, 7:42 GMT)

@John_Geo: You've got it completley wrong mate, Mahela still has plenty left in his career. If you think he doesn't perform under pressure, then what do think about that 103* In a World Cup Final. That was only about 8 months ago. Leadership Qualities do not just out date from a person, thats a talent they have forever in any situation. In the last couple of months he has been in poor form, this doesn't mean he will get dropped. Just look at Graeme Smith who last had a cenutry in ODI's was in 2009 before the last couple of days, Quality Cricketers like Graeme and Mahela in a team will always boost that team in many ways.

Posted by ali00 on (January 24, 2012, 7:42 GMT)

A very Good decision by Dilshan and i think Mahela is a good leader and i would rate him the best leader than Ricky Ponting.

Posted by Sinhabahu on (January 24, 2012, 7:40 GMT)

@world.cricketer, if India is better than Sri Lanka, how come India is on the verge of its second consecutive whitewash in overseas Test series?

Posted by chamira on (January 24, 2012, 7:35 GMT)

It's a tired old choice from a tried old selectors board - who seem to be the same names, just getting recycled every few months. (The only time anything is recycled in SL!)

Why not try something different, something new? But the tired old of men the SL cricket board can't to muster enough courage to give the ODI cap to Mattews and the Test cap to someone like Samaweera.

Forget Jayawardena and Sangakkara - they have had their time, move on.

But unfortunately, this malaise, I fear, has deeper cultural reasons than just the inertia of the selectors.

Not only are the selectors petty - harbouring misgivings against certain players no matter how good and favouring their pals - but in SL there in a engrained tradition of respecting your elders to the level of subservience. Unfortunately, this doesn't really work well in international sports arenas.

The message this choice of captain sends to the Australian team is 'We don't have any new ideas or any new players to challenge you'

Posted by   on (January 24, 2012, 7:31 GMT)

Good to see Mahela comeback as a player and captain...i hope he will create same magic what he has done in between 2004-09 and every Individual player will share great bonding with each other............Good Luck mahela

Posted by Darkmanx12155 on (January 24, 2012, 7:27 GMT)

dear me.... where's Randiv?????? why Herath??????

Posted by   on (January 24, 2012, 7:10 GMT)

I think its a good decision making mahela as a captain...hope he will be more responsible in all format in the oneday game.happy to see maharoof back in sl side.pretty sure he will be impressing all the srilankan fans & the selectors. all the best mahela , maharoof & rest of the sl team.

cheers

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (January 24, 2012, 7:03 GMT)

@earnest india better than sri lanka? thats a joke if i ever heard one. We both toured England around the same time and took nowhere near the hammering you guys did and we could have drawn the series too. I might want to add that the pitch was more seam/swing conducive since rain and dark clouds were always present

Posted by   on (January 24, 2012, 6:59 GMT)

Differences & Similarities vs Success; Look at Australia - and now look at Sri Lanka! >>> Look at India - then Look at Sri Lanka! Now you see...

Posted by truthhh on (January 24, 2012, 6:48 GMT)

yaa..it;s true that mahela has so many plans 4 the game&he talks so many things..but unfortunately he can not implement those plans&talks on the ground.please give that chances for new comers..it;s true that mahela was a great player at the past,but now he is out of form..this is 100% true&other thing is we have lost many matches,reason for that is bowlers have picked up more injuries than wickets.it;s not the fault of dilshan!!!!!1

Posted by WildAmigo on (January 24, 2012, 6:28 GMT)

Angelo should be the Captain why the seniors of SL keep on Captaining. They should build different Test squad. it would solve SL problem. Dilshan should also retire from Test as well.

Posted by SL_Cric on (January 24, 2012, 5:38 GMT)

Real question to be asked was , should there a place to MAHELA in the ODI SQUAD. During last Ten months period our TEAM performance became to WORST and even we were ALL OUT for 43....Many changes done and nothing WORKED... But once Mahels DROPPED from the TEAM we started to WIN...Chased 299 very esily in the first match after Mahela dropping and in next game 312 was also chased and WON...Now our team have the CONFIDENCE to chace any SCORE like we had in 1996. Youngters like Thirimanne, Chandimal, Thisara showed how to perform and how to PLAY MORE POSITIVELY.I think this team is good for next AUSTRALIAN TOUR and MAHELA should have been DROPPED...If we target next world cup these yongsters should be given more chances, so there SHOULD NOT BE A PLACE to MAHELA in the SQUAD as MOST OF SRI LANKEN AGREED. It is very dissapointing see non performing MAHELA as the captain of Sri LAnka..

Posted by   on (January 24, 2012, 5:34 GMT)

Good Team...Mahela is one of our Finest Captain....Hope he will do the Best.... Dilshan is a good batsmen and not a Captain.....Welcome Maha and Mahi!!!! We can Beat India Easily they were only best in Home not in Pacy pitches..Srilankan always good in any Venue in the Earth!!! If they add Kapu then this will be the Super srilankan xi!!! COME ON LIONS WE ARE BACK TO WINNING WAYS........................

Posted by   on (January 24, 2012, 5:33 GMT)

The team should consist of guys in form, Mahela has been a failure in SA as well as other batsmen. why arent we building a team for the future. Better to start now rather than waiting till the next world cup

Posted by   on (January 24, 2012, 5:31 GMT)

To be frank Dilshan cannot captain....he loses his cool very easily, thats not what the team needs atm. Making Jayawardene captain ensures that the team is calm and collected.... as you can see jayawardene has had a terrific record with almost a 60% success rate as captain of the lankan side... change was eminent fact is this should have happened along time ago.

Posted by   on (January 24, 2012, 5:15 GMT)

my choice would have been Sangakarra but its not a wise decision to let a former captain take the job straight away after it has taken away from him. I hope Mahela unites the team and does not allow for any rifts to occur during the process. Sri Lanka still have the fire-power to deliver as they displayed in the last 2 odi's against SA, and i cant wait for to cheer for them at the matches when the arrive in Australia in the tri-angular series. Best Wishes from Pakistan:)

Posted by   on (January 24, 2012, 5:13 GMT)

why again no A.Mendis......... ? whts going on SL Cricket board?

Posted by FadeToBlack on (January 24, 2012, 5:09 GMT)

@Heshan Wijesinghe Did you watch the last two matches when we were fielding? The wins were nothing to do with Dilshan's captaincy it was just great batting. In the final ODI Dilshan was clueless as a captain when smith and AB were going. He is easily the worst captain we have had. Can't blame him though as he was given the job. Finally we have a good captain which can lead to a resurgent SL. Let's hope the team divisions are sorted out and SL can go back to performing consistentlly.

Posted by   on (January 24, 2012, 5:02 GMT)

@world.cricketer India is Better than Sri Lanka what a cracking joke

Posted by Shan16966 on (January 24, 2012, 4:59 GMT)

For Mahela's sake, I hope he performs with the bat. Right now, his acceptance of captaincy, looks more like a cover for him to be still included in the squad or playing XI. Seriously why isn't Thilan given a chance at captaining the test side? He was groomed from his school days and captained Sri Lanka A on countless occasions. Why don't we look forward? Tharanga performed well as captain of his club side and has been a regular member of the ODI team. Here's a good bet for the ODI captaincy. I don't mind Mathews remaining as vice captain in test /ODI formats. But if additional exposure is needed he may be made captain of the T20 side

Posted by CRICSL on (January 24, 2012, 4:59 GMT)

@world.cricketer- What matters is winning right now. SL played way better than IND in last ENG series. For your information the result was 1-0 not 4-0 whitewash. Keep your dreams alive as another 4-0 whitewash is just two days away.

Posted by miles100 on (January 24, 2012, 4:55 GMT)

Mehela being the captain is good if he can bat at no: 5 (after 3 wickets down). Then the middle order will be strengthened since the captain and vice captain bat in the middle order.Team selection is good, I still think they should play the 2 productive spinners (Randhiv & Ajantha Mendis) than playing Herath and this inexperienced but old aged spinner(Sachthra).Randiv and Mendis are the most successful SL ODI spinners after Murali. I don't think Sachthra will take more than 7 wickets for the whole tournament in Australia. He will also get hammered by both India and Australia. They must immediately remove him and bring Randhiv or Mendis. If selectors are smart they will bring 1 of these 2( Either Mendis or Randhiv).

Posted by CRICSL on (January 24, 2012, 4:54 GMT)

@ICC-BCCI- Are you joking mate or are you trying to tell MS Dhoni is in very good form? MS Dhoni is in pathatic form and Mahela is a far better player than Dhoni any day.

Posted by kalof123 on (January 24, 2012, 4:38 GMT)

Mahela is a bad person. he performed poorly in order to let down dilshan. And that's bad. Now he will perform. because he is the captain now. last two matches SL win without Mahela. because he was the failure behind SL team. after he was removed team performed well.

Posted by RDLikesCricket on (January 24, 2012, 4:37 GMT)

So its back to Mahela now to lead SL. He is a good leader... hopefully they will throw a better fight at the Aussies compared to the indians... Good Luck Mahela....

Posted by   on (January 24, 2012, 4:35 GMT)

Parvees Mahroof is a great all rounder who proved time and again whenever he was given a chance. he performed in domestic cricket and international, so selectors keep trust in him and wanted to play for the country. but the team captain and the manager think otherway, keep him in the bench to take towel and water.That was happened in 2007 world cup final.in that year he was in good forme and only one match was given to play against ireland, in that match he was a man of the match. but in next he was dropped to make way for dilnara, he was thrashed all over the ground by newzealand and Australia. i think same thing will happened mahroof this time also, because captain was same that is mahela.

Posted by   on (January 24, 2012, 4:30 GMT)

Eranga is a gun from what i've seen of him. He troubled the best of Australians.. he should be in the team instead of Chanaka

Posted by Max169 on (January 24, 2012, 4:28 GMT)

Recently, Sri Lankan Captains have established the culture of resigning from Captaincywith honor before they are axed instead.......

Posted by Asintha on (January 24, 2012, 4:27 GMT)

@world.cricketer Yah! Yah! We can see India is better than Sri Lanka at precent when they loose 4-0 to England & 3-0 to Austrailia. Come with the fair fact dude. I agree with you in 1 thing India can beat any team in their Own ground.

Posted by John_Geo on (January 24, 2012, 4:27 GMT)

Mahela is one of the most over-rated cricketers in the world. If his style is blended with substance, then that is a different story. Despite Mahela's aggregates (as a result of scoring a big total in every 20 attempts or so which is absolutely unacceptable) his cricketing ability is well passed its 'use by' date. He cannot lead, he cannot bowl, and he certainly cannot bat. He has no leadership qualities whatsoever. If he had any in the past, they are certainly out-dated and no longer effective. The good leaders need to lead by example, perform under pressure, and motivate others to find their voice - none of which is apparent in Mahala's personality. The world is flooded with preachers and consultants. When it comes to those who can do it on the grounds of reality - there is certainly a scarcity. The Sri Lankan cricket in their desperation should not make senseless decisions like these. Getting Dilshan to lead was a fundamental error. Appointing Mahela is even more so.

Posted by Sinaha on (January 24, 2012, 4:19 GMT)

After all well timed wise changes, Mathews' selection as VC is shocking. This kid is yet to prove he has the qualities to be future captain. Time and again he has show immaturity on the field and displayed that he cannot take ownership of a situation at the crease when SL in trouble. He has opted give away his wicket and get back to the pavilion. There are better VC in the making and it is high time the selectors pick a right candidate for for future captain instead of the musical chairs the selectors are opting for now.

Posted by   on (January 24, 2012, 4:14 GMT)

That is a great Decision take Srilanka criket Borad .mhale jayawaradana is great servent for sri lanka cricket.

Posted by   on (January 24, 2012, 4:14 GMT)

@world.cricketer : Please Keep on mind that the Last 2 matches was not an easy chase made by Lankans.That was great effort.As we all know if the 3 ODI was played until the end there was a huge opportunity for SL to win the 3rd ODI and the Series.That was bad luck for them.Also at present South Africa side is much better side compared to past.they having most dangerous pacing attack at the moment.But 4-0 white wash in this series against Australia will be a huge disappointment for them.Indianans cannot play their own cricket outside the Asia. So they fail all the way.As a example they lost to England as 4 - 0 and ODI series also the same as 4 - 0 . so as a Asian i also like if India could improve their performance again and having a great combat in this Tri -series.Good Luck for Sri Lanka!!!

Posted by mlsp on (January 24, 2012, 4:09 GMT)

Mahela is a good captain. But his recent form is not good enough to even remain him in the national side.He refused the captaincy when Sangakkara resign from the captaincy and said young blood must take charge of the side.He is the eldest one in the team and now he agrees to lead SL side. It is a big question as he slightly change his mind. If he agreed to take the captaincy after Sangakkara, SL might not face recent (series) loses.So I have a clear doubt about his decision whether it is a selfish move or not.In 2009 the same chief selector of the current selection committee forced Mahela to quit from captaincy but now they give him the captaincy back.They did lot of things against Mahela, So SL loss the service of Chamida Vaas for another few years. If Mahela could not do his duty in next two series they will definitely axe from the side and will end up his career ( they have done that before to top world class players).So Mahela have a huge challenge and wish him for the success

Posted by   on (January 24, 2012, 3:47 GMT)

The selectors have made the right call this time, Mahela is probably the best captain ever, not only he's a great tactician he's also a very aggressive captain in the caliber of Arjuna Ranatunga. I've seen him many man-of-the-match awards just for his impressive captaincy making correct calls at the right time. As for his own form we all know he's a class player, in fact he's a better batsman when he's captaining.

Posted by   on (January 24, 2012, 3:35 GMT)

the Hope came true.. :) dilli's decition is a + point for SL.

Posted by espnchekmate on (January 24, 2012, 3:31 GMT)

@ FatBoysCanBat : before the world cup when sri Lanka toured Australia.....suraj randiv was man of the series.......he bowled exceptional well and fielded brilliantly as well.it was the series where mathews and lasith malinga build that very famous partnership to give the Lankan's a memorable win.

Posted by Balumekka on (January 24, 2012, 3:18 GMT)

@World.cricketer:For god's sake please don't initiate useless India-Sri Lanka debates! Both our teams are struggling at the moment, and let's only appreciate good cricket!

Posted by   on (January 24, 2012, 3:18 GMT)

Anyway they have to select 15 players from the bunch of players, i think selections is good this time, and im glad if suraj also can get a chance, other than that good selection. and hope in the future when rangana herath resigning randiv can get the chance

Posted by South_Indian on (January 24, 2012, 3:16 GMT)

Pakistan and SL are the best teams from the subcontinent. SL is winning in SA without Murali and they chase 300+ scores on back to back ODIs and that in SA pitches. In coming days WI or Bangladesh or even Afghanistan can beat India. So SL must be gearing up to give India a 4-0 hammering in the Commonwealth Tri-series and that will make it 8-0 loss for India in the tri-series. India was very highly over rated with just few overseas test wins by luck (the opposition played bad on those games) and fans started celebrating India as if it was the invincible Australian team under S Waugh.

Posted by Last_Knight on (January 24, 2012, 3:14 GMT)

All the best Mahela! And also I would like to see the changing captaincy by aiming only world cup mind set. Yes world cup is important but Cricket is not only winning the world cups.

Posted by   on (January 24, 2012, 3:11 GMT)

Good luck lions...it's a new begining...

Posted by   on (January 24, 2012, 2:48 GMT)

Out of form Mahela is Captain ???? ... When was his last 100 or at least 50...... Arjuna or Sanath can do better job than Mahela as a Captain....

Posted by goldeneye075 on (January 24, 2012, 2:47 GMT)

I am happy that Dilshan steped down, as he is not captain type material.. For Mahela been captain I have a mixed set of feelings.. ( For me Mahela a great captain could compare with Arjuna) , by looking at the current state of sri lankan cricket, lot of rummer has gone that he and Sanga has been pressurized to take the captaincy. As Mahela clearly did gave it up due to the political intervention which had during his time as captain. I really feel sorry for Mahela if this is the case. I think sri lanka should look at new captain, Upul Tharanaga is a good choice , he is a quite person, but did guided NCC to the trophy in 2011. So he is a capable captain, and should be given a good period of time for him to develop his captaincy skills before the next world cup.

Posted by Shana on (January 24, 2012, 2:41 GMT)

Mahelas decision to be back at captain is purely because of he is out of form & loosing his place in the team. This is a best opportunity he got to be in the team. Poor Randiv...

Posted by   on (January 24, 2012, 2:41 GMT)

Much anticipated changes in d Sri Lankan Cricket format has happened. Dilshan is a unique player but he has proven that he is not a successful leader. Without d burden of captaincy Dilshan now have d freedom to play his own game. Mahela's appointment will definitely benefit SL. He has a great cricketing fox. Though there is a concern of his present batting form, I hope d added responsibility would change his fortunes. Now SL has a pleasant headache. What would be d batting order? Tharanga is an obvious. He is for d future. Then Dil or Mahela? Sanga next and Chandimal to follow. Then Thirimanna? Angelo, Thisara/Jeewan/Maha, Sachithra/Rangana/Mendis.Good for SL cricket. Future looks very bright. But just hope d administration do not destroy this setup. Sri Lanka is much better side than India. In England we showed great character n drew a TEST under seaming conditions. If u compare SL's away performance with India's then u will judge the best team. SL will prove it again in AUS.

Posted by   on (January 24, 2012, 2:39 GMT)

Now you can see that, Poor Dilshan! How Maharoof comes in??????

Posted by   on (January 24, 2012, 2:11 GMT)

i would say its a good move.....

Posted by   on (January 24, 2012, 1:43 GMT)

Way to go Dilli, very good decision taken,

Posted by criclanka on (January 24, 2012, 1:18 GMT)

With the added resposibility MJ will get back form in no time.Goog luck mahela.

Posted by world.cricketer on (January 24, 2012, 0:30 GMT)

@Jenibat Innasi keep in mind that last CB series won by INDIA and Even INDIA managed 2-3 to SA but it was 2-2 before final match so please keep in mind that INDIA play better than SL

Posted by Sulaimaan91 on (January 24, 2012, 0:07 GMT)

Randivs decision to sit on the benches of CSK rather than play for Ruhunu during the CLT20 has cost him his place.

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (January 24, 2012, 0:03 GMT)

Smaraweera is Srilankas best player on form and still they go on keeping him in reserves. They lost to Pakistan only because they needed Smaraweera in the batting order. They won a match in SA only due to him and they surely needed him in Australia where wickets are similer to what you get in SA.

Posted by Ms.Cricket on (January 23, 2012, 23:54 GMT)

Sri Lanka won their last two away ODi against South Africe without Jayawardene in the team while they lost the previous three with Jayawardene in the team. Jayawardene is a has-been and has been in poor form since the end of the World Cup and a liability to the team. If making out of form players captain is the way to winl, then maybe India should make Laxman captain and Australia Phil Hughes. England have already done that with Strauss.

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 23:45 GMT)

I don't know some people still say that angelo mathews should be captain. i don't think he have even scored a singel hundread yet, he seems to be an ok middle order batsmen, when he was first in the squad he use to be a good bowler now not even that on the other hand dinesh chandimal have a couple hundreads to his name allready for sure down the road he might have a chance, mathews need to proform better and gain more experince then he'll be raedy at least score a couple of hundreads first and the seniors should give them a chance to bat early.

Posted by lanka-is-the-best on (January 23, 2012, 23:42 GMT)

Mehelas selection is only going to make matters worse, because he is not in form. I belive that we will now have the same problem as before (not being able to drop a out of form batsmen). So unless mehela steps up and scores, it will continue on the way down.

Posted by Incisor on (January 23, 2012, 23:16 GMT)

Is Ajantha Mendis still injured? He must be if he is not in this side. Has he EVER played anything but a T20 against the Aussies? They cannot read him and he continues to be ignored in both the test and ODI formats. He MUST be injured surely.....

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 23:15 GMT)

Personally I think if Eranga is fit he, randiv and mendis hshould be in th side (yes all three). Dilhara is fast but his consistency has not been there enough to warrant a place in the side.

Posted by FatBoysCanBat on (January 23, 2012, 23:12 GMT)

He should've taken the captaincy when it was offered to him after Sangakkara stepped down. I don't see where Suraj Randiv was Man of the Series guys. In Sri Lanka's four previous ODI series the Man of the Series has been; AN Cook, MJ Clarke, Shahid Afridi, and AB de Villiers.

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 22:54 GMT)

I'm glad that SL finished on a high in SA. This can make the coming tri-series interesting..

Posted by playitstraight on (January 23, 2012, 22:31 GMT)

Excellent choice by the new selectors to make Mahela captain..... this looks like a new beginning for SL! The Test team could be lead by Samaraweera considering that Mahela hasn't been in the best of form, but I'm sure Mahi can do it too!!

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

Dilhara is a must! i agree with lot of comments - he is one bowler who can fright batsmen in those pacy conditions... he can be very handful in those conditions and very clever with his slower balls - SL won't have it easy against India and Aus! really stupid decision. Dilhara should be in the squad - he didnt bowl bad at all in SA ODIs.. bring back Dilhara!

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 21:55 GMT)

Ohh Mahela, you were waiting for this mate. Shame on you . SL won matches without you. I am sure you will not be able to get in to the playing eleven as a batsman or a bowler, but only as the captain.

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 21:07 GMT)

Randiv who was the Man of the series in last Aus series not in the squad

Posted by manjulad on (January 23, 2012, 21:06 GMT)

@chandau: Spot on about Dilhara mate!

Selecting military medium bowlers is not going to help us at all. I have absolutely no idea why the selectors picked Maharoof after his showing in England! He may bat well in SL but on fast & bouncy pitches, he is a sitting/standing up duck and bowling at 120Km/h is not going to get you many wickets at international stage.

We are just going round and round chasing our tails. Nobody has the vision to come up with a long term plan to develop SL Cricket!

Also, it'll be interesting how Marvan will get along with the chief selector (remember the bunch of Muppets saga??)!

Posted by Lion_96 on (January 23, 2012, 20:56 GMT)

This is another typical move by the board. Whenever we go on tough tours, we always bring back older players. Why not give sum more youngsters a chance? We saw what they did in South Africa. But no, we have to hand over the reigns to a rather reluctant captain (MJ:"I will have to think about it") and bring players (Farveez Maharoof) who haven't played a ODI for 2 years. Angelo Mathews should have been captain. After all, didnt Sanga resign with hopes "to build for the future". And we found the future in......Dilshan & Mahela? Marvan was right when he called our selectors a bunch of muppets. The saddest part is, things haven't changed since Marvan gave that press conference 4 years ago at the GABBA. When will they ever??

Posted by Zookinii on (January 23, 2012, 20:46 GMT)

Lol Samaraweera is only a stand-by. I don't care how well Maharoof does in domestic tournaments, whenever he plays for the national side he's mediocre.

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 20:46 GMT)

mr simonn india is a good team when they play in india or south asia but when they play in waca like that grounds they can not play with aussies or south africans but sri lanka better then india like that conditions i hpe india will comw back strongly play with final vs sri lanka

Posted by Yevghenny on (January 23, 2012, 20:35 GMT)

Dilshan always seemed tense in interview, and as captain that will translate to your players. It seems though that the sri lankan captain has much more to deal with than what goes on on the pitch. Dilshan can now concentrate on his batting and be a better player for it

Posted by Santhush-Perera on (January 23, 2012, 20:33 GMT)

Even with the lost game due to DL, SL could have won the series...if not for the selfish...absurd batting display by Mathews during the last few overs in 2nd ODI. If SL had another had another10 -15 runs, they could have won it. Matews didn't look for any big shots during the last 6 overs...scoring just 16 runs with 12 singles and 1x4...wasting 18 balls...equivalent to 3 final overs (including 8 balls of the last 2 overs).!!! This is not acceptable, specially with 5 wickets in hand. This is how he scored during 45th to 50th over: 45th- 1 run - 3 balls, 46th- 2 runs - 3 balls. 47th- 1 run - 1 ball, 48th- 2 runs - 3 balls, 49th- 3 runs -4 balls, 50th- 7 runs - 4 balls Chandimal scored 26 runs facing same number of balls (18 balls) with 3 boundaries during the same period..! If Mathews is playing for his own stats... I don't think he will go far.,.!

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 20:32 GMT)

nice 2 see mhela as a captan again good decision by sri lanka cricket thanks to sports minister we need like this person as a captan he is world class cricketer dishan too early to as captancy he is a fentastic crickerter sorry for dilshan ultimately we need winning team it can do by under mhela or sanga we dont wont 2 here api dakune api uture api nuwara api colomba we wont 2 here api lankawe go lion go

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 20:15 GMT)

Good Luk mahi... bring it on baby,,,

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 19:41 GMT)

i don't know why? SURAJ RANDIV is left behind? the selector's haven"t given a reason and the local media is also not highlighting the fact that this bowler was the man of the series last time around and he's been dropped without a valid reason,how unfair,then you know what the selectors would do, they suddenly rush randiv like in the world cup final and make him play under tough conditions against a tough opposition and drop him citing he's not performed,it would be a miracle or a Guinness world record if @ least 1 under 19 player is given to perform down under in Australia,which is unlikely and the selectors will say he @ least needs 5 years in the local club scene.so thanks 2 our present selectors and 4 those who are 2 come we won't be able 2 give surprises to tough oppositions like Australia, will be playing the same brand of cricket with the same bunch of players in the years 2 come as well.

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 18:32 GMT)

though i am a Pakistani but i love to watch sri lankans playing at their best....in my point of view Mahela is one of the best captains and probably sri lankans tigers gona roar again under his captaincy...Wish you best for the triangular series Sri lanka

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 18:27 GMT)

Good decision by Dilshan....his batting was poorly suffered under captaincy pressure Also Mahela is very cool headed captain

Posted by DCDC on (January 23, 2012, 18:23 GMT)

Be honest , Mathews is not captaincy material. He is a under performer.Doesn't deserve even the place. Don't try to prove its wrong. It will cost loosing lot of matches for Sri Lanka.

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 18:19 GMT)

I dont understand why they give the leadership to Mahela who is the worst perfomer of batting in last tours against SA & PAK. Dilshan may be a unsucessful captain, but he prove that he can lead the team to victory by wining last 2 matches by learning his previous mistakes.He was never meant to be captain until he got the chance.If SCB wanted him to captain,he should had been the vice- under Sanga instead of Murali & Mahela.Sanga gave up the captaincy after WC without a making successor to his place as Mahela did.But Dilshan took the challenge.Going back to Mahela may be sucessful.If not???Without any doubt Mahela was a good captain.But he has done it for 5 years.Now he is having his worst time in batting in all the formats...He should think about his batting more than captaincy.Captaincy will give him more pressure.If srilankan politics want to change captaincy they should have choosen Sanga or THARANGA.If they thought about the future of srilankan cricket it would have to be Tharanga.

Posted by Danksl on (January 23, 2012, 18:18 GMT)

Shaminda Eranga and Suraj Randiv needs to be in. and it's nice to see Maharoof back in the squad. He was treated very unfairly in recent past.

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 17:54 GMT)

I agree with Nipun. IF Mahela has not accepted captaincy he would have been very close to being dropped. In that sense this is not a good decision. Under Dilshan we fared badly because most of the top and middle order were failing. The main culprits were Mahela and Dilshan. Lets hope that Mahela will come good with the bat. Otherwise it would be another "Dilshan Scenario". My advice to him talk less and show your colours in the field. No by writing articles.

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 17:51 GMT)

recalling mahroof is backward step for sri lanka . wants a makeshift opener to fill in on bouncy tracks. not goin to wrk . an his bowling is steady to say the most. goodluck

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 17:45 GMT)

Good Move by Srilanka...Mahela will bring back aggressive approach in Srilankan team

Posted by Dhakshika on (January 23, 2012, 17:42 GMT)

i truley belive Kapugedara should give another chance to bat up the order..and then selectors can getaa decission????....Remember He is a Pure Talent Player....what More???????

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 17:42 GMT)

Randiv out? You must be kidding fo sure!

Posted by Sachit1979 on (January 23, 2012, 17:40 GMT)

It looks like Chaminda Vaas still has spark. He did really really well in county cricket and still doing well in domestic Cricket. Why was he dumped years back by Sri Lankan selectors? I believe had he been with Sri Lankan team in WC final, they could have made the difference defending 270+ target. I think SL should definitely consider his experience and consistency to prepare for upcoming T20 WC.

Posted by Charindra on (January 23, 2012, 17:40 GMT)

Congrats Mahela and welcome back! Hope he gets back into form in Aus. My team would be Dilshan, Tharanga, Sanga, Chandimal, Mahela, Mathews (If he bowls) or Thirimanne (If Mathews can't Bowl), Thisara/Maharoof, Herath/Senanayake, Malinga, Welagedera, Kulasekera/Prasad.

Posted by Wolfpac on (January 23, 2012, 17:39 GMT)

Congrats MJ, may ALLAH bless with the necessary courage to lead our country again to the top

Posted by SLMaster on (January 23, 2012, 17:34 GMT)

Very good side I reckon. I applaud ... no Dilhara Fernando...However, Welagedara is not a ODI bowler. A Youngster would be great. I am glad to see Maharoof in....he is a very good ODI player.

Posted by Dhushan on (January 23, 2012, 17:20 GMT)

I won't be surprised if Mahela actually had/has no injury during the last 2 SA ODI's & was called back to Sri Lanka by the cricket board to discuss the terms & conditions of his 2nd stint as captain. As a Sri Lankan i'm thoroughly disgusted & sad to see politics ruining our cricket. PLUS, we're giving the captaincy to the player who is probably the 1 batsman who is most of form. He was in the verge of losing his place but now he can play on. Anyway, I support Sri Lankan cricket & I hope that this only makes us win.

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 17:15 GMT)

It is really amazing how things r changing in srilankan cricket.specially players may have some problems with the way of going srilankan board.in this case we can't see the real united srilankan team.i still believe that we can do better than this if they can be positive with a great self belief.Last two matches against SA will encourage them and it will help them to continiue this winning flow in austrailia against another two quality teams.Thirimanna & chandimal are good players also Randiv should be in the squad.No doubt Mahela is a thinking,aggressive captain but he badly needs runs.We all like to see win but everyone can't win.but srilankan team should show their competitive ability that they always did in past.wish u all guys best in austrailia.

Posted by Lord.emsworth on (January 23, 2012, 17:13 GMT)

Ageing icon, Mahela, is 'rewarded' for useless performances with the bat against England, Australia, Pakistan and South Africa. Apart from his batting he has been unsure with his slip fielding too, missing VIP catches. (Ageing reflexes) SL won their last 2 ODI's chasing 300+ in SA without Mahela. Of Course Dilshan didn't 'resign' He was forced out. And Maharoof? 2 miserly 50's in 94 ODI's that his batting record! He's never done anything spectacular just popping in and out of the team.. What does that tell you? Dilshan wasnt consistent with the bat yes, but his captainship wasn't bad at all as many cricket writers have said….Tharanga should have been VC instead of cameo king Mathews.

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (January 23, 2012, 17:00 GMT)

@SIMONN . I M ALSO AN INDIAN FAN BUT I CAN ASSURE YOU THAT EITHER AUS OR SL WILL WIN TRI SERIES . THESE TWO TEAMS WILL PLAY IN THE BEST OF THREE FINALS , BECAUSE OUR INDIAN TEAM IS PAYING PATHETICALLY WITH NO FIGHTBACK & WITH ATTITUDE FROM OUR YOUNG PLAYERS THAT " WAIT UNTIL YOU ARRIVED IN INDIA , WE WILL SEE YOU THERE ".

Posted by yorkslanka on (January 23, 2012, 16:55 GMT)

good decision by dilshan as now he is starting to get his form back as a result of not being captain/ knowing this was happening..Mahela will be a good captain who has the support of his team..as for selection...not sure about Maharoof as he looked really slow when he played in England..where is Randhiv, Jeevan Mendis, Eranga , Pradeep , Lakmal ???surely they cant STILL all be injured???Our bowling still looks weak and we need some genuine fast bowlers, I think Dilhara should have been included...good luck Sri Lanka and good luck Mahela....

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (January 23, 2012, 16:54 GMT)

MAHELA IS IN THE WORST FORM OF LIFE AT THIS TIME . & YOU ARE MAKING HIM CAPTAIN , MAYBE SANGA , MATTHEWS OR CHANDIMAL SHOULD HAVE BEEN GIVEN CHANCE .

Posted by Wolfpac on (January 23, 2012, 16:44 GMT)

Congrats MJ, may ALLAH bless with the necessary courage to lead our country again to the top

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 16:43 GMT)

well done bringing Mahroof in to the Side and spin we have to be care ful with the indians

Posted by ALTEC on (January 23, 2012, 16:43 GMT)

WHERE IS KUPAGEDRA IN SQUAD HE IS A GOOD ALLROUNDER

Posted by r1m2 on (January 23, 2012, 16:41 GMT)

So, Jayawardene averaged 22 in the 3 tests series. His overall in tests in SAfrica is 27.87. His overall in tests in Australia is 34.25. Looks like he set the world alight for the SLC decision makers. In away matches against England, Australia, SAfrica, West Indies, New Zealand on matches won or lost by Sri Lanka (i.e. no draws where assumption is the pitch was more than likely to be flat), Jayawardene averages a monumental 25.51. Here you can see for yourself: http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/player/49289.html?class=1;home_or_away=2;opposition=1;opposition=2;opposition=3;opposition=4;opposition=5;result=1;result=2;template=results;type=allround

Jayawardene may be the most incompetent of the subcontinent batsmen when playing outside subcontinent on good pitches. What do the Lankans expect him to do in Australia based on the form they're showing against India recently? He should've been dropped instead he's made the captain. I see no way up for Sri Lanka yet. Keep politicking.

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 16:40 GMT)

good decision for dilshan & better for SL.....

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 16:40 GMT)

i think india can overcome australia and sri lanka as they did last time because they are still a very good side in odi.

Posted by Crictragic1 on (January 23, 2012, 16:37 GMT)

I am so glad that pretender off-spinner Randiv is not there. Like Kapugedara, he has been given too many chances; and has failed to take them. In my reckning, he can't turn the ball even on helpful wickets, because his off-spinning action is primarily flawed. He may get some bounce, and has been lucky to take the odd wicket. Compare him with Hafeez or Ajmal; the Pakistanis turn the off break from ball one; and also attack the stumps. Comparatively, randiv bowls 'donkey drops' ! Good luck to the Sri Lankan Team; although I am not keen on Mahela's captaincy!

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 16:36 GMT)

My XI : Dilshan, Tharanga, Sangakkara, Chandimal, Thirimanne, Jayawardene, Mathews, Perera, Kulasekara, Malinga, Herath

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 16:36 GMT)

really india is favorite to win the series but we have good looking sri lankan side to fight.

Posted by criclanka on (January 23, 2012, 16:26 GMT)

very good move hope mahela gets other members support and able perform well in AUS.nice to see welegedara and maharoof in the squad.why Randive is not included.

Posted by 6pack on (January 23, 2012, 16:24 GMT)

Good decision - there really isn't anyone else to do the job (with Sangakkara clearly not interested). The SA series was satisfying in that some young players seemed to gain confidence... the likes of Chandimal and Thirimanne (yesterday) have shown character... and even if SL loses down under, these guys will learn their trades with exposure to another quality attack. Chanaka Welegedera has been an unsung hero of sorts, he appears to possess the basics to be a good long-term bowler in tests. So I'm not sure if bringing him in to ODI's where he might be whacked about for 5-6 runs an over will do him any good as far as his confidence is concerned. I'd have preferred to keep him as my test spearhead.

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 16:18 GMT)

A very good decision taken by Dilshan to step down and that way he could concentrate more on his batting........he is too good to loose due to the captaincy stress.

Posted by Crazy4cricket40 on (January 23, 2012, 16:13 GMT)

why jayawardene...i thought he will be dropped now..jayawardene also accepting just to save his spot in the side...not a good decission by slc

Posted by anshmahi on (January 23, 2012, 16:12 GMT)

Very well done by Dilshan. He did what he had to do two tours ago..

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 16:09 GMT)

Why Rangana Herath?

4 matches 33.0 overs 0 maidens 152 runs 2 wickets avg: 76.00 runs/over: 4.60 srrike rate: 99.0

Posted by Cricketluv on (January 23, 2012, 16:06 GMT)

Sudath from Sri Lanka Forget the past. Let me predict. We will bring the trophee. Anura, Bandula, Duleep. Roy, Arjumna Aravinda, mahela Sangakkara- Dinesh Thiru will the next duo for Sri Lanka. Beware ! they will be special if we saw i SA in an indication. Sudath

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 16:05 GMT)

Is Shaminda Eranga still injured? he's the most promising fast bowler we have

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 15:58 GMT)

i think its a gr8 decision by Dilshan as he was suffering with his batting as well

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 15:58 GMT)

hoping we wont get mauled down under

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 15:57 GMT)

Finally no Dilhara Fernando, pleasant surprise. and good selection of Maharoof, has been opening the batting in domestic season. Mahela is the best captain Sri Lanka had in terms of tactics, so it's a good decision

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 15:52 GMT)

Good Luck !!! MJ. May Triple Gems Bless You !!!

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 15:49 GMT)

Good choice and we hope Mahala will bring the team till world's no one. And also hope mahi will build good team sprite among the team. Cheers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Sthilanka on (January 23, 2012, 15:44 GMT)

Randiv is not even in the squad???

Posted by SimonN on (January 23, 2012, 15:40 GMT)

KS should have been appointed as interim Captain for just the Triangular series. After that MJ should have been given the job. Now it will be too much depressing if SL loses at the beginning of the series. Its all the minds game. Its all characters game for SL in the series now. Wish SL comes good in this series. Being an Indian I am all for India winning the series though.

Posted by Sthilanka on (January 23, 2012, 15:36 GMT)

Randiv who was the Man of the series in last Aus series not in the squad

Posted by SLCF on (January 23, 2012, 15:34 GMT)

As for the SL first XI squad, I would suggest the bellow players with the bellow mentioned batting order, Tillakaratne Dilshan Upul Tharanga Kumar Sangakkara Dinesh Chandimal Mahela Jayawardene Angelo Mathews Farveez Maharoof Nuwan Kulasekera Thisara Perera Lasith Malinga Sachithra Senanayake

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 15:33 GMT)

I think dey r playing captaincy captaincy:D

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 15:32 GMT)

wat a life da ithu... paw knw dilshan...

Posted by Inaz on (January 23, 2012, 15:30 GMT)

Mathews or Tharanga could have lead, since they are the future of Srilanka cricket. Anyway Congrats Mahela.

Posted by jerryman on (January 23, 2012, 15:29 GMT)

if dilshan plays , must play as opener and mahela must move down to middle order , maybe mahel will have to bat afer sanga and chandimal.. mahela seems out of form of sorts .. anyway will be a better captain than dilshan, only hope that politics dont come in and SL must play those in form and based on performance. Need to learn to play on any surface be it pace or spin .. no excuses blaiming pitches and i think the drs should be made mandatory , to have a chance of a wrong decision overturned.. umpires are human and prone to error .. maybe in t20 - 1 appeal per team and in 50 over format 2 appeals per team

Posted by AnilKoka on (January 23, 2012, 15:27 GMT)

SL has got good team. Very balanced side. Jayawardane's form is the only concern. Good to see Maharoof back in the side. I want Jayawardane to open the innings he did well in T20 format as an opener. I hope he can perform in the ODI's too as an opener.

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 15:26 GMT)

A.B Whear is the whitwash next u sayd 4-1 last moment whts happend resalt is 3-2 dont froget we r the lions mr,AB,& WESELS See next trination serias in aus.see the srilankan fire works

Posted by mohanan on (January 23, 2012, 15:21 GMT)

Are we back to square one?

Posted by LordOfCric on (January 23, 2012, 15:17 GMT)

Worst decision ever from Srilankan selectors. Dilshan getting penalized on behalf of whole Srilankan team. Dilshan can't do anything if seniors in the team performing below par and no talented youngster in the side...........................

Posted by mj33 on (January 23, 2012, 15:16 GMT)

yaay mahela is bak. surely he wil strike form now.

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 15:13 GMT)

My preferd xi: Upul,Dilshan, Sanga,Mahela, chandimal, Thirmanna, Angelo, Perera,Mahroof,Senanayaka,Maling.

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 15:09 GMT)

Good work from SL Slecting panel they include 3 fastball allrouders (Mathews, Perera & Mahroof) it will help in Australian pitches. Best of luck for SL team & Caption Mahela.

Posted by world.cricketer on (January 23, 2012, 15:02 GMT)

its time for INDIA to sack dhoni in tests and keep sehwag as permanent captain and goodmove but sanga could have been better option

Posted by PAK-92 on (January 23, 2012, 14:59 GMT)

Good choice for captain. He has previous captaincy experience and is a really good player in all formats. I think he should be captain for the long term until he is able to play at the highest level and is nearing retirement. You can never be too old to lead your team. Angelo Matthews is captain for the future and his chance will come. Right now Sri Lanka needs stability and Jayawardene is capable of providing it. Also look where Pakistan were when Misbah took over and how much they have improved. Everyone, including me, though he was too old and passed it, but he proved the critics wrong. Jayawardene is younger and much better than Misbah so things can only get better for the Lankans. Hopefully Dilshan can continue being the player he once was before given the captaincy. Best of luck to Jayawardene and Sri Lanka. And finally, I think Dhoni should step down as test captain.

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 14:55 GMT)

ohh boy feels sorry for Lahiru Thirimanne !

Posted by chandau on (January 23, 2012, 14:54 GMT)

hmm is it the end of the road for Dilhara? he remains among the top 3 fastest bowlers we have , in fact it is funny to see crickinfo commentators write him as right arm fast medium when he is the only other who hits 140 consistently. who knows maybe the new coach may bring him in at a later date coz this lineup has only Malinga who can worry a batsman with pace. All other vary between 125 - 135 which will be bread and butter for OZ batters who play Lee and Tait and the new breed mostly. Anyway given the worries India are having we have a good chance to upstage them and get to the finals of 3nations this time.

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 14:52 GMT)

i dont think so its a gud move by the selectors...appointing a younger player cld hve been a better choice considering the future of srilankan cricket.

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 14:51 GMT)

The circus continues in Sri Lanka Cricket.

Posted by Kamran_Ali on (January 23, 2012, 14:50 GMT)

Good move by Dilshan to set down as captain

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 14:45 GMT)

Excellent decision by Dilshan...............Jayawardene best lankan captain in recent times.Surprised to see Maharoof in the squad............Thought he was ruled out of favor......................

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 14:45 GMT)

Finally good team selected...

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 14:44 GMT)

MJ bring back the glory to SL Cricket again. May triple gems bless you !

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 14:38 GMT)

Loads of thanks to Mahela for Accepting Captaincy. correct decision to offer captaincy to Mahela, correct to add Maharoof as well, isnt it time to give leggie Malinga Bandara another go, i thought he was a good prospect as a Right Arm Leg Spinner. well done Selection panel.

Posted by Philip_Gnana on (January 23, 2012, 14:37 GMT)

So good to see Farveez Back in the team. He should have been on the SA tour. The issue in the SL team was that the captain was not of international material. I hope that Mahela will lead the team until Angelo has another year or two under his belt to take on the reigns. The team seems to have better balance. It is not acceptable the Marsh has been dealt with in this manner. It has been very harsh on him. He was not in charge of the England tour neither during the visit of the Aussies. He needed time to take charge of a team that was going through a change. This is most unsettling for the team too. If Arthur was groomed with SA tour in mind then that could have been acceptable to an extent. The Aussies have always been very good managers and SL has benefited greatly from having OZ coaches. Marsh should not have been dealt with in this manner. Philip Gnana, Surrey

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 14:37 GMT)

good move by ashantha demel and upali dharmadasa...now everybody will perform ...if smeone injured they can add thilan....thank you amal silva for adding thirimanna moratu boy....

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 14:36 GMT)

Who is chamara welegedara?

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 14:34 GMT)

where is Jeewan Mendis,I would sayJeewan for Herath

Posted by Sinhaya on (January 23, 2012, 14:33 GMT)

Hope Mahela has formally agreed. I wish if the captaincy was given to Thilan Samaraweera!

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 14:33 GMT)

Good team selection.Weldone new selection committee..I hope Shamindra Eranga is still in the injury list.Till he is recovering from the injury welagedara is a good alternative.Maharoof is in good touch with his bat & bowl throughout the domestic season and deserved a place in the team...further he has started to playing as a opener.We can use him as a opener in 20-20 cricket.Nice to see Tilan as the stand by player.

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 14:32 GMT)

mahela took captancy bcos his batting z failling. if nt captain he would be droped!

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 14:28 GMT)

Good news. Enables Angelo to be groomed by an experienced captain. I'm liking the composition of the squad to Australia. Looks well balanced.

Posted by phalgun1 on (January 23, 2012, 14:26 GMT)

Where is Dilhara Fernando ????????

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