Commonwealth Bank Series 2011-12 March 2, 2012

Sri Lanka call up Kapugedera as replacement


Chamara Kapugedera, the middle-order batsman, has been named as a replacement for one of the three injured allrounders in the Sri Lanka squad that qualified for the finals of the Commonwealth Bank tri-series. Which of the injured players - Farveez Maharoof, Angleo Mathews and Thisara Perara - is being replaced, has not yet been decided. Sri Lanka will play Australia in the best-of-three finals from Sunday, in Brisbane.

Sri Lanka Cricket secretary Nishantha Ranatunga said that the team management, in consultation with the national selectors, had opted for a batsman. He will fly to Brisbane on Friday night. "The request was for a batsman for the No. 6 position and Kapugedera was picked," Ranatunga said. "The team management will take a decision tonight, on which of these injured players will be sent home."

Kapugedera, who has not represented Sri Lanka since the World Cup final last April, had shown some form for Nondescripts Cricket Club in the ongoing domestic first-class competition, the Premier League Tier A tournament, scoring two hundreds in his previous four games. The pick of his innings was a 168-ball 158 in the first week of February, which came against defending champions Bloomfield Cricket and Athletic Club.

Sri Lanka entered the final league match - a must-win game for them - without the services of Farveez Maharoof, who picked up a back complaint during Tuesday's game against India in Hobart. Then, during the Australia chase, Thisara Perara and Angelo Mathews went off the field with injuries. Perera bowled only five balls before walking off with a back problem and Mathews was forced off with a calf injury. After the match, captain Mahela Jayawardene had said that he was hopeful that Mathews and Maharoof would be fit for Sunday's game, but Perera's chances of playing were less certain.

Edited by Nikita Bastian

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  • Dummy4 on March 4, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    kapu good betsman,de mel good selectour,mahela good captain.

  • Nilochanie on March 4, 2012, 1:03 GMT

    The Author of this article trying to to justify K'gedara's selection in highlighting the only 100 he has scored for the season though he has played 13 'ings (9 Lea & 4 LOs). Apart from the above mentioned 158 he's done nothing in this season. An article written by this same person on this website titled "Malinda Warnapura takes Colts top" is trying to acclaim Warnapuras (relatives of a former national player) only & has failed to mention the name of Rosen Silva the main actor behind the success of Colts, who carries a batting ave of 113+ in the on-going Pre Div League Tournement, one of the most consistent batsmen with an 1st Cla Bat Ave 54+ at present. A prestige web site like yours shouldn't fall into the level of local news papers in catering for individuals. You may verify facts given by me in your Stats Guru.Pls note that our recent success of SL is totaly due to youngsters & Thilan who weren't included in the last WC squad in order to make way for henchmen.

  • Asitha on March 3, 2012, 23:40 GMT

    Kapugadar is a world class basemen. He the ideal player to open for SL in T20 & ODI with Dilashan.WHY? Because he is a natural gifted hitter and class basemen. The only CB final we won in Aus because of him. He scored 38 no (in 18 balls)in that finals and also don't forget the T20 Semi finals against IND. His talent was wasted almost 2 years for asking him to bat at no 6 or 7. Look past 1 year Mahela's stats when he bat at number 5 or 6. If we want to get his best he should open with Dilasha in T20 & ODI because he is a natural attacking player and has wide range of shots. People who are worried his stats remember this when Jay & Kalu open for SL their ave was 18+ & 11+ respectively.

  • Dummy4 on March 3, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    this is really goes to the nerve.............. when we consider the Premier League Tournament Tier A of SL......... highest runs scorer id Chamara silva...... kapugedara had 2 centuries but in other games, he was totally a waste. same time the replacing player should be an allrounder........ coz it is Thisara Perera is leaving........ what about Jeevan Mendis??? or Thilan Samaraweera???? will this become a worthy selection????

  • Deep on March 3, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    is Medis doing the selections panel again? We all know how that worked out in SA.

  • Dwight on March 3, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    Samarweera once again gets unjustly overlooked! kapu has been given endless opoortunity before & has unproven that he is a good domestic player but will never be a good international player. Samareweera however is proven vetern and can provide leadership as well as play the role of support, anchor or finisher in the middle order, he really is the perfect #5 or 6, ah well lets see how long the latest kapugedera experiment lasts & what he actually contributes...

  • Dummy4 on March 3, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    This is wrong."The pick of his innings was a 168-ball 158 in the first week of February, which came against defending champions Bloomfield Cricket and Athletic Club".That man is Chamara Silva.He is in good form than Kapugedara.BAD CHOICE.

  • Kevin on March 3, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    Instead of Kapu they should have tried Upul Tharanga. However, Kapu is a fantastic young player whom we cannot write off. He has proved his abilities in pressure situations though never got an opportunity to built a long inning. Wish him all the success.

  • Dru on March 3, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    I sincerely hope Kapu shows some consistency as this is surely his last chance. Thankfully he is still rather young but the question must be asked - he is ANOTHER tried and failed being recalled - the modus operandi for SLC. Why not give a young talent a chance. Since Kapu's last knock two new talents have been given a shot and both Chandimal and Thirimane have done well. For me it should have been another new player but may be Kapu will grab this opportunity - if he comes good it will be another youngster in the side which will be great.

  • Sai on March 3, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    Oh no, not again. Why choose him, when there are so many better young batting talents available! I have heard high praise of the young Bhanuka Rajapakse and even though he should not have been given a chance since he has never played an international match and also because it is the finals, there were definitely some other players available. In the WC 2011 final, when Kapu was playing his first match in the WC, he scored 1 off 6 balls. Still, they decide to bring him in here in the CB series finals. I sincerely hope and pray that he can prove himself as a hard-hitting batsman and reward the faith shown by the selectors and the captain.

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