Sri Lanka in England 2011 April 30, 2011

Sri Lanka call up Maharoof and Silva

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Sri Lanka have called up allrounder Farveez Maharoof and wicketkeeper Kaushal Silva to provide cover for the players who will miss the start of the England tour due to the IPL. Sri Lanka's newly-appointed captain Tillakaratne Dilshan will be in England by May 11, but five members of the Sri Lanka squad will stay in India and are expected to arrive in time to play against England Lions, at Derby, from May 19.

Malintha Warnapura, the opening batsman, who was set to cover for Dilshan had he stayed at the IPL, has been withdrawn along with stand-by fast bowler Saminda Eranga. The latter was to be a replacement for fast bowler Nuwan Pradeep but it appears likely Pradeep will travel to England early instead of remaining with Royal Challengers Bangalore where he has yet to play a match for the franchise

However, with Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Dilhara Fernando, Thisara Perera and Suraj Randiv not available for the Middlesex match the selectors have drafted in reinforcements.

Maharoof is currently playing county cricket with Lancashire where he has made an impressive start to the season with a hundred on his debut against Somerset at Liverpool. However, the fixture list could have worked in Lancashire's favour with them not in Championship action the week Maharoof will be needed by Sri Lanka and he may only miss one CB40 match against Somerset. He hasn't played Test cricket since 2007.

Silva, 24, is uncapped but has an impressive first-class average of 45 and will provide wicketkeeping cover for Prasanna Jayawardene.

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  • on May 2, 2011, 7:08 GMT

    Well all are playing the selector. There were so many who were condemning the selection of Angelo Mathews and Tissara Perera some time back. Some were comparing Mathews with Maharoof. Well now the results are clear. I will say now when Angelo is fit he should bat either at number 3 or 4. Dinesh Chandimal should also bat either at 3 or 4. Sanga and Mahela should bat at 5 and 6 then we will create two stars required to take over from Sanga and Mathews a when they retire. Mathews batting at 6 always run short of partners despite having an average of over 37 in tests and 35 in ODIs.

  • on May 2, 2011, 6:39 GMT

    'Silva will provide wicketkeeping cover for Prasanna Jayawardene' ?? why not replace Prasanna with K. Silva?

  • on May 1, 2011, 15:48 GMT

    They didnt pick tharanga because he is not as good as other available players. 1.chandimul(wk?) 2.para 3. sangakarra, 4. mahela.J 5.samaraweera 6. dilshan 7. thirimanne/silva/prassana 8. pradeep 9.mendis 10.herath/randiv 11. fernando/perera/lakmal. Personally i feel chandimul should keep to open up an extra batting slot(for thirimanne), prassana is reasonable batsman but not a 1st choice batsman. Kaushal silva cud keep instead and bat 7 as he could even be picked as specialist batsman, while if sri lanka wants a trusted and experienced test keeper they'll go for prassana. all in all tharanga should sit on sidelines and let youngsters like chandimul get some test cricket

  • ajithjayad on May 1, 2011, 14:20 GMT

    Good luck Maharoof! You are a too good player to be left out. Think that you will be able to impress at seeming english wickets. If Angelo is not fit. Maha is the best replacement.

  • on May 1, 2011, 13:51 GMT

    clearly Kaushal Silva has been picked for his batting n not as a keeper.. just as cover for the players staying back for the ipl..he averages 45 n has played twice as more matches as chandimal and tirimanne.. he probably shouldve been in the original squad ahead of tirimanne but i guess the selectors felt he wud get his chance anyways as soon as prassanna retires.. silva also captains SSC even though he is very young.. chandimal, silva n tirimanne are definitely the future of SL cricket.. all the best to them n the rest of the team..

  • jai_maharashtra on May 1, 2011, 10:55 GMT

    from what i have seen I am not sure if Dilshan has the right temperament to be the captain. i think he gets flustered quite quickly. This can easily pass on to the younger players and affect their confidence.

  • on May 1, 2011, 10:51 GMT

    if maharoof selected for Sl test squad his role will be a different one. He will have to play as a batting alrounder not as a bowling alrounder

  • Ashik111 on May 1, 2011, 10:03 GMT

    ist we dont have a good fast bowling combination.all are new but i like dily to open the bowling with lakmal and mahroof both are capable of swing the ball both sides.mahroof bowling style will suit english conditions.Go mahroof Go .

  • yorkslanka on May 1, 2011, 9:25 GMT

    Why oh why do we exclude tharanga as opener in the longer format? He is a quality player irrespective if the format.we want the best team possible for the England tour and to continue to improve

  • nmdasaya on May 1, 2011, 8:44 GMT

    kaushal silva is very good batsman , if he has given up wicket-keeping . he would be selected to sl aide for batting, for example he is better than lahiru thirimanna . because he is considered a wicket-keeper he is not given the spot!

  • on May 2, 2011, 7:08 GMT

    Well all are playing the selector. There were so many who were condemning the selection of Angelo Mathews and Tissara Perera some time back. Some were comparing Mathews with Maharoof. Well now the results are clear. I will say now when Angelo is fit he should bat either at number 3 or 4. Dinesh Chandimal should also bat either at 3 or 4. Sanga and Mahela should bat at 5 and 6 then we will create two stars required to take over from Sanga and Mathews a when they retire. Mathews batting at 6 always run short of partners despite having an average of over 37 in tests and 35 in ODIs.

  • on May 2, 2011, 6:39 GMT

    'Silva will provide wicketkeeping cover for Prasanna Jayawardene' ?? why not replace Prasanna with K. Silva?

  • on May 1, 2011, 15:48 GMT

    They didnt pick tharanga because he is not as good as other available players. 1.chandimul(wk?) 2.para 3. sangakarra, 4. mahela.J 5.samaraweera 6. dilshan 7. thirimanne/silva/prassana 8. pradeep 9.mendis 10.herath/randiv 11. fernando/perera/lakmal. Personally i feel chandimul should keep to open up an extra batting slot(for thirimanne), prassana is reasonable batsman but not a 1st choice batsman. Kaushal silva cud keep instead and bat 7 as he could even be picked as specialist batsman, while if sri lanka wants a trusted and experienced test keeper they'll go for prassana. all in all tharanga should sit on sidelines and let youngsters like chandimul get some test cricket

  • ajithjayad on May 1, 2011, 14:20 GMT

    Good luck Maharoof! You are a too good player to be left out. Think that you will be able to impress at seeming english wickets. If Angelo is not fit. Maha is the best replacement.

  • on May 1, 2011, 13:51 GMT

    clearly Kaushal Silva has been picked for his batting n not as a keeper.. just as cover for the players staying back for the ipl..he averages 45 n has played twice as more matches as chandimal and tirimanne.. he probably shouldve been in the original squad ahead of tirimanne but i guess the selectors felt he wud get his chance anyways as soon as prassanna retires.. silva also captains SSC even though he is very young.. chandimal, silva n tirimanne are definitely the future of SL cricket.. all the best to them n the rest of the team..

  • jai_maharashtra on May 1, 2011, 10:55 GMT

    from what i have seen I am not sure if Dilshan has the right temperament to be the captain. i think he gets flustered quite quickly. This can easily pass on to the younger players and affect their confidence.

  • on May 1, 2011, 10:51 GMT

    if maharoof selected for Sl test squad his role will be a different one. He will have to play as a batting alrounder not as a bowling alrounder

  • Ashik111 on May 1, 2011, 10:03 GMT

    ist we dont have a good fast bowling combination.all are new but i like dily to open the bowling with lakmal and mahroof both are capable of swing the ball both sides.mahroof bowling style will suit english conditions.Go mahroof Go .

  • yorkslanka on May 1, 2011, 9:25 GMT

    Why oh why do we exclude tharanga as opener in the longer format? He is a quality player irrespective if the format.we want the best team possible for the England tour and to continue to improve

  • nmdasaya on May 1, 2011, 8:44 GMT

    kaushal silva is very good batsman , if he has given up wicket-keeping . he would be selected to sl aide for batting, for example he is better than lahiru thirimanna . because he is considered a wicket-keeper he is not given the spot!

  • Sageleaf on May 1, 2011, 7:49 GMT

    Mr.Premasiri, I don't doubt we have young promising players in the country. I thought it would have been good giving an opportunity to an experience player like Malinda Warnapura who could open with Dilshan or Paranavithana. Beside Malinda has scored heavily in the current domestic season. Malinda also has done few tours abroad and accustom to weather patterns too. We are heading to UK in May and it's not as warm as Sri Lanka. I thought experience counts bit better than young talent for the moment. I have no worries of using young talent but I just want us to be the best in England so we are making a statement about the brand of cricket we play is highest quality. Have you played cricket at highest level? If not should not talk about Defective techniques and limited strokes. I believe there are only few players in the world that could play all the shots correctly.

  • Mafasxx85 on May 1, 2011, 7:01 GMT

    I think its better stick with sanga as wicket keeper.......and its good to have maharoof back...and just thinking that mahela udawatta also will be a good choice for one squad.

  • on May 1, 2011, 5:50 GMT

    Well done Faraa... Happy for you dude... keep up the good work..

  • on May 1, 2011, 3:55 GMT

    i didnt realise maharoof avg 60 with the ball in tests after 20 tests...y they pick him again, he has good odi record but that is not test so a bad selection there. also kaushal silva cud of been as a specialist batter in orig squad instead of thirimanne. Also dinesh chandimul is keeper and prassana so y they need a 3rd keeper. prassana doesnt bat as well as either chandimul or silva so y he keep being picked

  • PremasiriS on May 1, 2011, 3:35 GMT

    Mr Sageleaf! There are far better young promising players in the Country at present. There is no need for batsmen of defective technique and limited strokes the likes of Malinda Warnapuras, Chamara Silvas, Mubaraks,Kapugedaras,Dilruwan Pereras any longer in the National Side. Every year one or two highly talented cricketers come out of schools, it is the main duty of selectors( Dulip& Brendon) to identify them without picking same old ordinary club cricketers. Mr Dulip Mendis & Mr Brendon Kuruppu should be hailed for picking these two quality players.

  • area1985 on May 1, 2011, 3:00 GMT

    Maharoof should play for the wc final against india in the place of samaraweera, srilanka could easily post 300 and won that match.

  • on May 1, 2011, 2:16 GMT

    kusal de silva is a good batsman and a keeper no doubt. but why they do need a another keeper in absence of sangakkara since dinesh chandimal is already in the team. chandimal is a good batsman and a keeper too....

  • courierpost on May 1, 2011, 0:15 GMT

    I got this funny feeling of all going to go down hill from now, ouch'

  • Finn92 on April 30, 2011, 19:40 GMT

    Maharoof said he came to England to regain his place and it seems to be working so far

  • Sageleaf on April 30, 2011, 18:37 GMT

    Kaushal Silva is a very good choice.I think he is even better bat than Prassanna Jayawardena. Mahroof hmmmm i think is a wrong choice. There are better players than him. I wonder why are the selectors ignoring Malinda Warnapura, who scored heavily in the domestic season...even better than some are in the squad. Well, we could utilized him as he has loads of experience and excellent opener too.

  • Charindra on April 30, 2011, 18:33 GMT

    If Maharoof is back, why not Vaas??? He's been doing brilliant work in the county circuit for a while now as a genuine all rounder!

  • on April 30, 2011, 18:11 GMT

    Maharoof should have been in the WC squad too! Atlast good decision SLCB

  • nishardfazna on April 30, 2011, 17:06 GMT

    its a good call back from sri lankan selection comity. maharoof is a vey good middle order batsman sri lanka have. he scored a brilliant hundred against somerset as a no.8 batsman.he is a good all rounder

  • sanath007 on April 30, 2011, 16:13 GMT

    honestly i believe Maharoof and Kaushal silva should have been in the original squad itself

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  • sanath007 on April 30, 2011, 16:13 GMT

    honestly i believe Maharoof and Kaushal silva should have been in the original squad itself

  • nishardfazna on April 30, 2011, 17:06 GMT

    its a good call back from sri lankan selection comity. maharoof is a vey good middle order batsman sri lanka have. he scored a brilliant hundred against somerset as a no.8 batsman.he is a good all rounder

  • on April 30, 2011, 18:11 GMT

    Maharoof should have been in the WC squad too! Atlast good decision SLCB

  • Charindra on April 30, 2011, 18:33 GMT

    If Maharoof is back, why not Vaas??? He's been doing brilliant work in the county circuit for a while now as a genuine all rounder!

  • Sageleaf on April 30, 2011, 18:37 GMT

    Kaushal Silva is a very good choice.I think he is even better bat than Prassanna Jayawardena. Mahroof hmmmm i think is a wrong choice. There are better players than him. I wonder why are the selectors ignoring Malinda Warnapura, who scored heavily in the domestic season...even better than some are in the squad. Well, we could utilized him as he has loads of experience and excellent opener too.

  • Finn92 on April 30, 2011, 19:40 GMT

    Maharoof said he came to England to regain his place and it seems to be working so far

  • courierpost on May 1, 2011, 0:15 GMT

    I got this funny feeling of all going to go down hill from now, ouch'

  • on May 1, 2011, 2:16 GMT

    kusal de silva is a good batsman and a keeper no doubt. but why they do need a another keeper in absence of sangakkara since dinesh chandimal is already in the team. chandimal is a good batsman and a keeper too....

  • area1985 on May 1, 2011, 3:00 GMT

    Maharoof should play for the wc final against india in the place of samaraweera, srilanka could easily post 300 and won that match.

  • PremasiriS on May 1, 2011, 3:35 GMT

    Mr Sageleaf! There are far better young promising players in the Country at present. There is no need for batsmen of defective technique and limited strokes the likes of Malinda Warnapuras, Chamara Silvas, Mubaraks,Kapugedaras,Dilruwan Pereras any longer in the National Side. Every year one or two highly talented cricketers come out of schools, it is the main duty of selectors( Dulip& Brendon) to identify them without picking same old ordinary club cricketers. Mr Dulip Mendis & Mr Brendon Kuruppu should be hailed for picking these two quality players.