Sri Lanka news June 8, 2011

Tharanga to miss England series

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Upul Tharanga, the Sri Lanka opener, has been ruled out of the limited-overs leg of the England tour as he prepares to face a disciplinary committee for failing a drugs test during the World Cup.

Tharanga, 26, tested positive after the semi-final against New Zealand, in Colombo, and Sri Lanka Cricket confirmed he won't be selected for any representative cricket in the short term.

"Since there is an ongoing inquiry to verify this charge, Upul Tharanga will not be making himself available for selection until the conclusion of the inquiry and therefore will not be available for the ODI and T20 matches in England and the Sri Lanka A Team tour of England," a statement said.

Tharanga's absence means Sri Lanka could be without their two first-choice one-day openers against England with the captain Tillakaratne Dilshan also a doubt having suffered a hairline fracture of his thumb in the second Test at Lord's. However, Dilshan is still hopeful of being available for the one Twenty20 international and five ODIs.

The pair had recent success against England, having guided Sri Lanka to a 10-wicket victory in the World Cup quarter-final when they added an unbeaten 231. Tharanga also enjoyed an impressive one-day series on the 2006 tour of England where he hit two hundreds - 120 at Lord's and 109 at Headingley in a record 286-run stand with Sanath Jayasuriya - during Sri Lanka's 5-0 whitewash of the hosts.

There are reports in Sri Lanka that Tharanga's absence could open the door for a surprise return for Jayasuriya who turns 42 in June and played his last ODI in December 2009. "If my services are required, I would be glad as always to give my best," he told the Sri Lankan Daily Mirror.

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  • POSTED BY Nishnaka on | June 11, 2011, 5:10 GMT

    Hey Sri lnakan Guys..

    I also Opposite Sanath's Politics... But U Should not Comment Like That... Because he is a Legend For Our Cricket.. See Some Indian Guys Are Commenting ABt Sanath .. But We Sri lankan... i Ashamed Guys .. just Give Him a Chance to Retire Respecty...

    His Political party whatever we should Respect him .Bcoz He Is One Of Best Cricketer In the World...

    Doesn't It... Ok Cool... Eng Wl Beat... Cmom LIONS

  • POSTED BY faizalsehwag on | June 10, 2011, 9:59 GMT

    lankans away matches= pussy cats lankas at colombo or galle = win once in 10 matches(then their fans wil say we are lions) im scared these pussy cats will damage the ground(by passing ......) Because india tours england..

  • POSTED BY faizalsehwag on | June 10, 2011, 8:41 GMT

    srilanka has already satisfied with one draw.. (because they expected 3-0 clean sweep by england)so whole lankan fans are started celebrations in streets... a draw against top ranked team = MAJOR VOCTORY IN ABROAD for SRILANKA...am i right lanka... SRILANKA TEAM= CURRENT BANGLADESH TEAM....

  • POSTED BY johnathonjosephs on | June 10, 2011, 1:27 GMT

    People are stupid. Why is everybody bashitng jayasuriya for playing a game and "not letting a youngster play". He is playing for only ONE ODI and in case you didn't notice, SL has 0 openers at the moment (tharanga banned and dilshan w/ broken thumb) that means a youngster will open AND jayasuriya - but jayasuriya is only playing for one game, meaning if dilshan doesn't get better soon, there will be 2 completely inexperienced additional players on the team (batsman)

  • POSTED BY area1985 on | June 9, 2011, 12:26 GMT

    @faisalsewag at least srilanka able to draw in dampen conditions unlike indians who can't even produce it in a dry late summer, lol

  • POSTED BY Sinhabahu on | June 9, 2011, 12:08 GMT

    @lijihas, is your caps lock key broken or are you just like this every day?

  • POSTED BY nwsk on | June 9, 2011, 11:16 GMT

    I THINK WE TRY TO OPEN BATTING DINESH CHANDIMAL ? HE IS GOOD OPENER IN SL? SO MAHELA ALSO CAN OPEN THIS TYPE OF MATCHES

  • POSTED BY Zookinii on | June 9, 2011, 6:28 GMT

    I've been hearing rumours that Kandamby is suppose to be a vice captain for the SL odi side, or at least part of the side. What sad news, I mean seriously - this player is not competent enough for the side. I'm sorry to express such a harsh opinion, but group Kandambi with that other repeated failure Kapugedera. These players don't deserve any more chances and should not be tested with. SL have fresh and raw talent in the likes of Chandimal, Jeevan Mendis - take these players on board and forget the has beens. Kandamby has been given many chances and has failed in all of them except one. A match vs India in a tri series tournament were he scored a 90 or something.

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2011, 5:33 GMT

    Sanath to play again ?...this is HILARIOUS then what`s the point of having a A team or domestic tournaments

    Chandima,Thirimannel ,Dimuth,Jeevan when will these guys gets a chance ?? Chandimal & Thirimanne are two of the best young batsman in the world ..So whyhow on earth this 43 old MP gets into the team again ??

  • POSTED BY nishardfazna on | June 9, 2011, 5:25 GMT

    thilina kandamby has named vice captain. its good i think. very balanced team. i think fervees maharoof should replace suranga lakmal in this squad. maharoof should not included in to the test series. but he should play in the one day games. good final chance to sanath jayasuriya. its a nice thing that jayasuriya is in the squad

  • POSTED BY Nishnaka on | June 11, 2011, 5:10 GMT

    Hey Sri lnakan Guys..

    I also Opposite Sanath's Politics... But U Should not Comment Like That... Because he is a Legend For Our Cricket.. See Some Indian Guys Are Commenting ABt Sanath .. But We Sri lankan... i Ashamed Guys .. just Give Him a Chance to Retire Respecty...

    His Political party whatever we should Respect him .Bcoz He Is One Of Best Cricketer In the World...

    Doesn't It... Ok Cool... Eng Wl Beat... Cmom LIONS

  • POSTED BY faizalsehwag on | June 10, 2011, 9:59 GMT

    lankans away matches= pussy cats lankas at colombo or galle = win once in 10 matches(then their fans wil say we are lions) im scared these pussy cats will damage the ground(by passing ......) Because india tours england..

  • POSTED BY faizalsehwag on | June 10, 2011, 8:41 GMT

    srilanka has already satisfied with one draw.. (because they expected 3-0 clean sweep by england)so whole lankan fans are started celebrations in streets... a draw against top ranked team = MAJOR VOCTORY IN ABROAD for SRILANKA...am i right lanka... SRILANKA TEAM= CURRENT BANGLADESH TEAM....

  • POSTED BY johnathonjosephs on | June 10, 2011, 1:27 GMT

    People are stupid. Why is everybody bashitng jayasuriya for playing a game and "not letting a youngster play". He is playing for only ONE ODI and in case you didn't notice, SL has 0 openers at the moment (tharanga banned and dilshan w/ broken thumb) that means a youngster will open AND jayasuriya - but jayasuriya is only playing for one game, meaning if dilshan doesn't get better soon, there will be 2 completely inexperienced additional players on the team (batsman)

  • POSTED BY area1985 on | June 9, 2011, 12:26 GMT

    @faisalsewag at least srilanka able to draw in dampen conditions unlike indians who can't even produce it in a dry late summer, lol

  • POSTED BY Sinhabahu on | June 9, 2011, 12:08 GMT

    @lijihas, is your caps lock key broken or are you just like this every day?

  • POSTED BY nwsk on | June 9, 2011, 11:16 GMT

    I THINK WE TRY TO OPEN BATTING DINESH CHANDIMAL ? HE IS GOOD OPENER IN SL? SO MAHELA ALSO CAN OPEN THIS TYPE OF MATCHES

  • POSTED BY Zookinii on | June 9, 2011, 6:28 GMT

    I've been hearing rumours that Kandamby is suppose to be a vice captain for the SL odi side, or at least part of the side. What sad news, I mean seriously - this player is not competent enough for the side. I'm sorry to express such a harsh opinion, but group Kandambi with that other repeated failure Kapugedera. These players don't deserve any more chances and should not be tested with. SL have fresh and raw talent in the likes of Chandimal, Jeevan Mendis - take these players on board and forget the has beens. Kandamby has been given many chances and has failed in all of them except one. A match vs India in a tri series tournament were he scored a 90 or something.

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2011, 5:33 GMT

    Sanath to play again ?...this is HILARIOUS then what`s the point of having a A team or domestic tournaments

    Chandima,Thirimannel ,Dimuth,Jeevan when will these guys gets a chance ?? Chandimal & Thirimanne are two of the best young batsman in the world ..So whyhow on earth this 43 old MP gets into the team again ??

  • POSTED BY nishardfazna on | June 9, 2011, 5:25 GMT

    thilina kandamby has named vice captain. its good i think. very balanced team. i think fervees maharoof should replace suranga lakmal in this squad. maharoof should not included in to the test series. but he should play in the one day games. good final chance to sanath jayasuriya. its a nice thing that jayasuriya is in the squad

  • POSTED BY lijihas on | June 9, 2011, 5:08 GMT

    HA HA HA...@FAISAL SEHWAG.... SRILANKAN CRICKET IS FUNNY NOWADAYS ..... THEREZ LOT OF FUN INSTEAQD OF CRICKET,,..THEY CANNOT WIN A SINGLE TEST WIN ABROAD WITH THIS EXTRA ORDINARY TEAM....

  • POSTED BY randika_ayya on | June 9, 2011, 4:57 GMT

    People start talking of the replacement and immediately forget the stupendous injustice done to Upul Tharanga in this verdict. I'm not saying the tests were wrong or that its unfair to call him for beign positive. he had no knowledge of what he was taking since his treatment were received from an Alternate medicine practitioner (miracle healer) who is the head of states personal physician. I can understand why he would not have questioned about what he was been prescribed/given. i say that SL authorities are duty bound to defend Tharanga and to negotiate a term with the governing bodies for a time off till the effects of the drug are completely out of his system instead of a ban. prednisilon is a drug used to treat an illness and is widely used to treat inflammatory conditions, its not a performance enhancer as such.

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2011, 4:22 GMT

    SJ I admired you during your peak days. Myself, also a left hander learnt how to bat in areas I was weak from your video clips. Now I am retired. So,Lets face it, all of us have to call it a day when we grow older. Selectors, please think about the future of Sri lankan Cricket not be short sighted.This is a tour we need to bring in young experienced talents to get used to pace bounce and swing.

  • POSTED BY maxus on | June 9, 2011, 3:42 GMT

    The Sri lankan Cricket board and Selectors should make a bold move in bringing in a youngster as a replacement for Tharanga. Ideal would be Banuka Rajapakse or else Dinesh Chandimal could open. It will be a perfect situation to mix youth with experience, Dilshan opening with a raw talent of Banuka or Chandimal and then the middle order with Mahela and Sanga and there again it would be ideal if Mathews and another young talent is drafted in like Thirimane. Sri Lanka may lose a few matches , whats important is we need to think a post Dilshan, Mahela and Sanga era. For that we need to prepare our youngsters, mixing with the current experienced players. Bringing in Sanath is not the best thing to do, of course he was a classy player and a great servant of Sri Lankan cricket, however it is time for him to hang on the gloves.

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2011, 3:39 GMT

    Youngsters must be selected for one days. Even, Malinga must be rested until the next world cup because, he is prone for injuries as he is rightly concerned of same. Otherwise, he would have joined the SL team to play test cricket in cold countries where the threat of aggravating his injury is not that great. Let him to play next IPL and earn a lot of foreign exchange for SL and continue to do so. No need of Vaas and Sanath. Beacuse, SL have to build up a side for the next world cup.

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2011, 3:34 GMT

    Its a funny that Sri Lanka has so much young talent in the squad and the selectors still looking for the old warhorses.It is true that Jayasuriya & Vaas had done so much to SL cricket.but every one has a time to call it a day.But i think those 2 are not realized what they are doing.Its ok to play in the county cricket or play any other 1st class games.but the international game is a different game.U can't go in there and play for the team again as you are not played the international for almost 2 years.What i am say is Jayasuriya & Vaas should understand that they also in their young ages and they also came to the team by sending a old player home.now its enough sana & Vassy...dont be too greedy.you're part is over in the SL team now.dont take youngsters place in the team.that is not good for you're reputation.Please stay as a humble cricketers so the people will love you 4ever.

  • POSTED BY denwarlo70 on | June 9, 2011, 3:34 GMT

    @jonthanf, Kandambi has been made vice captain mate, so obviously he would be part and parcel of the ODI tour of England. As for Upul Tharanga, I see no statement given by the authorities and I see no backing received by Tharanga from any official. I'm disturbed to think that this boy will have to battle a lone game with the ICC. As for the old dog, It's been so obvious he has no shame and its so obvious he is still all out to make money. SJ your heyday has long lapsed. So, for God's sake, allow the young to prove themselves and establish in the National team. Go apply for some commentator job or attend sittings in the Parliament where you really belong now.

  • POSTED BY HAKF5 on | June 9, 2011, 3:34 GMT

    Thirimanne & Chandimal should be included for final test as well as the 5 ODIs.Both of them are technically correct stroke makers. If we want to build a team for next world cup these two players should be given to play as much as possible. I would like to see following combination for ODIs 1 /Dilshan (If fit) otherwise Mahel can open and no 4 or 5 can be Kandammi 2/ Thirimanne 3 / Sanga 4 / Mahela 5/Cahndimal 6/ Kapu 7/Angelo (if fit) otherwise Jeewan 8/Thisara 9 / Suraj 10/Dilahara 11/ Malinga

  • POSTED BY faizalsehwag on | June 9, 2011, 3:22 GMT

    flash news..srilanka vs eng..3rd test ....team: SANAT,MAHANAMA,ATTAPPATTU,MURALI,VAAS,DHARMASENA,KALU,D SILVA,MALINGA..... will they make one more draw with this team atleast...?

  • POSTED BY SLsupport on | June 9, 2011, 3:03 GMT

    Sanath should be ashamed of himself for using his politics to get into the team.It doesn't matter whether he can play or not.either way he will b retired in few years.We should groom a new player.New selection panel should not back down.If they can't do their job correctly please resign. In that sense sanga is great...he knows that he's getting old and know what to do.If Sanath must get a chance, place him in a place of sanga,mahela or dilshan.Then it's ok.But not in a youngster's place.

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2011, 2:37 GMT

    Jayasuriya, what nonsense. There are more than enough youngsters who are performing than this him. Hope this unwise decision is not taken by the selectors.

  • POSTED BY 3rd_man on | June 8, 2011, 21:12 GMT

    bring up sanath for replacement? what a stupid idea. why cant we give chance for youngsters like Banuka and thirimanna. guys really... see what happened to our bowling attack now. all this due to short term thinking of our selectors.never thought of groom some younger bowlers to take the place of Mural and Vass. look at India. they winning against WI with very young team. cos they mixed young guys like Rina, Virat , Rohit with experience guys to gain experiance .I cant understand why sanath still play cricket. to set some kind of record? even domestic tournament he didn't do well. why special treat for him? because of MP? I don't think selectors even think about it. there are plenty of young talent out there. pls them a chance.

  • POSTED BY goldeneye075 on | June 8, 2011, 21:06 GMT

    I Don't know why people still thinking Vass can be recalled back !!!!! Vass retired from Test cricket some years back , his last test was vs PAK, when they toured SL, where he only claimed a single wicket in the first innings. I have seen lot of people calling back Vass for National side,,. I wonder whether they are following it closely ??? But he is still definitely playing one day cricket.. but he has long retired from TEST cricket !!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 8, 2011, 21:04 GMT

    @cardassian

    You statement is silly .Tharanga is an asthma patient and therefore should have been allowed to take his medication.This is cricket and not athletics / weight liftting where one can gain an advantage by using stereiods.

    Btw , the Ayurveda Physician Eliyanthe White who presumably treated Tharanga is considered a miracle healer.The reason SACHIN TENDULKAR is free from injury is because Dr.White cured him from the long standing injuries/ailments.Therefore , INDIA has to be grateful to Sri Lanka for helping TENDULKAR prolong his career which otherwise would have ended few years ago when SACHIN was going through a lean patch.

    Re.Jayasuriya , he is past his best.Dinesh Chandimal, Thrimanne,Banuka Rajapakse , Kaushal Silva and Jeewan Mendis should be blooded and given an extended run.Of the lot , Dinesh Chandimal has the potential to be a modern great like Lara/Kallis IF he tightens his game and refrains from playing 20/20.

  • POSTED BY on | June 8, 2011, 19:39 GMT

    I really do not understand why SL cricket is not including Vass. I have never read retirement age for cricket is 36. I think big time internal politics. BTW, we too lost Marvan prematurely for same reason. What a team had we had Vass, Marvan and Sanath was part of World cup team. They are still any day better than some in the current squad. TOO SAD SL Circket.

  • POSTED BY on | June 8, 2011, 19:28 GMT

    ODI side, 1. paranavitana 2. dilshan(pending fitness) 3. sanga 4. mahela 5. samaraweera 6. chandimul(wk) 7.Jayasuriya! 8.mendis 9. randiv 10. fernando 11.perera SL needs an allrounder in the top 7 and although dilshan can bowl it would be silly to make him bowl 10 overs every game, so jayasuriya and dilshan make up the 5th bowler. Id prefer angelo mathews instead of jayasuriya but mathews is injured unfortunetely. Id like to see paranaitana in the side as he looks a good player and gives him a chance to show what he can do for SL in ODI cricket , if he plays well there mite be a permanent spot in the team for him

  • POSTED BY on | June 8, 2011, 19:01 GMT

    i am really wonderingon comments written by my friends, how can u stop jayasuriya from play mind u he has scored 29 hundreds and wht do u mean by that he is 42 wht that mean, its all upto fitness and form, if he is fit and can score then he should play till he wants even to age of 50, so plz behave nicely, every one has right to prove him self ...........

  • POSTED BY ARad on | June 8, 2011, 18:52 GMT

    My XI against England: Jayasuriya, Dilshan, Kalu, Sanga, Aravinda, Mahela, Arjuna, Rumesh, Vaas, Malinga, Murali. SL will win 5-0 again!!!!!

  • POSTED BY RecordHunter on | June 8, 2011, 18:41 GMT

    Hope SLC need to give a fare well to SJ. Any way good luck 4 the all time hero,,

  • POSTED BY athulajagoda on | June 8, 2011, 18:28 GMT

    Please Go forward by pushing our youngsters. 20+ international cricket is enough for Sanath. Go with Chandimal , Banuka .. like new blood.. Good Luck SL ..

  • POSTED BY howizzat on | June 8, 2011, 18:21 GMT

    Thank God. They did not see BCCI hand in this!!!

  • POSTED BY Lord.emsworth on | June 8, 2011, 18:16 GMT

    Dilshan should be able to play the ODI's. He is even talking of playing in the Rose bowl match. Tharanga is a big loss. He hit the living daylights off the English attack in the drubbing they gave them last time(5/0) but this should pave the way for some of the young guys knocking at the door.Hope they give Thissara Perera a permanent run this time. Pity about Angelo Mathews injury and for Gods sake bring back Kulasekera and drop Fernando / welegedara. Time for England to show that they can play good ODI cricket too....

  • POSTED BY on | June 8, 2011, 17:57 GMT

    Mahela should open & Chandimal at no. 4 is the ideal way.

  • POSTED BY cardassian on | June 8, 2011, 17:38 GMT

    So that's how they beat NZ at the world cup :P

  • POSTED BY Optic on | June 8, 2011, 17:37 GMT

    @Herath-UK The last time SL played England in bilateral series, was in 2007 in SL and England won it and the time before in the Chapions Trophy, England won fairly easily. As far as 5-0, you can dream but if you think England will put in the same performance they did in the WC, in England your wrong and your getting a little ahead of yourself . England didn't play consistently well in the WC granted, but in England, in ODi's they have only lost I series in nearly 3 years.

  • POSTED BY on | June 8, 2011, 17:26 GMT

    NO jayasuriya,,,,,, never

  • POSTED BY Agnar on | June 8, 2011, 17:25 GMT

    No Jayasuriya, please. He is done and a parliament member now not a cricketer.

  • POSTED BY inshaflive on | June 8, 2011, 17:21 GMT

    If Jayasuriya get a chance to play..then this should be his farewell option...

  • POSTED BY on | June 8, 2011, 17:14 GMT

    Prednisolon is just a corticosteroid. It is not a drug that causes players to have more energy. It depresses the immune system, so we can stay away from allergy related conditions such as asthma. These idiots who made those rules should have known that. Asthma can be a serious medical emergency. So controlling asthma is very essential. Innocent players cannot wait until ICC approval to take it. Or else his corpse can be treated with validated drug. People should understand what are the real drugs that should be illegal. We can't categorize all drugs in a group of drugs just because several drugs in that group are real illegal drugs.

  • POSTED BY MeowCat on | June 8, 2011, 17:12 GMT

    tharanga is never serious.Oh well...Sanath is a HARDCORE cricketer and MAYBE SL need him more than ever now

  • POSTED BY jonthanf on | June 8, 2011, 16:43 GMT

    the time has come for SL to look beyond the legacy of Murali, Sanath & Vaas who has done yeomen service to our country for nearly 02 decades. the build up to the 2015 world cup should start now & there is no better way than beginning it from England. my squad would ideally be as follows. 1/T.Dilshan(if fit) 2/L.Thirimanne 3/K.Sangakkara 4/M.Jayawardena 5/D.Chandimal 6/A.Mathews(if fit) 7/J.Mendis 8/T.Perera 9/S.Randiv 10/N.Kulasekera 11/L.Malinga. 12/T.Paranavitane 13/T.Kandamby. 14/R.Herath or A.Mendis 15/D.Fernando or C.Welegedera 16/F.Maharoof or S.Lakmal. if required Bhanuka Rajapakse & Chathura Peiris can be added in at the expense of Kandamby & Dilhara if we want to see a very youthful Sri Lanka team taking on the poms. Sachithra Senanayake is a good bet too.however its important to finish the Test Series on a high by & the best combination would be.1/Paranavitane 2/Chandimal 3/Sangakkara 4/Mahela 5/Samaraweera 6/Prasanna 7/Thissara 8/Randiv 9/Herath 10/Lakmal 11/W'gedera

  • POSTED BY on | June 8, 2011, 16:38 GMT

    Asthma should be seen as a disability. Without these drugs, the person will often die. Of course these medications enhance performance, because without them the Asthma sufferer is often stuck in bed, unable to breath! I hope common sense prevails here. I admire Tharanga! Best of luck

  • POSTED BY on | June 8, 2011, 16:22 GMT

    dz z a bad news for srilankan cricket...come on tharanga u can over come it.....all da bst mate

  • POSTED BY on | June 8, 2011, 16:20 GMT

    shame on a political dumb like u jayasuriya uncle , loooser , i feel sad that am a sri lankan

  • POSTED BY asithaSL on | June 8, 2011, 16:18 GMT

    yeah.., it must be give a chance to Thirimanne , Chandimal like youngsters to get some experience. they are d SL future....

  • POSTED BY Philip_Gnana on | June 8, 2011, 16:15 GMT

    It will be a great backward step should SL go for Sanath. He has performed for the nation wonderfully and that should that. There are great youngsters coming through and we should be looking giving these guys the break that they have been waiting for. Chandimal, Kaushal etc and to stick with Tissara. Our ODI team should teach the English a few more lessons that they need to learn, just as how we are learning a few from them on the test front. Tharanga is a tragedy. How is it that he was allowed to let that happen? I am sure the inquiry will reveal all. Hope fully. Prendisolone is not an alternative treatment. It is a usual modern day medication that has steroids which speeds up recovery and affects performance. Please no to Sanath and yes to Chandimal & co. Philip Gnana, Surrey

  • POSTED BY CricketPissek on | June 8, 2011, 16:03 GMT

    it has to be dealt with carefully. almost all asthma medicine contains steroids, so the mistake Tharanga made wasn't TAKING it, as such, but that he didn't get the exemption for therapeutic use. the fact that that con artist of a 'physician' involved in all this, makes it even worse. but with Dilshan's fracture and Tharanga out, our ODI team might suffer a similar fate as our test team! I think Mahela might have to open with Chandimal. Or.... put Kapugedara at the top of the order where he could actually flourish! This is his natural position and his talent has been wasted at 6/7 where he has been frustratingly disappointing.

  • POSTED BY ranilranathunga on | June 8, 2011, 15:53 GMT

    Plzz give that chance to chandimal....we are wasting his talent

  • POSTED BY Herath-UK on | June 8, 2011, 15:46 GMT

    SLC should not go backwards and bring back Jayasuriya.Not that he will not score it is for the fact to look to the future.Jayasuriya has done yeoman service but his time is over and we do not have a desperate goal in England to win ODIs as we 've already thrashed them 5-0 last time and won over recent WC match.Bring on new blood to groom for 2015 world cup if SLC not bending to politics. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • POSTED BY Balumekka on | June 8, 2011, 15:45 GMT

    This innocent cricketer is a victim of irresponsible officials. Politically biased officials in Sri Lanka have allowed these players to take treatments from various influential doctors (without qualifications) and now the players forced to refrain speaking on doctors who prescribe these so called "herbal" drugs!!!!!

  • POSTED BY KingOwl on | June 8, 2011, 15:44 GMT

    I really hope Sanath is not recalled. That would be a disaster for the future. There are great batsmen with potential. Tharanga has been really careless. What a shame. The cricket board needs to take the blame too. Lots of outstation cricketers happen to be rather ignorant of the laws and with many drugs for common ailments (such as asthma) being banned, it is easy to get trapped. They need better guidance.

  • POSTED BY on | June 8, 2011, 15:43 GMT

    Either jayasuriya or dinesh chandimul should be Upal Tharanga's replacement, tho paranavitana would also be an option

  • POSTED BY sanath007 on | June 8, 2011, 15:38 GMT

    BIG LOSS. Tharanga is a consistent opener and a very good one..hope he'll play soon. he's innocent as the Doctor is responsible as he's treated by a doctor who's treated players like Malinga,Sachin and Nehra.so he better know

  • POSTED BY on | June 8, 2011, 15:28 GMT

    Oh!! nice to see Sanath in the international level.

  • POSTED BY on | June 8, 2011, 15:21 GMT

    These are times when youngsters such as Chandimal should be given a run up the order!

  • POSTED BY on | June 8, 2011, 14:59 GMT

    feels really sorry about Tharanga...........hope he will back in Aussie series.... plzz no Jayasuriya...........give that place to a young batsman....

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  • POSTED BY on | June 8, 2011, 14:59 GMT

    feels really sorry about Tharanga...........hope he will back in Aussie series.... plzz no Jayasuriya...........give that place to a young batsman....

  • POSTED BY on | June 8, 2011, 15:21 GMT

    These are times when youngsters such as Chandimal should be given a run up the order!

  • POSTED BY on | June 8, 2011, 15:28 GMT

    Oh!! nice to see Sanath in the international level.

  • POSTED BY sanath007 on | June 8, 2011, 15:38 GMT

    BIG LOSS. Tharanga is a consistent opener and a very good one..hope he'll play soon. he's innocent as the Doctor is responsible as he's treated by a doctor who's treated players like Malinga,Sachin and Nehra.so he better know

  • POSTED BY on | June 8, 2011, 15:43 GMT

    Either jayasuriya or dinesh chandimul should be Upal Tharanga's replacement, tho paranavitana would also be an option

  • POSTED BY KingOwl on | June 8, 2011, 15:44 GMT

    I really hope Sanath is not recalled. That would be a disaster for the future. There are great batsmen with potential. Tharanga has been really careless. What a shame. The cricket board needs to take the blame too. Lots of outstation cricketers happen to be rather ignorant of the laws and with many drugs for common ailments (such as asthma) being banned, it is easy to get trapped. They need better guidance.

  • POSTED BY Balumekka on | June 8, 2011, 15:45 GMT

    This innocent cricketer is a victim of irresponsible officials. Politically biased officials in Sri Lanka have allowed these players to take treatments from various influential doctors (without qualifications) and now the players forced to refrain speaking on doctors who prescribe these so called "herbal" drugs!!!!!

  • POSTED BY Herath-UK on | June 8, 2011, 15:46 GMT

    SLC should not go backwards and bring back Jayasuriya.Not that he will not score it is for the fact to look to the future.Jayasuriya has done yeoman service but his time is over and we do not have a desperate goal in England to win ODIs as we 've already thrashed them 5-0 last time and won over recent WC match.Bring on new blood to groom for 2015 world cup if SLC not bending to politics. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • POSTED BY ranilranathunga on | June 8, 2011, 15:53 GMT

    Plzz give that chance to chandimal....we are wasting his talent

  • POSTED BY CricketPissek on | June 8, 2011, 16:03 GMT

    it has to be dealt with carefully. almost all asthma medicine contains steroids, so the mistake Tharanga made wasn't TAKING it, as such, but that he didn't get the exemption for therapeutic use. the fact that that con artist of a 'physician' involved in all this, makes it even worse. but with Dilshan's fracture and Tharanga out, our ODI team might suffer a similar fate as our test team! I think Mahela might have to open with Chandimal. Or.... put Kapugedara at the top of the order where he could actually flourish! This is his natural position and his talent has been wasted at 6/7 where he has been frustratingly disappointing.