Sri Lanka in England and Scotland, 2011

Jayasuriya back in SL limited-overs squad

ESPNcricinfo staff

June 9, 2011

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Sanath Jayasuriya fell to the first ball he faced from Ryan Sidebottom, as England took control, England v Sri Lanka, 1st semi-final, ICC World Twenty20 2010, St Lucia, May 13, 2010
It's not yet over for Sanath Jayasuriya © Getty Images

Sanath Jayasuriya has been recalled to Sri Lanka's ODI and Twenty20 sides for the upcoming series against England and Scotland although his return will be brief following the announcement of his retirement after the first one-dayer. The squad has several changes from the one in the World Cup: middle-order batsman Thilina Kandamby and wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Chandimal have been recalled while there is no place for Thilan Samaraweera, Chamara Kapugedera and Rangana Herath.

Though Tillakaratne Dilshan has been named in the squad, his thumb injury means that Sri Lanka could be without their two first-choice openers for the initial one-day games against England. Upul Tharanga has already been ruled out of the tour as he prepares to face a disciplinary committee for failing a drugs test during the World Cup.

Kandamby - named vice-captain of the limited-overs squad ahead of former captain Kumar Sangakkara, who is Dilshan's deputy in the ongoing Test series in England - was not part of the World Cup squad and last played an ODI for Sri Lanka in 2010. He averages close to 33 in the 33 ODI games he has played. Sri Lanka have also included allrounder Jeewan Mendis and wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Chandimal. This means they could have a new-look middle order as Samaraweera, Kapugedera and Chamara Silva, who were part of Sri Lanka's World Cup squad, have been dropped.

Sri Lanka have also included left-hand opening batsman Dimuth Karunaratne. The 23-year old has been part of the Sri Lanka Under-19 and Sri Lanka A squads and has been in good form in the domestic season. Fast bowler Suranga Lakmal, currently part of the Test squad, finds a place in the limited-overs squad but left-arm spinner Rangana Herath, who featured in the World Cup squad, has been dropped.

Allrounder Angelo Mathews, who missed the World Cup final due to a quadriceps muscle injury and was subsequently ruled out of the IPL and the England Tests, has been provisionally included in the 16-man squad, subject to his fitness.

Sri Lanka play a one-off Twenty20 game against England on June 25. The five-match ODI series begins on June 28 and they then travel to Scotland for two ODIs against the hosts on July 11 and 13.

Limited-overs squad: Tillakaratne Dilshan (capt), Thilina Kandamby (vice-capt), Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardena, Dinesh Chandimal, Jeevan Mendis, Dimuth Karunaratne, Thissara Perera, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Kulasekera, Suranga Lakmal, Dilhara Fernando, Suraj Randiv, Ajantha Mendis Angelo Mathews, Sanath Jayasuriya.

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Posted by crfan on (June 12, 2011, 15:44 GMT)

All u naysayers ... please understand that you must be sensitive to the sensibilities of the country especially the politicians ... if they want sana to play for glory then he must be allowed to play for glory ... same if it's ds or anyone else ... hope england understands and lets sana score a brilliant hundred ... otherwise they should expect a visit from the good dr merv ... go sana!

Posted by   on (June 12, 2011, 12:46 GMT)

how can sri lankan selected commety giving chance to sanath jayasuriya why dont want to think about to the young player.i think selected commety just so blind how can kandanbywent to the vice captain his not played almost one year.please blind selected commety think about that and do about leonions to win the match.

Posted by   on (June 12, 2011, 9:18 GMT)

People Jayasuriya, Murali and Vass are all Jewels but there is no point in bringing them back. We should get youngsters in to the team. According to todays papers Jayasuriya has approved the selectors as he is a government member of parliament. He says he has told selectors to do what he wants to do. So then Kandamby who plays for Jayasuriya's club is in as VC as Jayasuriya has told the selectors to do so. Jayasuriya in the only one who commended the selectors for making Kandamby VC.

Posted by PremasiriS on (June 11, 2011, 16:55 GMT)

Sri Lankan cricket fans have been humiliated by the unacceptable selection policy of incompetent selectors of last 12years. They simply ignore the best in the Country and always do selections to satisfy the seniors & other irresponsible people who has no concern for the Future of Cricket in the Country.

Posted by   on (June 11, 2011, 15:01 GMT)

just a parting mach for sanath jayasurya certainly shrilankas best ever allrounder.

Posted by   on (June 11, 2011, 9:12 GMT)

rangana herath and samarweera out of place. n moreover kandamby is the new vc. great going for sri lanka. undisputedly, slc is the 3rd most disputed cricket board after pcb n wicb. if both the openers are unavailable then why dont give jayasuriya a chance to play the whole series? he is a respected cricketer n calling him for just one match so that he gets his farewell on ground is a partly correct decision. even ganguly was given a chance to play the whole series.

Posted by   on (June 11, 2011, 4:52 GMT)

People we are loosing focus. Sanath will be gone after first one day anyway. So let's forget it. The main Dursra is the appointment of Kandanby as vice captain. I respect this guy. But he has not played a one day match for SL for 1 year now. Angelo who has played right thru an a permanent member in all 3 formats have been ignored. Let's talk about selectors. Ranjit Madurusinghe has only played 3 ODI and 12 test matches. Chaminda Mendis only 1 ODI and zero Tests. Only Duleep and Brendon are suitable to be selectors. Now there seems to be a conspiracy against Angelo and I am certain when he is fully cured he will show his worth.

Posted by cricket_for_all on (June 11, 2011, 1:11 GMT)

Three way race in world cricket. PCB, WICB and SLC have very tight race (Will AUS Join?).

Posted by   on (June 10, 2011, 13:39 GMT)

for all the people who talk about mathews , my favourite player is mathews , but sadly in f____g sri lankan any catholic player never can be a captain , that is the only reason why they ignored mathews , fuc____g theros , loosers

Posted by   on (June 10, 2011, 12:11 GMT)

i think Mathews wld have been the VC if he was not injured!

Posted by jangiya on (June 10, 2011, 12:02 GMT)

leave the politics out, jayasuriya is the best,,greatest entertainer wid da bat and da ball ever for sri lanka,,,have a great farewell sanath and all the best for the future..

Posted by   on (June 10, 2011, 10:47 GMT)

There are limits and I am pleased for the cricket you played but also please that you are leaving. Roshan Mahanama wrote a book call 'retiered hurt' and Sanath can write a book in the name 'Damaged by politics'

All the best Sanath!! I mean with life not politics

Posted by KosalaDeSilva on (June 10, 2011, 10:38 GMT)

this is some kind of Joke?? NO Vassy? and calling Jayasuriya in.May be Jayasuriya ok, But how can you say calling any other bowlers ahead of Vassy? Select all no ball bowers ahead of vass who is doing great at the moment.WHY DON"T CALL HIM?? This seems nothing but personal.No way near professional cricket selection. And Kandamby? this is some kind of JOKE!!!

Posted by taniap on (June 10, 2011, 9:48 GMT)

I can't believe either one of the two stories... Kandambi being appointed vice captain and Jayasuriya back on the ODI squad. Perhaps I am still sleeping and this is just a nightmare that will go away when I wake up.

Posted by thilanka5x on (June 10, 2011, 9:27 GMT)

i think tharanga paranavitana should be add to the ODI squad, he is better than dimuth karunarathne, pranawithana has Sri lankan Highest career batting average in List A matches 42.41(minimum of 50 innings) and sanga is the 2nd place 40.01, so why we do not give a chance for paranawithana

Posted by C.Dila on (June 10, 2011, 9:21 GMT)

if summy can captian wi team.why not kandamby. wi cricket board and slc gone crazy.

Posted by   on (June 10, 2011, 9:18 GMT)

Erantha Perera Absolutely correct.. why not Anji?

Posted by razors_1981 on (June 10, 2011, 9:06 GMT)

i wonder if there is any thing correct about the rumours in mathews, final and the insurance money. If that is true he will not be a good one to be a sls next captain who can't put himself and the money before country. i just wonder is this a reason why he miss out and Kandanmy from no where got the vice captain.

Posted by   on (June 10, 2011, 6:43 GMT)

Kandanmy is a great cricketer, but he could not get to the team for the last 12 months. But appointing him as captain overlooking Angelo Mathews, who dared enough to risk being injured (not like some others who had IPL on mind) to get Sri Lanka to the final and who with Malinga won the game for SL in Aussy, took 3 wikets in one over in 20/20 Worldcup, Made 99 against India to save the match, among many other great performances is painful for all concerned. This is injustice and irrational. Hope someone will have common sense to name him the stand in vice-captain at least and name Mathews as the Vice-captain. You are emotionally killing cricketers Duleep Mendis and the selector, shame, shame, shame........Duleep now I feel even Marven's so called puppets were 10 times better than you and devil's. Duleep, we admired you and not any more.

Posted by sarga2006 on (June 10, 2011, 6:15 GMT)

Sanath JAYASURYA rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.I love his style of batting. However Mathews should have been the vice captain of this team rather than Kandamby.The 11 should be Dilshan(C), Jayasurya, Mahela, Sanga, Kandamby, Chandimal, Mathews, any 2 out of Kulasekara/Fernando/Lakmal/Perara, Randiv, Malinga. What ever best of luck Sanath. I hope u score a big 100 in your last match. You are a true legend of cricket!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

Posted by HILMY10730603 on (June 10, 2011, 6:14 GMT)

Great LEGENDS give birth in this world once a while. In Cricket this Great Batsman from Southern Sri Lanka had shaken the world since 1995 with his blistering approach. All modern day hitters are the followers of Sanath Jayasooriya. However, he became little unpopular when he was out of touch in the last T20 World Cup in the Caribbean. He should have hung up his boots then on wards. Anyway, let us not forget Sanath as he has a TEST Average of 40 in 110 Matches, ODI Average of 32.43 and Strike Rate of 91 from 444 matches and T20 Average of 23.88 and Strike Rate of 130 from 30 Matches. He is a GREAT All rounder because he has 98 Test Wickets, 322 ODI Wickets and 17 T20 Wickets. He had performed all these when his early Career of 1989 to 1995 had few Home Matches and a handful of Foreign Tours for Sri Lanka. Also, he was one of the most successful Sri Lankan Captain. I challenge that any in the world cricket can match his status. Dear Sanath, Have a Memorable FAREWELL.

Posted by   on (June 10, 2011, 6:10 GMT)

What's the Big idea of bringing back Jayasuriya if he is going to play only one match ..?? these are the stupid, short sighted decisions made by pencil pushing, politically appointed goons that will ruin SL cricket. The cricketing authorities really need to get their act together and come up with plan, and make decisions that will benefit our national cricket team in the long run... we need to groom young players, given them a chance and back them to perform and be the next Muralis, Santhas and de Silvas of the game.. without bringing aging players just to play one match.


Posted by Sidath346 on (June 10, 2011, 6:09 GMT)

Amazing, amazing. Its going to be a very tight competition for the gold medal for "The World's Worst Cricket Board" and the contenders are SLC, WICB and PCB. How on earth can they name Kandamby as VC. He has hardly played for SL and is a very nervous character when he comes to bat and gets out cheaply most of the time. An epic failure to be honest. How in the world can he captain a side? God Bless SLC.

Posted by goldeneye075 on (June 10, 2011, 6:00 GMT)

what's the point of bringing Sanath back at this time? They should have given the full package to him 4 years ago. (wt a grand farewell) at that time people would have been 100% behind sanath, would have had a grand farewell. THIS IS DEFINETLY NOT THE TIME FOR SUCH THINGS!!! Again think the what kind of person he is !!! What kind of a mentality will he be having to show up for this one last match? after all the greedy Jaya is now showing at ENG,, at this point only 5% will be supporting him,, and now people will hate him more than anything.. feel really sorry for young sri lankan cricketers.

Posted by thilanka5x on (June 10, 2011, 5:59 GMT)

Dimuth Karunaratne Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St List A 35 32 1 926 106 29.87 1263 73.31 1 7 84 2 18 0 Nishad Tharanga Paranavitana Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St List A 88 87 12 3181 116* 42.41 4449 71.49 5 22 50 0

Posted by Udendra on (June 10, 2011, 5:44 GMT)

What is lethargic Kandamby doing in this team? and why has he been made vice-captain?

Posted by   on (June 10, 2011, 5:40 GMT)

OMG. Irrelavent of what the topic might be there will always someone commenting about how he/she got it from SRT. damn!!!

Posted by goldeneye075 on (June 10, 2011, 2:28 GMT)

I think now we get a very clear picture,, wat Sanga and Mahela had to coupe up with... They had to coupe up with as Mavan had said earlier " bunch of puppets""

Posted by goldeneye075 on (June 10, 2011, 2:23 GMT)

Kandamby as vice caption,,, and Sanath on the team,,, sri lanka cricket board is definitly competing with PCB and WICB... Kandambi who is not an automatic inclusion when a team is selected should not be the vice-capt. South Africa excluded Johan Botha for the same reason. I am not against Kandambi, I really like to see bim cement his place, but initailly he need to prove his self as a player. I believe he is very good player, but this is not the way to bring him in to the team.. at this point its sad to say, he is in the team purely due to his vice-capt.. which has no sense at all,,.. needless to say about sanath too,,.. he is wasting a young players opertunity.

Posted by   on (June 10, 2011, 1:37 GMT)

Can some1 explain to me how a guy who is not sure of his place is the vice captain????

Posted by   on (June 10, 2011, 1:09 GMT)

What On Earth Kandamby Doing On Here.... Vice Captain??? If Dilshan Still Won't Make To ODI's then what happens. Kandamby gonna Captain the Team, Hell Noooo.... Why SLC can't give the Angelo Mathews? I Know He Should Prove Is Fitness And He Will, but When Compare Kandamby to Angelo, Angelo is 100% better than Kandamby.....

Posted by DAKSILVA on (June 10, 2011, 0:20 GMT)


Posted by rahulcricindia on (June 9, 2011, 19:33 GMT)

@homerr you guys can not keep the GREAT SRT out of the comments....SRT is four years younger than sanath and still best among the all playing batsman in the world...probably you will retire watching cricket he wont retire ..that much good heis got it..!!! i do not know why people always keep on talking about youngsters ....selectors for their team win not to plan for the future for youngster ..if one is good enough only then he should be replaced by not that good enough otherwise there is no point in keep on blooding youngsters mindlessly...

Posted by Nampally on (June 9, 2011, 19:21 GMT)

The ODI squad appears to be better balanced than the Test squad. Inclusion of Rnadiv, Mathews, Malinga, De Silva and now Jayasuriya will provide a good team. Exclusion of Randiv, in absence of Murali, was a strange move from the test squad.Also Mathews would have provided strength to the middle order batting and bowl medium pacers too While Randiv can tie up one end in bowling.Similarly dropping of Mendis did not make sense.With Dilshan gone for the final test,SL needs an opening batsman + one other bat in the third test match. For ODI, England will have to face both Malinga & Randiv - both good bowlers.I expect a much better performance from SL. England without A.Cooke for ODI, will be a much weaker side.I expect a good SL ODI team contrasting their performance in Tests.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 19:19 GMT)

The most ridiculous thing I've ever heard. People like this are the killer of cricket in SL.

Posted by MOONAMALPE on (June 9, 2011, 18:26 GMT)

jayasooriya had won matches single handedly for srilanka and one of the worldclass player who made srilanka a proud nation in the world.Therefore he deserve a place to play his final match.But what about kandamby he came from no where with very ordinary performance to vice captaincy.what a joke.Now he can play every single match because he is a vice captain and he do not have to worry even if he fail to score.How many matches have we won because of him for him to be selected as vice captain.please think about it.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 18:19 GMT)

its good to see tha matara mauler in action again!!!

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 18:17 GMT)

Ok, SLC is the biggest news creator at the moment. Now does this mean kandamby might captain?? Why was a lethargic batsmen like him chosen in the first place?

Posted by priyantha123 on (June 9, 2011, 17:32 GMT)

ICC wants to eliminate government interventions on cricket boards. Now a member of parliament plays cricket for a national team. what can ICC say about that. How about getting salary as parliament member ( and not stepping in to parliament) and also taking salary from the cricket board - two salaries, but both for doing nothing. I mean parliament salary for not attending parliament sessions and cricket board salary for scoring 4,1,0, 12,5 in five ODIs. HOWZAT???

Anyway the most of the selections in SL ODI team is not satisfactory.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 17:32 GMT)

SELECTORS - It'll better choice to call him at the WC than England series, please call back Murali as rivals are scoring over 400 runs in test cricket.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 17:25 GMT)

Please do not forget the fact that Jaya is second only to Tedulkar in ODI runs and appaearances. Had he been playing last two years instead of side lined he would have appeared and scored more. Folks, Jayasuriya, Vass, Murali, Arjuna, Marvan, Really changed the face of Sri Lankan cricket and made people to recogaize us. Is there anyone who can come closer to any of these greats in the current squad ? Look at Sangakara and Mahela's form, dropping catches. So you are keep them in the squad because they are younger ? certainly I do not see a performance reason to keep Mahela and Sanga in the side. Too much cheap politics in SL cricket.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 17:15 GMT)

Kandamby vice captain...:O:O:O What on earth is happening???Why can't Angelo be the vice captain...This is mere stupidity...

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 17:10 GMT)

Why don't we bring Atapatthu again. I am pretty sure he is in good shape. This is a joke.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 16:31 GMT)

Lets focus on the Selection. Good selection by the selectors. Still i feel Herath could hav been a gud option tha Ajantha.Vaas would hav been there too......i know its too late for sanath 2 announce his retirement but lets not forget his services.....Only 2 players from SL have won matches single-handedly n they r Sanath n Murali(exception being Aravinda in the 1996 Wc final)...they were absolute match was a pleasure 2 watch sanath wen in full flow..he was the oldest batsman in odi history 2 score a ton.hats off to the Matara Marauder

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 16:22 GMT)

Itis a great news! Age is no matter if the person is fit enough to play. There is no rule that you cant play any game after certain age. Its great for me to see Sanath is in ground. Anyway he missed the world cup. He would have done better in Indian Wickets if he played world cup. Anyway its a good news and It's great he has announce his retirement. These fellows who write to this column aware about Ray Illingworth. Better for these new buggers to find which age Illingworth Played his last test match. Without simply insulting this great creature.

Posted by InsideHedge on (June 9, 2011, 15:55 GMT)

Wouldn't it make more sense to retire at the end of the ODI series? Why does he plan to announce his retirement after the 1st ODI?

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 15:46 GMT)

Sanath will do some good for Srlankan cricket, He is capable of doing that.I still remember how he performed in 1996 in England. all the best Sanna. Show what a great LION you are .After all Srilankan cricket board needs you.It is your obligation to respond to their call.

Posted by ChaksNY on (June 9, 2011, 15:46 GMT)

Come on guys. Dont be so rude. It is just a game of cricket. Sanath has done tremendous job to Srilanka. He is also one of the persons responsible for where srilanka stands now in the eyes of the world. We all loved him ( and feared him). I understand that he is aged now and he may not definitely play as he used to play in his hey days. So what the heck man. Give him a good farewell. He is gonna play only one match. Just let him play the way he wants on that day and bid farewell to him. He thoroughly deserves it. And let the world see the "marauder from matara" one last time on field. This is not war dude. Nothing like it if such an opportunity can make him, the person who has brought SL on to crickets map with his aggressive batting, happy. Go Sanath for one last time.

Posted by siddharth_r2001 on (June 9, 2011, 15:33 GMT)

If indeed he has announced he will retire after the 1st ODI, as this article claims, why select him in the ODI squad in the first place? Wouldn't they rather pick someone (maybe a youngster) who could play all 5 ODIs of the series?

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 15:31 GMT)

Sanath the genious who has changed the format of odi batting just need to show the guys who doesn't know how to respect legend what u can do at this age ...i will support u all the time with ur good moments and bad moments. surely those guys suppoted u when u had glorious time ...but we are not like them we are ur real supporter.I want to see again how u destroyed england in 2006...time is yours now .. I started supporting srilanka only for ur batting though i am not from srilanka. Wish u best luck

Posted by ARad on (June 9, 2011, 15:31 GMT)

MY ODI XI AGAINST ENGLAND: Jayasuriya, Dilshan, Kalu, Sanga, Aravinda, Mahela, Arjuna, Rumesh, Vaas, Malinga, Murali. SL will win 5-0 again!!!!! Arjuna should be the CAPTAIN and Rumesh should be the VICE CAPTAIN!!!! The Rest of the touring squad: Dharmasena, Duleep Mendis, Ashantha de Mel, Atapattu. With this team team, Sri Lanka will be NUMBER ONE forever. SRI LANKA! SRI LANKA!! SRI LANKA!!!

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 15:28 GMT)

this should hav come a lot earlier from sanath but d game of cricket will lose a great opener who changed d style of batting in first 15 overs

Posted by rocky on (June 9, 2011, 15:27 GMT)

@Rici737 ...Bro....before u buy all the tickets in a hurry please check the news.Jayasuriya will be retiring after the 1st ODI.Lets go and watch the match at the oval to show him our support.

Posted by wnwn on (June 9, 2011, 15:24 GMT)

I suppose he'll be recalled again when he's about 50 yeard of age.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 15:22 GMT)


Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 15:17 GMT)

This will be a honest leave to a great cricketer, We should not forget his service to Sri Lanka Cricket. Don't insult him guys.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 15:16 GMT)

finally! making some good decisions! kamdamby was the missing piece and making him vice-captain changes all the dynamics.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 15:15 GMT)

If the 42 year old Sanath can be selected, why not a much younger Chaminda Vaas?

Posted by Kumar_NJ_USA on (June 9, 2011, 15:13 GMT)

I guess Sanath can tell some of the players he played with their dad (or uncle)..just kidding..welcome back, Sanath..

Posted by Chankaew2005 on (June 9, 2011, 15:13 GMT)

Ok, all great cricketers in sri lanka are given one last match as fairwell. Arjuna Ranatunga, Aravinda de Silva, Muttiah Muralitharan and Chminda Vass (he was given a test match as a fairwell). Jayasuriya deserves a fairwell ODI. That's why he's selected only for the first ODI.

Posted by cimrsimg on (June 9, 2011, 15:12 GMT)

Come on guys. May be SL is providing a good stage for Sanath's retirement. They respect their heros, and want to make them graceful exit. Nothing wrong in that. Don't forget, it's Jaysuriya, who has set the trend to go boom boom from ball one. I will be looking forward to his last outings. I hope he provides fireworks one last time.

Posted by Deepfreezed on (June 9, 2011, 15:12 GMT)

what a dissapointment, the hapless Nuwan Kulasekera is back.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 15:06 GMT)

guy russel arnold joined the team long after sanath did and has retired from the game and doing some commentary. soon Russel's son may play together with sanath

Posted by yorkslanka on (June 9, 2011, 15:03 GMT)

retiring after teh forst odi??what on earth is going on? if he is coming back, then why for only two matches...this is getting mroe ridiculous by the moment...

Posted by Herath-UK on (June 9, 2011, 14:59 GMT)

The only justification I could see here is if he retires after the 1ODI,so could give a farewell whole heartedly;otherwise he will lose his good name by antagonising the fans Ranil Herath-Kent

Posted by hot-spot on (June 9, 2011, 14:58 GMT)

Now Sanath wants to retire after the 1st ODI, Then for wat reason he has been included? Sanath y don't u retire in a SL ground. SLC doesn't know what they r doing.

Political is killing the game almost in all Asian cricket playing nations

Posted by nwsk on (June 9, 2011, 14:55 GMT)

funy joke .over 40 ???????????

Posted by C.Dila on (June 9, 2011, 14:52 GMT)

Sanath only Play first odi match after that he will Retired.i think jayasuriya Deserve Farewell.

Posted by Sampath_Lokuge on (June 9, 2011, 14:50 GMT)

Don't be panic .He will retire from international cricket after 1 st ODI will play in Oval.We wish him Good Luck for get his last 100 in his 445 th ODI.Good luck sanath.You change the World cricket and bring the spectators into grounds.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 14:49 GMT)

This is why Sanga and Mahela houranably resigned.... They knew this was coming.. what else we can say about greedy Sanath.....

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 14:49 GMT)

where the heLL you vassy???

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 14:47 GMT)

my team, 1.dhilshaan 2.chandimal 3.sangakkara 4.mahela 5.kandambhi 6.jayasuriya 7.mathews 8.thisara perera 9.malinga. 10.kulasekara/randhiv 11.mendis not bad yah?

Posted by pknissar on (June 9, 2011, 14:44 GMT)

Please consider Arjuna Ranathunga as Captain and Aravinda De Silva in the squad.. who gave you the wc

Posted by bramville on (June 9, 2011, 14:40 GMT)

To all of you who are commenting against his selection, there is nothing wrong is making a come back. Probably if he was around for the WC, SL would have had better fortunes. Leaving him out was a big mistake and they paid the price. The selectors however, now feel that the team lacks the kind of sting Jayasurya could produce and have rightfully brought him back. All the best to Jayasurya and hope you prove your detractors wrong.

Posted by Lord.emsworth on (June 9, 2011, 14:40 GMT)

Never mind all the digs about his age but this is fascinating stuff to read. Trust SL to come up with the unusual. Well, it could go either way. A record quick 50 or hundred or bounced out by the English giants. What a way to go if he can get the old magic to work. Being my neutral self I'll say to the doubters..'There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio' and to the hopeful 'Fools rush in where....'.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 14:39 GMT)

Unable to digest this news... Oh man.. Sana we'll miss you.. The only reason for me to be a Sri Lankan supporter leaving India (Home country) was you... Cricket ends here for me :(

Posted by CricEshwar on (June 9, 2011, 14:32 GMT)

Is Sri Lanka competing with PCB and WICB? It's rude to call Sanath now and he has shown desperation by accepting it.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 14:30 GMT)

This guy is 42 years old and his form was terrible before he retired, why the hell did he come back? Whatever his "legacy" was after he fails couple of more times even that will be finished

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 14:30 GMT)

Honestly, Sri Lanka is going nowhere. Firstly, they appointed an aging Captain right after the World Cup without a Vision for the future and now this. I hope they don't become the next Windies. Just for the Love of the Game, it needs at least 9-10 good, world-class, fighting teams. Already, the great teams of the Past, Pakistan, West Indies, and New Zealand to some extent are either on a constant decline or in the process of rebuilding. We cannot afford anyone more.

Posted by bigwonder on (June 9, 2011, 14:28 GMT)

The next big return will be Murali - just wait and watch.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 14:22 GMT)

It is the time of all good men to come to the aid of the nation (that is the SOS call!!) Even they can include players like Aravinda & Arjuna!!

Posted by yuviyash on (June 9, 2011, 14:19 GMT)

The 96 yr old politician is back :P

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 14:17 GMT)

Great to see the legend back

Selection should always be on merit. If youngsters are performing better than Jaya then they deserve the chance but we have seen that youngsters lack the quality then this is right move to fall back on Jaya.....

Posted by sonu77 on (June 9, 2011, 14:12 GMT)

Jayasuriya says,he will quit the sport after playing in the first ODI at Kennington Oval, on June 28

Posted by yorkslanka on (June 9, 2011, 14:11 GMT)

whilst sanath has been a fantastic servant to SL cricket, i cantagree with this decision..This STINKS of politics in sri lanka coming into cricket again. This is the reason why the captain quit,the vc quit, and the entire selection panel quit because they are not prepared to put up with this rubbish...Well done to SLC for allowing us to be a laughing stock in world cricket...I hope that I am proved wrong but lets see.....

Posted by DINESHCC on (June 9, 2011, 14:10 GMT)


Posted by SLfan on (June 9, 2011, 14:09 GMT)

Sanath's long time batting partner (Marvan) is the batting coach of the team, while Sanath still plays as the openning sorry about young cricketers and the future of Sri Lankan cricket...

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 14:06 GMT)

If you're gonna bring in Jayasuriya, at least add Vaas to the team too; He's been in terrific form for Northamptonshire. Even though they're young, I hope SL pick Banuka Rajapaksa, and Rumesh Buddika for the upcoming series'.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 14:00 GMT)

sana is bk :) love to see how his going to repeat last tour of England

Posted by NP_NY on (June 9, 2011, 13:59 GMT)

ha ha...what a joke! Judging by this team selection, reaching the 2011 WC final is going to remain SL's best performance for quite a few years. I am pretty sure the SLPL is going to cause further chaos and injuries in the side. Are you ready for the circus?

Posted by GFernando on (June 9, 2011, 13:55 GMT)

The most ridiculous selection ever!!! rather than grooming a young player so he gets vital experience in English conditions, SLC are giving a 41 year old another go!!! SL only visit England once every 4 years, they should realize playing a future star is beneficial to the growth. SLC is becoming a joke...I'm looking forward to sky sports commentators explain how an old man finds it hard to hit a bowler at 90mph!!!! This selection business sounds easy...maybe I need to apply for the position... No Wait, maybe I need to befriend a MP to to get the job!!!

Posted by MIZDXB on (June 9, 2011, 13:54 GMT)

Sanath why not play IPL 5 next year with Boycott opening with you?

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 13:49 GMT)

Cricketers should retire when they are over 35 years to give chances to new generations. They should not be like the politicians. Further it is boring to watch same faces playing same type of strokes. Cricket boards should consider putting a ceiling on age.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 13:46 GMT)

THIS IS THE MOST PATHETIC NEWS I'VE EVER HEARD........ cum on Jayasurya......... Don't spoil ur reputation.....

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 13:46 GMT)

The most absurd selection, an old man in the ODI squad ?? Its laughing stock for the world

Posted by landl47 on (June 9, 2011, 13:44 GMT)

Nice to see Sri Lanka giving youth a chance by calling up the great Jayasuriya's son. Hey, wait a minute- it's not his son?

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 13:42 GMT)


Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 13:40 GMT)

wht idiotic things is the new selection commitee doing! Rather than bringing a 42 year old they could have picked couple of young guns and look for the future

Posted by athulajagoda on (June 9, 2011, 13:28 GMT)

This is nothing but political influence . Even if Sanath perform well , Youngsters half of that performance is more valuable. If Vass included it is reasonable .. . Please let others a chance. Enough is enough

Posted by jerryman on (June 9, 2011, 13:27 GMT)

Jayasuriya is passed his expiry date.. its time he fades away... with his stats higher ... at laest Tendulkar is still scoring runs... not sure what he is trying to prove ... unless he is just playing to prove that age is no barrier... good luck SL ...

Posted by Ozcricketwriter on (June 9, 2011, 13:25 GMT)

The shock is that Kandamby, who hasn't played since June 2010 and was never regular, has been named as vice captain! Jayasuriya is the obvious replacement for Tharanga and, at least until SL can regularly find decent middle order players, I think Jayasuriya may as well slot in at number 5 or 6. Jayasuriya's bowling is also useful in ODIs.

Posted by Navin84 on (June 9, 2011, 13:24 GMT)

Jayasuriya? Oh come on! It's all about politics. Why not Vass too, he is doing good as I speak in County Cricket?

Posted by cric_follower on (June 9, 2011, 13:22 GMT)

Unbelievable... Don't tell Sri Lanka cannot find any promising young openers in their kitty...

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 13:21 GMT)

Jayasuriya should play if he is in good enough form.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 13:20 GMT)

I'd rather bring the 1996 Sri Lankan World Team. C'mon selectors. Shame.....

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 13:16 GMT)

hehe this should be interesting...

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 13:15 GMT)

Sanath should play till he's at least 50, he can show other players are unfairly axed at 35-36, i love sanath!!!

Posted by KARAN_AHIR on (June 9, 2011, 13:14 GMT)

goodness gracious me....this is a giant backward step Sri Lanka cricket is taking....I mean I can understand the stature of the man but still can`t understand why can`t Sri Lanka find a youngster....who can take the honors....cant understand why on earth Sanath Jayasuriya is back in the team...take a leaf out of Indian team touring 2 the West Indies...India is well & truely without 6 to 7 of their first choice players but still the youngsters who have been given a chance 2 prove their mettle r doing well....come on Sri Lanka...take some bold steps....otherwise I will have 2 say....what has future in store 4 U guys....after players like Dilshan, Sanga & Mahela will retire....I guess I don`t have 2 add Sanath`s name is this list coz he I guess he has plans 2 play with his sons in ODI`s...

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 13:13 GMT)

i think icc panel of umpire kumar dharmasena may opt out to leave umpiring to bowl for srilanka in upcoming five match odis against england. GO....... dharmasena go there ll be a surprise for u also.

Posted by achi82000 on (June 9, 2011, 13:12 GMT)

During last domestic season Sanath got more runs than many youngsters.He deserves his place..

Posted by Ceaser9495 on (June 9, 2011, 13:12 GMT)

Actually, problem is SL doesnt have any good replacement for Dilshan or Jaisurya. This show when they field Samarveera in WC.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 13:08 GMT)

this guy Sanath, is a burden for SL cricket now

my team- 1-Lahiru,2-Dimuth/Dilshan,3-Sanga4-Chandimal,5-Mahela,6-Kandambi(only if Mathews is not fit)7-Jeevan Mendis,8-Tissara,9-Randiv,10-Kula,11-Malinga

Posted by CricketChat on (June 9, 2011, 13:05 GMT)

There is nothing wrong with selecting Sanath for ODIs. The mistake was NOT selecting him for WC, that too in sub-continent where he was very successful. If I can recall correctly, he played in WC trial ODI games not too long ago, so he should still be in good touch and may still prove to be a pleasant surprise for all cricket lovers if he succeeds. However, I hope he retires officially after this series irrespective of his results as he is no longer a long term prospect for his team.

Posted by hawkeye30 on (June 9, 2011, 12:56 GMT)

Great news!!!! Atlast Sri Lankans have some thing to look forward to. Sanath J should have been a mainstay in the one day squad right through out the WC. Our batting lacks the killer instinct that Sanath J brought to the team. He could have easily replaced rangana hearth as Sanath J is a left hand spinner who bowls his 10 overs for around 30 runs and capable enough to grab 2-3 wickets.(pretty much what rangana did) he definetely is a better fielder than Herath and if his batting clicks it would hav been a bonus for Lanka. He is one of the fittest players even at 41yrs. Considering Lanka's current batsman Sanath being included is a huge boost as sanga and mahela looks lost between IPL and national duty.. You have made Lanka a proud nation with your heroics.. All the best Sanath.. Yet another legend produced by Sri Lanka. He will prove all his critics wrong! That's what great players do!

Posted by naughtyb on (June 9, 2011, 12:53 GMT)

This is for all my fellow Sri Lankans. Its sad for me to see that some sri lankans are showing how easily they forget about the past. It has been a major problem in SL. The SL cricket have come to a stranded which is head to head with other strong cricket playing nations. I am not talking abut the management Im talking about the game it self. Because of Sanath Jayasuriya SL cricket came s far and change the whole game and now Sri Lanka has become a cricket crazy nation. All the haters over here did you went through the domestic season ? Please don't act like you didn't have any bad times in life. and please dont bring politics for the game. The party you support doest matter in cricket.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 12:53 GMT)

Why they missed Arjuna Ranathunga... I think he also can play upto next wc..

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 12:52 GMT)

This is not a political issue ,if somebody has the correct attitude & he is prepared to take the challenge thats what is you nexpect from a pro.remember this is not rugby or soccer,Its about experience + attacking cricket in one dayers,so there is no substitute for the SANA boy.Dont get confused with loser in politics calling everyting sour Graps.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 12:50 GMT)

Srilanka's squad for the 2015 World Cup: Jayasuriya, Kaluwitharana, Gurusinghe, D'Silva, Ranatunga, Tillekeratne, Vaas, Dharmasena, Murlitharan, Malinga, Wickramasinghe Coach: Sangakara Note: Malinga has been included against popular opinion to promote youth !

I think soon ICC will promote a "Legends" world cup like they have retired players playing in "legends" events at tennis grandslams.

Posted by xenon555 on (June 9, 2011, 12:47 GMT)

This is just sad. We have a great player like Sanath find out that he is too old but he keeps playing, ruins his legacy a bit, loses his hair, and ends up running for political office. I will be mad if he is picked over the highly talented Chandimal or the young Dhimuh. Seriously, Sanath has prooven he doesnt deserve this and Chaminda still deserves a place on the team. Team should be: 1) Dhimuh 2) Dilshan 3) Sanga 4) Chandimal 5) Mahela 6) Chandimal 7) Matthews 8) Kula 9) Malinga 10) Randiv 11) Mendis/Fernando

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 12:44 GMT)

On one side 35 years old Simon Katich who has consistently scored runs in the last three years is likely to be dropped by the Aussies as he has already been denied a central contract to make way for yougsters ,on the other hand the Srilankans are bringing back a 42 year old in to their team .Does SL lack quality new players ,I don't think so .This is stupidity at its height.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 12:41 GMT)

He's playing only one game ... he didn't had a chance to retire so now he reires after the first ODI against England ..

Posted by varuna007 on (June 9, 2011, 12:37 GMT)

I'm a very proud Sri Lankan support who now lives in Australia. Sanath was a great player for sri lanka for so many years. True legend. But I believe it is time we look for younger players. How many times are we going to use this old players. It is very dissapointing and I feel ver ashamed to say I support sri lanka cricket. Sanath, vaas, murali are all past greats. Thats all now they are past. Should not ever play for sri lanka again. The team should be as follows. (1) Dimuth Karunaratne (2) Dilshan (3) Chandima (wk) (4) Mahela Jayawardena (5) KC Sangakkara (6) Jevan Mendis (7) Matthews (8) Thisera Perera (9) Malinga (10) Suraj Randiv (11) Nuwan Kulasekara IF dilshan can't bat then he should be exchanged for Thilina Kandaby and promote Jayawardena to to open. I would have liked to see Lahiry Thiramanne as a opener instead of having thilina Kandaby. No JAYASURIYA, dont make sri lanka cricket the laughing stock of the world.

Posted by spinkingKK on (June 9, 2011, 12:29 GMT)

When Sangakkara retired as captain, the reason was, he will be around 36 or 37 and he doesn't want to stop a young team building for the next world cup. Now, the selectors have made a decision in the right direction!!

Posted by KingOwl on (June 9, 2011, 12:29 GMT)

Sanath's batting average in his final season, 2009/10: 6 Innings, Avg of 14.16. And we recall him???

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 12:27 GMT)

it's so embarasin to see sanath bn picked to the side again...... sri lankan cricket seems to be goin no where....... playin 11 shud be..... 1.dilshan 2.chandimal 3.sanga 4.mahela 5.kandamby 6.mathews 7.j mendis 8.perera 9.randiv 10. kulasekara 11.malinga if sanath wants to play let him be the 12 th man

Posted by nwsk on (June 9, 2011, 12:23 GMT)


Posted by Eejalab on (June 9, 2011, 12:21 GMT)

Just because this team lost the world cupfinals, changing the major part of the side is completely rubbish..!! If Sanath deserves a comeback, so does Samaraweera shouldn"t be dropped.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 12:20 GMT)

Sanath should get a good retirement game and ride into the sunset but that should happen in a one-off game in Sri Lanka... there's plenty of young players who should get the opportunity to play in England and become players for the future... as for the drops, understandable... but drop Kapu (who hasn't performed well) and keep on with Silva (whose age and form count against)... and as for suggestions that there is some politics here at play... there definitely is... this should be an opportunity to try out new blood not dwell in the past, many teams are going through transition periods and the faster SL get' on the track, the sooner they will stabilize... the team already three integral players over 30 and that' your core... build experience around it. Unfortunately, the bowlers don't seem to have an experienced lead...

Posted by KingOwl on (June 9, 2011, 12:18 GMT)

Sanath back in the team? Am I hearing right? This is rediculous. Are we so bare in talent that we have to go back in time? Sure he did great things for SL. But so many others did great things too. Their time is over now. Every country moves forward, except it seems SL.

Posted by cricweda on (June 9, 2011, 12:18 GMT)

i think SL board has gone mad!!

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 12:11 GMT)

Last 11 should be

1. Jayasuriya 2. Dilshan 3. Sangakkara 4. Mahela 5. Kandambi 6. Chandimal 7. Mathews 8. Randiv 9. Malinga 10. Kulasekara 11. Mendis

But I still think Vaas should be in the team. And I don't minf if Dimuth Karunaratne open the batting with Dilshan and Jayasuriya coming down instead of Chadimal

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 12:11 GMT)

Its good to see leaving out chamara silva / Kapugedara and Samaraweera. These guys absolutely poor in WC. but Jayasuriya's should not be included to the team. better give someone else the opportunity. Really a stupid move if Jayasuriya given a another go..

Posted by cheeseburgers on (June 9, 2011, 12:09 GMT)

SL lack bench strength....bowlers lacks skills...u can see in the current test series against the pomps... struggling to take 20 wickets.....ths people are Asian tigers...flat pitch bullies

Posted by cricketdoor on (June 9, 2011, 12:09 GMT)


Posted by Sinhabahu on (June 9, 2011, 12:03 GMT)

HA! I predicted this on the comments section of a story published here just after the WC. Told you so.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 11:56 GMT)

Why dont Aravinda himself join the squad. I cant believe legend like Sanath wanted to play at this age!

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 11:56 GMT)

Wait, did you mean he is in the ODI squad as a coach?

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 11:51 GMT)

Ok. Sri Lankan cricket is always full of surprises isn't it? For the first time in cricket history the lankans will open with 3 batsmen. 1.Dilshan 2.Jayasuriya and 3.a runner for Jayasuriya :-) Thank u ICC for the referral system. Jayasuriya will need it when he can't see the ball. And as for Kandamby... gone are the days when you need to be inform to be in the team. Now players can come out of nowhere and become the Vice Captain. Sanath will retire only when Tendulkar does. Only difference is Tendulkar scores

Posted by nzcricket174 on (June 9, 2011, 11:49 GMT)

If you can bring back Jayasuriya why not Vaas?

Posted by Rici737 on (June 9, 2011, 11:47 GMT)

THE MAN FROM MATARA, SRI LANKA. THE LIVING GOD OF CRICKET (Sanath Jayasuriya) IS ON THE WAY !!! What a great news buddies? I guess Sri Lanka is not a communist country and politicians were voted by the public to represent in the parliament. Instead of criticizing Sanath Jayasuriya, Praised him my dear friends and help your nation. He had done enough to world cricket and on the way to show-down. Will be attending to all five 50 overs matches in England just to watch Jayasuriya in action. A real fan of Australia + Jayasuriya.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 11:38 GMT)

You know that little teeny weeny ounce of respect I might have had for Sanath ?...GONE!

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 11:28 GMT)

Roy Dias,Siddatha Wettimuny ,Ashoka D'silva,Ashatha D'mel must be dreaming about their come back too....hoping that they will also get a call from the board ..hehe..SLC has to encourage the youngsters instead of calling the veterans...

Posted by bMike on (June 9, 2011, 11:28 GMT)

All the squad except Sanath Jayasuriya is acceptable. Kandamby shouldn't be the vice captain. Sanath Jayasuriya should have been replaced by Bandula Warnapura

Posted by From-Chennai on (June 9, 2011, 11:27 GMT)

in Cricket game uncles can play ODIs. Thats the game itself. Thats why this game is not comparable with other games. But still interesting than other games. The game fit any age group and any combination. My uncles will include me when they play. And otherway around holds true. I think one should not evaluvated based on his age rather fitness. Jayasurya is fit than Saha or the current opening Indian batsman Dhawan. He is fit to bowl. So no more negative comments on Jayasurya please. We channaians love him play. This will open eyes for those who think Sachin might not play in next WC, may be to the Great Sachin himself. All the best Jaya. Batsman like Dhawan can open for India, why not a more fit person!

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 11:25 GMT)

What a shame? what happen to Banuka Rajapakshe? even santh make 05hundreds thats not help foe sri lankan cricket future. those things are happening for politic purpose

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 11:24 GMT)

It becomes clear why people like Kumar have quit the captaincy. We all love SJ and what he did for Sri Lanka but its time to move on. including the other youngsters could be a good move but i dont understand why Kapugedara was dropped. Nuwan should have been in the test side as well.

Posted by MeowCat on (June 9, 2011, 11:23 GMT)

without legends,sri lanka is nothing.

legends: Dilshan,Wardena,Kumar,Malinga,Mathews,Jayasuriya

3 of them not playing,so its tough for them.

Posted by EshanSilva on (June 9, 2011, 11:18 GMT)

Give him a chance mates...... Sana has done great job for SL cricket. I don't think he is perfectly fit for the job. But only few game in England.... who cares... Even we loose it won't be end of of the world. Think before you make any nasty comments, sana has done lots for SL cricket than any other cricketer. Don't be sarcastic guys ..... be sri lankan...... honest and proud ....apart from few nasty guys we all are with for SANA. Play well in England. Good luck......boy...

Posted by NEWMAL on (June 9, 2011, 11:13 GMT)

Vice Captain shuld be given to some one who needs experience under a captain, specially who shows better future. In what sence Kandambi(29) suitable for this, compared to Mathews(23) !!! See the comparison !!!

Kandambi : 33 Mat, 31 Inn, 32 Av, 71 SR, in & out character Mathews : 43 Mat, 32 Inn, 34 Av, 85 SR permanent player

what else u need to chase Kandambi from the squad ?!!!

Posted by tearawayquick on (June 9, 2011, 11:13 GMT)

Ridiculous... They might have also have rcalled Arjuna to Captain if Dilshan is in Doubt!!!

Posted by monayi on (June 9, 2011, 11:12 GMT)

Sanath's inclusion might inspire Srilankans. His experience can do srilanka better in the coming series. We cannot Jayasurya's form now. May be, Srilankan board has given Jayasurya, a better stage to retire.Whatever the case may be, One thing is true..Jayasurya is simply Outstanding...

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 11:11 GMT)

yea seriously srilankaa need to think of their team again. Thet've left out players like kapugedara and chamara silva. who i thought deserved a chance in the team also where is a player like vaas who is so experienced and could exploit the conditions in england well. i mean they can call the old war horse sanath back but not VAAS!!

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 11:00 GMT)

God save SL cricket.....!!!!!!!!!

Posted by NEWMAL on (June 9, 2011, 10:53 GMT)

Why Kandambi for WC & not Mathews ??? See the performance !

Mathews : 43 Mat, 32 Inn, Av : 34, SR : 85 Kandambi : 33 Mat, 31 Inn, Av : 32, SR : 71

everyone knows how brilliant Mathews bowling is !

Compared to Mathews, Kandambi cannot field well, poor runner, not a bowler ! Sri Lanka diging the own pit !!!

Posted by homerr on (June 9, 2011, 10:48 GMT)

if sachin can play, why can't sanath ???

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 10:46 GMT)

Expecting Ranathunga back into the team......

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 10:44 GMT)

Sanath proved his form in the last T20 world cup. Those commentators would have got shocked now as they did not predict his return. He won't be able to perform as he did in 2006. Because English attack is far superior, now. Mahela Udawatte and Idika de Saram would have been got selected rather than the MP. Don't expect Sanath to retire until his death. Because politicians are shameless in SL. Some award doctorates also. That is the pattern here. Malinga should have been ignored as well as he got an injury.He could have been considered for the next world cup. Until then he would be able to earn foreign exchange for SL, without any injury. Otherwise he could have come to play test cricket for SL in cold countries where there is no considerable threat for his injury. Vass plays in division 2 in England, now, would have been worse than Maharoof.

Posted by prasach on (June 9, 2011, 10:43 GMT)

i accept with loveNpeace the team is full of uncles

Posted by Philip_Gnana on (June 9, 2011, 10:42 GMT)

Bring on the Dad's Army to fight the Barmy Army. How about Aravinda, Arjuna, Dharmasena, Murali, .....Makes you wonder about SL Cricket. Then again we are used to the POLITICKING in cricket and have learned to live with it. I am sure Sanath will justify his place, but at what cost? Deprive the young gun? Sanath should know better than not make himself available. If this was the case then you wonder why on earth did they not stick with Vaas for the tests? I am sure Northants must be worried about losing Vaas or will this announcement settle them. Lancashire need Maharoof more than the SL does. Maharoof is suited to English conditions but has not done well for SL. Kandamby? Why oh Why oh Why? If Mathews is in the squad I cannot see the reason behind this selection. I hope it is not to do with some prejudicial reasons. Kapugedera should be given a chance overseas, he has the potential but has not fully capitalised on the chances given at home. Philip Gnana, Surrey

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 10:32 GMT)

This man is still on and thinks that cricket is government job where he can retire at the age of 58 .hats off to this guys and his luck which had given him oppurtunity once again.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 10:30 GMT)

Angelo Mathews should have been the vice captain.. :(

Posted by yasask on (June 9, 2011, 10:30 GMT)

from the squad that has been selected the best playing eleven for the first ODI would be:

1. tillakaratne dilshan (c)/dimuth karunaratne (if dilshan is unfit) 2. mahela jayawardene 3. kumar sangakkara 4. thilina kandambi (vc) 5. dinesh chandimal 6. sanath jayasuriya/angelo mathews 7. angelo mathews/ sanath jayasuriya 8. thisara perera/jeevan mendis 9. lasith malinga 10. suranga lakmal 11.dilhara fernando

Posted by Rydham on (June 9, 2011, 10:30 GMT)

Everybody is requested to first see Jayasuriya's latest performances in List A and First class matches before commenting anything. Just look at the recent performances on his profile and you will understand why he is in the team. It is not politics but due to his performance he is in the team. Look at his record against England, too. It is just awesome !! I think this is the right decision

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 10:28 GMT)

Come on guys, lets Sana get another chance! Wee need a that kind of man in our team. He is the Master Blaster ever. Now a days every team has people like Shewag, Gale... etc, but still we dont have some close to that. He is also a good bowler & feilder. I wish you very good luck Sana, really want to see some fireworks from you!....

Posted by Y007 on (June 9, 2011, 10:27 GMT)

What sanath did a long time back was when he could.. its time he realises that hes getting old and should retire instead of getting a bad name.. look at murali.. he retired at the right time and everyone thinks of him as a legend now.. but everyone hates sanath now because he is forcing the cricket board to make hiim play when he cant.. Its time he moves on now and give better people a chance to improve and play.. no one forgets that he was a great cricketer but he should have remained like that without runining his name now.. and the cricket board should stand up for themselves.. no hope for srilankan cricket if it goes on like this.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 10:23 GMT)

gud news for cricket fans... :)

Posted by ranga_s on (June 9, 2011, 10:23 GMT)

Ridiculous.....He can't lay a bat on ball in Sri Lanka...How is he going to cope against hard English Wickets against 85+MPH Bowlers....Acceptable if we don't have batting in this country....Chandimal, Thirimanne, Bhanuka, Dimuth, Udawatte all are solid top order players.....If you want to blood some youngsters here's the best chance....You don't have to rotate players.....This situation is dished out....and those stupids don't grab it....Feel sad for young SL cricketers...Wish Sanath break a thumb or something in nets prior to first ODI or any practice match even....that'll bring a youngester..Given both Dilshan and Tharanga unavailable...I'd play following... Chandimal, Thirimanne, Sangakkara, Mahela, Jeewan Mendis, Mathews, Perera, Kulasekara, Randiv, Malinga, Mendis...On the given squad since Kandambi is there as VC nothing much to do instead os replacing him with Thirimanne and Mahela opening while Kandambi batting #4...whatever no Sanath should be the case....

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 10:23 GMT)

other than inclusion of sanath I really love to see this combination. for me this is the one which had to play for world cup. Being Mattews is still recovering it is a golden chance to Kandambi to be placed as VC of Dilshan. i personally know he is at his best when play as a leader & if dilshan will not be available sanga or mahela should have to the leader as kandamby has to collect lot of things from them. dinesh Chandimal should be our star for 2012 & on & we have to show him the way with out make him a stand by player only. I am pretty much sure england will be faced what happen in 2006 gain with this combination if we will leave santh at Bench.

let he go there to england parliament & meet those fellows who are in same maturity level of him now .:)

Posted by SudharsanVM on (June 9, 2011, 10:21 GMT)

Please recall upul chandana and dharmesena to solve thier bowling problems

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 10:19 GMT)

Absolute poor decision I ever seen Selectors going make a big mistake....!! in age of 42 Jayasuriya is suitable for a batting consultant for youngstr rather than a player...!!

Posted by WPDDESILVA on (June 9, 2011, 10:14 GMT)

This is a very good move. I cannot agree with Jayasuriya but it's good for short term solution as Dilshan is out injured. Middle Order is the biggest good news. Kandamby, Chandimal will provide much needed resistence in the middle. Samaraweera, Chamara Silva and Kapugedara should be sacked from Cricket. They should be exported some no body land some where far far away. I am sure they'll live happily ever after!! Hope Jayasuriya comes off like he did to England in 2006 season.

Posted by abyrao on (June 9, 2011, 10:09 GMT)

Its a joke, on one hand countries like Australia are not handing contracts to in form aged players like Katich and Srilanka is in full speed reverse gear. The message that is passed is that there is no young player left on the radar of selectors who has a potential shows the future of SL cricket

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 10:08 GMT)

Great desicion playing SanathJ , really because when the team is in a real mess it was Sanath who recsued the team from total humiliation and he is back for one last time to take SL for a series victory remember folks 5 years ago Sanath is the one who made Eng sitting ducks against him and brought SL first whitewash over Eng. SL are taking a backward step but it is worth it.

Posted by Suresh123456 on (June 9, 2011, 10:03 GMT)

What next.. When Disilva and Ranatunga is making comeback... and what about Vaas and Murilidharan ??

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 9:59 GMT)

Sanath ............please stop giving sachin strange ideas

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 9:57 GMT)

Since they dont have first choice openers bring back Romesh kaluvitharana to join jayasurya.

Posted by thenoostar on (June 9, 2011, 9:57 GMT)

Great to see Sanath back. He is one of the true legends of the game!

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 9:55 GMT)

Well,we all tell him off for this come back. but if he's fit & able to perform . what different would it make? I think,age is not a barrier if he thinks he can play 50 overs.Tharanga gave him the chance to come back to the team which will also make a bowling option to dilshan.On the other hand i don't understand why Vass's not in the squad? they can easily put Vass instead of Lakmal...!

Posted by thanura2008 on (June 9, 2011, 9:53 GMT)

Reseeth, Tissera Perera batting at no.7 and then again at no.11 ? Glad your're not on the Sri Lankan selection panel..

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 9:50 GMT)

Hey People cricket will be very interesting when Sana is playing We are so luckted y he is back My children are delighted. My son's room is covered with Jayasuria's photographs -

Posted by mravikiran on (June 9, 2011, 9:48 GMT)

This is an opportunity given to "Sana" for a ceremonious farewell. He calls retirement at the end of this series.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 9:46 GMT)

Shame on SL Cricket.I think it open the door for all the retired SL cricketers.So be ready Mr.Mahanama, Thilakeratne, Gurusinghe, Marvan, Aravinda.Etc,SL cricket should appoint a new selection committee chairman and also the President of the board.We as a keen followers of SL cricket like to see the changes of the SL cricket.for god sake dont bring retired player to the team.not even a 42year old...........

Posted by asithaSL on (June 9, 2011, 9:45 GMT)

I think, Lahiru Thirimanne should be in the squard. yeah.., Yeah, if Arainda select the team, it ll be good more than dis team.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 9:43 GMT) cricket form matter but not all the time ..any player get form in any match whether he play after a while or not. Wait and see what he will do ..he will not disaapoint me ..thats for sure..

Posted by him1618 on (June 9, 2011, 9:43 GMT)

At the ESPNCricinfo staff: Rangana Herath is not a legspinner as you mention above, he is a left-arm orthodox bowler...

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 9:40 GMT)

Hi People, I hardly write here but tell you guys this, If Sana and Vaas played in the world cup finals we would have easily won it. Sanath is a very good asset and as soon as he walks to the ground 50% done. Vaas is a fabulous bowler. Can someone tell me any reason for including Kapugedara and Suraj in the finals. and don't forget Clive LLoyd played till 45 and hope to see Sana and Vaas both in the next world cup

Go Sana go we all love you so much

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 9:26 GMT)

How about Arjuna Ranatunga and Aravinda D,Silva?? They would have given great solidity in SL middle order. Horrible ..

Posted by hot-spot on (June 9, 2011, 9:15 GMT)

Kandamby is Vice Capt??? SLC are you kidding?

For what reason they choose Kandamby as Vice Capt. SLC give us real reason. Sanath has done a great service to SL but his time is over give more chances to youngsters. If they can include Sanath then why they can't include Vaas?

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 9:14 GMT)

Sanath Jayasurya is playing for broken the record of Sachin Tendulkar but it cannot be possible for him.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 9:11 GMT)

Sanath Jayasuriya at 42!!!!!!. Why???? Is SL cricket so deplete of any regular openers? Why such rearguard action?

Posted by djazhar on (June 9, 2011, 9:09 GMT)

They must have given him chance in world cup he may have scored or not he could have equalled the record six world cup appearance.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 9:08 GMT)

This man sanath has to perform this time . Moreover this time he is not under any sort of pressure from Kumara and well would perform. I have seen him play superb in England where his batting style suits. He has gone thru a good domestic season and has a lot of cricket coming his way in the next 3 months. if performs well, could be selected for IPL V . If sachin can play at this age. why cant Sanath. He is a master himself.

Posted by SLsupport on (June 9, 2011, 9:06 GMT)

@Sameh Khan If we put all guns again and again there will be no [Murali-Sanga-Mahela-Vaas-Sanath] again.Mahel wasn't even scoring good runs till he given captaincy.ajantha mendis opened his international career better than murali.santh wasn't a great one on his early career.Infact he is a lower order batsmen.only sanga has played well from the begining.So if we don't give enuf chances to younsters it's the end of Sl cricket.Even marven's first few innings were lot of zeros....

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 9:05 GMT)

What a pity. The world cup is just over and instead of grooming the next generation they are going back to a 42 year old. Quite regressive...

Posted by Meety on (June 9, 2011, 9:04 GMT)

Jayusurya's best days are behind him AS A BATSMEN, but I think he'd be a useful allrounder bating at about #8, in time for the batting powerplay. I think he will be a disaster as an opening batsmen in England, (the English slip cordon AND 3rd man will be very interested!). I always thought his spin was brilliant in an ODI environment, difficult to score off as he would often bowl near medium pace off a couple of steps. So Jayasurya the opener - No! Jayasurya the bowling all rounder - YES!

Posted by denwarlo70 on (June 9, 2011, 9:03 GMT)

Damn, when the hell will our buggers learn what "Nurturing" means and when, why and how. Older the bull, stiffer the horn they say but is this bull's hand-eye contact crisp as it was before? Why not go for young blood instead? Whats our plan for 2015? Hmmmm, God Bless Sri Lanka Cricket. Having said that, if he strikes a bloody purple patch, I will have to eat humble pie.

Posted by NILUKSHA on (June 9, 2011, 9:03 GMT)

To me the decision to make Kandamby the Vice captain is not a surprise move. I think SL must have done that long time back. He was developed to be the SL captain and currently the most experienced and successful second tier captain. I could still recall his match winning innings played against India and a real captain material with a good cricketing brain.

Just refer below link appeared on 2009 and what SL shadow coach at that time had to say about him.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 9:02 GMT)

He is a awesome cricketer. But we should watch and see his performance. i think he is out of form. Its better to take any new players.

Posted by cricketkumar on (June 9, 2011, 9:02 GMT)

why leave vaas out?? Selectors shud bring him back as well..

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 8:58 GMT)

Good for England.. :)........

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 8:57 GMT)

samaraweera should have been included instead of kandamby

Posted by maxacrick on (June 9, 2011, 8:56 GMT)

This is the reason they wants Aravinda to quit the job.. May be Roy Dias can name himself for the OZ tour.. JERKS!!!! shame on u ppl..

Posted by MIZDXB on (June 9, 2011, 8:56 GMT)

SL selectors have always been puppets & jokers except for ones we had for the World Cup. Aravinda and his team did a fantastic job even the team they selected for the finals was the best SL could ask for. If we want to play old seelfish politicians, we have better candidates in SL than Sanath. Our cricket is not bankrupt as yet like the treasury, but cricket is something we treasure. Nations request to these puppets & jokers is to play youngsters, give them an opportunity.

Posted by loveNpeace on (June 9, 2011, 8:54 GMT)

i think this what you cal sri lankas brand of cricket. a team with uncles. god bless sri lanka

Posted by WJ75 on (June 9, 2011, 8:53 GMT)

He's a great entertainer..., It is not politics. If it would have been politics, then Sanath would have played the World cup, I love Sanath and wish him best of luck.

Posted by SriDCric on (June 9, 2011, 8:48 GMT)

Sanath is a MP from the ruling party after all!

Posted by Reesath on (June 9, 2011, 8:46 GMT)

Hai Please Select This Team for Limited Over Match 01.Sanath Jayasuriya 02.Dilshan 03.Sankgakara 04.Mahala 05.Kandamby 06.Mathews 07.Chandimal 08.Tissara Perera 09.Randiv 10.Nuwan Kulasekara 11.Tissara Perera

Posted by Whitecastlekumar on (June 9, 2011, 8:42 GMT)

If i was a politician in Sri lankan i could be playing if i were 60. It does not surprise me but it is not going to help Sri Lankan cricket at all. They could have brought Vaas back instead.He(Jayasuriya) has an average which is a shade under 30 or more like just around 30 which is mediocre by today's standards in one day cricket. I wish we could produce batsmen the way Australia does and fast bowlers the way Pakistan does then we could be a great team. All Asian teams have to contend with corruption and politics within their respective boards. The Australian team is going to come back with a bang they are in a transition right but they aint out by a long shot.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 8:42 GMT)

I cant agreed this sq, Thilina Kandambeeeeeeeeeee..................??????????? where is Kapugedara, Chamara Silva, Sanath is ok, But Suranga lakmal???????? My Sq Dilshan(c), Anjalo(wc), Mahela, Sanga, kapugedara, Silva, chandimal, Sanath, Kulasekara, Malinga, Randiv, Mendis, Dilhara, Thisara, Vaas OR Maharuf,

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 8:41 GMT)

those guys who are from srilanka must have forgotten about what sanath jayasuria has done for srilankan cricket for long time.srilanka should have give him proper good bye for his long service. Look at the record of all srilankan, has has the most.Try to respect legend and he can still destroy English attack like hell don't forget what he has done in 2006.And i am sure he will do it again. You the best sanath, i liked cricket after watcing ur game :)

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 8:38 GMT)

Does anyone from SLC read these messages to know what the world thinks of them? If they do I am sure they will not be making themselves look a bunch of fools by making such selections. What is going on with SLC? Are these election promises or to satisfy certain people? Can someone give the details of SJ's recent performances since the world cup that he played in, at least to make the world know that he is been selected on merit. He was a great cricketer no doubt but does he have the same reflexes as before? Think before you leap! Retire majestically.You will be remembered as a GREAT CRICKETER!

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 8:38 GMT)

Umar he dosn't want to go himself.. :)

Posted by sanath007 on (June 9, 2011, 8:36 GMT)

WHAT A JOKE..this is what happens when politics gets involved with cricket

Posted by ankitth on (June 9, 2011, 8:34 GMT)

just a shame that they ve brought him back to the team!!!shows the weak domestic strength!!!!!he is 42 ans still in team as a replacement opener!!!oh my word,truly atrocious selection,,,,,wer are the likes of thirimanne,though he has a weak domestic average,its all about opportunities, and i wonder y,jaya is the only solution for their opening slot,yes he is fit and runs hard,but,looking at long terms,he surely is not the replacement we are looking for,,, poor tharanga,hope his case gets over soon and be an automatic selection for the squad,,,thank god they dropped kapugedera,hell a lot of opportunitis and all wasted!!!!certainly not doing justice with a talent in hand!!!

Posted by cric-maestro on (June 9, 2011, 8:34 GMT)

this points to the lack of young talent...wonder what diff. will this move make as the batting line-up continues to struggle in english conditions....

Posted by Balumekka on (June 9, 2011, 8:33 GMT)

Oh my god...last thing SL wanted at this stage. There are enough youngsters in SL rater than going back to Jayasuriya. Even if he scores centuries in each innings he play during this series, that won't help SL in long run.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 8:31 GMT)

age should not be a barrier.............. fitness, form and class should prevail... wc back jayasuriya........ i am a great fan of u............ good luck from Bangladesh.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 8:26 GMT)

Some of the selection procedures are very clear. Vassy will never get a chance though he gets 1000 wickets in country season. Jeewan is to represent the school as no domestic performance below the average baler and tailed-end batter. Only one good selection is Dimutha Karunanrathne, the best potential for future

Posted by Lakpj on (June 9, 2011, 8:24 GMT)

@Janith Gunasekara 5-0 ??? It could well be 0-5 with this kind of rubbish selection.

Posted by melvn on (June 9, 2011, 8:24 GMT)

what about bringing back Aravinda Desilva & Ranatunga

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 8:24 GMT)

@ Sean Marsh, were you dead during 2001-2008? Sanath is far better than the most of the current team and he never lost his attitude or hunger to win matches like sanga or mahela. If he fail with the bat he would have done it with the ball.

Posted by rf1113 on (June 9, 2011, 8:24 GMT)

This marks the beginning of Sri Lanka cricket's downfall... Sad to see this happening when we were on the rise. But Sanga's resignation (even during the WC final), Mahela's resignation, Aravinda's resignation, the lack of enthusiasm on the field against England in the current tour are all signs that point to the downfall of SL. Really sad to see such a rapid decline when just a few weeks ago, we were one of the clear favorites to lift the cup.

Posted by shanmugan on (June 9, 2011, 8:23 GMT)

where is chaminda vass he is performing good at England now

Posted by Mafasxx85 on (June 9, 2011, 8:23 GMT)

Dinesh chandimal is a good option...but not SANA........just i am wondering how the sri lankan board choose sanath....while we are having more mahela udawatta , chintaka jayasinghe.......Just Leave sana to do the politics ......not cricket

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 8:19 GMT)

One can say Awesome .We know sana who he was.. but can't we plan for the future??? .with giving travelling chance to a parliament member what we expect. why are we leaving out a young player who is at least getting a chance to live with team for 3 weeks. sana even cannot hit a six now. no fielding at all. only may be as a left arm baller.I know even just a school leaver of 19 can hit a shot longer than him. what else.. it is too much have to be the fitness coach/ technical manager in the team if one says you are the fittest.:)

Posted by AppuAamy on (June 9, 2011, 8:15 GMT)

lijihas, you wait and see. Sachin also the same. YOUR IPL and MONEY killing the spirit of Cricket all over the WORLD. At the moment BCCI control ICC and that influenced all other cricketing nations.

Posted by nishardfazna on (June 9, 2011, 8:15 GMT)

jayasuriya is 42 years old. in sri lankan squad who can hit sixes like sanath.its very rear to see the six froma sri lankan batsman after sanath is dropped from the team.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 8:12 GMT)

Definitely, the inclusion of Jayasuria will disturb the Team Cohesiveness. It could have been better to Sanath retire from Cricket and the gave selectors the freedom to act. It is purely apolitical decision. At least Sanath should retire from Cricket after this tour.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 8:09 GMT)

hes 42 years old, let him go now lol

Posted by FAB_ALI on (June 9, 2011, 8:08 GMT)

Its a PITY on Sri lanka Cricket. Youngsters are not performing well and not even promising. So, they are forced to Focus on present rather than preparing for future.

Posted by anver777 on (June 9, 2011, 8:04 GMT)

May be the final chance for Sana to prove a point & quit gracefully from international cricket !!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by FAB_ALI on (June 9, 2011, 8:04 GMT)

If ever you wanted to call back Jayasuriya it should have been in World Cup. Subcontinent pitches would have suited him more and Also experience could have been an argument. But no avail, even if he fires now he is not going to play for Sri Lanka for more than a year or two.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 8:03 GMT)

Ohhh dear, what a shame. it seems our selectors sit on their brains. they are not in there heads. damm shame for sri lanka cricket. cna they give the oppertunity to a yongster. sana may score , may not be. but his time is over and he also should underestnad to save some respect for him. if this is he farewell match , then fine. he deserves it. but it does not seems like that.

all nut people killing sl cricket. give aranvinda the job back.

Posted by courierpost on (June 9, 2011, 8:02 GMT)

Jayasooriya all the way best opener for SL full stop.

Posted by Shamsherbaloch on (June 9, 2011, 8:01 GMT)

its amazing news !! he's a great entertainer... by the way want to say something we Inzi and M. Yousuf back in side

Posted by chakor16 on (June 9, 2011, 8:00 GMT)

I am not sure why Sanath has been included into the squad, but surely it is not politics. If it would have been politics, then Sanath would have played the World cup, what happend to the politics back then. I believe it is just some caos OR the recrod Sanath has against England. Remeber last time when SL toured England, this guy murdered everyone by hitting them out of the park. All in all I love Sanath and wish him best of luck for this tour. Not sure what is wrong with Cricket boards now a days. WI, Pak and now SL board are doing something, which is just bizzare.

Posted by idmjothi on (June 9, 2011, 7:59 GMT)

Why Kandamby instead of Mathews for Vice Captaincy.......... ????

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 7:59 GMT)

I think SL is trying to get him back in form for the 2015 or may me even the 2019 world cup. must be anther one of the MR directives

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 7:59 GMT)

I think he will take this chance to say Official GOOD BYE to ODI. Hope he will do with colours so we can win the series 5-0

Posted by Jaggadaaku on (June 9, 2011, 7:58 GMT)

Finally, SL board realized without Murali and Jayasuriya, their team is no more stronger than Bangladesh. But selecting Jayasuriya now would show their poorness in Cricket. It is no doubt Jayasuriya played many great innings against England, but that is history now; moreover, jayasuriya is over 41 years old now. In Jayasuriya's last 16 innings in ODIs, he passed 40 runs just once and played 9 of those innings of 16 he faced one of the bad bowling as India. That means they already given him chances enough to stay in the team, but he got failed. And he also declared his retirement by his own wish. May be Jaya wants to do something like Mohammad Yusuf did. M. Yusuf also came back after retiring from all cricket by his own wish to rescue the Pakistan, but the whole team had to rescue him. Now it is SL team to rescue Jayasuriya. They already celebrated their farewell parties. These days if anyone says he is retiring, but we won't believe anyone now.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 7:58 GMT)

It's quite clear that the selectors have the 2015 World Cup in mind by which time Jayasuriya will be 45

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 7:57 GMT)

kandamby vice captain??? oh comon what is that its rubbish nuwan kelasekara lasith malinga anjelo mathews even dilhara is better than selecting this kandamby when he score 50 sl are loosing the match oh comon he is a player who always think about him self than team so sl gives him vice captain what da heck

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 7:51 GMT)

We've gone through a stage recently where player fitness against age has come into question.

We've seen Tendulkar revitalise himself, Punter destress, Misbah become a successful captain, Hussey stay vigilant, and Katich get unfairly dropped.

Now, unless anyone has a valid, form/fitness based reason for Sanath not to play, I suggest you shut up. Keep his age out of your mind when you think about him, is he playing well? Does he play better than those 'youngsters' who flit in and out of the team? If he does, the screw building the team for the future; Sri Lanka needs their old guard until another core like the [Murali-Sanga-Mahela-Vaas-Sanath] one they had for years.

Posted by SLsupport on (June 9, 2011, 7:51 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 SLsupport on (June 9, 2011, 7:50 GMT)

@Pratik Pandey SL are not lacking young players...but their is a lack of sport ministers with a back bone.can't u send us a sport minister,a slection commitee and a Cricket board.that would b helpful.All should have sum shame and a backbone.

Posted by danithereddevil on (June 9, 2011, 7:49 GMT)

why srilankan CBoard.... always taking back steps..on recalling jaysuria...instead of him..give new player to give chance on big stage..

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 7:47 GMT)

veteran back on to conquer the world and prove a point and a strong statement for criticizes..all hail MATARA MAULER........

Posted by anurag4u10 on (June 9, 2011, 7:46 GMT)

i m a big fan of sanath though during his peak ie 1996 to 2000, i used to hate him for d simple reason that he used to murder indian attack. when i grw up nd watchd d highlights of some of his marvellous inning i was nly left with wow. latr on i was vry thrilld wen he was pickd by mi nd it was gud to see odis two greatest , him and srt to open an inning. i m nt sure how well he perfrm now bt i m eagerly waitin for him to wear battin gloves and smash the leather hard wd his willow.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 7:46 GMT)

Whose Kandamby? I have never heard of this chap, their making a complete unknown player as VC, cmo'n, Kumar should have VC for ODI and T20 also, him leaving Captaincy was a bad decision in itself. Their going to make the same mistake South Africa did when the made Botha captain last year, Captain was a complete unknown outside domestic South African cricket, and you can not make some one a VC unless they have a gauranteed place in the squad.

Posted by frommoonman on (June 9, 2011, 7:45 GMT)

SLC is giving Jayasuriaya opportunity to regain form in time for the 2015 WC...! As a 46 year old, he would have over 25 years of international experience which will be valuable for SL team to help them win the WC. Now this is called "long term thinking" :)

Posted by Saikat_Chakraborty on (June 9, 2011, 7:45 GMT)

srilanka should take chandimal,jewan, kandamby in every series. kapu and samwa mustn't select any more.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 7:43 GMT)

One can say Awesome .We know sana who he was.. but can't we plan for the future??? .with giving travelling chance to a parliament member what we expect. why are we leaving out a young player who is at least getting a chance to live with team for 3 weeks. sana even cannot hit a six now. no fielding at all. only may be as a left arm baller.I know even just a school leaver of 19 can hit a shot longer than him. what else.. it is too much have to be the fitness coach/ technical manager in the team if one says you are the fittest.:)

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 7:41 GMT)

A 35 year old gets dropped in Australia and a 42 year old makes a 'comeback' in Sri Lanka !!!!

Posted by vswami on (June 9, 2011, 7:40 GMT)

Martin Crowe's comeback makes sense now !

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 7:39 GMT)

All the best Jayasurya, You have a massive fans in India also.. Perform well to prove you are still young.. And tons of cricket left in you.. Show your all skills to the world...

Posted by Eugynne on (June 9, 2011, 7:38 GMT)

Oh! what a sad news for the Lankans! Sanath Jayasuriya is gonna play again for SL? I find no words other than say pathetic! & I sympathize the SLC which really looks down the barrel without any young resource. Come on guys! how many young talents are on their wings to get a chance to play for SL? So why Sanath in particular? What about Ian Daniels, Bhanuka Rajapaksa Thilina Kandamby? Give a chance to the guys of the future. Don't bank your faith on old horses. Although they are strong, they can't compete with young ones when it comes to serious competitive level. Wake up SLC! Before it is too late.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 7:36 GMT)

What is going on ??????????

Posted by amit1807kuwait on (June 9, 2011, 7:35 GMT)

One more reason for ICC to de-politicise cricket boards around the world! As good a player as he might be, Jayasuriya these days would probably do justice only to veteran's cricket rather than mainstream cricket. Would be great if he proves me wrong, but honestly, his selection is nothing but a joke.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 7:35 GMT)

This is one of the worst decisions ever made by any individual or otherwise. Are we going down a ladder or does SL does not have any youngsters? Where is SL cricket heading for..... At a time when SL is having enough & more with english conditions, is this the right move?? Surely can someone come forward & make sanity prevail in this episode!

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 7:33 GMT)

Obviously he's never going to be in the same form but i do think he has a slight chance in the 20/20 team...Fielding is another question mark.....

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 7:33 GMT)

oh my gudnes jaya surya back in teama,in india another old man sachn also depriving the opportunties to ungsters,wen tis idiots wil retire........

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 7:32 GMT)

I dunno for some weird reason i like this decision

Posted by nazmulsumon on (June 9, 2011, 7:29 GMT)

truly funny decision ..also ridiculous

Posted by Lakpj on (June 9, 2011, 7:29 GMT)

This is disgraceful decision. Pure politics nothing else. There are so may very good youngsters in the country who are waiting for their oppertunity. Sanath is going to ruin what ever respect that is left for him by the SL public. Being MP doesn't he have any important thing to do?

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 7:28 GMT)

I have been a huge supporter & a die hard fan of SL cricket since i am 6yrs old & I almost cried when I saw this news...When do Chandiml,Lahiru,Dimuth & Jeevan will get their chance ? what is the point of having a A team,presients XI & domestic tournaments ? We Sri Lankans really loveour cricket..,& oh GOD pls pls pls dont let these politicians to destroy it..BCCI , ICC ,ECB , ACB or what ever,pls come forward & save SL cricket. Cricinfo-please post more articles about this ridiculous selections & acknowledge cricket fans all over the world about what is happening..Tell them Chandimal,Lahiru,Preadeep,Dimuth,Mathews are amazing talents and how SL selectors & politicians trying to destroy their careers too let their friends & MPs like Sanath to play for national team till they die..pls is the only thing that make poor people of this tiny little island happy...Its so painful & heart braking for every all SLns .

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 7:27 GMT)

I fail to understand the debate of Young vs Old. If he is selected let him prove himself..Does not matter if he is old or young...Stop this nonsense of age!

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 7:27 GMT)

lucky my favorite guy in tyhe world

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 7:25 GMT)

Yesterday 35 years old 'in form' batsman SIMON KATICH dropped from Aussie team, today 42 years old 'politican & MP' SANATH JAYASURIYA included in srilankan ODI team. where cricket is going!!!!

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 7:24 GMT)

Very good decision.Actually he should have been given a chance to play world cup final.Still he can do lot for SL cricket. @ lijihas Actually it's not bad if can call Aravinda ,Arjuna and Mahanama also but the reason is they are not physically enough to play cricket. But Sana is still plays like early 30.

Posted by Dharshana007 on (June 9, 2011, 7:24 GMT)

Disastrous & hopeless team selection for the england one day & T20 series. There's plenty of young talent in srilanka and they get no opportunity. All of this is due to politics. our cricket is on the decline day by day. god save our cricket. or in sinhala we say " mehema giyoth deiyangema pihitai. "

Posted by Sumzy on (June 9, 2011, 7:23 GMT)

I am wondering why Vaas was not recalled. He is in England and he is performing way better than the so called ballers in the Sri Lankan squad.

Looking at the records, there were no significant performances by Jayasuriya in the recent past. In the mean time, Vaas has played dual roles, opening batsman and bowler and delivering excellent figures in England soil.

Don't know whether this is a farewell recall by SLC.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 7:21 GMT)

This is a really good decision. A man who is a revolutionary could not have retired just by being snubbed from the world cup squad. This must have really put England in fear. He did so well on the last tour there. He is old but he still has a very good eyesight and I am sure he will play just the way he plays. Good luck to him and Sri Lanka.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 7:21 GMT)

The man is a pure genius and his inclusion in the team is loved by the people all around the world.... Good luck to you mate.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 7:19 GMT)

Jayasuriya is the real subsitute for Dilshan & Tharanga...

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 7:19 GMT)

It also would be better to have Arjuna Ranathunga in this squad as a captain since we see a slot for the capataincy due to injured Dilshan.Lol. An ignominious option catalysed from a stark political move.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 7:17 GMT)

Relax.. When the team has proper combination of young players and experienced players, it is advisable to add an experienced player for Dilshan.

There are already some young players in the team - and it is not confirmed that SJ will play all the matches. May be they will try with the current team and if they feel an experienced opener is required, they can use Sanath... I am sure this is the idea behind his inclusion.

When both the specialist openers are not available, it is advisable to have an experienced opener in the squad - whether to play him or not is the next decision.

Posted by donDuminda on (June 9, 2011, 7:16 GMT)

stop the crap talk people.SJ deserves a good farewell.Don't care even if he's a passenger.If SL can afford to carry Murali as a passenger to the WorlCup Final than why not Sanath for the UK Tour.He deserves it even if he performs or not.

Posted by beven on (June 9, 2011, 7:11 GMT)

Yah its a great selection,sri lankan team will roll around him for another 10 years from now!!!!!he has the bright future as a player.................GOOD THINKING there will not b any chance for youth,go old quickly,u ll get one.........PITY

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 7:09 GMT)

@ lijihas, what a pointless comment. You should know that a lot of these selections are political and not necessarily motivated by the right factors. India is a larger country, has a bigger population and therefore a bigger pool of talent yet Sri Lanka is still competitive as a team.

I like Jayasuriya but he is well past it and has no place in the current squad. A youngster definitely should have been given the spot.

Posted by CKfrombrisbane on (June 9, 2011, 7:05 GMT)

I am a Sri Lankan and with this kind of selection I wish all the best for English team.

Posted by RecordHunter on (June 9, 2011, 7:04 GMT)

May be SLC need to bid farewell to the Great Player Sanath Jayasuriya.Hope we need to let him retire this way. Its funny to note that Vice captain of the squad is Thilina Kandamby. So far he could not secure a regular spot in the team to take up vice captancy. SLC would easily give this chance to Maththews.

Its quite clear that SLC do not need to hurt their favorite players by giving chance to talented youngsters those could win a place in the Squad.

Posted by Shaneb20041985 on (June 9, 2011, 7:02 GMT)

I was quite happy to see Jayasuriya not playing in the world cup. Just like everyone else, I saw it as denying a chance to the young players. In hindsight, I think Jayasuriya in the lower middle order would have fixed the fragility of our middle order which cost us the WC. He is old and he has difficulty playing genuine quickies. England doesn't have anyone bowling over 90+ mph consistently. I think he can do well against England. England's over-rated bowlers will easily get rattled by his style of play as well. Are we denying a chance for a young player to play? Yes we are. But I don't see any suitable replacement at the top of the order (given Tharanga and Dilshan are both unavailable). I do think, Dinesh Chandimal needs a chance in the middle order; but he shouldn't be fed to the wolves as an opener and destroy his confidence forever. This is not great for the future, but this is the best possible move given the other unfavorable choices.

Posted by KapilVijan on (June 9, 2011, 7:02 GMT)

At 42 a comeback, wow!! In such a case Ganguly can come back after 5-6 years, Tendulkar should die on the field, as he is not allowed to retire. Is Kapil Dev still fit to play, since we still don't have a genuine all rounder?

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 7:01 GMT)

come on guys take it easy....yes dats true we have to giv youngsers chance...........but in the other hand we hv to win is youth should be mixed with experience............sana had a great time in his last odi series against england....and mark my words when he make a comeback most likely he comes up with a bang....come on everyone dat u're the real master blaster........

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 7:01 GMT)

Sana I was a person who was critical of you before the world cup,,but looking at the way the middle order batted during the world cup it would have been much better to have you there instead of jokers like Chamara Silva!!! yes i change my opinion and would like to say we still need you in the team until some young players can replace you ,, you would be a good middle order and also a useful bowler,,Good Luck Sana!!

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 7:01 GMT)

This s a gud news for Sana's fans for sure, but in reality he s 42 years old, & not picked in IPL (as Saurav), it seems SL have picked him as reserve for injured DIlly & Tharanga, but what if? he dont get a chance to be in da final eleven as it happened to former captain & now the batting coach Marvan during the WC 2003, these greats should nt be neglected after being included in the 15 men squad, Sanath is one of the all tme best cricketer that Srilanka have produced & he should be remain the same, Any ways all the Best Sana :)

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 7:01 GMT)

Shame! Shame! SL Cricket.Dulip Mendis should resign from the selection committee.Oh dear there is so much talented boys in the squad but their go for this old fox......This is purely political out England you can get some early wicket by the name of Sanath Jayasuriya.Keep going England and thrash this bl....y old fox.

Greedy are ruined SL cricket...............

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 7:00 GMT)

So sad to see ppl judging him based on political views.I think this is a good decision specially when we need a experienced opener with Dilshan;s injury and Tharanag's absence!

Posted by donmoras on (June 9, 2011, 6:59 GMT)

Only God can save the SL cricket........

Posted by crickstats on (June 9, 2011, 6:59 GMT)

Call it transition abyss not to the future; at this rate, Dulip Mendis, Arjuna Ranatunga and co should be ready, K Dharmasena too, they might get a call at any time, to be serious it is very pity, they looked for the future when they didn't call Vaas, 1 step fwd, 2 steps bwd

Posted by Notredam on (June 9, 2011, 6:59 GMT)

Another backward step from Lankan selectors..Can't argue more on this..

Posted by Dilmah82 on (June 9, 2011, 6:58 GMT)

This is damn joke. Going backwards yet again

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 6:58 GMT)

I think they selected the wrong Jayasuriya , May be they wanted to select his son.

Posted by Rajeshj on (June 9, 2011, 6:57 GMT)

most stupid decision ever taken by any cricket board... being an Indian, now I can understand why decent guys like Jayawardane and Sangakkara had pre-maturely relinquished their captaincies...

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 6:56 GMT)

Hopefully chandimul and paranavitana are in ODI squad too

Posted by Roar911 on (June 9, 2011, 6:55 GMT)

do i smell something fishy? tharanga got banned for using medics given by the magic doc who works for u know who... and next thing u know, vacancy fr d opening spot! ...and guess whos in the squad! wow

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 6:55 GMT)

this should be Sanath's last ODI series.............

Posted by nwsk on (June 9, 2011, 6:55 GMT)

its political selection? 41 yers but still play ? may be mp will batting well? foolish cricket?

Posted by SavRox on (June 9, 2011, 6:55 GMT)

Ok now it is all clear about the intentions among the rulers in Sri Lanka... Every side shows such as Tharanga been failing a drug test, Sanga & Mahela's stepdown, Aravinda's resignation etc happened to initiate the comeback of this IDIOTIC RUTHLESS SANATH who is a political influencee of Mongal Moona.


Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 6:54 GMT)

proud to see the greatest all time servant of srilankan cricket back on the team...all criticizes that hes not fit to play IC...hes gonna pay rich dividends for dz selction.....cme on veteran we need a solid fair well.......all da bst master blaster.....

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (June 9, 2011, 6:54 GMT)

ha ha ha. Next is Murali, then Vass then Aravinda....SCB is funny.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 6:53 GMT)

I am a Srilankan and all i have to say is OMG .. This sad.. We do have so many young guys who are performing well yet we are are depending on a person who scored during 1996-2000 ..

Posted by dhino008 on (June 9, 2011, 6:53 GMT)

this is unbelievable & worst decision of all time in srilankan cricket..i don't now whr this z gonna end but surely i can say dis all depend on political a srilankan i'm vry heart broken 2 hear dat jayasuriya included instead of any youngstar..

Posted by Swordfishmadk on (June 9, 2011, 6:53 GMT)

i'll reserve my comments over this,but have to say one thing ,inclusion of SJ is pure pure politics..........!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 6:53 GMT)

Awesome!! The oldest player in international cricket continues on his merry way!!! i love sanath!!

Posted by Mazharul on (June 9, 2011, 6:52 GMT)

Welcome MATARA HURRICANE...We r waiting to see you...You r the father of modern cricket..

Posted by harryrockz on (June 9, 2011, 6:51 GMT)

ha ha... Comedy to the core... SL in the dumps... why include him. Could have given the opportunity to an youngster. So sad... Sottaiyan rules...

Posted by coolio78 on (June 9, 2011, 6:50 GMT)

I fail to understand, does Jayasurya want to come back (by using his political power) or is he being forced to return (lack of consistency in SL batsmen)? Either way, I still believe he should be involved with SL cricket in some other way, not playing as a player...! come on 42?

Posted by Glabbs on (June 9, 2011, 6:50 GMT)

A purely political decision. No youngsters in the country? Let Lahiru Thirimanne replace Tharanga. Jayasurira should atleast now call it quit to save whatever respect people left for him.

Posted by lijihas on (June 9, 2011, 6:50 GMT)

ha ha ha.....also call mahanama,d silva,arjuna, dharmasena,kalu,attappattu..... all ur retired players...what a shame for lankan cricket..... do not have no young talents like india....calling all retired players... CURRENT SRL TEAM = INDIA UNDER 15 TEAM,.....ANY LANKAN WILL ARGUE WITH ME?

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 6:47 GMT)

Hope he get back to his old form! Good luck sana!!! Use this as ur best chance to prove u are still the best and use this chance to retire form cricket properly!

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 6:46 GMT)

Good luck are the best.cheers

Posted by redneck on (June 9, 2011, 6:45 GMT)

good to see sri lanka looking into the future!!! good luck to the dinosaur, he was a exciting batsman to watch in the 90's

Posted by KAIRAVA on (June 9, 2011, 6:45 GMT)

Sri Lanka has been one of the top 3 nations in the ODIs for the past one year and has been the finalist in 2011 World Cup. For heaven's sake, don't they even young openers in the reserves to serve as backup in case their established openers are unavailable/injured ? Falling back to an "expired" Jayasuriya, who last played a quality ODI in 2009, is a sign that Sri Lanka cricket is in a great mess and would fall to the depths of Bangladesh once Sanga/Dilshan/Jayawardene retire in a couple of years.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 6:45 GMT)

isn't there any young promising cricketer in Sri Lanka that they had to call Sanath in. I believe, they should have given someone else an opportunity to prove himself. Even if he plays well he doesn't have a future in cricket at this age...

Posted by Abaa on (June 9, 2011, 6:45 GMT)

In 2019 our World Cup XI can be Sanath, Kaluwitharana, Sanga, Aravinda, Mahela, Ranatunga, H.Tilakaratna, Mahanama, Vaas, Murali and some other retired 45 or 50 year old grandpa who was a champ in the 90s ... Time to repeat 1996 25 years later (something like what India did) and with the same guys (nowhere close to what India did) ...

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 6:41 GMT)

Matara harican back again.........

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 6:40 GMT)

Good luck old fellaa...........................:)

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 6:40 GMT)

Datz a great news for SL team. Dey r lackin of gud young players. So they loosers are bringing bck sanath wich was thrwn away frm the squad fr WC 11. This shows d looser attitude of lankans. Learn from us we indians r sign n country of generating amass talented players nt lyk SL throwin players n dn bringing dm back.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 6:38 GMT)

Welcome back sana, if u can prove that u can even now blast at least 50 is couragable and can be continued

Posted by nishardfazna on (June 9, 2011, 6:37 GMT)

its good to see sanath jayasuriya is playing. this is a good oppertunity for sanath to proove his abilities. may be this should be the last chance sanath has grtting. i think suranga lakmal should replaced by farvees maharoof. lakmal is not a good odi bowler. maharoof should not included in the test series. but should includeed in the one day games

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 6:35 GMT)

this is ridiculous.. don't have any word

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 6:33 GMT)

So sad to hear what has happened in sri lanka.all depend onm political power

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