Champions Trophy 2013 May 2, 2013

Welegedara returns for Champions Trophy

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Fast bowler Chanaka Welegedara has earned an ODI recall, picked in Sri Lanka's 15-man squad for the Champions Trophy. Welegedara has not played international limited-overs cricket since mid-2010, and had to return home mid-way through Sri Lanka's Test series in Australia last December with a hamstring injury.

Expectedly Mahela Jayawardene and Rangana Herath, the two senior players who had missed Sri Lanka's previous one-day assignment, return; Jayawardene had missed the home ODIs against Bangladesh in March due to a finger injury, while Herath had been rested.

Batsman Upul Tharanga, who had a woeful series against Australia - 13 runs in three innings - and did not make the XI in the games against Bangladesh, does not feature in the squad.

Spinner Ajantha Mendis, who was not picked for the Bangladesh one-dayers, has not made this squad either.

Welegedara had an injury-plagued 2012, straining his groin in March during the home series against England and then, on recovering from that, tearing a shoulder muscle as Sri Lanka prepared to play Pakistan in June. While one of Sri Lanka's preferred options in Test cricket, he has not been part of the limited-overs set-up of late. After pulling up during the Boxing Day Test, he was out of competitive cricket for a month, before returning to first-class cricket in February. Since then he took 23 wickets in seven matches for Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club.

Batsmen Kithuruwan Vithanage and Angelo Perera, and allrounder Sachith Pathirana, who earned maiden call-ups for the Bangladesh series, miss out.

Sri Lanka had tied the series against Australia (2-2) and Bangladesh (1-1).

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  • Remoz on May 7, 2013, 11:36 GMT

    A Nice team with experienced players. Guess they can bring it home

  • Crick_Expert on May 5, 2013, 18:25 GMT

    Good luck SL team for UK tour.

    A message from PAKISTANi

  • Prem2248 on May 4, 2013, 14:35 GMT

    allotted for each tournament, for the year have also been reduced since 2011, because they don't want to see youngsters performing and doing well, rather don't want to pay them extra money (give incentives to youngsters), thus they can carry on with these over-hyped inconsistent seniors till the next WC. It is so pathetic that the local media doesn't highlight these perilous situations.

  • Prem2248 on May 4, 2013, 14:35 GMT

    Though promising youngsters are held in high esteem by all other countries the SLan Jokers of last 20 years have thought differently and felt reckless risky inconsistent batting is the most wanted at International level. The using of these aging risky stroke makers, as front-liners has aggravated situation still further. The Country badly needs more classy young players of quick reflex (Kholi, Pujara, deViliers). Though we have enough of such quality players coming out of schools at regular basis as in the past, the Jokers of last 2 decades have considered such players as useless and always given preference to inconsistent batters for few exiting strokes they possess. The hitting ability with no proper control has no effect on lively pitches in England or any other turf for that matter. By the way Chathura Peiris the leading wicket-taker (Skipper) in the Youth WC 2010 is far far better bowler than Welagedara for the future. The No of T'ments held and No of matches being (2B CNTD)

  • on May 4, 2013, 13:12 GMT

    this is the best team...Dilshan , Kusal..Sanga , CHandimal at 4..Thirimanne at 5, Mahela ( @ 6) , Mathews at 7..Then Tissara..and bowlers to follow

  • on May 4, 2013, 13:05 GMT

    Weldone Sana..You selected the best team...Though Tharanga scored avarage 70 in previous matches in England all over the world knows his present weakness with seaming conditions..Ajantha Mendis drop can be fairly justified.. when consider the current form Sachithra Senanayake is a better and he is a better batsman than Ajantha as well...No doubt we need the experience of Hearth..He can not be replaced with any other spinner in ODIs and Tests..Be definitely need him with Pakistanis...Better to select Chanaka Welgedara to maintain the variety in the fast bowling unit...He is the best left arm fast bowler we are having and he justified his form during last few matches for Tamil union......I have big question mark... why we are not utilizing Jeewan Mendis,s leg spin ability in bowling?

  • on May 4, 2013, 7:57 GMT

    Tharanga has promise but can't accommodate him just as a specialist batsman. Too many of the are already there.

  • Sinhaya on May 4, 2013, 4:10 GMT

    @Htc-Android, yes Chandimal and KP are the best for bouncy pitches. I doubt if Dilshan can do much now. May be Thirimanne must open with KP for ODIs. Dilshan is now past his used by date IMO.

  • trav696 on May 4, 2013, 3:03 GMT

    I completely agree with a few people in saying that instead of going for experience in Welegedara; go for the likes of fast bowler Dilhara Fernando or a somewhat reliable allrounder in Farveez Maharoof. Welegedara cannot bat and is an average left arm fast medium bowler. Whereas Maharoof is also a fast medium bowler that can bowl some testing line and length which is economical and he is also handy with the bat. Dilhara can hit the deck hard with some express pace and his economy in ODI cricket is not too bad. These 2 are much better choices than the likes of Welegedera...

  • Chandima.Ceylon on May 3, 2013, 17:12 GMT

    Welagedara is typical test player and was not given a chance at last test series against Bangaladesh.S Lakmal was called instead but then he failed.Now for ODI series Welagedara was selected after 3 years for ODI.This selection is to compensate the error done in previous Test series.No problem with selecting Sachitra and Herath.

  • Remoz on May 7, 2013, 11:36 GMT

    A Nice team with experienced players. Guess they can bring it home

  • Crick_Expert on May 5, 2013, 18:25 GMT

    Good luck SL team for UK tour.

    A message from PAKISTANi

  • Prem2248 on May 4, 2013, 14:35 GMT

    allotted for each tournament, for the year have also been reduced since 2011, because they don't want to see youngsters performing and doing well, rather don't want to pay them extra money (give incentives to youngsters), thus they can carry on with these over-hyped inconsistent seniors till the next WC. It is so pathetic that the local media doesn't highlight these perilous situations.

  • Prem2248 on May 4, 2013, 14:35 GMT

    Though promising youngsters are held in high esteem by all other countries the SLan Jokers of last 20 years have thought differently and felt reckless risky inconsistent batting is the most wanted at International level. The using of these aging risky stroke makers, as front-liners has aggravated situation still further. The Country badly needs more classy young players of quick reflex (Kholi, Pujara, deViliers). Though we have enough of such quality players coming out of schools at regular basis as in the past, the Jokers of last 2 decades have considered such players as useless and always given preference to inconsistent batters for few exiting strokes they possess. The hitting ability with no proper control has no effect on lively pitches in England or any other turf for that matter. By the way Chathura Peiris the leading wicket-taker (Skipper) in the Youth WC 2010 is far far better bowler than Welagedara for the future. The No of T'ments held and No of matches being (2B CNTD)

  • on May 4, 2013, 13:12 GMT

    this is the best team...Dilshan , Kusal..Sanga , CHandimal at 4..Thirimanne at 5, Mahela ( @ 6) , Mathews at 7..Then Tissara..and bowlers to follow

  • on May 4, 2013, 13:05 GMT

    Weldone Sana..You selected the best team...Though Tharanga scored avarage 70 in previous matches in England all over the world knows his present weakness with seaming conditions..Ajantha Mendis drop can be fairly justified.. when consider the current form Sachithra Senanayake is a better and he is a better batsman than Ajantha as well...No doubt we need the experience of Hearth..He can not be replaced with any other spinner in ODIs and Tests..Be definitely need him with Pakistanis...Better to select Chanaka Welgedara to maintain the variety in the fast bowling unit...He is the best left arm fast bowler we are having and he justified his form during last few matches for Tamil union......I have big question mark... why we are not utilizing Jeewan Mendis,s leg spin ability in bowling?

  • on May 4, 2013, 7:57 GMT

    Tharanga has promise but can't accommodate him just as a specialist batsman. Too many of the are already there.

  • Sinhaya on May 4, 2013, 4:10 GMT

    @Htc-Android, yes Chandimal and KP are the best for bouncy pitches. I doubt if Dilshan can do much now. May be Thirimanne must open with KP for ODIs. Dilshan is now past his used by date IMO.

  • trav696 on May 4, 2013, 3:03 GMT

    I completely agree with a few people in saying that instead of going for experience in Welegedara; go for the likes of fast bowler Dilhara Fernando or a somewhat reliable allrounder in Farveez Maharoof. Welegedara cannot bat and is an average left arm fast medium bowler. Whereas Maharoof is also a fast medium bowler that can bowl some testing line and length which is economical and he is also handy with the bat. Dilhara can hit the deck hard with some express pace and his economy in ODI cricket is not too bad. These 2 are much better choices than the likes of Welegedera...

  • Chandima.Ceylon on May 3, 2013, 17:12 GMT

    Welagedara is typical test player and was not given a chance at last test series against Bangaladesh.S Lakmal was called instead but then he failed.Now for ODI series Welagedara was selected after 3 years for ODI.This selection is to compensate the error done in previous Test series.No problem with selecting Sachitra and Herath.

  • on May 3, 2013, 14:42 GMT

    my 15 man squad : 1.kj perera, 2.t dilshan, 3.k.sangakkara, 4.m.jayawardene, 5.d.chandimal, 6.j.mubarak/c.kapugedera, 7.l.thirrimanne, 8.a.dananjaya, 9.s.senanayeke/a.mendis, 10.j.mendis, 11.l.malinga, 12.n.kulasekkara, 13.t.perera, 14.a.mathews, 15.f.maharoof/s.eranga

  • yorkslanka on May 3, 2013, 11:53 GMT

    Tharanga should have been included and we need a genuine quick bowler to use the wickets here in England.Maybe Eranga would hav been a good inclusion and I think Ajantha mendis would have been useful to bamboozle a few people. All those going on about danajaya, what has he done in world cricket so far?nothing...he shows promise but this is a major tournament not a Domestic tour...

  • buncers on May 3, 2013, 11:17 GMT

    Looks like a good squad. I agree with leaving out Ajanta (he can't bat). Not something you can do without in limited overs these days.

    I would like to see Danenjaya given some more opportunity?

  • siri12345 on May 3, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    dissapointed not to see ajantha mendis in the squad.the group we are in we r playing newzealand,england and australia all 3 of them who have their share of struggle against spin.so i feel ajantha would have been a better bet than rangana herath who maynot be such a threat in odi and age is alsonot helping him.(though i would be delighted if proved wrong and herath do well)cricinfo plz publish.

  • on May 3, 2013, 5:41 GMT

    Where is Kapugedara?I think SL cricket should give a chance to Kapugedra.He is better player than Chandimal,Thirimanna.Yes true he got a chance but hadn't delivered.But he can be good player for all 3formats for SL.And i think Dimuth Karunaratnna is good choice for these England conditions.We all saw how he was playing at Australia.He is good enough these conditions.Anyway good to see Kusal Perera in.Surely he is our key player for next 10 years.[1]Dilshan[2]Kusal[3]Sanga[4]Mahela[5]Mathews[6]Chandimal[7]Thirimanna[8]Thisara[9]Kula[10]Malinga[11]Sachi

  • Htc-Android on May 3, 2013, 5:10 GMT

    MY team )Kusal 2)Dili 3)Sanga 4)Chandi 5)Mayya 6)Angie 7)Thisara 8) Jeevan 9)Kula 10)Sachi/Herath 11)Malinga. I feel sorry for Thirmanne. He needs to wait till the seniors retire to break into the ODI team. Chandimal is our best player in bouncy wickets and he should bat at No.4. Mahela, Mathews, Thissara, Jeewan can do the finishing roles. Our batting looks solid on paper. But lets wait till the game starts.

  • cricket12namal on May 3, 2013, 2:41 GMT

    upul tharanga should be included

  • Prem2248 on May 3, 2013, 1:04 GMT

    4 s'iors including left-armer are just white elephants in the Side, will continue their selfish motives of ruining the future of youngsters. They are very well aware, where they stand among the brilliant youngsters and how pathetic their form is at present. How can we trust these aging players to do well in England at a time, when they have performed badly even at Home turfs. Their chancy innings against weak bowling attack of B'desh cannot be taken into account. It's very difficult to digest the continuous blocking of International careers of brilliant youngsters the likes of Khausal Silva, Angelo Perera,KithruwanW, Gayan Maneshan,Shehan Jayasuriya,Ashen Silva, Sachithra Serasinghe,UmeshKarunarathna, Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Mendis; Ajantha Mendis, MalindaPushpakumara,Tharindu Khausal,DulanjanaMendis,… It appears Bhanuka (brilliant career since his age of 15) one of the top class batters in the Youth WC2010 has lost his interest of the Game due to negligence & incompetency of Jokers

  • Siyambala on May 3, 2013, 0:52 GMT

    @vihanga vithanage when a left hand batsman uses his right hand too much, weird things happen. For him its nothing new. Also he is not 100% physically fit. and I'm not criticizing his body type. his health has taken a toll on him. But yeah i really wish him well and hope he can recover and get back in to the team. and after the big three retires, he is a must have.

  • DwightR on May 3, 2013, 0:16 GMT

    @Ramansilva- how can we make an assessment on Mathews captiancy this early...lets give this talent a chance to show us what his captiancy is all about in this tournament

  • sAiyAnstAr on May 2, 2013, 23:22 GMT

    So glad to see Kusal Perera in the squad. With him and Dilshan opening we might see the Sri Lanka from 96 re-ignited!

  • Crick_Expert on May 2, 2013, 20:20 GMT

    I am from Pakistan & big fan of SL team. I think SL should give Upul Tharanga a chance for UK tour, as he always played good in fast track. Without Upul Tharanga SL team can go under batting pressure.

  • ThilankaK on May 2, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    Tillakaratne Dilshan Kusal Perera Kumar Sangakkara Mahela Jayawardene Angelo Mathews (capt) Dinesh Chandimal (vice-capt) Jeevan Mendis Thisara Perera Nuwan Kulasekara Lasith Malinga Sachithra Senanayake

    8 Bat / 7 Ball 4 Fast 2 Off 1 Leg

  • Baseball-Sucks on May 2, 2013, 18:51 GMT

    Even though Mahela has been successful as an opening batsman, I think we should go with Kusal. His "Jayasuriya type" batting style is better suited for opening the innings. His desire for lofted shots can be very well utilized in first 10 overs of power play. We're talking about Sri Lankan Brand of Cricket here. So we can definitely get the edge over any team by unleashing Kusal up front (rather than keep him waiting), just like good old days where our Sana boy used to obliterate the opposition. Mahela is a legendary batsman n he knows how to play down the order by according to the situation. So Kusal-Dilly opening pair is a must !!

    Anyway, The CT final will be Sri Lanka vs England !! :) And the better team on that day will lift the trophy.

  • JamesSmithee on May 2, 2013, 18:25 GMT

    If Thissara and Mathews and Kulasekara are in the team Jeewan must be sit in the bench. Doesn't need to fill up with half all rounders. Better to go with full time bowler as Sri Lanka has good batting lineup.

  • Tal_Botvinnik on May 2, 2013, 18:20 GMT

    @3rd_man Look here Mate, Kusal is actually a middle order player, his 155(highest List A score), 300(Highest FC score) come with him batting lower down the order. Mahela is not the best middle order batsmen either, but he avgs 50+ opening and scored runs in Australia, England(144 in headinley). Kusal looked comfortable batting at any position if you ask me.

  • Ahgg on May 2, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    Great selection. For all the people who are making thier comments about players current ipl form let me say a few things. Firstly this is going to be a totally different format (50 overs) Also Sri Lankan players have rarely performed individually at ipl (match winning) I guess this is due to people comparing them with impact players such as Gayle, Watson, pollard etc..but what I can say is this sl team plays well as a unit. Remember we are right up there in one day rankings and number one in t20. On the other hand West Indian players individual brilliance hardly is seen in intl cricket. Hence although they are the t20 champions, players are very inconsistent. Am very confident sl will play brilliantly again as a unit making mother Lanka proud!!!

  • Ramansilva on May 2, 2013, 17:28 GMT

    If Mathews is not good enough to lead an IPL team how come he is good to lead a national team. He is far too overrated. SL team clearly lacks a shrewd captain in the caliber of Arjuna and Mahela.

  • King Maker Niraj on May 2, 2013, 17:03 GMT

    we are having six fast bowlers the balance in the team is really excellent experince & youth in top 6 khusal,dilshan,sanga,mahela,chandi,mathews team balance is massive thisara,mathews would bowl atleast 16 overs between them and could finish the innings with help of jeevan & the bowlers malinga,kulsekra&hearth will suerly play sorry to see thirimane missing games

  • on May 2, 2013, 16:55 GMT

    when it comes to international matches those bench warmers always score runs. we have seen dat many times. so dont worry sanga,mahela,mathews and dilshan will do the job

  • Nmiduna on May 2, 2013, 16:03 GMT

    It's very naive judge our players form from the IPL. playing for your country is different..after all, many sri lankans must be happy rather than complaining that Malinga and others are not performing that well in the IPL..that's what they were complaining unfairly and short-sightedly about. I'm sure sanga and mahela can find some form, although mahela's vulnerability to that seaming away ball is heart breakingly sad.and about anji's captaincy, well captaining a bunch of unknowns and in-cohesive unit is very different from captaining SL..and it'll only help him as an experience, we all know he's got brains to adjust. as always, SL will get close, but then the pressure would be higher than ever, specially for the seniors who has a final chance of claiming ICC silverware.

  • on May 2, 2013, 14:37 GMT

    good but bowling attak is weak thisara,jewan is not at the form

  • on May 2, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    I m very annoyed with everything thats happening with Sri lanka Cricket. I dont think appointing Mathews captain and Chandimal as vice is a smart move. Matjews delivers once in a blue moon and Chandimal still not a regular. I feel for Upul Tharanga.what happened to that guy? Hes like rohit sharma for india.

  • 3rd_man on May 2, 2013, 14:12 GMT

    Tal_Botvinnik, opening Mahela is very good option my brother. specially seaming conditions in England. I have watched all the matches where MJ open the batting. he is very vulnerable against seaming ball throughout his carrier. Obviously he seem to enjoy opening the batting, but its now what he wants. it s all about what is the best for SL cricket. he is someone who can play one big innings opening the batting after failing at the middle order. but if you give him to open continuously he will fail big time. you can see it in IPL. what s wrong Kusal has done opening the batting last few innings for SL? Chandi had a grate time last time when he played there,he should do well, because we cant expect too much spin in action in England. looking forward to see what he has done with his technique past 2 months. in my opinion he should bat at lest no 3 or 4.

  • on May 2, 2013, 13:24 GMT

    Considering that no selection committee can satisfy everyone, it is a very strong squad that has been chosen. Selectors wanted to give Senanayake an extended run. Herath is by all means the better bowler but they do not want to over exert him by playing him in all forms of cricket, considering his worth as our match wining bowler in test cricket. Hearth is also 35 now and we would like to have him playing test cricket as long as he can. Welagedara's left arm pace bowling will add variety to the attack. However, out of all pacemen he is least likely to appear in the final XI. Having been out of competitive international cricket for a long time, selectors obviously wanted him to have some match practice ahead of future test assignments from later this year. Welagedara is considered as the leader of our test pace attack with Eranga tipped to take over from him in the future.

  • on May 2, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    High time to leave out Angelo Mathews. His individual contribution is the worst & it's sinking the SL ship.

  • on May 2, 2013, 12:59 GMT

    Excellent Combination. The Present Sri lankan Squad and the 11 seems to be settled than never before.It's not totally about the fact that they have got genuine all rounders.Now they have got a very settled opener Kusal and on other side the attacking Fact Dilshan. Sanga,Chandimal,Mahela will make the 3rd 4th and the 5th slots respectively and Mathews will take the responsibility from the middle. Looking at the bowling dept or the lower order they do contain much attacking bowling options rather than economy bowlers.Herath will be taking the Specialist spinners slot. but the problem will be who is playing at no.7. Thisara or Jeewan both being key fctors of the team.But in my opinion Both must play and Probably herath will have to sit out. Malinga and Eranga must make the playing XI.The problem will be about the 3rd seamer kule or Welagedara. I hope Welagedara to appear.Cz there are no left arm seamers in the line up as most of the opposition batsman are going to be RHB.

  • DwightR on May 2, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    excellent selection, we have a strong squad...no controversial picks for a change

    My XI: 1. Dilshan 2. K Perera 3. Sangakkara 4. Mahela 5. Chandimal 6. Mathews 7. T Perera 8. Kulasekara 9. Herath 10. Malinga 11. Eranga

  • SL_Boy on May 2, 2013, 12:09 GMT

    Guys, only 11 can play ... in England one spiner and Dilshan and Jeevan will be in the playing 11, we can't replace Welegedera with spinner seekuge prassana, kaushal lokuarachchi, malinga bandara, jehan mubarak does not make scene, if Malinga or Kula get injured/rest Shaminda will get the place next in line is Welagedara.

    Did you guys follow even in county Samaraweera did not performed well enough.

    Good luck guys.

  • ca2ca on May 2, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    Looking at the present performances of SL players in IPL except T. Perera and some jibs from Mahela, rest are just out of form. Sanga and Mattews are just there or warming benches. Even Malinga's (bowling apostle of MI) average is 35 and eco.rate 7. On the other hand Mattews batting average is 17 and has scored only 3 fours in his 5 innings. Sanga is worst with a batting aver. of 15,6. Dashing Dilshan's average just 15. Lot of flops. Still as a team they perform better. Hope they recorver soon.

  • Perera32 on May 2, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    Thank god, finally a good selection by the board. The batting looks very stron again, the bowlers need to step up. Shame about Tharanga, who started his career in a brilliant way, I still remember his series vs England in 2006, when SL whitewashed then 5-0.

  • xhanamilax on May 2, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    selection of welagedara not fair.... this chance need to go new face. i dont think this is wise move.

  • Lankanforever on May 2, 2013, 11:11 GMT

    well i'm not gonna pick my team, but I could say this for sure. If you think Chandi is not gonna be in the playinx XI you are not informed, HE IS THE VICE CAPTAIN.

  • Tal_Botvinnik on May 2, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    Excellent selection

    1.Mahela 2.Dilshan 3.Sanga 4.D Chandimal 5.K Perera 6.A Mathews 7.J Mendis 8.T Perera 9.R Herath 10.L Malinga 11.C Welagedara would be my XI:

    We have Stroke players at the top, steady accumulators at then and aggresive finishers and a strong lower order. Bowling we have a SLA,OB,LBG as spin varieties and RMF,RM,RF,LFM as pacers with Malinga, tissa, Wela as death bowlers.Kusal perera origionally bats at the middle order and mahela is wasted at the lower order.

  • on May 2, 2013, 10:39 GMT

    nice to see welegedera back in the sqaud, no dobt the conditions will suit him. eagerly waiting to see Kusal in action... my 11... 1)Kusal 2)Dili 3)Sanga 4)Chandi 5)Mayya 6)Angie 7)Thisara 8)Kule 9)Sachi/Herath 10)Malinga 11)Wele/Shaminda..... we got a great squad to win the champions trophy this time.....

  • on May 2, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    if they wanted a fairly experienced seamer they should have picked maharoof or dilhara fernando instead of welegedera. fernando is sri lanka's 5th highest wicket taker with a better economy than t.perera, and maharoof is the 2nd fastest sri lankan to reach 100 wkts after malinga, and he has also gotten a hattrick, plus he has a better economy the t.perera and malinga, and an average and strike rate that is similar to t.perera's and malinga's and better than kulasekera's and herath's

  • on May 2, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    i can understand tharanga being left out but either mendis or dananjaya not playing is shocking. and there a lot of better replacements than welegedera like seekuge prassana, kaushal lokuarachchi, malinga bandara, jehan mubarak, farveez maharoof, shehan jayasuriya, chaturanga kumara, kaushalya weeraratne, niroshan dickwella etc. would have been a better choice

  • FLIPPER_99 on May 2, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    well lot of people here wants A.mendis in the side but guys this is in england and therefore wont spin much & mendis is a liability in those conditions. there would only be one spinner in the team anyways and the best spinner in SL right now is herath and rightfully he is there.. so good selection i guess p.s great to see tharanga's not in the team.. that guy wont last an over with the swinging ball.

  • PadMarley on May 2, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    I think its a decent selection. Its a Global competition, and I totally agree not including too many inexperienced people. But, at the same time the form of Sri Lankan players had been horrible in the IPL. No one lived-up to expectations except for Tisara Perera.

  • hotcric01 on May 2, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    A good selection.Adding welagedara,has brought some variety to the pace attack.Ajantha is a bit overrated spinner his mysteries are easily revealed with modern techniques.Herath should be used against teams which are included more right hand batsmen like pakistan.Otherwise it should be sachithra.Chandimal should play.SL is in a tough group with two of other favorites Eng(hot favorite ) and Aus(always doing well in global ODI tournaments).NZ has a high quality pace attack and power hitters like Macculam,Taylor,KW,Guptil.So they are an unpredictable team. Anyway Good luck SL!You have done so well in recent global tournaments.

  • on May 2, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    yes....wise selection...thank u d person who behind this selection..i think Ajantha is not performing well these days so better to remove from him..further Jeewan mendis also should not be there since not up to the level. My Line up selection 01.Kusl 02.Dil 03.Mahiya 04.Sanga 05.Thiri or Chandi 06.Mathews 07.Thisara 08.Kula 09.Herath/sachi 10.Eranga/Welagedara 11.Malinga

    anyway wish u best..dear lion, dont be runner up again..be the champion

  • Uppercut07 on May 2, 2013, 9:52 GMT

    I guess Maharoof missed out to Welagedera. It's unfortunate for Maha, but SL bowling attack really need the 'left arm pacer' as the variety in the bowling line up

  • NipunaLaksitha on May 2, 2013, 9:50 GMT

    I think this is the team will pick by the management: Kusal,Dilshan,Sanga, Chandimal, Mahela,Mathews, Jeevan, Thisara, Senanayaka, Kulasekara, Malinga But i think mahela must replace by thirimanne as his record on fast pitches not good. but if thirimanne doest perform can come to the normal mix as usual. but in all this is a good team.

  • Promodth on May 2, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    Upul Tharanga has experience. Eventhough his current form is not good he has done well in England. I'm sure he'll do well. He should include in the squad.

  • Sachit1979 on May 2, 2013, 9:38 GMT

    Looks very balanced side. Welcome back the experienced duo of Jayawardene and Herath. Their support would definitely help SL. Though few people may debate on Senanayake's selection over Dananjaya and Ajantha Mendis.

  • on May 2, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    Ajantha mend is should be there..the squad is not balance.i dont think its a good call picking welagedara since we have anjelo,thissara,malinga,kula and shamnda..we need mendis cos many of countries till struggling to read him..

  • ramz_01 on May 2, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    well balanced squad I think. bagya mendis s time is over he is no more world class bowler v hav a good all round side and dis is best side for while for lions.

  • Karnain on May 2, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    It's really nice to see Upul Tharanga is not selected, finally. But I think an extra batsman should be included in the 15

  • Baseball-Sucks on May 2, 2013, 9:27 GMT

    My XI for CT : 1) Kusal Perera 2) Dilshan 3) Mahela 4) Sanga 5) Mathews (C) 6) Thiri 7) Chandimal 8) Thisara 9) Herath/ Sachi 10) Kula/Eranga / Welegedara 11) Malinga.

    Its gonna be SL vs ENG at the final. I hope we will not choke this time again . :)

  • rukzz on May 2, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    Good squad. Senanayake and Herath is better than Ajantha as of now in terms of form.

  • on May 2, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    Why isn't Akila Dhanajaya selected ?

  • on May 2, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    Wonderful selection. What a well balanced team. come on Lions. Bring it home...!!

  • Ali_86xz on May 2, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    Sri Lanka has a strong and stable XI. All the best to them. The line-up might look like this: 1-Kusal Perera 2-TM Dilshan 3-Sangakkara 4-Jayawardene 5-Thirimanne/Chandimal 6-Thisara Perera 7-J Mendis 8-Malinga 9-Kulasekara 10-Welagedara/Eranga 11-Senanayake. Herath is more of a Test bowler than an ODI bowler. Thirimanne has the first preference, but if anyone in the line-up doesn't perform, Chandimal takes his place. And where is Ajantha Mendis???

  • on May 2, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    i think ajantha mendis should be there

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  • on May 2, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    i think ajantha mendis should be there

  • Ali_86xz on May 2, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    Sri Lanka has a strong and stable XI. All the best to them. The line-up might look like this: 1-Kusal Perera 2-TM Dilshan 3-Sangakkara 4-Jayawardene 5-Thirimanne/Chandimal 6-Thisara Perera 7-J Mendis 8-Malinga 9-Kulasekara 10-Welagedara/Eranga 11-Senanayake. Herath is more of a Test bowler than an ODI bowler. Thirimanne has the first preference, but if anyone in the line-up doesn't perform, Chandimal takes his place. And where is Ajantha Mendis???

  • on May 2, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    Wonderful selection. What a well balanced team. come on Lions. Bring it home...!!

  • on May 2, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    Why isn't Akila Dhanajaya selected ?

  • rukzz on May 2, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    Good squad. Senanayake and Herath is better than Ajantha as of now in terms of form.

  • Baseball-Sucks on May 2, 2013, 9:27 GMT

    My XI for CT : 1) Kusal Perera 2) Dilshan 3) Mahela 4) Sanga 5) Mathews (C) 6) Thiri 7) Chandimal 8) Thisara 9) Herath/ Sachi 10) Kula/Eranga / Welegedara 11) Malinga.

    Its gonna be SL vs ENG at the final. I hope we will not choke this time again . :)

  • Karnain on May 2, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    It's really nice to see Upul Tharanga is not selected, finally. But I think an extra batsman should be included in the 15

  • ramz_01 on May 2, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    well balanced squad I think. bagya mendis s time is over he is no more world class bowler v hav a good all round side and dis is best side for while for lions.

  • on May 2, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    Ajantha mend is should be there..the squad is not balance.i dont think its a good call picking welagedara since we have anjelo,thissara,malinga,kula and shamnda..we need mendis cos many of countries till struggling to read him..

  • Sachit1979 on May 2, 2013, 9:38 GMT

    Looks very balanced side. Welcome back the experienced duo of Jayawardene and Herath. Their support would definitely help SL. Though few people may debate on Senanayake's selection over Dananjaya and Ajantha Mendis.