ICC World Twenty20 2012 August 23, 2012

Rookie spinner Dananjaya gets World T20 call-up

ESPNcricinfo staff

Akila Dananjaya has been named in Sri Lanka's squad for the World Twenty20, following four impressive performances for Wayamba United in the ongoing Sri Lanka Premier League. Another uncapped player, opening batsman Dilshan Munaweera, has been picked and Ajantha Mendis has earned a recall. Mendis has not played for Sri Lanka since January after suffering a back injury.

Dananjaya, 18, had never played professional cricket prior to the SLPL, nor was he picked for the U-19 side currently competing in the World Cup in Australia. He had been selected in the preliminary 30-man squad solely on the recommendation of captain Mahela Jayawardene, who had faced him at Sri Lanka's net session. Dananjaya has taken seven wickets at the SLPL, at an average of 11 and an economy rate of 4.81.

Munaweera was picked despite not being named in the preliminary list. Renowned as a clean hitter on the domestic circuit, he showed glimpses of that power in the SLPL, but has a highest score of 36 in his four innings in the tournament so far

Mendis, though, has been impressive in the SLPL. He has nine wickets at an average of 14.11 in four matches.

A fractured finger during the ODI series against India last month had ruled out Kumar Sangakkara for four to six weeks and his selection in the 15 remains subject to his recovery in time for the competition. Likewise with seamer Nuwan Kulasekara, who suffered a groin injury in July.

There is no room in the side for batsman Upul Tharanga, who played in the Twenty20 against India earlier this month, despite scores of 65 not out and 48 for his franchise. Chamara Kapugedara, who hit a match-winning 69 from 39 balls for Uthura Rudras on Tuesday also missed out.

Sri Lanka play their first warm-up ahead of the World T20 against West Indies on September 13. Their first game of the tournament is against Zimbabwe on September 18.

Sri Lanka squad: Mahela Jayawardene (capt), Angelo Mathews (vice-capt), Kumar Sangakkara, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Lahiru Thirimanne, Jeevan Mendis, Dilshan Munaweera, Thisara Perera, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Kulasekara, Rangana Herath, Ajantha Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Shaminda Eranga, Akila Dhanajaya.

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  • kamal on August 26, 2012, 19:35 GMT

    A really good selection. My playing eleven for the first match: MJ, Dili, Sanga, Chandi, Angi, Thiri, Thisara, Kula, Ajantha, Mali, Akila Dhananjaya.

  • Dummy4 on August 26, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    Should have dropped TM Dilshan and Herath... What's the point of having SLPL? Still they rely on aged man like Herath.. Where is Randiv , Senananyaka? Dilshan should replaced by Kapu or maharoof..

  • Dian on August 26, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    v.v.v.v.v.v.v poor selection, if am the selector, and if am giving a pen and paper, I would select KAPU as the first and automatic choice, and the whole world knows he is capable of, if some selector who misses a T20 selection, without KAPU, means some ???? I dont know, given the current form, he should surpass all.

    No one would want to watch a match without KAPU..

    Good luck anyway sri lankan team.

    PS : Kapu put your socks on, you maybe called anytime.

  • Ravindra on August 25, 2012, 21:22 GMT

    Just for the record: Kapu played 3 matches in the 2011 WC, 1 game in Aus, 2 in Asian Cup and 1 t20 game against Pak. Kapugadare played total 3 matches since 2011 WC. Is he the reason we are loosing almost every series except against Pak?? How many Test opportunities he got? This is how we build our future? Till seniors retires SL don't have any cricket future.

  • Asitha on August 25, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    T20 is not for ODI accumulators. The game can change in one over. How many accumulators do we have in the top 6? Too many. Australian Mickle Clark can score runs faster, can bat almost any pitch and more consistent than any of our 4 accumulators ( Mahela, Sag, Chandimal & Thirumana ) but he don't get a place in the Aus T20. First choices for t20 should be Kapu, Perera, Mathew, Maharoof, Malinga, Mendis, 1 more bowlers, keeper & 3 more batsmen s. Senior accumulator should not be a automatic selection for t20 they should be fight for their places.

  • mano on August 25, 2012, 7:53 GMT

    First of all they must think to drop Dinesh Chandimal and bring in an all rounder for his place. He is definitely out of form.

  • Dummy4 on August 25, 2012, 6:22 GMT

    i'm shocked to see all the pro Kapugedara comments here, he does not deserve a place. he has dissapointed too much already. Lahiru has actually scored at a good pace in Odi's recently. we need consistent batsman, not one match wonders

  • Dummy4 on August 25, 2012, 5:05 GMT

    mahela i am big fan of u.. but chandimal current from is doubt.. kapu is going well t20.. u remember last ball 6 t20 world cup again india..so he can second wiket keeper also.. why this time not in 15...?

  • Manoj on August 25, 2012, 3:05 GMT

    Welldone Mahela you are so clever and you know how Sri Lankan Cricket should move forward and for betterment of our cricket you need to slowly blend the young with older so they become performance driven.We as Sri Lankan fans our expectations are huge from our crickerters so you and the coach and the selection committee has a huge responsibility in satisfying 21 million people.So best of luck you will get the results what you want from any age group in the team as you a respected Captain.

  • Ravindra on August 25, 2012, 2:15 GMT

    Kapugadrea is not in the SL t20 team? What a joke. Mahela, Saga, Thiramani, Chandimal are better players than Kapu when it comes to t20?? Can Mahela, Saga, Thiramani, Chandimal maintain a run rated 10+ if required? Injured Saga also in the 15 haha . Mahela in t20 because we need a good captain and Sag in the team because we need a keeper.For SL only hope is bowlers (Malinga, Mendis etc) and Perea, Mathew & Dishan. Top five ODI accumulator are t20 JOKERS

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