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Jayasuriya, Vaas out of SL World Cup squad

Sa'adi Thawfeeq

January 7, 2011

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Sanath Jayasuriya managed just 15, India v Sri Lanka, 4th ODI, Kolkata, December 24, 2009
There will be no World Cup swan song for Sanath Jayasuriya © AFP
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World Cup-winning veterans Sanath Jayasuriya and Chaminda Vaas were left out of Sri Lanka's final World Cup squad of 15 players named on Friday by the national selection committee headed by Aravinda de Silva.

The squad consists of 11 members who represented Sri Lanka in the three-match one-day series in Australia, which the visitors won 2-1, giving them their first ODI series win in Australia. The one surprise was that left-arm spinner Rangana Herath was picked ahead of offspinner Suraj Randiv.

Both Jayasuriya and Vaas had been named in the provisional squad of 30, and there was speculation that either one of the two players would make it to the final team. They had indicated to the selectors that they would want to play in another World Cup before announcing their retirements from international cricket. Both players have retired from Test cricket but have been playing one-day and Twenty20 cricket. Vaas last played an ODI in August, 2008, while Jayasuriya last played a 50-over game for Sri Lanka in December, 2009.

The only surviving member of the 1996 World Cup winning side is Muttiah Muralitharan, who retired from Test cricket after the first Test against India in July last year, but has remained eligible for selection in the 50-over game, and was always expected to make the final 15.

Kumar Sangakkara will lead the side with Mahela Jayawardene as his deputy. India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh host the 2011 World Cup, which will take place from February 19 to April 2.

Sri Lanka World Cup squad: Kumar Sangakkara (capt & wk), Mahela Jayawardene, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Upul Tharanga, Thilan Samaraweera, Chamara Silva, Chamara Kapugedera, Angelo Mathews, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga, Dilhara Fernando, Muttiah Muralitharan, Ajantha Mendis, Rangana Herath.

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Posted by Suveen on (January 10, 2011, 18:55 GMT)

I think it was the right decision to leave out Randiv, he only got 22 wickets in the last 22 matches. Herath can vary the ball and bat a little too. The only thing i disagree about the team is that Chaminda Vaas did not get picked, after looking good in the English County Tournament last year and the form he was in playing for the Colts was brilliant, I heard that he is thinking about retiring now, its going to be very hard to see him go from international cricket. :(

Posted by Roshan on (January 10, 2011, 17:04 GMT)

SL selectors got it almost right I think, except for dropping Randiv and Vaas. Surely Randiv is a better bet than Mendis. Vaas' s experience plus his left arm dimension would have added more variety and effect to the bowling.

As for Jayasuriya - its been a disappointing few days for him. He was left out of two teams - the 2011 world cup squad and the All time ODI team. A real travesty of justice the latter as he redefined the art of opening and surely, SURELY he had an impact on ODIs than Sehwag (of course its the Indian bias due to numbers there).

Posted by Tuan on (January 10, 2011, 11:35 GMT)

Suraj should have been used instead of Herath or Mendis. Also Chamara seems a questionable selection. But he is talented. I wish to see he performs well in this tournament. If not, may be this is his last chance..... SRI LANKANS CHAMPS 2011 >>>>>

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

Nice selection. Have 5 batsmen + 1 great wicketkeeper-batsman (Sangakkara) + 1 all rounder + 4 bowlers. Great balance! The two spinners should be Murali and Mendis. The two pacers are Kulasekhara and Malinga. Matthews can be the all-rounder (on batting pitches, Perera). Jayawardene, Dilshan, Tharanga pick themselves. This leaves 2 more batting slots and Chamara Silva and Samaraweera deserve the slots. 5 bowlers + Dilshan (part-timer) and batting all the way until Kula at No. 8

Posted by Andy on (January 10, 2011, 3:03 GMT)

Wish Jayasuriya was included in the squad...i still remember the dominance he brought to the SL side in the 96 World Cup. He belongs to the generation of cricket i saw growing up and would have loved to see him shine one more time on the grandest stage of cricket before he calls time. To me, Jayasuriya redefined the art of an opening batsman in an ODI format...wish he had gotten another oppourtunity.

Posted by Dummy4 on (January 9, 2011, 22:48 GMT)

lets not live in the past, we gave sanath so many chances in 2009, but he couldnt perform. he was too old that he couldnt time the ball.he has grown old. same with vaas. kulasekara is better than vaas anytime. if murali doesnt fire in first 2 matches, we should throw him out n get randiv. we need guys who performed in 2010, not the guys who performed in 1996 but they r always a hero.

Posted by Sooraj on (January 9, 2011, 16:29 GMT)

Read this report and checked the comments. I agree this is totally unrelated of the report here. Saw some familiar names hence asking few questions to you guys here:). I saw some of you comment after South Africa thrashed India in the first innings of first test. But you guys were missing from there on in the comments, esp after SA bowled out in the first innings of second test. I can see why an SA or AUS fan would write all such comments, but an SL fan! C'mon guys!! Please be sure to check SL's record in those places before commenting. I used to like and support SL so much. In fact SL was my favorite team after India. I like most of the SL players (esp Sanath, Murali, Malinga, Mendis) and hate only Sangakkara for all his comments, still appreciates his class. But after reading you guys comments, I don't feel like supporting SL as much now. Expecting to see you guys back in India's tests after they lose first one to England, or even to WI given India's "brilliant" first match records.

Posted by Dummy4 on (January 9, 2011, 14:14 GMT)

iam from pakistan...but really sad to hear dat sanath is out WC.i really want to see him in action once again before retirement....

Posted by Dummy4 on (January 9, 2011, 10:47 GMT)

They should have taken Vass in place of fernando

Posted by Onesh on (January 9, 2011, 7:05 GMT)

Sanath......quite sad, but utterly understandable & justifiable given his recent record!

Vaas.....Graetest fast bowler we ever produced, in fine form.He should be playing at least instead of Dilhara, who is no good as an opening bowler, 1st change, 2nd change or even 3rd changer! He is a proven no ball machine & is a most generous run giver!Terrible selection in this case!

Randiv....Should be selected without doubt!Herath has been constantly used purely as a Test bowler & should have played many more ODI's if he was in our World cup plans!Now is not the time to experiment!Look at the Australian example with Hauritz!Randiv should play at least instead of one of these batsman selected, who don't deserve to be here!Mendis is a risk, but could be useful against the minor teams who have never faced him before!

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