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'Hard decision to omit Jayasuriya, Vaas' - De Silva

Sa'adi Thawfeeq

January 8, 2011

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Chaminda Vaas celebrates his 400th ODI wicket, Sri Lanka v India, 4th ODI, Colombo, August 27, 2008
Chaminda Vaas could still play in the World Cup, but only if Nuwan Kulasekara gets injured © AFP
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Aravinda de Silva, Sri Lanka's chairman of selectors, has said the exclusion of veterans Sanath Jayasuriya and Chaminda Vaas from the final squad was taken after looking at all options to select the best possible 15 for the World Cup.

"We were not going to waver from that and looking at individuals as such because we wanted the best team to ultimately go out there and represent the 20 million people in Sri Lanka," De Silva said yesterday. "That was the only reason why they were left out. Unfortunately not only them but it was a very hard decision and emotional thing for the four selectors also to leave out two great cricketers like that as they would have been looking forward to saying goodbye after a World Cup. But that's how life is. To be fair by everyone, those two cricketers have done so much for Sri Lanka cricket and we can never forget that."

De Silva said that it was entirely up to the two players to decide whether they wanted to continue playing. "I guess they have got a great future ahead to contribute towards Sri Lanka cricket and I hope they will do so. Through their experiences I am sure they will come back and help Sri Lanka cricket in the future. But if they want to continue playing they are most welcome to do so. I am not the one to decide when they are going to finish their careers."

"At the same time, Suraj Randiv has not done anything wrong to be out of the squad but it was unfortunate because he didn't fit into the combinations which we needed in the 15. Those are the three guys whom I really feel for at this moment."

Vaas however has a thin chance of playing in the World Cup if there happens to be an injury to Nuwan Kulasekera. "We consider Vaas as a new ball bowler but with Lasith Malinga and Kulasekera there he can only come as first change. When he does that he doesn't have the same effect as when he bowls with the new ball. Vaas had direct competition with Kulasekera. If Kulasekera gets injured we will have to consider someone like Vaas because he is the next best new-ball bowler in Sri Lanka. If we are playing Vaas we must have the maximum advantage of using him as a new ball bowler. The way Kulasekera has performed in the past one to one-and-a-half years, it is difficult to keep him out."

Dilhara Fernando was selected as a back-up bowler for Lasith Malinga, De Silva said. "What we have to understand is why we pick certain players and what we expect of them. Dilhara is a guy whom everyone might feel goes for runs on most occasions and sometimes bowls no-balls when he loses rhythm. But ultimately what we expect of him is to be a strike bowler and to replace someone like Lasith. In case of an emergency we need someone in the squad if Lasith doesn't play. Dilhara has got that extra bit of pace to hurry a batsman and with a bit of life and bounce on a wicket we would opt for him in the final XI."

On left-arm spinner Rangana Herath's inclusion, De Silva said, "We got two offspinners (Muralitharan and Ajantha Mendis) and with Randiv we would have had three. The combination we were looking at was three spinners and we wanted some variation in the spin attack. We thought the best left-arm spinner in the country is Rangana so we had to opt for him. He's played only nine ODIs but we felt he is the best left-armer we got so we had to go with a bowler whom we can depend on."

Mahela Jayawardene, who has fared well as an opener whenever he has been given the opportunity, would be the third opener in the side after the regular pair of Tillakaratne Dilshan and Upul Tharanga.

"We decided to go with Mahela in case we required a third opener because we are playing only eight games and we don't want to bring in an extra player and upset the combination of the squad," said De Silva. "If it comes to a real push we will have to look at someone like Mahela at that stage or maybe someone else who is batting way down the order as an experiment."

De Silva said that they picked the squad very early (the ICC deadline is January 19) in order to give the selected players the opportunity of playing in the inter-provincial limited-overs tournament which starts on January 11. "That's a tournament which I want the players to be relaxed and enjoy playing some cricket with free minds."

De Silva also stated that he hopes to give maximum exposure to the selected World Cup squad of 15 during the upcoming three-match one-day series against West Indies. The matches are due to be played on January 31, February 4 and 6 at venues yet to be finalized.

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Posted by Kyle on (January 11, 2011, 14:45 GMT)

This is a very competent SL team, I dont understand what some fans are crying about.

Sanath has not performed for very long time, not just in international cricket but now even in domestic. His time is up.

I also don't understand why people are complaining about Silva and Kapu? And saying chandimal and others shuld replace them.

This is completley wrong, chandimal has played very poorly in the recent domestic tournement, whilst silva and kapu did fairly well (i think both were in top 10 run scorers list). Also they have more experience in international cricket.

Now that I think about it, I think Arivinda made only two mistakes, Herath for Randiv and Kula for Vaas. Randiv has been in good form of late in Aus and seems far more deadlier than herath.

And Vass has been in great form, he also has more experience than kula and can also bat. Why not give him a shot? I think he did everything possibly to be picked but didn't get a chance that he deserved.

Posted by Dummy4 on (January 11, 2011, 12:28 GMT)

I hope Mr. Aravinda would view these comment's where all of us write here as viewer's of the game and we see the mistakes n the good stuff done by the player's which I think the SLCB should take into consideration...

Vaas is the Best Opening Bowler Sri Lanka could have and as mentioned by Mr. Aravinda the suggested opening bowler's are Malinga and Kulasekara where as Sri lanka could open the bowling with Vaas and Kula and bring Malinga as the 1st Change.. Malinga is not a great swinger of the ball compared to Vaas n Kula plus Malinga is best when he comes as the first change.. We wan't bowler's who can put the ball in the right area's n swing it around instead of bowler's who are fast n bouncy.. Malinga is a great bowler but in my view Vaas should be opening the bowling attack with Kula n then Malinga comes as the first change which give's an additional option to the skipper to have him through out the game instead of having him at the beginning n end..

Posted by Dummy4 on (January 11, 2011, 12:11 GMT)

Vaas is the best new ball bowler, srilanka have. He would be lethal along with malinga. Lankan team opening bowler slot looks weak as there is no deadly combination.

Posted by Dummy4 on (January 11, 2011, 11:56 GMT)

I can't understand why we persist with Kapugedara, C Silva and Thilan, They will score only 1 in 10 matches, there is so much of talent out side the 15 picked. Jayasuriya even though he was a great servant of Sri Lankan Cricket didn't deserve to be in the final 30 in his current form. We should have picked Randive instead of Ajantha, Ajantha if he is to play ODI's need to improve his fielding. Where are we gonna hide him. It will only be pure luck if we make it to the quarters. I thought Aravinda would do a better job than this. We have almost lost the world cup before a ball is bowled.

Posted by Dummy4 on (January 11, 2011, 11:32 GMT)

I think the Srilankans have it all well planned out and seem to be gearing up for the big event..However, I would have had Sanath in the middle order instead of chamara Silva and Vass as my back-up opening bowler instead of Herath any day...Vas because he is still the best Asian left armswing bowler in Sub-continental conditions after Wasim Akram. And no- Herath beacuse they have numerous handy part-time spinners in the team like Dilshan already. It worries me as an Indian on their prepratation strategy towards the WC as they are practicing on seeming SA pitches...

Posted by Dummy4 on (January 11, 2011, 8:19 GMT)

Should have removed thilan,Chamara silva and kapugedara they have done nothing in a past ,until we remove them from team ,Sri lanka cant even think about to make it to quarter finals.Best replacement for them are Indika Sream,Chinthaka Jayasinghe,Dinesh chandimal.

Posted by Dummy4 on (January 11, 2011, 7:42 GMT)

Its was tough to select the best 15. But I think Aravinda and the panel has done a good job. Now we have a decent squad and hope Sri lanka will go all the way and bring the world cup back to the island. GOOD LUCK!!!!

Posted by Dummy4 on (January 11, 2011, 6:55 GMT)

De Silva's explenation is totally misleading. If he (and Selectors) wants to select the best new ball bowler that is CHAMINDA VAS. Looking at the stats of recently concluded premier tounament, Vas has 9 wkts at ave of 13 and economy rate of 3.12 while Kulasekara has only 4 wkts at 28.7 at expense of 4.1 per over. He must certainly have other reasons behind the selection. Vas should have been in the team!

Posted by Jagath on (January 11, 2011, 4:55 GMT)

I still think Vass should have been included with the current form he is in (IPL). He would have been a third seamer as he can seam the ball even with the old ball. Leaving Sanath was a good choice but do not understand why Chamara Silva is there in the squad. The records speaks.

Posted by Dummy4 on (January 11, 2011, 2:45 GMT)

Don't understand why Aravinda has to be apologetic about Sanath and Vaas. They shouldn't be any squad, they should have retired 2 years ago. Randiv was a match winner in Australia, he should have been in the squad. Chandimal should have been chosen ahead of Chamara. Surprisingly week selections from Aravinda...

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