Pakistan v Sri Lanka 2011-12 November 1, 2011

Tharanga and Fernando in ODI squad

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Opener Upal Tharanga and fast bowlers Dilhara Fernando and Lasith Malinga have been included in Sri Lanka's 15-man squad for the one-day series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates. In all, Sri Lanka have made seven changes from the Test squad that currently trails Pakistan 0-1 in the three-Test series, with openers Tharanga Paranavitana and Lahiru Thirimane, and left-arm spinner Rangana Herath among those missing out.

Dimuth Karunaratne, who played two one-dayers on the tour of England in July, returns, but there was no place for spinner Ajantha Mendis, who last played in the ODI series against Australia. Mendis picked up a back injury during the subsequent Tests and was not picked for the Test series against Pakistan. In his absence, the frontline spinners are offspinner Suraj Randiv and the two legspinners, Jeevan Mendis and Seekkugge Prasanna.

Tharanga was Sri Lanka's second-highest scorer against Australia, but struggled apart from making 111 in the third ODI, his next best score in the series being 34.

Malinga returns to provide the bowling attack with the cutting edge it appears to lack in Tests following Muttiah Muralitharan's retirement. He will be joined in the seam department by Fernando, who has not played since breaking down on Sri Lanka's tour of England, Dhammika Prasad, who did not feature in the ODIs against Australia, and Suranga Lakmal.

Kosala Kulasekara, a big-hitting batting allrounder who replaced the injured Shaminda Eranga in the Test squad, has also kept his place. But Chamara Silva and Nuwan Kulasekara, both of whom were part of the Australia series, have not been included.

Since losing the World Cup final to India in April, Sri Lanka have lost series away to England and at home to Australia. They will play five ODIs against Pakistan, with the first one to be played on November 11 in Dubai.

ODI Squad: Tillakaratne Dilshan (capt), Upul Tharanga, Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Jeevan Mendis, Kosala Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga, Suranga Lakmal, Dhammika Prasad, Seekkuge Prasanna, Dimuth Karunaratne, Dilhara Fernando, Suraj Randiv

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  • mgsperera on November 4, 2011, 15:54 GMT

    @ Sachwid ...Yes Agreed with u..but we need players who think "COUNTRY FIRST " ...Not MONEY ORIENTED ...sometimes we will loose ODI matches but we can find players who play for the country ....

  • on November 4, 2011, 14:25 GMT

    dinesh chandimal include for one day squad

  • Dhakshika on November 4, 2011, 8:17 GMT

    Where is chamara Kapugedara? give him a another chance to him bat up the Order...

  • Sachwid on November 3, 2011, 16:09 GMT

    @mgsperera, keep in mind that Malinga was the ONLY bowler who did threat the indian team in WC'11 final, none of the other bowlers couldnt do anything, if maling got support from any other bolwer, we should hav won the cup and also he took tendulkar's wicket, do u think dilhara is capable of substituting Malinga?!?

  • on November 3, 2011, 15:45 GMT

    Go Mali go! by the way, where is chandimal?

  • mgsperera on November 3, 2011, 15:13 GMT

    guys we shud not blame Dilshan...whn evrybody refused , he was the guy who took the chalange...but the pob is team mates are not giving thier supports to him.also Selecters are jorkers ...still they can include players like Thisara ,Kulasekara ,Mendis instead of Lakmal ,Dilhara,Jeevan mendis.dnt forget that Mendis is the num 1 bowler in T20 format.Thisara is a good hitter & wicket taker.Kulasekara is handy with new ball & can bat dnw the order .....

  • indianzen on November 3, 2011, 7:18 GMT

    The only tactic that the SL selectors know is to keep new bowlers debuting every match/series so that other teams dont know about him and he can take wickets. what happened to Ajantha now, he is hammered even by a no 11 without wickets...

  • on November 2, 2011, 21:34 GMT

    Blaming Dilshan is not the answer for Sri Lankan cricket right now. Is there anyone else who can do that job? Sanga stepped down as captain. Whole country asked him to be the captain but he REFUSED! Sanga is a great batsmen no doubt but even he knew with current team it's really hard to to a consistent winning team. So he ditched Sri Lankan cricket. Did Ponting quit after Warne and Mcgrath retired? He tried his best as long as he can to rebuild a team with what he had. I respect him. Im a big fan of Sanga's batting. He's the best left handed batsmen in the world right now. He's smart and intelligent. He knows what to tell and when. He says what people wants to hear. But let's face it. He's an ordinary captain who quit as our captain when we needed him the most. Now people need to stop begging him to come back. Support Dilshan for who he is and give sometime for Mathews to solve his health issues and take that responsibility from him in future.

  • GreatWhitePathan on November 2, 2011, 17:44 GMT

    Mendis is no longer effective against the sub-continent teams. They have all worked him out and he has been hammered in recent times. That is why he never plays against india and pakistan nowadays.

  • Reviji on November 2, 2011, 17:22 GMT

    Kulasekara is one of the best all rounder and I'm really surprised to see him left out of the squad. Chandimal is in the squad?? I really don't understand the logic and the captaincy should be given to someone new and not to Dilshan. His captaincy was below par from the day 1 and its of no good to continue him...

  • mgsperera on November 4, 2011, 15:54 GMT

    @ Sachwid ...Yes Agreed with u..but we need players who think "COUNTRY FIRST " ...Not MONEY ORIENTED ...sometimes we will loose ODI matches but we can find players who play for the country ....

  • on November 4, 2011, 14:25 GMT

    dinesh chandimal include for one day squad

  • Dhakshika on November 4, 2011, 8:17 GMT

    Where is chamara Kapugedara? give him a another chance to him bat up the Order...

  • Sachwid on November 3, 2011, 16:09 GMT

    @mgsperera, keep in mind that Malinga was the ONLY bowler who did threat the indian team in WC'11 final, none of the other bowlers couldnt do anything, if maling got support from any other bolwer, we should hav won the cup and also he took tendulkar's wicket, do u think dilhara is capable of substituting Malinga?!?

  • on November 3, 2011, 15:45 GMT

    Go Mali go! by the way, where is chandimal?

  • mgsperera on November 3, 2011, 15:13 GMT

    guys we shud not blame Dilshan...whn evrybody refused , he was the guy who took the chalange...but the pob is team mates are not giving thier supports to him.also Selecters are jorkers ...still they can include players like Thisara ,Kulasekara ,Mendis instead of Lakmal ,Dilhara,Jeevan mendis.dnt forget that Mendis is the num 1 bowler in T20 format.Thisara is a good hitter & wicket taker.Kulasekara is handy with new ball & can bat dnw the order .....

  • indianzen on November 3, 2011, 7:18 GMT

    The only tactic that the SL selectors know is to keep new bowlers debuting every match/series so that other teams dont know about him and he can take wickets. what happened to Ajantha now, he is hammered even by a no 11 without wickets...

  • on November 2, 2011, 21:34 GMT

    Blaming Dilshan is not the answer for Sri Lankan cricket right now. Is there anyone else who can do that job? Sanga stepped down as captain. Whole country asked him to be the captain but he REFUSED! Sanga is a great batsmen no doubt but even he knew with current team it's really hard to to a consistent winning team. So he ditched Sri Lankan cricket. Did Ponting quit after Warne and Mcgrath retired? He tried his best as long as he can to rebuild a team with what he had. I respect him. Im a big fan of Sanga's batting. He's the best left handed batsmen in the world right now. He's smart and intelligent. He knows what to tell and when. He says what people wants to hear. But let's face it. He's an ordinary captain who quit as our captain when we needed him the most. Now people need to stop begging him to come back. Support Dilshan for who he is and give sometime for Mathews to solve his health issues and take that responsibility from him in future.

  • GreatWhitePathan on November 2, 2011, 17:44 GMT

    Mendis is no longer effective against the sub-continent teams. They have all worked him out and he has been hammered in recent times. That is why he never plays against india and pakistan nowadays.

  • Reviji on November 2, 2011, 17:22 GMT

    Kulasekara is one of the best all rounder and I'm really surprised to see him left out of the squad. Chandimal is in the squad?? I really don't understand the logic and the captaincy should be given to someone new and not to Dilshan. His captaincy was below par from the day 1 and its of no good to continue him...

  • mgsperera on November 2, 2011, 17:03 GMT

    If Selecters punished Mendis bcz of his attitudes & diciplines ...they shud punish Malinga too...Mendis refused to do his part as a 12th man ...But this guy MALINGA REFUSED TO PLAY FOR HIS COUNTRY ... Who has done the major damaged to the SL cricket ???today only i got to know that even Mumbai players can be a part of SL ...

  • on November 2, 2011, 15:39 GMT

    i think the best captain in srilanka team is Sanga because he is still a lot of cricket left and he has a ability to lead for a nxt worldcup . dilshan is a good hitter but he is not a good captain . he is now 36 after one or two year srilanka will change the captain why srilanka management did not pick chamara silva for ODI squad . maharoof is also a good option in squad . . my second loving team is srilanka . . i love you pakistan and srilanka team . . the series will be like this 3-2 does not who will be leading

  • on November 2, 2011, 14:49 GMT

    What do you think will seniors & Duleep Mendis do to destroy Chandmal in this series ? About Bhanuka- He still hasnt played enough 1st class matches..They are not giving Chandmal a chance even though he is the most successful batsman at domestic level with record after a record at school level..So how can we expect them to give Bhanuka a chance ?..Mahela is becoming next Sanath I think

  • Wolfpac on November 2, 2011, 13:20 GMT

    Please Mahela take over the captaincy..pretty please

  • on November 2, 2011, 13:13 GMT

    below teem is better than .. check with ur mind ... * Dilly * Tharanga * Chandi * Sanga * Mahi * Kapu * Mathew * Thisara * Rangana * Sekku * Randiv * Mali * Dilhara * Dhammika * Kosala

    Injured players * Nuwan kulasekara * Ajantha mendis

  • desm on November 2, 2011, 12:17 GMT

    Pls Pls Sanga my pleasure to see you again in chagre for the Captancy.......... We need to groom someone with you Sanga.

  • on November 2, 2011, 11:07 GMT

    this is mind game to some one.over future cricket is realy unexpectbale.selectors what are they doing give the punishment for the pleyer like mendis? and dilhara means is sucks.bye thaway congts SRI LANKA MANAGMENTS

  • Australian0007 on November 2, 2011, 10:56 GMT

    SL selectors first remove Samaraweera from test team(perhaps best middle order batter they have), Now Kulasekara & Mendis remove from ODI team(with Malinga best trio), Who will be next? Sanga ? Mahela?

  • yorkslanka on November 2, 2011, 9:35 GMT

    @kavindeven- senior players only? Maybe you need new glasses my friend because the list I see has plenty of young players in it?

  • MDCP on November 2, 2011, 9:23 GMT

    pace attack looks weak... except for malinga the rest are all hit the deck type bowlers and not a single swing bowler is in the squad. Nuwan K would have been a better option instead of dammika or kosala..... i think Chandimal should bat at no3 with sanga and mahela to follow and will bring in more stability to the middle order

  • on November 2, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    I dont understand the logic behind dropping Kulasekera..because we all thought he was 'One-day' material and thats why he was dropped from the test squad as well and he can pick up wickets much more than fernando. We need some new attacking batsmen as well, why not give a change to Banuka Rajapakse? What are they waiting for a zim/ban tour? The success Pakistan has with their new players is because they give them exposure. Hoping for a good game of cricket.

  • MandyBoy on November 2, 2011, 8:02 GMT

    Think SL will win the One-Day series because of their collective effort in all 3 departments. Also their fielding is always a plus over Pak.

  • on November 2, 2011, 8:01 GMT

    Chandimal is in the squad ?lol..Do you think seniors will let him bat at top ? NO..The plan is to force him bat at no 6,7 & destroy him too like Kapugedara..Dilhara is in,what kind of a joke is that ? Is he a part of Duleeep`s future plans ? Feel sorry for A. Mendis..Dilshan & Duleep Mendis dont like him,that`s why he is not there..Malinga from Mumbai should be sacked.Does anyone know what`s wrong with Mahela? Seems like he is practising to become a politician..Although I am a Sri Lankan I hope Pakistan will win,I dont like current SL team,specially the greedy seniors.

  • on November 2, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    Two things, Dilshan is poor captain and why Dilhara Fernando is included?., this guy wont improve despite many chances he got.

  • on November 2, 2011, 7:09 GMT

    Wer is Thisara.Is dhamika Prasad better alrounder than thisara?Is Dilhara better than Nuwan Kula without any practice after England tour.Is Seekuge Prasa is better than Ajantha.When will Bhanuka Rajapakse getting a chance? Dear chairman of selectors if U can not answer thse questions ..please re thing about your stay with selection commitee.Then we can have a chair person like Arju,Ara or Sidath.My ODI team is 1.Dilly 2Tharanga 3 Chandi 4 Mahela 5 Sanga 6 Mathews 7Jeewan 8 Thisara 9.Ajantha 10Maliga 11.Lakmal 12 Nwan Kula 13 Kosala Kula 14Banuka 15 Suraj Randiv

  • on November 2, 2011, 7:05 GMT

    yup they r gonna lose this mTCH BCOZ BOOM BOOM AND BANG BANG IS BACK

  • Romenevans on November 2, 2011, 6:59 GMT

    Hopeless Srilankan team, lack of talent and seniors only wants to play in Indian IPL leagues. Shame on them.

  • DINESHCC on November 2, 2011, 6:57 GMT

    SLC BOARD SHOULD TAKE A FIRM DECISION ON MALINGA. AT 28, HE QUITS TEST CRICKET BECAUSE OF IPL. IF HE INTEND TO PLAY ODI AND T-20 FOR SRI LANKA HE SHOULD PLAY TEST MATCHES ALSO. BECAUSE OF HIM SL LOST HOME SERIES TO AUS AND ANOTHER SERIES WITH PAKISTAN IS ALSO ALMOST LOST. MALINGAAAAA SHOULD PLAY TEST CRICKET ALSO.

  • on November 2, 2011, 5:40 GMT

    I have great sympathy for Dilshan. But he never was captain material. SLC has unfairly put him on the spot. Sanga, Mahela if they accept & if not Mathew should captain the side. It is so simple but yet the selectors are oblivious to the It is so obvious! Time for the SLC Chairman to step in and get a new selection committee or he should take responsibility for the errant selections. SLC owes an explanation to the cricketing world as to whether Mendis is injured or not as stated prior to the tests. If Herath is also out only recognized spinner in the side is Suraj & so there should be a place for Mendis, at least on the squad. What about Banuka? Dhilhara has not done anything in years! Every one it is time we go after the Chairman of SLC instead of the Selection Committee which should have been replaced long back! Nandi Jasen.

  • on November 2, 2011, 5:34 GMT

    There are positive signs and negative signs. If Ajantha Mendis is not selected due to disciplinary causes then it is a good decision otherwise he should be included in the side. It is very interesting to see young Dimuth Karunaratne's inclusion as he is our future as the opener. Thisara Perera and Kulasekara should be in the 15 man squad and it is a little bit worry factor as we do not know why thoes two have been left out.

  • stormy16 on November 2, 2011, 5:10 GMT

    What is the role of Fernando in the future of this team. He has been around for ever and not done anything and each time he has been given an opportunity he has done little to have any faith in him. Like Chamara Silva its time to move away from this guy who has been given plenty of chances and delivered very little. As for Ajantha Mendis, I think his days are done - we was a one hit wonder who couldnt add anything after the batsman worked him out. His withdrawal from the second test was all very strange.

  • satish619chandar on November 2, 2011, 4:54 GMT

    @AriGold : Is it reeally true? Being an ex-armyman, i cant believe Mendis not performing the normal duties a 12h man does.. With this attitude, it is very difficult to survive in the team!!

  • chith on November 2, 2011, 4:26 GMT

    who wrote this."Tharanga and Fernando in ODI squad". tharanga is always a part of the sri lankan team.Malinga also a same. Any One of the world knows that paranavithana, thrimanne are only test players. please be aware about international cricket before wrote any responsible articals.

  • satish619chandar on November 2, 2011, 4:17 GMT

    I d still route for Thilan Tushara- Kula combo in new ball in any condition.. They were really awesome pari with new ball as well as in death.. Both can bat a bit too.. Malinga, Tushara n Kula is the best combo SL can get in fast bowling.. Still not sure why they reject Mendis again.. Agree Pakistan and India have decoded him completely.. But he can still be a good force if the opposition is under pressure losing 3 wkts and need to settle down.. His variations can confuse a new batsman.. They should atleast have him in the squad!! Thissera is missing.. Is he groomed to play only against India?

  • AriGold on November 2, 2011, 4:04 GMT

    as for ajantha mendis, according to the sri lankan news papers, whenever he is playing as the 12th man (last time galle test) he has been refusing to carry drinks, go in he middle as the 12th man and creating lot of tension in the dressing room. and in the second test just before the match he has complained about his back out of the blue and the team management has asked him to pack up and leave.. and haven't been selected since. this is what some journalists in SL say... but i really don't know the exact truth..

  • Thisa4 on November 2, 2011, 3:26 GMT

    Oh, what happen to sl selection panel. In the tert team they select dilshan at number five and sameraweera(our best test batmen for last 2 years) out. And in the odi team. Thex select a team that even verst than test team. No mendis,kule'?! And also dilshan is a poor capten.

  • PeddaBokka on November 2, 2011, 3:20 GMT

    where is NLTC perara? he is a good all rounder?is he injured or dropped?

  • maddy20 on November 2, 2011, 3:15 GMT

    No Mendis again? SLC has gone nuts and is competing with PCB(which PCB will lose coz butt is gone) for the best stand-up comedy championship.

  • on November 2, 2011, 2:28 GMT

    My selection of 11 players >> T.M.Dilshan, Tharanga, chandimal, Sanga, Mahela,Angelo, kosala,Randiv, Malinga, Dilhara, Lakmal

  • on November 2, 2011, 2:13 GMT

    Dilhara appears to be Sri Lanka's version of Mohammad Sami and apparently the the only behind Mendis is his selection..

  • johnathonjosephs on November 1, 2011, 22:59 GMT

    Kulasekera lost us the WC and his time has been coming now, but who will replace him? FernandO? you have got to be kidding me. I say to bring either Nuwan Pradeep or groom Thissara Perera to fit in Kula's shoes. Both have huge potentials, but are nowhere near those as of now

  • Aristotle01 on November 1, 2011, 22:29 GMT

    Hey guys .. I am from India and a big cirket fan ... i wanna knw what is exactly wrong with mendis.. the sl selctors dont have much faith in him is it? isnt mendis supposed to be the best spinner in the country after murali!!!!!!!!!!! and why are they persisting with pranavitana in the test squad... why not chandimal in the test squad instead of paranavitana.... and thisera perera is a good late order batsman... he is an ideal one day player.. kulasekara is a good support to malinga can bat too... anyone plz answer!:)

  • attilathecricketer on November 1, 2011, 22:28 GMT

    how does one get tickets for the Sharjah game (happen to be there on the day)? Or will it be alright to turn up on the day?

  • playitstraight on November 1, 2011, 21:43 GMT

    Well well... Dilhara back in the squad in place of Kulasekara! Why do SL selectors think that Dilhara who is not a good bowler, is better than Kulasekara who can bowl swing and was the no. 1 bowler at one time!!!! This is really surprising, even for indian fans. Ajantha Mendis, the mystery spinner at one time has turned into a mystery selection - you never know when he gets picked or not even if he takes 6-16 against Australia!!! If Chandimal doesn't play in the ODIs at least, then surely something must be going wrong with SL selectors.Look at India, they have invested their future in Raina and Kohli, and look how great they have turned out! If SL want to build a good future, first things they must do is:1. remove dilshan as captain and make angelo matthews captain. 2. remove Duleep Mendis as selector and make someone wise like Ranatunga a selector. 3. Give young Chandimal a chance!!! 4. Tell Mahela to stop chatting and start batting seriously! Good luck SL for the ODI series!!!

  • Kalan9211 on November 1, 2011, 21:00 GMT

    pak will win ODI series with 4-1 srilanka is same tram which was before 1995

  • on November 1, 2011, 20:42 GMT

    why cant we get rid of dilhara. :s

  • Ellis on November 1, 2011, 19:50 GMT

    At the moment, the SL captaincy is a poisoned chalice. A team at odds within itself, poor selections, unpaid players, interfering management and politicians. While Dilshan is not a good captain, I do have sympathy for him in terms of the environment he is working under. The reality is that he is the appointed captain and deserves the full support of all team members. Back room plots and sniping help nobody. Ajantha's omission is puzzling, but no less than Dilhara's inclusion.Malinga is an essential member of the ODI team, and, Randiv should be given his chance. If selected, the young "uns in Chandimal, Karunaratne, Prasanna, Lakmal, must grab their chances and perform. The door is open for them to establish themselves with consistent performances. A strong team and management effort is required if SL Cricket is to get out of the slough of despond.

  • on November 1, 2011, 19:47 GMT

    Lanka has lost its way....the team seems dissprited

  • FY-ROZE on November 1, 2011, 19:40 GMT

    Irrespective of the below par performance in the first two tests, I am confident that the Sri Lankans will come back hard on Pakistanis and will definitely win with a comprehensive margin to level the series. With regards to the ODIs, my win ratio will be 3-2 in favour of the Lankans. Nevertheless, I am looking forward for a very fascinating One Day Series between the two top teams in the Sub Continent.

  • kktharan on November 1, 2011, 19:30 GMT

    Mahela, you should understand some thing. where is Great middle order batsman Samaraweera? dilshan trying to play as samaraweera. he never going to match with him. And you specially, look back your recent batting and selection.. very poor.. Nasty sweep shot just throw to ajmal. i would say one thing stop talking and writting do with the bat and ball. please or else you just give a chance to Samaraweera.He will stood up and will give good partnership with Sanga. please do it or leave it!!!

  • on November 1, 2011, 18:48 GMT

    NO way Dilhara in again

  • Rakim on November 1, 2011, 18:40 GMT

    @mgsperera, I can understand your frustration but believe me Malinga is still one of the best

  • Sachit1979 on November 1, 2011, 18:11 GMT

    "No Mendis no Kulasekara" heading is just incorrect because Jeevan Mendis and Koshal Kulasekara are there in the squad. It should have rather been no Ajantha no Nuwan. :-) What happened to Thissara Perera. I believe he is one promising lad who should be there in Sri Lankan scheme of things for longer run. Sri Lanka has completely lost their way after world cup final loss to India and further deteriotation started with wrong choice of new captain as Dilshan. He is an exciting Cricketer but not so efficient leader. Moreover he is also loosing it on age. Angelo Mathews should get the thinking cap soon with future in mind.

  • Deepfreezed on November 1, 2011, 18:07 GMT

    Nuwan Lolasekara's omission was deserving. He lost us the WC.

  • mgsperera on November 1, 2011, 17:56 GMT

    what happend to Kandambi ??? Maharoof ??? Thisara Perera ??? young Banuka ??? Thisara is 1000 times better than the Lakmal.he can hit the ball & amoungs wickets... Dnno y Malinga is being selected ...let him play for Mumbai

  • on November 1, 2011, 17:27 GMT

    DILHARA FERNANDO AGAIN? WAKE UP SRI LANKA CRICKET.

  • worldofcricketforums on November 1, 2011, 17:24 GMT

    SL ODI team looks much stronger than the test team, it should be an exciting ODI series in the desert.

  • on November 1, 2011, 16:51 GMT

    i want to knw pak odi team squad... n looking for afridi

  • Indunil76Shantha on November 1, 2011, 16:27 GMT

    Where is Nuwan Kulasekara? :(

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  • Indunil76Shantha on November 1, 2011, 16:27 GMT

    Where is Nuwan Kulasekara? :(

  • on November 1, 2011, 16:51 GMT

    i want to knw pak odi team squad... n looking for afridi

  • worldofcricketforums on November 1, 2011, 17:24 GMT

    SL ODI team looks much stronger than the test team, it should be an exciting ODI series in the desert.

  • on November 1, 2011, 17:27 GMT

    DILHARA FERNANDO AGAIN? WAKE UP SRI LANKA CRICKET.

  • mgsperera on November 1, 2011, 17:56 GMT

    what happend to Kandambi ??? Maharoof ??? Thisara Perera ??? young Banuka ??? Thisara is 1000 times better than the Lakmal.he can hit the ball & amoungs wickets... Dnno y Malinga is being selected ...let him play for Mumbai

  • Deepfreezed on November 1, 2011, 18:07 GMT

    Nuwan Lolasekara's omission was deserving. He lost us the WC.

  • Sachit1979 on November 1, 2011, 18:11 GMT

    "No Mendis no Kulasekara" heading is just incorrect because Jeevan Mendis and Koshal Kulasekara are there in the squad. It should have rather been no Ajantha no Nuwan. :-) What happened to Thissara Perera. I believe he is one promising lad who should be there in Sri Lankan scheme of things for longer run. Sri Lanka has completely lost their way after world cup final loss to India and further deteriotation started with wrong choice of new captain as Dilshan. He is an exciting Cricketer but not so efficient leader. Moreover he is also loosing it on age. Angelo Mathews should get the thinking cap soon with future in mind.

  • Rakim on November 1, 2011, 18:40 GMT

    @mgsperera, I can understand your frustration but believe me Malinga is still one of the best

  • on November 1, 2011, 18:48 GMT

    NO way Dilhara in again

  • kktharan on November 1, 2011, 19:30 GMT

    Mahela, you should understand some thing. where is Great middle order batsman Samaraweera? dilshan trying to play as samaraweera. he never going to match with him. And you specially, look back your recent batting and selection.. very poor.. Nasty sweep shot just throw to ajmal. i would say one thing stop talking and writting do with the bat and ball. please or else you just give a chance to Samaraweera.He will stood up and will give good partnership with Sanga. please do it or leave it!!!