Pakistan v Sri Lanka 2011-12

Tharanga and Fernando in ODI squad

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November 1, 2011

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There is some concern over whether Dilhara Fernando will be fit for the first Test, Cardiff, May 25 2011
Dilhara Fernando returns to the side having not played since the tour of England © AFP
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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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Posted by 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 ....

Posted by   on (November 4, 2011, 14:25 GMT)

dinesh chandimal include for one day squad

Posted by Dhakshika on (November 4, 2011, 8:17 GMT)

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

Posted by 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?!?

Posted by   on (November 3, 2011, 15:45 GMT)

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

Posted by 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 .....

Posted by 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...

Posted by   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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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...

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