Pakistan v Sri Lanka 2011-12 November 6, 2011

SL chief selector criticises team

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Duleep Mendis, Sri Lanka's chairman of selectors, has lashed out at the players and coaches of the national team for their dismal performances against Pakistan in the ongoing Test series in the United Arab Emirates.

"The performance of our cricketers is way below of what we expected of them," Mendis said."We may not have played Test cricket in the UAE before but then we should have gone there a few weeks ahead and got ourselves acclimatised to the pitches and conditions.

"Apart from Kumar Sangakkara the batting has been a complete let down. There have been occasions where other batsmen have also contributed but overall our batting from one to six has been disappointing. Sangakkara has been brilliant and he alone is carrying the Sri Lanka batting most of the time."

Mendis noted that this was not the first time the Sri Lanka batting has failed to live up to its potential. "This has happened in three consecutive series starting in England and Australia and now against Pakistan. Compared to Pakistan we have one of the best batting line-ups in Test cricket and experienced players who have made centuries at the highest level. I think it has something to do with the mental approach. Something is not right there and it is the coaches who have to address it.

"Unlike during our time, today there are coaches to handle every aspect of the game, batting, bowling, fielding, so it is their duty to see where we are going wrong. As much as it is the responsibility of the coaches the players must also take a fair share of the blame." Pakistan's bowling attack has been much more incisive than Sri Lanka's over the course of the series, and Mendis felt that was an indictment of the bowling coach. "You take our bowlers there is a marked difference when Pakistan bowl and when we bowl. Their bowlers are able to get life out of a lifeless pitch. I think it is something to do with technique and our bowling coach is responsible for it."

He was also critical of the rest of the support staff for not performing their roles properly. "See the number of players who are injured? Dammika Prasad is unable to play in two consecutive Test matches without breaking down. Yesterday (third day) he did not bowl and we were down to four bowlers. Thankfully we played five bowlers in the Test. "Apart from Prasad there is Nuwan Kulasekara, Shaminda Eranga, Ajantha Mendis and Prasanna Jayawardene all on the injury list. I don't know what our physios and masseurs are doing with the players for them to get constantly injured."

On the question of promoting captain Tillakaratne Dilshan to open the batting in the third Test against Pakistan at Sharjah, Mendis said it was a tactical change to allow for an extra bowler in the XI.

"We tried the 6-5 combination in England also but it didn't work in our favour. We are 1-0 down in the present series and we need to win the final Test to square it. We made the change with that intention. [Lahiru] Thirimanne didn't bat all that badly for a newcomer. He was left out because we are looking for a result in this Test."

Mendis also pointed out that Sri Lanka was presently in the process of rebuilding the team after the retirements of Muthiah Muralitharan, Chaminda Vaas, Sanath Jayasuriya and Marvan Atapattu and during such a period there can be setbacks.

"It is not easy replacing players in the calibre of Murali, Sanath, Vaas and Marvan overnight. It will take some time and we will hit some rough patches while in the process of doing so."

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  • Roshini on November 9, 2011, 10:50 GMT

    One has to understand that COS Mendis is all about venting ones frustration. I could think of couple of reasons for sure. Firstly the test results what Sri Lanka use to produce especially on home soil and to some extent overseas are no longer there for the nation to uphold and rejoice. Secondly we are taking a morale sapping beating and sliding ever so fast on the world's test stage. So understandably it's sheer frustration times for the board, support staff, the very public and also cricketers. For nearly 15 long years positive results were achieved much on back of two legendary cricketers, the infamous MM and SJ. On a consistent basis MM takes bucket full of wickets and SJ provides a fast, furious and effective start which sets up any match on the day. Roshini Vaas - Homagama Sri Lanka

  • Fast_Track_Bully on November 9, 2011, 9:57 GMT

    SL not able to win a test match even after years! Shame for a test playing country!

  • poderdubdubdub on November 9, 2011, 9:40 GMT

    SL batting is still stronger than Pakistan, the credit goes to Pakistan bowlers. Pakistan batting is very fragile they dont have any confidence in their batting, you only need to look at their strike rate, and they are very defensive. If SL had played to their potential the result would have been different, Pakistan lost to a weak WI recently.

  • on November 9, 2011, 6:21 GMT

    Yes, He is saying right that only Sangkara scored runs. That series looked like that Pakistan vs Sangakara. Sri Lankan team surly in rebuilding process especially in bowling after Murli & Vass.

  • on November 9, 2011, 5:19 GMT

    Pakistan play better cricket than SL. This should be the real reason.

  • on November 9, 2011, 2:55 GMT

    SL cricket need to change lot. ppl like mathews, paranavithana need to stop just playing for their spot. ppl like sanga, mahela need to drop their ego n need to prepare to bat any where when team need. for me mathews need to come up in the order and start to play more major role in tests. if not when sanga is not playin SL cricket will go more deep in trouble. Tests - 1.upul/paranavithana 2. dilshan 3.Methews 4.sanga 5.Mahela 6.Thilan 7. Prasanna/K.Silva 8.Randiv/Ajantha 9.Herath 10.Kulasekara/Dilhara 11.Welagedara

    Oneday - 1.Upul/Chandimal 2. Dilshan 3. Sanga 4. Mahela 5.Methews 6. Thilan 7.Jeevan Mendis 8Thisara Perera 9.Randiv/ Herath 10. Kulasekara/Ajantha Mendis/Seekkuge Prasanna 11.Malinga

  • johnathonjosephs on November 9, 2011, 2:06 GMT

    If nobody accepted Murali as the Number 1 bowler in the world for his records and bowling, then this must be the reason why. What other team in the world had so much riding on one player? (maybe Tendulkar in the mid 90's).... Almost a year gone by and Sri Lanka has still failed to win a single Test Match (let alone Test Series......) after Murali has gone. Even when Warne left Australia, they still did good for a year or two before the decline started (Aus was reliant on Hayden, Gilly, McGrath, AND Warne). The Indian team will soon be like this Sri Lankan team (maybe worse) when Zaheer, Harbhajan, Tendulkar, Dravid, and Laxman retire (probably end of next year) from test Cricket

  • on November 8, 2011, 20:33 GMT

    interesting to see how well srilanka do in odi's bcoz now they have proper team wd malinga

  • RAMKI2404 on November 8, 2011, 19:47 GMT

    I attibute a large potion of failure to the selectors. I would have prefered Samaraweera in the squad instead of Angelo (B/c Angelo cant bowl due to his injury). Look at samaraweera's Contribution to Srilanka in last 4 years his Avg is 3rd Highest and we all know how good he plays Pak. What happened to Randiv? Sri depends a lot on Hearath but he is a big failure he is now where 1% of Murali.

  • Danksl on November 8, 2011, 18:51 GMT

    Chief selector slams the team is like Beating his own self. They do not even use the real talent in the country. KAPUGEDARA, UDAWATTE, MAHAROOF, UPUL THARANGA, NUWAN KULASEKARA, BHANUKA RAJAPAKSE where are these guys. Selecting only rookies is not the transition. Virat Kohli is Bhanuka's age but he has already made a big impact on Indian performances. When these management will think of a future.

  • Roshini on November 9, 2011, 10:50 GMT

    One has to understand that COS Mendis is all about venting ones frustration. I could think of couple of reasons for sure. Firstly the test results what Sri Lanka use to produce especially on home soil and to some extent overseas are no longer there for the nation to uphold and rejoice. Secondly we are taking a morale sapping beating and sliding ever so fast on the world's test stage. So understandably it's sheer frustration times for the board, support staff, the very public and also cricketers. For nearly 15 long years positive results were achieved much on back of two legendary cricketers, the infamous MM and SJ. On a consistent basis MM takes bucket full of wickets and SJ provides a fast, furious and effective start which sets up any match on the day. Roshini Vaas - Homagama Sri Lanka

  • Fast_Track_Bully on November 9, 2011, 9:57 GMT

    SL not able to win a test match even after years! Shame for a test playing country!

  • poderdubdubdub on November 9, 2011, 9:40 GMT

    SL batting is still stronger than Pakistan, the credit goes to Pakistan bowlers. Pakistan batting is very fragile they dont have any confidence in their batting, you only need to look at their strike rate, and they are very defensive. If SL had played to their potential the result would have been different, Pakistan lost to a weak WI recently.

  • on November 9, 2011, 6:21 GMT

    Yes, He is saying right that only Sangkara scored runs. That series looked like that Pakistan vs Sangakara. Sri Lankan team surly in rebuilding process especially in bowling after Murli & Vass.

  • on November 9, 2011, 5:19 GMT

    Pakistan play better cricket than SL. This should be the real reason.

  • on November 9, 2011, 2:55 GMT

    SL cricket need to change lot. ppl like mathews, paranavithana need to stop just playing for their spot. ppl like sanga, mahela need to drop their ego n need to prepare to bat any where when team need. for me mathews need to come up in the order and start to play more major role in tests. if not when sanga is not playin SL cricket will go more deep in trouble. Tests - 1.upul/paranavithana 2. dilshan 3.Methews 4.sanga 5.Mahela 6.Thilan 7. Prasanna/K.Silva 8.Randiv/Ajantha 9.Herath 10.Kulasekara/Dilhara 11.Welagedara

    Oneday - 1.Upul/Chandimal 2. Dilshan 3. Sanga 4. Mahela 5.Methews 6. Thilan 7.Jeevan Mendis 8Thisara Perera 9.Randiv/ Herath 10. Kulasekara/Ajantha Mendis/Seekkuge Prasanna 11.Malinga

  • johnathonjosephs on November 9, 2011, 2:06 GMT

    If nobody accepted Murali as the Number 1 bowler in the world for his records and bowling, then this must be the reason why. What other team in the world had so much riding on one player? (maybe Tendulkar in the mid 90's).... Almost a year gone by and Sri Lanka has still failed to win a single Test Match (let alone Test Series......) after Murali has gone. Even when Warne left Australia, they still did good for a year or two before the decline started (Aus was reliant on Hayden, Gilly, McGrath, AND Warne). The Indian team will soon be like this Sri Lankan team (maybe worse) when Zaheer, Harbhajan, Tendulkar, Dravid, and Laxman retire (probably end of next year) from test Cricket

  • on November 8, 2011, 20:33 GMT

    interesting to see how well srilanka do in odi's bcoz now they have proper team wd malinga

  • RAMKI2404 on November 8, 2011, 19:47 GMT

    I attibute a large potion of failure to the selectors. I would have prefered Samaraweera in the squad instead of Angelo (B/c Angelo cant bowl due to his injury). Look at samaraweera's Contribution to Srilanka in last 4 years his Avg is 3rd Highest and we all know how good he plays Pak. What happened to Randiv? Sri depends a lot on Hearath but he is a big failure he is now where 1% of Murali.

  • Danksl on November 8, 2011, 18:51 GMT

    Chief selector slams the team is like Beating his own self. They do not even use the real talent in the country. KAPUGEDARA, UDAWATTE, MAHAROOF, UPUL THARANGA, NUWAN KULASEKARA, BHANUKA RAJAPAKSE where are these guys. Selecting only rookies is not the transition. Virat Kohli is Bhanuka's age but he has already made a big impact on Indian performances. When these management will think of a future.

  • Mathu. on November 8, 2011, 15:50 GMT

    In addition to failure of batting, Ajantha's injury has hit SL badly... Compare to Pakistani spinners ours did very little and was not able to give enough pressure. There was never correct combination of spinners in recent past. Herath needs more heart and non of them were in the game with die heart. Looks bawlers never try to study weakness of a batsman and trap them. Seems to be SL needs a good psychologist in the team. Looks like players are not only having problems with physical fitness but also with lack of mental strength. I don't know whether due salaries have been effected the performances? Come on guys we can do much better than this!!! Hope with Maalinger's arrival it will make a difference in ODI bawling department.

  • saqskhan on November 8, 2011, 9:03 GMT

    I must say all credit goes to Pak bowlers...they really did an excellent job on the batting pitch like sharjah and abu dhabi. Sri Lanka's team combination was not right in the series. Samaraweera did very well against Pak in the past and he should have given a chance, with his inclusion the pressure would have been less on Mahela, Dilshan and Sanga. The bowling looks ok for SL but none of them come up as match winners. Its time for SL to re-think..they are known as fighters in the past and i am sure they will do best in future. lets c in the ODI series, PAK team looks better than SL with inclusion of Razzaq, Umar and Afridi.

  • stormy16 on November 8, 2011, 8:52 GMT

    While I agree with Medis's thoughts surely he is in no position to make these comments - he is too close to the problem himself!! The bowling is a problem and we all know that but what is it with the batting? SL are in a 'stone-wall' mode which is never going to win you a test match. You need runs and time to put pressure on the opposition and that is a distant dream for a while now. Mahela the most experienced has been a total flop againt Eng and Pak. While he made runs against Aus it made no difference to the outcome. Dilshan is not far behind either. Mathews is showing good signs but ending up batting the tail too often.

  • smalishah84 on November 8, 2011, 6:16 GMT

    How can you blame the coaches for the pathetic performance of the team? The role of the coach in cricket is not quite as important as in other sports. Let's face it.To some extent Mr Duleep Mendis did not select the right squad.

  • Rosh1 on November 8, 2011, 5:46 GMT

    DEAR MR. MENDIS: I have the greatest respect to you as acricketer, but not as an administrator. This is coz you are a "yes man" obliging to all requests from the top. How on earth will a team perform when you have not selected a proper team. The batting definitely looked slim without Thilan Samaraweera. This may have being a reason for the failure of Mahela and Dilshan who felt pressurized with a slim middle order. In addition how on earth can he says "I don't know what our physios and masseurs are doing with the players for them to get constantly injured." As a selector of a team consisting of the coaching staff shouldn't he know or make an attempt to know as to what they are doing?

  • on November 8, 2011, 5:35 GMT

    Marvan, Sanath & Vaas faded out of SL Test squads long while ago. Although they left huge gaps, SL Test teams managed to get along just fine. Is Sri Lanka missing Murali - It's a definite YES! Is it the root cause of our suffering - the answer is a resounding NO! It's all down to wrong thinking. SL do not have a vision on how to build a TEAM. Their records are mainly a reflection of individual brilliances. Recent losses are examples of their stars failing individually, when challenged by better-groomed TEAMs. If they are to success, they need to build a TEAM. A simple instance of wrong envisioning - Inclusion of the injured Mathews in the line-up - the Allrounder who can't bowl! There's no doubt that he's the rising star of SL Cricket, might well be the one to lead them at the next WC, that's why they need to groom him with caution. Otherwise they'd end up adding him to a public hate list, just like they dethroned Sanath the Hero of Sri Lankan cricket, with inappropriate inclussion.

  • prksinghg on November 7, 2011, 22:31 GMT

    best sri lankan test side 1 upul 2 dilshan 3 mathews 4 sangakkara 5 mahela 6 thilan 7 prasanna 8 herath 9 randiv 10 dilhara 11 welagedara

  • CricketFan2011WC on November 7, 2011, 21:31 GMT

    Isn't it your fault as well Mr. Mendis. You selected these set of players? Blame yourself as well. Select the right set of people...please

  • Street_Hawk on November 7, 2011, 20:25 GMT

    When will Sacchitra Senanayake will get a chance? Suraj Randiv is playing with his dismal record probably because he is being backed by selectors...Honestly, I never thought Randiv is a bowler who can be match winner in 5-day format...also, time has come to give chance to Rajapakshe and especially Chandimal...Chandimal is a talented player but selectors often drop him destroying his confidence..Also, Matthews should be instructed to play longer innings (100 +) by promoting him a little higher up the order for now..

  • Tigg on November 7, 2011, 20:15 GMT

    Dilshan is a poor Captain who is both unimaginative, and bowls himself far too much. Most of the batsmen have been bred on flat tracks and struggle with swing or prodigous seam movement, and their seamers are poor. Sri Lanka have been carried by Sanga and Mahela with the bat and Murali, Malinga and Vaas with the ball. Now without skilled/unusual bowlers they have nothing.

  • on November 7, 2011, 19:24 GMT

    Now the truth is out Murli and to some extent Vaas were the dog and pony show of Sri lankan bowling. With Murli gone it will be very difficult for Lankans to have an impact on the longer version of the game. With the exception of Sanagakara other guys rarely do well outside Asian grounds...I see Sri lanka moving down in the test rankings

  • ssduk on November 7, 2011, 18:48 GMT

    Without blaming players do your task properly. Axing Samaraweera who did well in the past and Dilshans middle battling were led us a huge defeat.

  • USAPakCricFollower on November 7, 2011, 17:20 GMT

    I am a Misbah believer and he has certainly earned the trust in him. That said, the Pak team is not where it needs to be in batting. Just over 4 runs an over and 255 in 61 overs is definitely gettable, especially against a Sri Lanka attack, but this batting lineup which is very similar to the one that will play the ODIs is not confident that it can chase it. Pakistan was definitely in a position to win this series 3-0 but for the fielding lapses in the first test, and lack of belief in batting in the 3rd.

  • ajmal1988 on November 7, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    Haha ! Funny game to watch and how Sri Lanka's batting line up crumbled. Dilshan, Jaywardene and Sangakarra are top players and also key players in the IPL in their respective teams with tons of runs under their belt (captains). All that doesn't matter when you can't handle ppl like Aizaz Cheema, Junaid Khan, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Hafeez, Abdur Rehman or Umar Gul. I am expecting Lanka to backfire in the ODI's and try to go for a whitewash as they are the second ranked team in the world in ODI.

  • 3rd_man on November 7, 2011, 16:59 GMT

    One thing I agree. I am not sure our batting and bowling coach doing there job. how come Mahela couldn't correct is technical fault so long. he keep on edging the ball since England tour. in test cricket you cant have that kind of weakness. bowlers will expose that. T20 , ODI cricket Mahela can score some runs because not much attacking field on those games. then bowling. why cant our bowlers bowl perticular line and length? they always try too many things. why our bowling coach ask them to stick one line and length like Magrath. that s what Pakistan bowlers did with bit of movement. they bowl consistent line and length didn't give runs. I think we need to bring Vaas as bowing coach, Ramanayaka useless in that position. Mahela should drop from the test side. Thilan should bring back. look at Randiv. these guys playing too much T20 now he cant turn the bowl. so use to dart the ball and now he cant turn the ball. T20 killing test cricket, rather have 2 separate teams for each format.

  • on November 7, 2011, 16:29 GMT

    to me the biggest crime in Sri Lanka cricket is how little our bowlers develop over time.

  • USAPakCricFollower on November 7, 2011, 16:27 GMT

    First congratulations to Pakistan. Defying the odds, playing with heart as always, and believing in themselves. That's what it takes! I do think the big difference in the teams is the bowling. Pakistan keeps producing excellent bowlers and as long as the batsmen perform decently, nothing exceptional there, Pakistan will always be able to beat any team.

  • Philip_Gnana on November 7, 2011, 15:44 GMT

    So it is never his fault. It is always the fault of the rest. The Batsmen sure should take the responsibility for the poor batting performance. The Bowling never had any teeth in the first place. So who picked the team? Duleep find a good place to lay your head and have long sleep. When was the last time you had your pay?

  • natmastak_so-called on November 7, 2011, 15:28 GMT

    i think this is called syndrome of over expectation. historically sri lanka is a poor test team and more poor traveller.

  • on November 7, 2011, 14:36 GMT

    When did Marvan Atapattu retire? I think it is more that a decade now. Does it really make a difference on the current test team's performance? It is very sad!!

  • on November 7, 2011, 11:41 GMT

    Posted by Pichan Balasubramanian on (November 06 2011, 10:44 AM GMT) "The absence of Muralidharan and Malinga are the main reason for Srilanka defeat against Pakistan." You don't want us to start talking about the absence o Asif and Amir :P

  • on November 7, 2011, 8:23 GMT

    SRI LANKA NOT PALYING TEST CRICKET AT THE MOMENT SO WE HAVE TO START BUILD NEW TEAM THAN SANGA OR MAHELANOW. SEE WHAT HAPPENED TO AUS AFTER WARNE, MCGRATH, LANGER, HADYEN RETIRES. i THINK SELECTORS MUST PICK NEW PLAYERS AND DEVELOP THEM TO ANOTHER WORLD CUP N TEST RANKINGS

  • purposeful on November 7, 2011, 7:38 GMT

    test matches are won by good bowling rather than batting. Need to take twenty wickets to win test matches on any surface and as far pakistan bowling is concerned no one can match it destroy the careers of two and we will bring up many more great bowlers.

  • KP_84 on November 7, 2011, 7:17 GMT

    Fair point. On paper, Sri Lanka's top five - Paranavithana, Dilshan, Sangakkara, M Jayawardene and Mathews - are world class. Pakistan, on the other hand, have a line-up full of technically-deficient batsmen. But we need to remember that sometimes the batsmen are only as good as the opposing bowlers allow them to be. There is no doubt that Sri Lanka's current pace attack is mediocre - these guys would struggle to get a game in Shield cricket in Australia.

  • softnuwan on November 7, 2011, 6:35 GMT

    Sri Lankan team must give chance to Chandimal and he is better than silva and if check the stat you will understand so I think if Sri Lanka willing to give much more chances to youngsters those players should be talented not any other political or personal reasons and I must say those selectors are the people who select the team so they must also share the blame they can't shift it to the others.

  • Sri1967 on November 7, 2011, 6:21 GMT

    @ARad - Agree with you mate. First Chariman of selectors should be sacked. He love's travelling than doing something better for SL cricket. Let's get Aravinda back with Romesh Ratnayake to the selection commitee. Living in UAE I went to watch 2nd test and the 3rd test in progress. Guys are not showing character at all. They are just playing for the sake of playing no enthusiasum at all. Hope guys could turtn tables on ODI's and Twenty 20. Fans here looking forward to see better cricket from both the teams.

  • donda on November 7, 2011, 5:51 GMT

    First Srilanka needs to pay their players, SLC players are living by IPL payments. Then selection has to be fair , where is samraweera , he was best srilankan batsman last time they played against pakistan. Bad selection and lack of motivation is SLC is the cause of poor performance.

    Also you cannot take away the actual cause that SLC has lost their greatest cricketer in terms of Murli, i think SLC has gone 10 years back after his retirement.

    Murli was the difference between whole world bowling attack and today's ordinary bowling attack except SA fast bowler.

  • dineshjsl on November 7, 2011, 5:45 GMT

    This is a Joke, Ajantha Mendis is not picked due to the injury in not ture, He has been dropped due to issue with the Sri Lanka Cricket Board, Understand he was not happy as he was not picked for the 1st test was Australia & then there was some issue with player and SLC.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on November 7, 2011, 5:27 GMT

    Srilanka is a hyped test team...they cannot even win in a similar condition like home!. They were good at home when Murali was there, now they do not have that power too!

  • MENDIS_Forever on November 7, 2011, 5:12 GMT

    Can you think about a more funnier joke than this one.If u know any,please tell me.

  • on November 7, 2011, 4:14 GMT

    It was obvious when you axed the man with two double hundreds, Thilan Samaraweera from the squad. A pinch of brain would help to understand that he can play for the country for at least 2 more year. And now we are paying back our sins. Shame on you Mr. Mendis.

  • Meety on November 7, 2011, 3:57 GMT

    Nice attempt at diverting attention from yourself Duleep. I am sure your comments are just going to make the non-Kumar batsmen very secure & happy. Perhaps Duleep you could explain Samaweera's non selection, I mean he is a man with a 50+ test average & a useful spinner? Dropping the keeper Jayawerdene, a bloke who batted very well against England averaging 54 & was the 2nd highest runscorer? BTW - 3rd highest run scorer v England was Samaweera! Sorry but SL's batting line up is only strong when Samaweera is in the middle order behind Sanga & Mahela, with Matthews @ #6 & DAPW Jayawerdene @#7.

  • ARad on November 7, 2011, 3:06 GMT

    Duleep Mendis is part of SLC. These comments while a Test match is still in progress is unpardonable and shows very poor man management skills. It also smacks of someone who is trying to blame everyone else except himself. I think he should be sacked and Aravinda De Dilva should be brought back.

  • on November 7, 2011, 1:01 GMT

    Dilshan is a hopeless captain, totally reactive towards the situation. He has no idea of what is needed and its his poor captaincy that led to series defeats in England; Australia (which SL should have won the series) and this series. Given that SL needed to make all the running to win the test, he seems listless, giving up when things don't go his way. Reinstate Sanga immediately at least he brought the best out of his whole team.

  • Dilmah82 on November 6, 2011, 22:42 GMT

    What about the Chairman of Selectors not doing his jo properly? Isn't he also responsible for the performances with some poor selection choices!!!

  • SarathW on November 6, 2011, 22:26 GMT

    It seems to most Si Lankan supporters that Sri Lanka cricket has no future because they keep on talking about the past great cricketers. It is time we stop talking about the past great cricketers like Murali, Vaas, Aravinda and Sanath. No one can play for ever. It is the job of the selectors to mold new blood to take the place of current stars. For this we need a stable board and selection committee. Who is going to take the place of Sanga and Mahela in the near future? Where are the promising young players like Chandimal and Rajapaksa? Why was Chandimal not given a chance when Prassana was injured? This is what Mendis should think instead of blaming others.

  • Lord.emsworth on November 6, 2011, 21:05 GMT

    Duleep Mendis's comments are the hight of cheek. He has nobody but himself to blame but now desperately blames HIS selection and the support staff. As sole selector HE chose the team for the 3 successive test series SL have found themselves in dire straights - Lost, Shameful draws and now perhaps losing again. A selector ought to know his business - know if a player can deliver or not and if a player has tendencies to break down physically or not. Just look at the SL opening pair of Paranavithane and Thirimanne. They are probably the slowest opening pair in World cricket today. They block, and plod, and even elegantly block bad balls that should be put away for 4, not to mention scoring at super snails pace. All Mendis's absurd selection...

  • JoeDeS on November 6, 2011, 20:50 GMT

    The moment Mendis as head of the selectors dropped Thilan Samaraweera, undoubtedly the best middle order batsman Sri Lanka has produced, from the test squad to face Pakistan, it was obvious that Mendis was unsuited for the job. No point blaming the palyers now.Mendis should resign.

  • MaruthuDelft on November 6, 2011, 18:59 GMT

    I think Mahela should stop practise English interviews and return to practise cricket; also of late he has gone too 'squary' in his batting; it is a risky business; he shoud start playing 'in the V' or around and apply power in striking the ball; being 'silky squary' is risky as much as being 'airy' in batting.

  • on November 6, 2011, 18:47 GMT

    Hey Dleep Mendis, you are the Chief Selector, You chose the Team, It is your wrong Judgement, So you crop the Blame. Maybe you were a Good cricketer, but probably you are not suited for the Role you play now.

  • on November 6, 2011, 17:56 GMT

    Sl are badly missing murali,vass,sanath who were proven match winners countiourly winning matches single handendly for more than a decade

  • on November 6, 2011, 17:48 GMT

    Maybe the players would be playing a bit better if they were paid their salaries! Pathetic situation at SLC! Who is to blame for this mess! Cricket is dying in SL. So sad :(

  • on November 6, 2011, 17:34 GMT

    You're talking about something wrong with their mental approach.. What more you can expect from them when you don't even pay their salaries?

  • on November 6, 2011, 17:25 GMT

    Seriously? KUMAR SANKAGARA is the only star? this is what is happening to RAHUL DRAVID of India! Yet the both have batsmen on their side like Mahela, Sachin, Laxman, and Mathews! Why are only Kumar and Rahul the only stars of SriLanka and Indian Tests?

  • on November 6, 2011, 16:59 GMT

    @Ellis couldn't agree more. You got the things straight. Duleep mendis's timing supports your points. Finding a scapegoat. I mean wrt to the ongoing test, SL scored 413 for god's sake. The performance of the team isn't great but isn't bad either for such statements. Uncertainity and interference with selection and other administrative things is messing the mindset of the players, which inturn is affecting the onfield performance. Bowling isn't that bad, considering the workload murali used to take, it is inappropriate to find similar performances from players who are coming in. SL are finding their way to cover the workload of murali. It might take time, it happens when LEGENDS retire.

  • on November 6, 2011, 16:51 GMT

    Dear Mr.Mendis,

    It is a shame for you to put the blame on the players. You may have been the best cricketer during your time. Keep in mind that there are better people to take your place. Do not be greedy for a post. All what has happened at SLC is everyone is trying to make money.

    Hope you take sometime to read all these to know what people think of you.

    God Bless SRI LANKA cricket! the game we love so much is being ruined by some people.

  • Romenevans on November 6, 2011, 16:32 GMT

    Thank god he did not blamed BCCI for poor performance at least this time (LOL). Well done Duleep.

  • Sakthiivel on November 6, 2011, 16:22 GMT

    What a joke ? The person should be criticized is the Chief Selector. He cant go public and Criticized the team. It make the player mentally down. Already players down as they not got their pay now this nonsense...

  • on November 6, 2011, 16:21 GMT

    i think sangakara is doing what dravid did for us in eng now all those who call indian pitches falt track bully what is sri lanka what is jawerdna see his performane in eng UAE only good at SSC dilshan has decided only one good knock per series at a historic ground lords SSC sharjah

  • Ellis on November 6, 2011, 15:56 GMT

    @ArmChairUmpire you have it right. When you have a team that is not paid, plagued by dissension and selectorial mistakes, and outside interference, pretend it is the fault of the coaches. Find a scapegoat. A public dressing down of the coaches is not the answer. Mendis once again displays his total lack of man management skills. Pakistan have played much better as a team than SL. At the moment, SL is a moderate Test team with weak bowling, inconsistent batting, poor captaincy and poor selections. Those are hard handicaps to overcome. I agree with some of the other comments here that call for Duleep Mendis to resign. It will take time for SL to develop a good Test team. Selectorial bungling and finger pointing is not going to do the trick.

  • on November 6, 2011, 15:55 GMT

    Mr Duleep don't blame the players, is it you who made the mistake selecting the team. where is Sammareweera and mendis

  • on November 6, 2011, 15:55 GMT

    I will agree with most of the above comment makers that Due to lot of T20 tournaments Test Cricket is been effected badly all over the world, The Players have lost the interest in this version of the game. I will not blame this to the selectors as they have selected a go balanced team, Sanga is doing great but the 2 senior plyers DILSHAN and JAYWERDENE needs to work hard on their batting, credit should be given to Pakistani Bowlers. At the same time Srilankan Bowling is missing a wicket taking spin bowler at these pitches one need to have good spin bowler. MOst of the wicket and chances are created by spin bowlers so the one place where selectors went wrong was not to have enough leg / off spin bowlers and this is why the whole team is strugling. I wish good luck to Srilankan Team and as a Pakistani Srilanka is my second Home Team.

  • Deepfreezed on November 6, 2011, 15:49 GMT

    What a pompous attitude. Who selected this team? I think the selectors are to blame for this team performance. First you need to select a proper captain. Then you have to send the best team. Political influences are ruing the team.

  • on November 6, 2011, 15:45 GMT

    Apart from the fact that the rant is totally self defeating and serves no purpose, the last bit just left Mr Mendis looking very foolish. It is understandable to say that the team is still trying to cope with the loss of Murali, but to include Vaas (who last played a test match two and a half years ago) Jayasuriya and Atapattu, both of whom played their last test match in 2007, is mindboggling.

  • DwightR on November 6, 2011, 15:34 GMT

    I am the biggest critic of Duleep Mendis but he hit every nail on the head..Y are we bowling at such a sub par level? Y is sanga the only consistent batsmen? Y are so many players getting injured? Y do we play at an elite level in the one day games n so poorly in tests? yes sanath, marvan, vaas n murali are gone..so is malinga for test but we have the talent still. Mendis needs to take the blame as a big part of it is team selection. Y did Samareweera get dropped? a rock at #5 who is only 34 and accumaltes in the middle order, Y did Dilshan not open? he is our star opener that sets the tone for the innings..it allowed Pak to break thru early and establish themselves, Y is Chandimal not in the lineup? he is the future, open him with dilshan! Y did Herath n Randiv not bowl together frm Test 1? SL strength is spin,and we did not play to our strenght by using our two best spinners available. so yes we may not have the fast bowlers to take 20wickets but we still could have done alot better

  • Main_Culprit on November 6, 2011, 15:17 GMT

    Point taken.... perfectly said.... but why tell us something that we already know??? all these times, i was thinking that you guys (SL cricket admin) have no clue what's going on.... now that you know..please start taking action.... The answers are not with the public.... it is your JOB.....

  • on November 6, 2011, 15:10 GMT

    What a joke. Mendis knows very well the politics behind the scenes and its ugly hand in the whole set up, What kind of stupid selector drops someone like Thilan Samaraweera to bow down to political influnces and has the audacity to balme the team. Its a miracle the SL team is performing as well as they have with whats been going on. Sanga gave up captaincy prematurely. Its a bleak future for SL cricket.

  • on November 6, 2011, 15:06 GMT

    There is a problem with Sri Lank's batting as they have not been able to replace the likes of Jayasuria,Attapatu(in tests) and Aravinda De Silva. I think Angelo Matthews at the moment is one place too high and Dilshan is playing too much T20 and ODI cricket as his technique is not as good as it should be for test cricket. An air fairy drive and lose shots have got him out on a number of occaissions during the current series with Pakistan. The Sri Lankan wicket keep Silva has kept wonderfully but doesnt show to having the batting credentials for batting,especially at number 6.

    The bowling for Sri Lanks looks pretty toothless and as Geoff Boycott would say "I could have hit this bowling with a stick of rhubarb"

    Only Welegedra in this test match has looked truly threatening but he lacks pace. Kulersekera looks like a ODI player as he has variation but no pace or real movement to scare quality bowlers. Herath is tidy but not that threatening at test level and Radiv is a ODI /T20 bowler.

  • nlambda on November 6, 2011, 15:03 GMT

    Shameful of Mendis - he is criticizing the team to pre-emptively deflect criticism at himself for selecting the team. And any half-decent leader knows not to criticize the team when the match is still going on. The players are justified in throwing an egg at Mr. Mendis, IMHO.

  • on November 6, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    And finally Duleep YOU picked the team....

  • on November 6, 2011, 13:53 GMT

    I think the main problem is our bowling....our batters probably under pressure before they even take their crease....they inherently know that they will have to put at least 600 on the board to compensate for our lackluster bowling.... We have to get our selection right....it seems like we are meddling the batting order to accommodate for Dilshans poor form (dropped Thilan who is solid in the middle). Mahela has failed for 3 consecutive test series (apart from one century)....does he warrant his place? Should we give consider Chandimal And our spin bowling makes me depressed. Why are we persevering with a guy who can't spin the bowl as the main spinner? (it's Ringana by the way) What has happened to MALINGA BANDARA? He must consider himself as very unlucky..... Our fast bowling (sorry..our slow medium pacers) is a concern...apart from UMBCA W no one else is potent...I agree with Duleep on the bowling coaching aspect...Fire Champaka and please get a real bowler (Vaas) as the coach...

  • Blushi on November 6, 2011, 13:49 GMT

    what Mr. Mendis talking about ? he is the one who should take the blame in first place !!

  • pradeep_dealwis on November 6, 2011, 13:43 GMT

    @ALL! Dropping Thilan was a decision taken looking at the future of the game. He had chances against ENG and AUS, and he failed. It was time to move on! @ Heshan, i don't think you can blame T20 for this series. The issue has been that the batsman have scored too slow to force results, rather than playing rash shots.

  • on November 6, 2011, 13:40 GMT

    Yes, Sampi72 hit the nail on Duleep Mendis; Mendis is partly to blame for our poort batting on this series. How could you drop the 2nd best test batsman (Accoring to the ICC Test Batting rankings - Thilan is 2nd to only Sanga, but ahead of Mahela), we have and talk like this? You dropped Thilan Samaraweera from our Test Team, when he had a good test batting average!

  • ArmChairUmpire on November 6, 2011, 12:14 GMT

    Some good points from Duleep esp wrt the lack of team preparation. Except for Sanga and possibly Mathews, no other SL cricketer has displayed his full potential. The comment about the physios is quite daft. Eventually, team performances relate to team selection, the captain and support from the Board. Slamming cricketers in public is not the best way to get the maximum from them. SL may wish to consider having different teams for different formats of the games, especially as the mindset, temperament and technique needed for the different formats are different. One also must give due credit to the evolving Pakistan team which is striving hard despite all the unfortunate distractions. In conclusion: All things having been said, Duleep would serve SL cricket by stepping down. If he stays on, he may serve better by opening his mouth selectively and appropriately.

  • lankavigi on November 6, 2011, 10:47 GMT

    Finally, someone in SLC knows that there in problems. I had recently sent a message to SLC at there dismal performances in the recent past. Duleep has pointed out most of the problems, but he didn't point out one and that is the selction of players and that's his fault. They have to replace useless player by good players. Dilshan's not supposed to be captaining. Give the captaincy to someone who knows the game better Duleep!!!!!!!!!!!! Mathews is good enough. SA gave Graeme Smith the captaincy badge when he was 21. Mathews is 25. Cmon SL react fast, before the ship sinks.

  • on November 6, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    The absence of Muralidharan and Malinga are the main reason for Srilanka defeat against Pakistan.

  • sampi72 on November 6, 2011, 10:36 GMT

    Mr.mendis.Thanks for atleast You said something to Media.However You forget to justify your desicion to drop Thilan,and not commented anything about the not giving a single chance to Dynamic Dinesh Chandimal when all batters are failling.You have justified the non inclustion of Nuwan Kula and Ajantha by keeping them in the injury list.What about Thisara Perera.Can U justify the selection of Dilhara and Dhammika prasad ahead of him.Please give him the chance as the replacement of injured Dhammika Prasad.I am interesting to see your comments on young Bhanuka rajapakse ?????????????????Personally I feel u need to step down from the chair of selectors for the benifit of SL cricket .Mr Arjuna,Aravinda or Sidath please takeover the responsibility to protect Sri lankan sricket.

  • on November 6, 2011, 9:10 GMT

    This is rediculous. If you want good test players, limit the amount of T20 cricket. It is clear that all players around the world concentrate on T20 and not tests. Quick money and fame is more lucrative to them than a hard earned test century. Why work hard on batting technique, bowling skills and fitness for test matches, when you can earn so much more money playing for 40 overs in 6 hours?

  • akinahd on November 6, 2011, 9:04 GMT

    one of duleep's points is true.if our physio's are doing their job, this number of players should not be down with injuries. but for rest of his comments, he also has to share the blame !

  • on November 6, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    duleep mendis u are a shocker, wat ever u do as a leader it should be to encourage the players not to put them down, i understand dat the players are underperforming, but i dont believe dat dis published article is going to help the cause. wat ever u have to say to da team u must say it in private and not to da rest of da world..

  • Sri1967 on November 6, 2011, 8:44 GMT

    Mr Mendis should take the responsibility instead of lashing out at other's who are involved in the current tour. If he knew the team should have gone earlier to UAE, why did not he raise this at the begining? Don't play the blame game, take every failure as an opportunity and convert same to manage a positive result. It's sad to hear these kind of words from a former cricketer and an administrator. You need motivate them when they are down without throwing stones at them. If no 1 to 6 is not performing, suggest you select the team based on current form instead of past. Living in UAE we as SL cricket fans will support our team whether they win or loose. We don't discourage them. Better team always WIN and loosers should learn from mistakes.

  • on November 6, 2011, 8:30 GMT

    I cant belive Duleep is distracting the team like this with these comments during the test match..

  • on November 6, 2011, 8:26 GMT

    Leaving out Samaraweera who averages close to 60 against Pakistan was the biggest mistake the selectors made. Also, shifting Dilshan down to the middle order because he had a lean series against Australia was another reason why the batting failed.

  • on November 6, 2011, 8:14 GMT

    Duleep Mendis talks nonsense most of the time, he seems to point the finger at everyone else but won't take responsibility for his selection mistakes. How can you blame the support staff for players getting injured. Injury is a universal problem and has to be managed by player rotation and picking the right players. Cricket in SL is in shambles because of inept administrators and the lack of a proper structure, we need to seek assistance from the ICC and have a long term strategy and remove fossils like D Mendis who are outdated and have no idea how Modern Cricket works.

  • on November 6, 2011, 7:23 GMT

    WELL SORRY TO SAY THIS AS A SRI LANKAN BUT IT'S TIME SRI LANKA BRING IN A COMPLETE NEW MANAGEMENT INTO SL CRICKET WHO ARE WILLING TO VOLUNTEER THEIR TIME AND NOT BEING PAID FOR THEIR SERVICES AND ONCE THEY PROVE WHAT THEY HAVE DONE MAKE SURE TO PAY THEM WHAT YOU HAVE BEING PAYING ALL THOSE WHO HAVE DONE NOTHING FOR SL CRICKET FOR SO FAR LIKE COMING INTO JUST BEFIRE THE WC AND BRINGING IN THE WHOLE FAMILY CIRCLE AND VANISHING JUST AFTER THE WC WHERE IS JUSTICE FOR THESE PEOPLE. BEING FROM MORATUWA I"M A SHAME IT WAS A MAN FROM THIS GREAT TOWN THAT IS THE CULPRIT IN THIS CASE. WAKE UP SRI LANKA OR GIVE UP PLAYING CRIKET DON"T MAKE THE WORLD LAUGH AT US FOR OUT OWN MISTAKES. TRUST ME GIVE ME THE OPORTUNITY I"LL PUT A LOT OF THINGS WRIGHT IN SL CRICKET WITH THE RIGHT PEOPLE I"LL PICK FOR THE JOB

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  • on November 6, 2011, 7:23 GMT

    WELL SORRY TO SAY THIS AS A SRI LANKAN BUT IT'S TIME SRI LANKA BRING IN A COMPLETE NEW MANAGEMENT INTO SL CRICKET WHO ARE WILLING TO VOLUNTEER THEIR TIME AND NOT BEING PAID FOR THEIR SERVICES AND ONCE THEY PROVE WHAT THEY HAVE DONE MAKE SURE TO PAY THEM WHAT YOU HAVE BEING PAYING ALL THOSE WHO HAVE DONE NOTHING FOR SL CRICKET FOR SO FAR LIKE COMING INTO JUST BEFIRE THE WC AND BRINGING IN THE WHOLE FAMILY CIRCLE AND VANISHING JUST AFTER THE WC WHERE IS JUSTICE FOR THESE PEOPLE. BEING FROM MORATUWA I"M A SHAME IT WAS A MAN FROM THIS GREAT TOWN THAT IS THE CULPRIT IN THIS CASE. WAKE UP SRI LANKA OR GIVE UP PLAYING CRIKET DON"T MAKE THE WORLD LAUGH AT US FOR OUT OWN MISTAKES. TRUST ME GIVE ME THE OPORTUNITY I"LL PUT A LOT OF THINGS WRIGHT IN SL CRICKET WITH THE RIGHT PEOPLE I"LL PICK FOR THE JOB

  • on November 6, 2011, 8:14 GMT

    Duleep Mendis talks nonsense most of the time, he seems to point the finger at everyone else but won't take responsibility for his selection mistakes. How can you blame the support staff for players getting injured. Injury is a universal problem and has to be managed by player rotation and picking the right players. Cricket in SL is in shambles because of inept administrators and the lack of a proper structure, we need to seek assistance from the ICC and have a long term strategy and remove fossils like D Mendis who are outdated and have no idea how Modern Cricket works.

  • on November 6, 2011, 8:26 GMT

    Leaving out Samaraweera who averages close to 60 against Pakistan was the biggest mistake the selectors made. Also, shifting Dilshan down to the middle order because he had a lean series against Australia was another reason why the batting failed.

  • on November 6, 2011, 8:30 GMT

    I cant belive Duleep is distracting the team like this with these comments during the test match..

  • Sri1967 on November 6, 2011, 8:44 GMT

    Mr Mendis should take the responsibility instead of lashing out at other's who are involved in the current tour. If he knew the team should have gone earlier to UAE, why did not he raise this at the begining? Don't play the blame game, take every failure as an opportunity and convert same to manage a positive result. It's sad to hear these kind of words from a former cricketer and an administrator. You need motivate them when they are down without throwing stones at them. If no 1 to 6 is not performing, suggest you select the team based on current form instead of past. Living in UAE we as SL cricket fans will support our team whether they win or loose. We don't discourage them. Better team always WIN and loosers should learn from mistakes.

  • on November 6, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    duleep mendis u are a shocker, wat ever u do as a leader it should be to encourage the players not to put them down, i understand dat the players are underperforming, but i dont believe dat dis published article is going to help the cause. wat ever u have to say to da team u must say it in private and not to da rest of da world..

  • akinahd on November 6, 2011, 9:04 GMT

    one of duleep's points is true.if our physio's are doing their job, this number of players should not be down with injuries. but for rest of his comments, he also has to share the blame !

  • on November 6, 2011, 9:10 GMT

    This is rediculous. If you want good test players, limit the amount of T20 cricket. It is clear that all players around the world concentrate on T20 and not tests. Quick money and fame is more lucrative to them than a hard earned test century. Why work hard on batting technique, bowling skills and fitness for test matches, when you can earn so much more money playing for 40 overs in 6 hours?

  • sampi72 on November 6, 2011, 10:36 GMT

    Mr.mendis.Thanks for atleast You said something to Media.However You forget to justify your desicion to drop Thilan,and not commented anything about the not giving a single chance to Dynamic Dinesh Chandimal when all batters are failling.You have justified the non inclustion of Nuwan Kula and Ajantha by keeping them in the injury list.What about Thisara Perera.Can U justify the selection of Dilhara and Dhammika prasad ahead of him.Please give him the chance as the replacement of injured Dhammika Prasad.I am interesting to see your comments on young Bhanuka rajapakse ?????????????????Personally I feel u need to step down from the chair of selectors for the benifit of SL cricket .Mr Arjuna,Aravinda or Sidath please takeover the responsibility to protect Sri lankan sricket.

  • on November 6, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    The absence of Muralidharan and Malinga are the main reason for Srilanka defeat against Pakistan.