Pakistan v Sri Lanka 2011 November 21, 2011

Chamara Silva called up as injury cover

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Chamara Silva, a middle-order batsman, has joined Sri Lanka's squad in the UAE as back up for Mahela Jayawardene, who has an injured knee. Jayawardene has returned to Sri Lanka and will miss the fifth ODI and the Twenty20 international against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi.

"After Sunday's game Mahela's injury got worse, so he has returned home," Sri Lanka's team manager Anura Tennekoon said. "Chamara Silva was brought in as cover."

Tennekoon said Tillakaratne Dilshan had recovered after hurting his left thumb. "Dilshan is okay and will play in the fifth one-dayer."

Sri Lanka Cricket also announced that fast bowlers Nuwan Kulasekara, Dhammika Prasad and Shaminda Eranga, as well as wicketkeeper Prasanna Jayawardene, will not be considered for the Test series in South Africa because of injuries.

Sri Lanka lost the five-ODI series against Pakistan after a third defeat in Sharjah on November 20. The final one-dayer is on November 23, followed by the T20 two days later. Sri Lanka's tour of South Africa begins with a tour match on December 9, followed by the first Test on December 15.

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  • Sachwid on November 24, 2011, 5:24 GMT

    @shantiratnamaj, well said mate. Agree with all your points, thats what Sri Lanka cricket need at the moment

  • Mahaanama on November 22, 2011, 13:55 GMT

    I think it's better Sri Lanka to play just 10 players for the T20 match other than brining back Chamara Silva

  • on November 22, 2011, 13:38 GMT

    i do not know why the Selectors still concidering Chamara Silva for selection, for what purpose they are giving him a further chance, we have no other player to select as a cover up for Mahela from the pool of players, for the sake of Srilankan Cricket take some immidiate decisions which will defenituley give possitive results for Srilanka in futute series, however convince Murali to come back to Squad to do some magic for the Country similar decision taken by Afridi now.

  • gularan on November 22, 2011, 13:30 GMT

    Cricket is a religion in Sri Lanka. It is venerated and everybody takes it as a personal affront if Sri Lanka looses at cricket. That being said it is almost a sacred duty to give ones all ina match. The current set of jokers should be made to realise this and put on performance based contracts in future. Furthermore the coaching staff too should be put on notice and a hire and fire system should be adopted.To all intents and puposes a trained monkey could do better as coach of Sri Lanka.

  • gularan on November 22, 2011, 13:12 GMT

    The more I watch the present Sri Lankan team the more they come across as a set of buffoons who cant bat , bowl or field. Looks like it is downhill all the way for them including that magnificient T.V commentator Sanath Jayasuriya. hee! hee! hee.

  • on November 22, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    No point.. No one can replace mahela. But good luck to chamara silva and hope he will do well this time.. because he is good against Pakistan.

    Good that they are not considering Nuwan Kulasekara for the test matches against SA. But i'm sure we gona miss Prasanna for sure..

  • orangtan on November 22, 2011, 11:37 GMT

    Actually, India is in the same boat, with the 3 Musketeers retiring soon, there is going to be a big gap in the batting, and the youngsters on offer don't seem up to it. As for the Indian bowling, it is worse than Sri Lanka's. Conversely, Pakistan seems to have a wealth of resources in all 3 forms of the game and should do well. I pick them to beat England in the UAE.

  • ca2ca on November 22, 2011, 10:41 GMT

    GIVE LOOSERS MORE CHANCES TO LOOSE. TALENTS ? WHO CARE. THAT IS HOW SL CRICKET WORKS NOW. WHAT ARE THE POWERS BEHIND KANDAMBI, KAPUGEDARA & CHAMARA SILVA ??? EVERYONE KNOWS THEY ARE LOOSERS BUT STILL COMING UP. WELL DONE SLECTORS. BRING SL CRICKET TO BOTTOM.

  • stormy16 on November 22, 2011, 10:26 GMT

    Like with a lot of things in SL cricket this makes no sense but its atleast consistent! Surely this is an opportunity to try out a new talent - everyone know Silva's talent and have dropped him for it and here we are recalling him again. Makes no sense but then again neither does alot of things with SLC right now.

  • ca2ca on November 22, 2011, 10:20 GMT

    I think with this kind of senseless decisions we can guess where SL cricket heading. Give youngters a chance to get experience. We dont mind failing in learning space. We dont mind loosing if the team is full with good new guys. There is no shame then. Where we will be in couple of years if this continue. Or bring Crap, Kandambi, Chamara silva and all othere loosers to play over 40 cricket soom. SL selectors ???

  • Sachwid on November 24, 2011, 5:24 GMT

    @shantiratnamaj, well said mate. Agree with all your points, thats what Sri Lanka cricket need at the moment

  • Mahaanama on November 22, 2011, 13:55 GMT

    I think it's better Sri Lanka to play just 10 players for the T20 match other than brining back Chamara Silva

  • on November 22, 2011, 13:38 GMT

    i do not know why the Selectors still concidering Chamara Silva for selection, for what purpose they are giving him a further chance, we have no other player to select as a cover up for Mahela from the pool of players, for the sake of Srilankan Cricket take some immidiate decisions which will defenituley give possitive results for Srilanka in futute series, however convince Murali to come back to Squad to do some magic for the Country similar decision taken by Afridi now.

  • gularan on November 22, 2011, 13:30 GMT

    Cricket is a religion in Sri Lanka. It is venerated and everybody takes it as a personal affront if Sri Lanka looses at cricket. That being said it is almost a sacred duty to give ones all ina match. The current set of jokers should be made to realise this and put on performance based contracts in future. Furthermore the coaching staff too should be put on notice and a hire and fire system should be adopted.To all intents and puposes a trained monkey could do better as coach of Sri Lanka.

  • gularan on November 22, 2011, 13:12 GMT

    The more I watch the present Sri Lankan team the more they come across as a set of buffoons who cant bat , bowl or field. Looks like it is downhill all the way for them including that magnificient T.V commentator Sanath Jayasuriya. hee! hee! hee.

  • on November 22, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    No point.. No one can replace mahela. But good luck to chamara silva and hope he will do well this time.. because he is good against Pakistan.

    Good that they are not considering Nuwan Kulasekara for the test matches against SA. But i'm sure we gona miss Prasanna for sure..

  • orangtan on November 22, 2011, 11:37 GMT

    Actually, India is in the same boat, with the 3 Musketeers retiring soon, there is going to be a big gap in the batting, and the youngsters on offer don't seem up to it. As for the Indian bowling, it is worse than Sri Lanka's. Conversely, Pakistan seems to have a wealth of resources in all 3 forms of the game and should do well. I pick them to beat England in the UAE.

  • ca2ca on November 22, 2011, 10:41 GMT

    GIVE LOOSERS MORE CHANCES TO LOOSE. TALENTS ? WHO CARE. THAT IS HOW SL CRICKET WORKS NOW. WHAT ARE THE POWERS BEHIND KANDAMBI, KAPUGEDARA & CHAMARA SILVA ??? EVERYONE KNOWS THEY ARE LOOSERS BUT STILL COMING UP. WELL DONE SLECTORS. BRING SL CRICKET TO BOTTOM.

  • stormy16 on November 22, 2011, 10:26 GMT

    Like with a lot of things in SL cricket this makes no sense but its atleast consistent! Surely this is an opportunity to try out a new talent - everyone know Silva's talent and have dropped him for it and here we are recalling him again. Makes no sense but then again neither does alot of things with SLC right now.

  • ca2ca on November 22, 2011, 10:20 GMT

    I think with this kind of senseless decisions we can guess where SL cricket heading. Give youngters a chance to get experience. We dont mind failing in learning space. We dont mind loosing if the team is full with good new guys. There is no shame then. Where we will be in couple of years if this continue. Or bring Crap, Kandambi, Chamara silva and all othere loosers to play over 40 cricket soom. SL selectors ???

  • zavahir on November 22, 2011, 7:01 GMT

    We drop Samaraweera in order to give youngsters a chance, but we bring in Chamara? Double standards !!! This guy has wasted so many opportunities. Why not try Udawatte, Banuka or Trimanne. Ohh selectors :-)

  • Mfalme on November 22, 2011, 7:00 GMT

    @shantiratnamaj - true. I was impressed with Welagedara's rythm and action. He should be given more opportunities and also properly coached to iron out weaknesses. Perera is another. In addition to bowling he has to sculpt his batting techniques. @sanjaya Ranaweera - well said; bandage & surgery. @frzhra - Good question. What will you offer for the correct answer? ;-) Will the thinking pattern change in SL cricket? @massy - totally agree. @gularan - if it will work with easy going Sri Lankan people not a bad alternative.

  • MDCP on November 22, 2011, 6:39 GMT

    Silva going to UAE is simply a waste of opportunity for a youngster and waste of air fare too... Looking ahead of the SA test series in S.African conditions and a ODI series in similar conditions with 2 new balls at either end all that i feel is that a "PROTEAS WHITE WASH PACKAGE" is on the way..... only rain can save our under performing team and players

  • Mfalme on November 22, 2011, 6:36 GMT

    ….. Unless the whole system is revamped SL is going to have tuff times ahead. Seems SL coffers have run out of freakish crackers - Sanath, Murali, Malinga. They can't always depend on them. Need to groom quality orthodox players like Wettimuny, Dias, Mendis, Madugalle, Aravinda, 2 Ratnayake, De Mel, Vass etc SOON. Good Luck to SL.

  • Mfalme on November 22, 2011, 6:34 GMT

    I believe, there's a lot behind the dismal performance of SL in addition to captaincy of Dilshan. Coaching, self belief/negative tactics/attitude, politics/lack of talent etc. SL fielding was among the top few years back. Watch the WC 2011 again & you'll see the difference between the two teams was the runs saved - fielding. First, SL should get back to their previous level of fielding. Even from short distances they rarely hit the stumps direct. Simple catches are dropped where at the top level catches are made from no where. In the last match did anyone notice a player first crossing the path of the ball before diving so that he could use his right hand to stop the ball; valuable seconds lost; and he failed. The team is lacking in confidence & self belief. The entire team believes that every match is in the hands of Sanga & Mahela. It puts a psychological pressure on other batsmen to contribute. For Sanga & Mahela the pressure creates indecision - should I take risk......cont

  • anver777 on November 22, 2011, 5:59 GMT

    I lost somewhat interest of watching SL matches, after such a poor show in 4th ODI. I think SL cricket is going bad to worst & wonder what will happen if the senior players like Mahela, Sanga & Dilshan retires.... can't see a bright future for SL cricket !!!!!

  • Rasee on November 22, 2011, 5:32 GMT

    This guy is not capable for big hitting. I just checked his statistics. He has played only 74 ODIs totally but he got out 24 times for under 10 runs. That means he only manage to score more than 10 only once in four matches .

    Other thing is Chandimal should bat at 3. He's still young cant bear the pressure like Sanga or Mahela. If they put him at 4 that will add more pressure to him. So he should promote to no 3 & sanga should bat 4.

  • chandau on November 22, 2011, 4:52 GMT

    Personally would have gone for the other one CHAMARA KAPUGEDARA for 3 reasons. 1. he is still young and can be in the mix for at least another 5 or more years. 2. he can hit a long ball coming down at 6 as shown in Australia (although he may not have scored a lot of runs the 20s he get are at a nice rate for ODIs.) 3. he is a quick safe fielder anywhere on the park. 4. he can bat up the order if required (believe he was #3 at school level )

    Problems with CHAMARA SILVA are; 1. he is almost always used out of position (he is a #3 or 4 but almost always plays at #5 or 6) 2. he needs time to get set and going. 3. although he has modelled his batting on ARAVINDA, lacks the array of strokes and inventiveness 4. not a big hitter in a crisis. 5. he is now on the wrong side of 30 years.

  • on November 22, 2011, 4:39 GMT

    Chamara Silva is in squad cuz he scored 63 against aussies?? gimme a break!

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

    Instead of calling in deadwood like Chamara Silva Sri Lanka should blood a talented youngster with the future in mind, especially as the pak series is a dead rubber now.They could do well to take the Australian model of never say die attitude till the last ball is bowled instead of buckling at the seams all the time. I take my hat off to Arjuna R for being a gunboat captain who insisted and got results with limited resources and went into battle like a true Sri Lankan lion unlike the present lot who go in as if they are being led into the slaughter house. Only god above can save them from being annhillated in South Africa. May be they need Sri Lankan fans in Sri Lanka to torch their houses to show some fight in cricket instead of rolling on their backs and asking for a good scratch like meek kittens. This Indian practice should do the trick if nothing else will.

  • massy on November 22, 2011, 1:26 GMT

    Oh No! Not Charmara again! He plays a good innings when its not needed (e.g. in a 'dead-rubber' match) while doing stuff-all when he's needed to perform. Sad to see Eranga, Prasad and Prasa injured just as they were stringing some good performances together...I think Kule's effectiveness is limited to one dayers...Welegedera has turned a corner I feel - bowled pretty well against pakistan. Give him, and Nuwan Pradeep and randiv an extended run, across all formats. Continuity does wonders for a players confidence. same for younger players like Bhanuka, Chandi and dimuth. Feel that the youngsters are not mentally set up for test-cricket cos all they see, hear and play seem to be 20-20s and ODIs. I remember watching the 96 world cup...the team felt "solid" - dashing openers at the top, very good & stable middle order, & then the allrounders. Even our bowlers were more than handy with the bat (Vaasy, Dharmasena). And now...And lay off mathews-one of the best things to have happn to SL cric

  • on November 22, 2011, 0:15 GMT

    Surely Samaraweera should be brought back! How many teams force players with 50+ average onto the sidelines? Especially teams in such a wretched rut as Sri Lanka... I fear my beloved Sri Lanka may be on it's way to becoming the new West Indies...

  • Zookinii on November 21, 2011, 21:32 GMT

    well this sucks, chamara silva is useless!

  • on November 21, 2011, 20:59 GMT

    can it get any worse? he he he he chamara silva is the last piece of the jigsaw of distrying sri lanka cricket.

  • on November 21, 2011, 20:52 GMT

    With him gone.....Srilanka has better chance of beating Pakistan....dont want to hurt anyone's feeling,but he is highly over rated.......if you break down his stats in scores at home and away from home......he looks very vulnerable......that is compounded if you subtract Zimbabwe , Bangladesh and West Indies out of equation.....Srilanka need more match winners like Aravinda and Sannathe......truly majestic timers of ball......super batsmen.

  • on November 21, 2011, 20:25 GMT

    Another losing series for SL..>>

  • on November 21, 2011, 20:24 GMT

    chamara silva is russell arnold right handed. both hopeless like fish out of water.better off commentating...lol

  • on November 21, 2011, 19:33 GMT

    Another crazy selection, mendis and his selection team are slowly destroying sri lankan cricket. Dilshan needs to go but more importantly the Sri lankan cricket board whoever gets elected should listen to kumar sangakara's speech.

  • on November 21, 2011, 19:30 GMT

    Lets select the best from available players for SA series looking at tests and ODIs differently. T20s I do not consider as proper cricket. Thilan Samarweera should be brought back and I suggest him to be made test captain. Ajantha Mendis another forgotten man who should be on tour. Dilshan should be taken out of captainacy and allowed to concentrate as a pure opening batsman who can at times bowl useful offspin. If we do not take this series seriously we can get blown off in all forms of cricket.

  • rushan811 on November 21, 2011, 18:36 GMT

    y,what happen for the selectors?y they dont think about middle order.nothing will happen.may be same.think about it

  • frzhra on November 21, 2011, 18:12 GMT

    hi to all my srilankans friends..i would like to ask you all..WHY CHAMINDA VAAS IS NOT IN THE TEAM? he is doing very well in english counties. he can still play a lot of cricket...so why he cannot be in the team?

  • on November 21, 2011, 16:50 GMT

    Kaushal has been consistant over the 6 years he has played first class cricket accumilating over 6000 runs and has represented the 'A' team and leading it as well in the past few season... I guess he has the experience and the composure required at test level. Take nothing away from young Chandimal but I think Kaushal suits the test outfit better at this stage. KS was long due and the time is finally right!!

  • kasunadhikari on November 21, 2011, 16:22 GMT

    If all front line fast bowlers are injured, why can't Vaas be brought back to the team? He proved his talents in England being an allrounder hand for Northamtonshire.

  • on November 21, 2011, 15:45 GMT

    SLC is trying to fix the problem with a bandage when the call of the day is a clear a surgery...... Wasting is nothing new in Sri Lanka and this is what we get when we have "none thinking" administrators running things well over their heads. Instead of trying to win meaningless games (series already lost, just like the last game we played with AUS) what we need to do is bring in fresh talent that is going to be the future.Oh, one more thing... I heard that they are planning to have elections soon to re-elect the current interim chairman…..Please don't laugh this is how things get done in SL.

  • on November 21, 2011, 15:35 GMT

    i would say tharanga should be named the captain of the ODI and T20 team. he should be also included in the test team.

  • mgsperera on November 21, 2011, 14:48 GMT

    I was waiting to see Mahela opens with Dilli in T20.Anyway he needs a good rest & prepare for SA tour.Angelo Mathews ??????????????? Your too small to taking over the captancy,juz win matches for SL & prove u shud capable of handling & changing matches. Arjuna/Aravinda/Sanath/Mahela/Sanga even Dilshan they hv done lot of hard work & proven theirselves to lead the team .u cnnot servive for 20 odd balls when the crusial time.first support to ur captain rather than eyeing on captancy .

  • Deepfreezed on November 21, 2011, 14:23 GMT

    No... hopeless Chamara Silva. What does he have left to prove? He is not international material.

  • on November 21, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    I don't understand why Chandimal is not considered for the test series as wk. Any ideas why not ?

  • on November 21, 2011, 13:30 GMT

    Yeah Dilshan is ruthless for a captain see how mahela and kumar did their job when they were captains that what we want from a captain not what we are currently receiving from Dilshans captaincy

  • cricket_slcsupport on November 21, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    I don't know why & how this fellow gets into the squad. Another useless addition to the team. Sri Lanka play with 10 guys instead of including this fellow in the team.

  • CKfrombrisbane on November 21, 2011, 13:17 GMT

    BRING BANUKA! LET HIM TO SHOW HIS TALENT. All of these youngsters are falling and they had too many chances to prove themselves. Unfortunately we need to try new people.

  • on November 21, 2011, 13:08 GMT

    Dear Selectors If U are going to replace Mahela ,it shuld be Tilan Samaraweera.However if Chamara Silva is playing in Dubai, Angelo mathews should be played as number5.

  • Sachit1979 on November 21, 2011, 13:01 GMT

    Are Sri Lankan selectors having some personal grudge against Jeewanth Kulathunga? He is perhaps one of the best T20 players in Lanka but never gets chance to play in national colors.

  • ratedstfu44 on November 21, 2011, 12:54 GMT

    Biggest mistake by Srilanka is they didnt include Samaraweera on a slow low pitch. samaraweera is ideal for low scoring match .

  • 3rd_man on November 21, 2011, 12:27 GMT

    Big test for young kaushal silva in SA test matches. Prasanna's injury happened right time for him, just before the tour. its going to be tough one for batsman, after 100 in Middle east, helped prasanna to secure his place in the team. it could have been tough if he failed in SA to come back to the team. hope young KS do his best in this series,as he is future WK for SL.

  • on November 21, 2011, 11:38 GMT

    gosh he is back again...what a joke,..Bring a youngster like Dimuth or even Bhanuka sinceits just T20

  • WPDDESILVA on November 21, 2011, 10:52 GMT

    OMG! I thought we are over Chamara Silva. Sad Sad story for Sri Lankan cricket....

  • gularan on November 21, 2011, 10:36 GMT

    Sri Lanka should only play with the minnows till they come up to scratch again,otherwise it will be egg on face for them .They should also think seriously about changing their head coach Marsh as he is in my opinion a bum steer.

  • randikaayya on November 21, 2011, 10:32 GMT

    Goodness me?? It should have been Samaraweera all the way! Whats up with the selection policy these days??

  • indianzen on November 21, 2011, 9:27 GMT

    Another board is going to get dissolved becoz of non performing players... Dilshan, Mahela, Mathews all have no good attitude towards game or opponents.. Lasith and Kumar are going high becoz of his good attitude and talent... Pak will win hands down...

  • shantiratnamaj on November 21, 2011, 9:13 GMT

    Please remove Dilshan from the captain's role- this is good for him and good for the country. Request Sanga to take over the captaincy for one year and appoint Angelo Mathews as his deputy so that within 12 months Angelo can take-over. Not that Angelo is a super star - it's just that it seems Angelo has a lot to offer than Dilshan but he is stuck because of a poor captain (Dilshan) who is currently making expensive mistakes. Dinesh Chandimal should continue at NO 04 and people should accept him as the next Kumar or Mahela of Sri Lanak same as how Mahela and Kumar took over from Aravinda and Arjuna.You do not need a rocket sceintist that a decent left-arm pacer like Welagadara is much better than Dilhara Fernando who bowls well only once a year! Even the best of right handed batsman in the world are cauitious against left-arm swing bowlers - this is why Welagadara should play in the ODIs and this will give him much needed international experience to play test matches well too.

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  • shantiratnamaj on November 21, 2011, 9:13 GMT

    Please remove Dilshan from the captain's role- this is good for him and good for the country. Request Sanga to take over the captaincy for one year and appoint Angelo Mathews as his deputy so that within 12 months Angelo can take-over. Not that Angelo is a super star - it's just that it seems Angelo has a lot to offer than Dilshan but he is stuck because of a poor captain (Dilshan) who is currently making expensive mistakes. Dinesh Chandimal should continue at NO 04 and people should accept him as the next Kumar or Mahela of Sri Lanak same as how Mahela and Kumar took over from Aravinda and Arjuna.You do not need a rocket sceintist that a decent left-arm pacer like Welagadara is much better than Dilhara Fernando who bowls well only once a year! Even the best of right handed batsman in the world are cauitious against left-arm swing bowlers - this is why Welagadara should play in the ODIs and this will give him much needed international experience to play test matches well too.

  • indianzen on November 21, 2011, 9:27 GMT

    Another board is going to get dissolved becoz of non performing players... Dilshan, Mahela, Mathews all have no good attitude towards game or opponents.. Lasith and Kumar are going high becoz of his good attitude and talent... Pak will win hands down...

  • randikaayya on November 21, 2011, 10:32 GMT

    Goodness me?? It should have been Samaraweera all the way! Whats up with the selection policy these days??

  • gularan on November 21, 2011, 10:36 GMT

    Sri Lanka should only play with the minnows till they come up to scratch again,otherwise it will be egg on face for them .They should also think seriously about changing their head coach Marsh as he is in my opinion a bum steer.

  • WPDDESILVA on November 21, 2011, 10:52 GMT

    OMG! I thought we are over Chamara Silva. Sad Sad story for Sri Lankan cricket....

  • on November 21, 2011, 11:38 GMT

    gosh he is back again...what a joke,..Bring a youngster like Dimuth or even Bhanuka sinceits just T20

  • 3rd_man on November 21, 2011, 12:27 GMT

    Big test for young kaushal silva in SA test matches. Prasanna's injury happened right time for him, just before the tour. its going to be tough one for batsman, after 100 in Middle east, helped prasanna to secure his place in the team. it could have been tough if he failed in SA to come back to the team. hope young KS do his best in this series,as he is future WK for SL.

  • ratedstfu44 on November 21, 2011, 12:54 GMT

    Biggest mistake by Srilanka is they didnt include Samaraweera on a slow low pitch. samaraweera is ideal for low scoring match .

  • Sachit1979 on November 21, 2011, 13:01 GMT

    Are Sri Lankan selectors having some personal grudge against Jeewanth Kulathunga? He is perhaps one of the best T20 players in Lanka but never gets chance to play in national colors.

  • on November 21, 2011, 13:08 GMT

    Dear Selectors If U are going to replace Mahela ,it shuld be Tilan Samaraweera.However if Chamara Silva is playing in Dubai, Angelo mathews should be played as number5.