Pakistan v Sri Lanka 2013-14 December 7, 2013

SL youngsters will need to wait to bat in top order - Ford

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Graham Ford, the Sri Lanka coach, has said that his team's young batsmen are in the "apprenticeship stage" of their careers, and so are required to bat down the order though they have the games suited to batting higher up.

"It has been a bit of a concern for both Chandi [Dinesh Chandimal] and [Lahiru] Thirimanne who are bats capable of batting in the higher part of the order, their games are more suited to it," Ford said ahead of Sri Lanka's departure for the UAE, where they will play a full series against Pakistan. "We have current [senior] players filling those slots [up the order], so it has been quite difficult. Still, the selectors have tried to give them opportunities up the order when possible, and that's why it looks like they've been shifted around."

The top three slots in the one-day batting order are occupied by Mahela Jayawardene, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara, all three of whom have indicated to the selectors that they will be around till the 2015 World Cup. That means Chandimal and Thirimanne are left with closing out the innings, even though they are not "finishing" batsmen, Ford said. "Perhaps it is not ideally suited to their styles because they are not really the 50-overs finishing type of batsmen. They are more of the batsmen who get in the engine room and set up the innings.

"They'll have to work a little bit on adjusting their style. They are both young players and they have very important roles to play in the future."

However, with Jayawardene missing the two T20s and the five-match ODI series against Pakistan on personal grounds, it gives one of the youngsters an opportunity to partner Tillakaratne Dilshan as opener. It's likely to be a toss-up between Kusal Perera and Dimuth Karunaratne. "They are both very exciting young cricketers," Ford said. "Kusal is tremendous talent. He is such a natural player and plays with such flair. A really good guy to have in the team and he can certainly put the opposition on the back foot pretty quickly.

"Dimuth is more of a traditional type of player. He has done well in the longer form and it's confidence-boosting for Sri Lanka to know that they've got those two options - one, more of a stabilising type of player and the other one who can really take the game to the opposition and put the bowlers under pressure. Depending on the strategy and tactics you can decide on which option one wants to use."

Ford said the absence of fast bowler Shaminda Eranga from the team was not because he has been overlooked, but because he is being monitored carefully with a view to manage his workload for the busy season ahead. Following the series against Pakistan which also comprises three Tests, Sri Lanka travel to Bangladesh for two Tests and a one-day series, followed by the Asia Cup and the World T20, then the IPL and a tour of England for two Tests and a limited-overs series.

"Eranga is very much in the plans. There is a lot of cricket ahead and it's really going to be tough on the fast bowlers. We get to situations when there are five Test matches in a row. He is bowling beautifully and he is fit as can be, but he doesn't fit into the starting ODI line-up in the combination they would put out in the UAE conditions. But come the next World Cup [in Australia-New Zealand], he will be close to [the first eleven] in those sort of conditions. He is a very important part of the Sri Lankan bowling unit."

Ford said Sri Lanka need to further develop their fast-bowling skills. "I don't want to be critical about my group of players but there are few areas of concern. People are working on some of the weaker and softer areas, and at the same time we got a lot of strong areas. We've got to [take advantage] of those strong areas and put the opposition under pressure."

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  • Prema1948 on December 13, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    We don't need services of seniors in their 30s, since we produce enough quality youngsters at regular basis though they come mainly from the Western & Southern coastal areas due to the fact that the poor media publicity given to this great Game by the local media for the last 25 years. At present the Game is at a very sorry state in the country, in comparison to other Test playing countries, as the classy youngsters have a tendency to give-up the Game all together soon after leaving School as there are no enough incentives for them to be in the Game.

  • Widura89 on December 9, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    I think still we can give the youngsters a chance.Kusal should send with dilshan.Thirimanne can no:3 position. Chandimal should send no : 4. Mathews no : 5, sanga and mahela should take the middle order like arjuna did in past days.

  • Yousafahmed11 on December 9, 2013, 11:12 GMT

    @Messa1. Clam down mate. Truth is hurting, I know. Indian's got what they deserved. How long we can blame them and divert from our situation?

  • Messa1 on December 9, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    @ Blade-Rnuner I'm highly concerned of ur indian team travelling to Aus next year and facing Johnson who's currently bowling at 150+k's. As I have been warning u guys before, make sure u carry extra helmets and make sure to carry a group of doctors and x-ray machines which would come on handy when ur batsmen broke their arms, ribs etc

  • Messa1 on December 9, 2013, 10:03 GMT

    @Blade-Rnuner ur team Ind is getting smashed in SA so pls stop try to divert the convo. You and ur flat trackers should learn to play overseas before giving lectures to us

  • Yousafahmed11 on December 9, 2013, 8:45 GMT

    It is a fact that we donot have any future in youngsters. Once the seniors retire, we will suffer more. Look at our Test rankings now - even with the seniors around. We donot know how to play test cricket. We will lost place in ODIs too once the seniors retire. We cannot hide our problems with seniors for ever.

  • Udendra on December 9, 2013, 4:27 GMT

    If that's the case, then a "rotation" policy should be adopted for the 3 seniors, where one of them sits out.

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on December 9, 2013, 1:04 GMT

    all other countries if player aged over 35 fans rushed him to retire.even seniors also if they can't retire they will batting down in the order. Eg: currently lot of criticism going on Kallis returning on SA side again. but unfortunately in SriLanka fans welcome after 35 Seniors and saying to play another 5 years.and Seniors also playing first 3 spots and darken the future of youngsters. if Ford in his mother land (South Africa) he will never tell like this.instead vise -versa

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on December 8, 2013, 17:11 GMT

    @Badhreen Sharker last T20 Man of the Match is Kusal 57 of 37 but Dilshan 49 of 59 . check the differnece last wining ODI man of the Match Sachie economy of less than 3 but hearth economy of greater than 4 out of last wining 5 matches we win becuase of Sachie,Thisara,Kusal not so called seniors. 3 seniors paly 40 overs in 50 over match runrate of 4.5 then they can get total of 180 and individual total of 70. then they secure and expecting 100 runs from chandi,thiri,mathews and thisara. this is happend in last 6 months or so. so Dilshan,Mahela and Sanga become heros even loosing and blaming Chandi,Thiri and Mathews. Unfortunatelly Prema48 and me uncover this bitter truth

  • SUPER_SIX on December 8, 2013, 13:43 GMT

    @Prema1948: Can you explain who do you mean by J&P s ??

  • Prema1948 on December 13, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    We don't need services of seniors in their 30s, since we produce enough quality youngsters at regular basis though they come mainly from the Western & Southern coastal areas due to the fact that the poor media publicity given to this great Game by the local media for the last 25 years. At present the Game is at a very sorry state in the country, in comparison to other Test playing countries, as the classy youngsters have a tendency to give-up the Game all together soon after leaving School as there are no enough incentives for them to be in the Game.

  • Widura89 on December 9, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    I think still we can give the youngsters a chance.Kusal should send with dilshan.Thirimanne can no:3 position. Chandimal should send no : 4. Mathews no : 5, sanga and mahela should take the middle order like arjuna did in past days.

  • Yousafahmed11 on December 9, 2013, 11:12 GMT

    @Messa1. Clam down mate. Truth is hurting, I know. Indian's got what they deserved. How long we can blame them and divert from our situation?

  • Messa1 on December 9, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    @ Blade-Rnuner I'm highly concerned of ur indian team travelling to Aus next year and facing Johnson who's currently bowling at 150+k's. As I have been warning u guys before, make sure u carry extra helmets and make sure to carry a group of doctors and x-ray machines which would come on handy when ur batsmen broke their arms, ribs etc

  • Messa1 on December 9, 2013, 10:03 GMT

    @Blade-Rnuner ur team Ind is getting smashed in SA so pls stop try to divert the convo. You and ur flat trackers should learn to play overseas before giving lectures to us

  • Yousafahmed11 on December 9, 2013, 8:45 GMT

    It is a fact that we donot have any future in youngsters. Once the seniors retire, we will suffer more. Look at our Test rankings now - even with the seniors around. We donot know how to play test cricket. We will lost place in ODIs too once the seniors retire. We cannot hide our problems with seniors for ever.

  • Udendra on December 9, 2013, 4:27 GMT

    If that's the case, then a "rotation" policy should be adopted for the 3 seniors, where one of them sits out.

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on December 9, 2013, 1:04 GMT

    all other countries if player aged over 35 fans rushed him to retire.even seniors also if they can't retire they will batting down in the order. Eg: currently lot of criticism going on Kallis returning on SA side again. but unfortunately in SriLanka fans welcome after 35 Seniors and saying to play another 5 years.and Seniors also playing first 3 spots and darken the future of youngsters. if Ford in his mother land (South Africa) he will never tell like this.instead vise -versa

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on December 8, 2013, 17:11 GMT

    @Badhreen Sharker last T20 Man of the Match is Kusal 57 of 37 but Dilshan 49 of 59 . check the differnece last wining ODI man of the Match Sachie economy of less than 3 but hearth economy of greater than 4 out of last wining 5 matches we win becuase of Sachie,Thisara,Kusal not so called seniors. 3 seniors paly 40 overs in 50 over match runrate of 4.5 then they can get total of 180 and individual total of 70. then they secure and expecting 100 runs from chandi,thiri,mathews and thisara. this is happend in last 6 months or so. so Dilshan,Mahela and Sanga become heros even loosing and blaming Chandi,Thiri and Mathews. Unfortunatelly Prema48 and me uncover this bitter truth

  • SUPER_SIX on December 8, 2013, 13:43 GMT

    @Prema1948: Can you explain who do you mean by J&P s ??

  • on December 8, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    Looking at the Current squad pick to tour UAE

    The selectors have picked two Young finishers in Ashen Priyanjan & Kithuruwan Vithanage and the absence of Mahela would make way for Thiri so i feel the Selector have chosen a perfect squad even Suranga Lakmal is a good choice and i hope they get a game.

    SL must play their best eleven (except for no.7 slot which needs a finisher which Jeevan Mendis Occupied )

    1. Dilshan 2. Kusal/Dimuth 3. Sanga 4. Thiri 5. Chandi 6. Mathews 7. Vithanage/Priyanjan 8. Thisara 9. Kulasekara 10. Senanayake/Herath 11. Malinga

    If SL have already won the series with a game to spare then they should field an XI without Sanga & Dilly

    1. Kusal 2. Dimuth 3. Chandi 4. Thiri 5. Mathews 6. Vithanage 7. Priyanjan 8. Perera 9. Senenayake 10. Malinga 11. Lakmal

  • Prema1948 on December 8, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    The local media&the J&Ps are very much ignorant about the talent available and the seniors' reluctance to give-up since they have no concern of the need for continuity of the Game, too has contributed immensely for this sad state of affairs with regard to the Game within the country. It's a country where, inconsistent players,with inborn inability,to perform under pressure have been given preference over the promising youngsters.If one had checked, the players' stats, in this very website, he would learn that players, whose success rate was around 1 out of 6 innings played or more(with no- proper-control over the strokes they play) were given 400-600 International innings whereas, the players of Dravid's class have been completely ignored since early'90s. Even in this squad, the youngster with 1st class & Test Aves close to 60 has always been asked to bat after the seniors whose performances had been very poor as youngsters(pls check their stats between 2002-04)Stats Courtesy CRICINFO

  • Prema1948 on December 8, 2013, 7:41 GMT

    The local media&the J&Ps are very much ignorant about the talent available and the seniors' reluctance to give-up since they have no concern of the need for continuity of the Game, too has contributed immensely for this sad state of affairs with regard to the Game within the country. It's a country where, inconsistent players,with inborn inability,to perform under pressure have been given preference over the promising youngsters.If one had checked, the players' stats, in this very website, he would learn that players, whose success rate was around 1 out of 6 innings played or more(with no- proper-control over the strokes they play) were given 400-600 International innings whereas, the players of Dravid's class have been completely ignored since early'90s. Even in this squad, the youngster with 1st class & Test Aves close to 60 has always been asked to bat after the seniors whose performances had been very poor as youngsters(pls check their stats between 2002-04)Stats Courtesy CRICINFO

  • Ram-i on December 8, 2013, 7:08 GMT

    I would feel that Graham Ford was being sarcastic without giving up his hand. The Youngsters cannot learn if they are batting at no.5 onwards. As the gurus say the best experience is when you are in the thick of things, when you play your way in. I dont know what the 'Seniors' might show them. This is like learning via text books - or even worse, look at the answer papers of seniors to write an exam. You - the youngsters need to be put in the line of fire. Only then will they grow up - else they will keep depending on others to bail them out. After 2015 - the sangas, mahelas will retire - what then, these youngsters will be able to play out only 5 or 6 overs? I think there is more to what Ford says. Its just not - youngsters should wait - it is more of i think the seniors should take responsibility to promote youngsters and not just keep playing the 1-2-3 spots on all the games.

  • Prema1948 on December 8, 2013, 6:36 GMT

    We don't need services of seniors in their mid-30s, that can perform only on flat surfaces, since we produce enough quality youngsters at regular basis though they have come mainly from the Western & Southern coastal areas, due to the fact that the poor media publicity given to this great Game for the last 25 years. The most noticeable adversity in our Game, is the tendency of classy youngsters, to give-up the Game all together, soon after leaving School as there aren't enough incentives for them to be in the Game.

  • on December 8, 2013, 5:48 GMT

    People who criticize all senior players. First of all, it's because of Mahela, Sanga and Dili that our team is winning games. All these guys were hard working students under quality senior players like Arjuna, Arvinda and Sana and now it's time for the juniors to learn the ropes from these seniors (Mahela, Sanga and Dili). Let all the juniors play second fiddle and learn from their seniors.

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on December 8, 2013, 4:17 GMT

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/south-africa-v-india-2013-14/engine/match/648651.html people who telling 3 seniors should play1,2,3 should see above match first 3 indian batsmens 4 relatively young with ages like 26,28,24 Youi,Dhoni played late in SA Decock is very young bastmen. forget ab Kallis.becaz 95% SA fans not like him play ODI's http://www.espncricinfo.com/india-v-australia-2013-14/engine/match/647251.html above match 2/3 Aussie batsmen 4 youngster of 24,27 but Watsen,Bailey,Haddin played late http://www.espncricinfo.com/the-ashes-2013/engine/current/match/566945.html above match England team 2/3 are new commers http://www.espncricinfo.com/sri-lanka-v-new-zealand-2013-14/engine/current/match/668965.html this match SL all3 slot r seniors but NZ all 3 r juniors. first Seniors should prove they are good to playing 3 List A series with SL A which has Kusal,Chandi,Thiri.last 2 practice match it's draw 1-1.i am sure definitely SL A wins.

  • Prema1948 on December 8, 2013, 4:16 GMT

    We don't need services of seniors in their mid-30s, that can perform only on flat surfaces, since we produce enough quality youngsters at regular basis though they have come mainly from the Western & Southern coastal areas, due to the fact that the poor media publicity given to this great Game for the last 25 years. The most noticeable adversity in our Game, is the tendency of classy youngsters, to give-up the Game all together, soon after leaving School as there aren't enough incentives for them to be in the Game.

  • Prema1948 on December 8, 2013, 3:43 GMT

    We don't need services of seniors in their mid-30s, that can perform only on flat surfaces, since we produce enough quality youngsters at regular basis though they have come mainly from the Western & Southern coastal areas, due to the fact that the poor media publicity given to this great Game for the last 25 years. The most noticeable adversity in our Game, is the tendency of classy youngsters, to give-up the Game all together, soon after leaving School as there aren't enough incentives for them to be in the Game.

  • Prema1948 on December 8, 2013, 2:31 GMT

    We don't need services of seniors in their 30s, since we produce enough quality youngsters at regular basis though they come mainly from the Western & Southern coastal areas due to the fact that the poor media publicity given to this great Game by the local media for the last 25 years. At present the Game is at a very sorry state in the country, in comparison to other Test playing countries, as the classy youngsters have a tendency to give-up the Game all together soon after leaving School as there are no enough incentives for them to be in the Game.

  • Prema1948 on December 8, 2013, 2:13 GMT

    These so-called experienced seniors can't bat under pressure against quality bowlers it has been proved time time again since 2007, the Jokers & the local media are very much ignorant about this fact (we have hardly won a series even at Home, since then).It is disgusting to note the omission of Ajantha and other quality young spinners in the Country to make way for 2 henchmen though the most senior of the 2 can't be employed when the batters are in attacking mood, until recently his 1st Class Bow.Ave was above 40s (Stats courtesy Cricinfo) .

  • Sageleaf on December 7, 2013, 21:39 GMT

    The future of SL cricket should be is play more test matches. If they going to forgo test matches and play limited over games...the younger generation will never learn. The money is good playing shorter format of the game but it can destroy lot of talent. I think you become a complete player when you play test matches. It gives you to take time at the wicket, concentrate, apply yourself in, learn from your mistakes, go for your natural shots and play your game in all areas and be tactful and read the game as it goes by. SL has the young talent but they are not been used and I think Mathews and Chandimal is yet to face the music. SL has to play England, India, and South Africa and become better. Not playing test is a huge disadvantage. I wonder whether Sanga and Mahela would like to bat down the order. The Pakistan tour will be a great series to watch...

  • Blade-Runner on December 7, 2013, 20:09 GMT

    Sri lankan young guns are more than capable of taking it over from the seniors in the future. Chandimal, Thirimanne and co. may not be so flashy but they've shown the true grit and mettle thru their batting. Legends like Sanga started their careers just like Thiri or Chandi. But look where they are now. Chandi n Thiri just need to learn how to excel in home conditions. They are so good on pacy n bouncy wickets in SA and AUS. Thiri's 1 st ODI 100 came in AUS. Chandi hit 2 50s in his debut in SA. Their averages in those conditions are 50+. Sanga n Mahela have carried SL Cricket over a decade now and They surely know whats best for SL Cricket. I've no reason not to trust their good judgement.

  • on December 7, 2013, 19:47 GMT

    if chandimal and thiri not good finishers, why still they are being used as spots of finishers? its unfair for them as well as to other young players who can bat in those places. i think ashan priyanjan and kithruwan are more suited for no. 5 and 6 positions.

  • on December 7, 2013, 15:49 GMT

    What would be the future of Srilanka after Sangakara Jayawardene and Dilsahn, Whole batting of this side it 95% dependent upon them, as thrice of them are 35+, Srilanka has failed to groom batsmen to replace them in near future

  • on December 7, 2013, 15:21 GMT

    Following up further on my previous comment, neither Mahela nor Sangakkara were batting in their present positions when they first came into the team. In the case of Dilshan he was batting at No. 6 or so. All of them moved up the order through their performances. It is about time both Thirimanne and Chandimal start performing more consistently at their present positions before they can be considered for promotion. In the case of T20, we made a huge mistake by making Chandimal the captain. He did not have a permanent place in the T20 lineup until then.

  • on December 7, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    parera is good and jawerdene should either be in no 3 or opener

  • miles100 on December 7, 2013, 13:48 GMT

    I think the problem has been caused by Mahela's batting position-no:4 rather than him batting at number 5.Mahela Should be no:5(who is an accumulator by placing the ball to gaps) and Mathews should be no 6( who is an accumulator and a launcher of big shots). No 4 slot should go to a youngster like Dinesh or Thiri as the coach thinks.

  • on December 7, 2013, 13:03 GMT

    Eat_sleep_play_cricket, there is a big difference between available talent during Ranatunga era and now. The two younger members of the team at that time, Sanath and Romesh opened batting because they had the natural ability to make full use of field restrictions and go after the bowling. They were given the license to do that even at the cost of getting out cheaply. So even if both of them were dismissed cheaply as it happened in World Cup semi finals and finals, the more experienced group were there to take the innings forward. The present generation of Chandimal and Thirimanne are not of that explosive type. Both of them require spending lot of time at the wicket in building an innings. So it is not possible to bat them in the top order as it will severely affect the ultimate total we can get. Kusal is the only explosive batsman out of youngsters and he opens batting whenever he plays. He also is yet to prove that he can score big against strong opposition.

  • on December 7, 2013, 12:42 GMT

    if that's the case, why cant chandimal and thirimanne bat at 4 and 5, or let dilshan bat in the middle order. chandimal and thirimanne will have all the time in the world the build their innings if they open the batting

  • Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on December 7, 2013, 12:22 GMT

    Nice to see SL top order is all over 35 and youngsters who are the ones to carry the baton asked to bat for last 3 -5 overs in an ODI. Lanka is doing well because the trio soak in all the pressure but what happens after their departure? All the Hard work done by Ranatunga and Co back in the days will be dusted in just few months. When Talent is hard to come by its always a good advice to groom the youngsters rather asking them to wait.

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  • Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on December 7, 2013, 12:22 GMT

    Nice to see SL top order is all over 35 and youngsters who are the ones to carry the baton asked to bat for last 3 -5 overs in an ODI. Lanka is doing well because the trio soak in all the pressure but what happens after their departure? All the Hard work done by Ranatunga and Co back in the days will be dusted in just few months. When Talent is hard to come by its always a good advice to groom the youngsters rather asking them to wait.

  • on December 7, 2013, 12:42 GMT

    if that's the case, why cant chandimal and thirimanne bat at 4 and 5, or let dilshan bat in the middle order. chandimal and thirimanne will have all the time in the world the build their innings if they open the batting

  • on December 7, 2013, 13:03 GMT

    Eat_sleep_play_cricket, there is a big difference between available talent during Ranatunga era and now. The two younger members of the team at that time, Sanath and Romesh opened batting because they had the natural ability to make full use of field restrictions and go after the bowling. They were given the license to do that even at the cost of getting out cheaply. So even if both of them were dismissed cheaply as it happened in World Cup semi finals and finals, the more experienced group were there to take the innings forward. The present generation of Chandimal and Thirimanne are not of that explosive type. Both of them require spending lot of time at the wicket in building an innings. So it is not possible to bat them in the top order as it will severely affect the ultimate total we can get. Kusal is the only explosive batsman out of youngsters and he opens batting whenever he plays. He also is yet to prove that he can score big against strong opposition.

  • miles100 on December 7, 2013, 13:48 GMT

    I think the problem has been caused by Mahela's batting position-no:4 rather than him batting at number 5.Mahela Should be no:5(who is an accumulator by placing the ball to gaps) and Mathews should be no 6( who is an accumulator and a launcher of big shots). No 4 slot should go to a youngster like Dinesh or Thiri as the coach thinks.

  • on December 7, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    parera is good and jawerdene should either be in no 3 or opener

  • on December 7, 2013, 15:21 GMT

    Following up further on my previous comment, neither Mahela nor Sangakkara were batting in their present positions when they first came into the team. In the case of Dilshan he was batting at No. 6 or so. All of them moved up the order through their performances. It is about time both Thirimanne and Chandimal start performing more consistently at their present positions before they can be considered for promotion. In the case of T20, we made a huge mistake by making Chandimal the captain. He did not have a permanent place in the T20 lineup until then.

  • on December 7, 2013, 15:49 GMT

    What would be the future of Srilanka after Sangakara Jayawardene and Dilsahn, Whole batting of this side it 95% dependent upon them, as thrice of them are 35+, Srilanka has failed to groom batsmen to replace them in near future

  • on December 7, 2013, 19:47 GMT

    if chandimal and thiri not good finishers, why still they are being used as spots of finishers? its unfair for them as well as to other young players who can bat in those places. i think ashan priyanjan and kithruwan are more suited for no. 5 and 6 positions.

  • Blade-Runner on December 7, 2013, 20:09 GMT

    Sri lankan young guns are more than capable of taking it over from the seniors in the future. Chandimal, Thirimanne and co. may not be so flashy but they've shown the true grit and mettle thru their batting. Legends like Sanga started their careers just like Thiri or Chandi. But look where they are now. Chandi n Thiri just need to learn how to excel in home conditions. They are so good on pacy n bouncy wickets in SA and AUS. Thiri's 1 st ODI 100 came in AUS. Chandi hit 2 50s in his debut in SA. Their averages in those conditions are 50+. Sanga n Mahela have carried SL Cricket over a decade now and They surely know whats best for SL Cricket. I've no reason not to trust their good judgement.

  • Sageleaf on December 7, 2013, 21:39 GMT

    The future of SL cricket should be is play more test matches. If they going to forgo test matches and play limited over games...the younger generation will never learn. The money is good playing shorter format of the game but it can destroy lot of talent. I think you become a complete player when you play test matches. It gives you to take time at the wicket, concentrate, apply yourself in, learn from your mistakes, go for your natural shots and play your game in all areas and be tactful and read the game as it goes by. SL has the young talent but they are not been used and I think Mathews and Chandimal is yet to face the music. SL has to play England, India, and South Africa and become better. Not playing test is a huge disadvantage. I wonder whether Sanga and Mahela would like to bat down the order. The Pakistan tour will be a great series to watch...