Pakistan v Sri Lanka 2013-14 December 23, 2013

Prasanna Jayawardene returns to Sri Lanka Test squad

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Wicketkeeper-batsman Prasanna Jayawardene will return to Sri Lanka's 16-man Test squad for the upcoming series against Pakistan, after being left out for the home series against Bangladesh in March. The squad features a raft of young and inexperienced places, as Sri Lanka work towards replacing its seniors over the next 18 months.

Kaushal Silva has also been named, ostensibly as a replacement for the retired Tillakaratne Dilshan, as an opener. Left-arm seamer Vishwa Fernando has been named in an international squad for the first time, despite missing out on both A team tours in the year. Offspinners Sachithra Senanayake and Dilruwan Perera are the other uncapped Test players in the squad, though both have played ODIs and Twenty20s. Ajantha Mendis was omitted, after he had been part of the squad for the Bangladesh series.

Fast bowlers Shaminda Eranga and Nuwan Pradeep will make a return to international cricket as well. Eranga had been omitted from the limited overs squad in the last two series, while Pradeep has not played for Sri Lanka since the New Year Test in Sydney. Suranga Lakmal and Nuwan Kulasekara also find places in the squad, but there is no room for Thisara Perera. Chanaka Welegedara was unavailable for selection, as he remains in rehabilitation for his latest injury.

Prasanna Jayawardene had played club cricket for Woodhall Spa in England during the summer before returning to Sri Lanka for the four-day triangular tournament in October. He has had good scores in the past few months, and if he plays, will also add experience to Sri Lanka's batting order in Dilshan's absence. There are two other wicketkeeping options in the squad however, with both Silva and Dinesh Chandimal also capable of taking the gloves.

Silva has been prolific in first-class cricket over the last year, topping the run-scoring lists in the Premier League Tournament and as well as in the unofficial Tests against New Zealand A at home. He had played three Tests in 2011, but was unable to secure a place, averaging 14. He has hit 8489 first-class runs with 27 hundreds, and is likely open alongside Dimuth Karunaratne, who is already in the UAE with the ODI side.

Fernando, a whippy opening bowler who plays for Bloomfield Cricket Club, has not achieved outstanding results in domestic cricket so far, but has been chosen largely on potential.

Rangana Herath and Mahela Jayawardene will also both join the team in the UAE after they had ruled themselves out for the limited-overs legs of the tournament for personal reasons. The first of the three Tests begins in Abu Dhabi on December 31.

16-man Squad: Angelo Mathews (capt), Dinesh Chandimal, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Kaushal Silva, Dimuth Karunaratne, Lahiru Thirimanne, Prasanna Jayawardene, Nuwan Kulasekara, Suranga Lakmal, Shaminda Eranga, Nuwan Pradeep, Sachithra Senanayake, Rangana Herath, Dilruwan Perera, Vishwa Fernando

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Thar1ndu on December 29, 2013, 9:02 GMT

    My team: Strong Batting: ------------------- 1.Dimuth 2.kaushal 3.Mahela 4.Sanga 5.Mathews 6.Thirimanne 7.chandimal(WK)8.Kulasekara 9.Sachithra 10.Eranga 11.Rangana

    Strong Bowling: ------------------- 1.Kaushal 2.Chandimal(WK) 3.Sanga 4.Mahela 5.Thirimanne 6.Mathews 7.Kulasekara 8.Sachithra 9.Lakmal 10.Eranga 11.Herath

  • on December 26, 2013, 17:26 GMT

    Dimuth Karunaratne , Kaushal Silva, Kumar Sangakkara , Mahela Jayawardene , Dinesh Chandimal , Angelo Mathews , Dilruwan Perera / Prasanna Jayawardene / Lahiru Thirimanne , Sachithra Senanayake , Nuwan Kulasekara , Vishwa Fernando /Suranga Lakmal , Shaminda Eranga /Nuwan Pradeep , Rangana Herath

  • on December 25, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    dimuth no future.nothing any special talent such as paranavithana, vandort.should be one horse games in test matches.

  • roook on December 25, 2013, 1:21 GMT

    I guess both are equally balanced with srilanka having experienced batting lineup and spin attack. Pakistan having advantage of strong versatile bowling line-up.

  • on December 24, 2013, 22:11 GMT

    Tharindu Kaushal & Kithruwan even Dilruwan would still not get a game since Herath & Senanayake will play all 3 games. 1. Dimuth 2. Kaushal 3. Sangakkara 4. Mahela 5. Thirimanne 6. Chandimal 7. Mathews 8. Senanayake 9. Herath 10. Eranga 11. Pradeep/Kulasekara. How would kithruwan fit in? & I hope P. Jayawardene doesn't get a place in the XI unless either Chandimal or Kausal fails, it would be stupidity giving him direct entry.

    & about Vishwa Fernando, Our bowling coach Vaas has listed him and a very few bowlers willing to learn and analyse footage. so Vishwa is a thinker and stats dont always predict a player, he has only played few FC games and with the likes of Kulasekara and co. along with Vaas this tour. He could gain alot of knowledge. justification could also be that the rest of the pacemen are right arm quicks so the SL batsmen could practice batting with the angle the lefties produce since Pakistan strike bowler is junaid khan.

  • Domestica on December 24, 2013, 16:44 GMT

    Vishwa Fernando hasn`t good records for Test Selection,Selectors should be considered enough Skills and experience before giving chances to play in National Team,there are so many talented guys in queue

  • Sinhaya on December 24, 2013, 14:28 GMT

    Well the main worry is with the bowling as our bowling is now getting well know for giving form to out of form batsmen as just shown by Hafeez who had a dreadful year against Steyn but using our bowling attack to get back into cracking form. Unless this problem is addressed, we will be famously known as "run leakers". This is a worrying trend. I think the tests should be exciting indeed.

  • RuwanFer on December 24, 2013, 12:17 GMT

    Good team selection except the inclusion of Dilruwan Perera. Thaindu Kaushal is easily the most deserving player for that place but my guess is they are waiting to unleash him in a more important test series probably against a non-SC team first (like next Eng tour).

  • Messa1 on December 24, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    Look who is commenting?? The indians!! After getting hammered by SA in the ODI's(whitewash, lucky the rain came during the third match) and almost losing the test they are preaching us how to win games LOL. It's a pity they still haven't learn their lesson these indian fans+their over rated flat track team. I can guarantee u South Africans will definitely beat indians by an innings or by a big margin come the next test match!

  • VKohlitheGreat on December 24, 2013, 11:08 GMT

    @ first_slip : Enough to worry about?!? We would always be concerned for our SL brothers, they have always been with us throughout the India in Zim series, Aus in India series, WI in India series... Though its sad that we are only to give back a very little part of what we got but I always appreciated Blade-Runner, ThilankaK, yorkslanka and others to be there during our good times.

  • Thar1ndu on December 29, 2013, 9:02 GMT

    My team: Strong Batting: ------------------- 1.Dimuth 2.kaushal 3.Mahela 4.Sanga 5.Mathews 6.Thirimanne 7.chandimal(WK)8.Kulasekara 9.Sachithra 10.Eranga 11.Rangana

    Strong Bowling: ------------------- 1.Kaushal 2.Chandimal(WK) 3.Sanga 4.Mahela 5.Thirimanne 6.Mathews 7.Kulasekara 8.Sachithra 9.Lakmal 10.Eranga 11.Herath

  • on December 26, 2013, 17:26 GMT

    Dimuth Karunaratne , Kaushal Silva, Kumar Sangakkara , Mahela Jayawardene , Dinesh Chandimal , Angelo Mathews , Dilruwan Perera / Prasanna Jayawardene / Lahiru Thirimanne , Sachithra Senanayake , Nuwan Kulasekara , Vishwa Fernando /Suranga Lakmal , Shaminda Eranga /Nuwan Pradeep , Rangana Herath

  • on December 25, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    dimuth no future.nothing any special talent such as paranavithana, vandort.should be one horse games in test matches.

  • roook on December 25, 2013, 1:21 GMT

    I guess both are equally balanced with srilanka having experienced batting lineup and spin attack. Pakistan having advantage of strong versatile bowling line-up.

  • on December 24, 2013, 22:11 GMT

    Tharindu Kaushal & Kithruwan even Dilruwan would still not get a game since Herath & Senanayake will play all 3 games. 1. Dimuth 2. Kaushal 3. Sangakkara 4. Mahela 5. Thirimanne 6. Chandimal 7. Mathews 8. Senanayake 9. Herath 10. Eranga 11. Pradeep/Kulasekara. How would kithruwan fit in? & I hope P. Jayawardene doesn't get a place in the XI unless either Chandimal or Kausal fails, it would be stupidity giving him direct entry.

    & about Vishwa Fernando, Our bowling coach Vaas has listed him and a very few bowlers willing to learn and analyse footage. so Vishwa is a thinker and stats dont always predict a player, he has only played few FC games and with the likes of Kulasekara and co. along with Vaas this tour. He could gain alot of knowledge. justification could also be that the rest of the pacemen are right arm quicks so the SL batsmen could practice batting with the angle the lefties produce since Pakistan strike bowler is junaid khan.

  • Domestica on December 24, 2013, 16:44 GMT

    Vishwa Fernando hasn`t good records for Test Selection,Selectors should be considered enough Skills and experience before giving chances to play in National Team,there are so many talented guys in queue

  • Sinhaya on December 24, 2013, 14:28 GMT

    Well the main worry is with the bowling as our bowling is now getting well know for giving form to out of form batsmen as just shown by Hafeez who had a dreadful year against Steyn but using our bowling attack to get back into cracking form. Unless this problem is addressed, we will be famously known as "run leakers". This is a worrying trend. I think the tests should be exciting indeed.

  • RuwanFer on December 24, 2013, 12:17 GMT

    Good team selection except the inclusion of Dilruwan Perera. Thaindu Kaushal is easily the most deserving player for that place but my guess is they are waiting to unleash him in a more important test series probably against a non-SC team first (like next Eng tour).

  • Messa1 on December 24, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    Look who is commenting?? The indians!! After getting hammered by SA in the ODI's(whitewash, lucky the rain came during the third match) and almost losing the test they are preaching us how to win games LOL. It's a pity they still haven't learn their lesson these indian fans+their over rated flat track team. I can guarantee u South Africans will definitely beat indians by an innings or by a big margin come the next test match!

  • VKohlitheGreat on December 24, 2013, 11:08 GMT

    @ first_slip : Enough to worry about?!? We would always be concerned for our SL brothers, they have always been with us throughout the India in Zim series, Aus in India series, WI in India series... Though its sad that we are only to give back a very little part of what we got but I always appreciated Blade-Runner, ThilankaK, yorkslanka and others to be there during our good times.

  • humi_cric on December 24, 2013, 10:39 GMT

    @Asif Jameel Qureshi, Asif bhai please control your emotion, they are our friends and whatever will happen it won't effect our friendship. After the retirement of Murli and Vaas, and downfall of Malinga, they are struggling in Bowling department, hope they will find a good pacer in near future. Good luck SL from a Pakistan Fan.

  • Haz95 on December 24, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    Herath is the only concern along with Sangakkara who has a tremendous test record vs pak...Other than that, Pakistan is still in a rebuilding mode and is clobbering Sri Lanka....However we are friendly foes so good luck to both teams

  • on December 24, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    Talk as much as you can. Pakistan will beat SL 4-1 in one dayers, and 2-0 in tests.

  • on December 24, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    Prasanna must play in the test side as he is a quality batsman and proved in England last time. The openers must be Lahiru and Khashal Silva leaving Dimuth out. A failed batsman, in the first 2 tests, can be replaced with Dimuth in the 3rd test.

    This is considering the form of them in the last 4 day tournament held in SL.

  • on December 24, 2013, 10:24 GMT

    Herath and mahela is so missed in this one day series. if lanka can win the series then they can carry that moral into test and put pressure on pak. It looks like both the teams have to fight hard to gain victory.

  • on December 24, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    Finally Senanayake gets a chance in tests. Hope the same doesn't happen to the next generation of spinners like Tharindu Kaushal.

  • Yousufahmed1 on December 24, 2013, 10:16 GMT

    @ first_slip Great that you consider conditions bowling friendly. We also scored over 400 runs in 2nd innings in bowling friendly conditions. And didn't get out for 43 like you. LOLZZ

  • anver777 on December 24, 2013, 10:15 GMT

    A real surprise call for Prasanna....... I thought his days are over but he has got another golden chance & hope he comes good !!!

  • VKohlitheGreat on December 24, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    @ 21tu : Did you just, in your comment suggest that Thissara Perera shud made the captain for Tests? lol.. I am sure many people are demanding him to be out of the team from ODI/T20 too....

  • VKohlitheGreat on December 24, 2013, 9:52 GMT

    @ Fast_Track_Bully : I will have to check if that is true but if it is, SL must do something immediately... Take a few hard steps and show the gate to the so called legends who dont have much cricket left in them anyway.

  • on December 24, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    Kaushal Silva's inclusion is really good. He is performing in domestic so he should be given a chance. Lets see whether he will perform or not

  • first_slip on December 24, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    Guess what, dont know what Indian Arm chair experts doing here, i thought they had Enough to worry about in SA, could not finish of SA in Bowling friendly condition with 460 runs to depends, instead they are trying to be smart here, lol...

  • Hareendra on December 24, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    Q and A: Kithruwan Withanage is dropped without him getting to playing recently in the team Who is Vishwa Fernando? A guy who averages 37.62 with the ball in first class Cricket. Dimuthu Karunaratne was the guy who could not score anything of note in the test series against the Bangladesh team Dilruwan Perera is an all-rounder who could not bat or ball properly in international level.

  • on December 24, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    Now SL team in preparation of unit and they are not seeking a world ranking doesn't matter than preparing for a challenging XI. This is the time where un-form XI to get in-form XI and also given a chance for challenging youngsters. SO, I dont have a complaint about current playing XI and let them prepare for a standard cricketing competition. All the best to Sri Lanka Cricket.

  • 21tu on December 24, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    Angelo good for nothing.cant be a good captain.All ways bowls few over and relaxes.No tension taken.Its better to make Rangana Herath OR Tissara Perera the captian.They at least take the responsibility.No Trust on Angi.He is good for T20 and 50 overs.Sad for SL future cricket.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on December 24, 2013, 7:23 GMT

    Guess what? After the end of this test series, SL will be placed below NZ! Now they got life because of victory of NZ over WI. Otherwise WI would be at top of them now itself.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on December 24, 2013, 7:11 GMT

    Can someone explain why Mathews in the squad? Whats his role in the team? How many 100s he scored abroad? at least home? It is pity that SL do not have a better player than him!

  • on December 24, 2013, 7:10 GMT

    pakistan squad shud include 1.ahmad shehzad 2.taufiq umar 3.khuram manzoor 4.azhar ali5. younas khan 6.misbah 7.asad shafiq 8. sohaib maqsud 9.adnan akmal 10.umar gul 11. ajmal 12. zulfiqar baber 13. abdurehman 14. muhammad talha 15 . junaid khan

  • VKohlitheGreat on December 24, 2013, 6:22 GMT

    Oh so its the same old story again, SL performs badly, their fans calling for replacing the non performing set of players with a new non talented set of players. SL cricket to come out of the T20 mindset and get in some proper cricket players. Thisara Perera was supposedly the best allrounder of the world and I can clearly see all Kula, Seekkuge Prasanna, Kusal Perera etc all going his way not soon but very soon. If quitting playing T20 is all that it takes for a while, do it I say.

    For one last time, its of batting & bits of bowling does not make a amazing players.

  • on December 24, 2013, 6:20 GMT

    My playing xi for first test

    1.Kaushal silva (WK) 2.Dimuth karunarathna 3.Kumar sangakkara 4.Mahela jayawardena 5.Lahiru thirimanna 6.Angelo mathews (C) 7.Dinesh chandima (VC) 8.Nuwan kulasekara 9.Sachithra senanayaka 10.Rangana Herath 11.Shaminda eranga

  • on December 24, 2013, 5:31 GMT

    guess what....... 4 wicket keepers in the squad.....Dinesh Chandimal, Kumar Sangakkara, Kaushal Silva, Prasanna Jayawardene......... i think this is time for Dinesh Chandimal & Kaushal Silva..... & as others also said Prasanna will be a bench warmer & they had to give the opportunity to another youngster instead of Prasanna, coz currently SLC having issues with TEST cricket & we dont have enough games per a year. So it is wise to give chances for more upcoming players!

  • on December 24, 2013, 3:16 GMT

    Not a wise selection, while both Dinesh Chandimal and Kumar Sangakkara on the team Prasanna Jayawardhana will just be a bench warmer, instead wasting a spot should be given a chance to Kithruwan or Anjelo Perera. Selecting Dilruwan Perera ahead of Tharindu Kaushal is insane, he's the next spin bowling hope for Sri Lanka once Herath retires in a year or two. Also you can't win Test matches using bits and pieces players you need proper bowlers and batsman to win a Test match.

  • on December 24, 2013, 1:45 GMT

    Spot on Prabash. But I myst confess tgat my class mate PJ is a class act. He deserves all his chances.

    But Dilruwan Perera, he must be Sanas latest goody boy. Why not Tharindu Kaushal or even Akila Dhananjaya? Its time to plan for the 1 year ahead rather than the day ahead.

    ARjuna, please come back to SLC and bring Didath back on as chief selector.

  • on December 24, 2013, 1:40 GMT

    Kaushal Silva must not go behind the wicket keeping spot in the SL side. He should master the batting in the top three positions since Dilshan and Sanga will be not around for long - so as Mahela. Chandimal is not a test batsman and he should play only ODI and 20tewnty as a player and the WK not as a captain or VC but Matthews should captain all 3 versions for the time being. Prasanna Jayawardane needs to be the specialist WK in the test side.Kithruwan Vithanage and Lahiru Thirimanne needs to be developed to permanent positions in the test side to fill the retirement vacancies.

  • kc69 on December 23, 2013, 22:14 GMT

    All hopes lie on Mahela and Sanga or else there is nothing in this test team to face Pak bowling.However we will see some fightback from Angelo.Best of luck SL

  • Aatif925 on December 23, 2013, 21:58 GMT

    Fair enough selection by SLC keeping in mind the available resources. As for Pak team selection is concerned, Chairman PCB Najam Sethi has just given a statement on a TV channel that Pak team will unleash 2-3 new players. Along with Sohaib Maqsood, they will be picked from following four: 1. Israrullah: 24-year-old left-hand opener from Peshawar. 2. Rehan Afridi: 21-year-old right-hand wicketkeeper/batsman from Abbottabad. 3. Muhammad Talha: 25-year-old right-arm medium-fast from Faisalabad (March 2009's unfortunately aborted test against SL remains his solitary international appearance so we can consider him 'new face' as well). 4. Mir Hamza: 21-year-old left-arm medium pacer from Karachi. IN: 2-3 of above four, M. Hafeez, S. Maqsood, Umar Gul OUT: Khurram Manzoor, Umar Amin, Adnan Akmal, Rahat Ali, M. Irfan, and one from Abdul Rehman & Zulfiqar Babar

  • on December 23, 2013, 21:41 GMT

    With that said the rest of the squad looks very good the selectors are perfect when it comes to selecting spin bowling. For those who think Tharindu Kaushal should have been in the squad i would much rather see in play in Premier League Tournament 2013/14 which starts on January 17th and improve his bowling than have him sit in a bench.

    1. Dinesh Chandimal/Kaushal Silva 2. Dimuth Karunaratne 3. Kumar Sangakkara 4. Mahela Jayawardene 5. Lahiru Thirimanne 6. Angelo Mathews 7. Kaushal Silva/Dinesh Chandimal

  • on December 23, 2013, 21:30 GMT

    Im fine with this squad, but if you look at it form a fast bowling perspective i have no idea what the selectors are doing. I mean they give good chance to a player like Vimukthi Perera in the Sri lankan A squad (which he did well in) then give Vishwa Fernando a chance in the international squad who they didn't use. Suranga Lakmal has been tested over and over again he is not a good bowler in tests. Shaminda Eranga, Nuwan Pradeep needs to be tested a bit more but from what i seen of them so far its not looking good.

    Meanwhile Saliya Saman, Hasantha Fernando, Chaminda Vidanapathirana, Dinesh Daminda, Kasun Madushanka, are being sidelined and is not even included in the Sri lankan A squad.

    Sri lanka does not have a fast bowling problem. We just don't give good ones a chance. Dinesh Daminda and is a perfect example.

  • on December 23, 2013, 20:21 GMT

    SL has three decent wicketkeeper batsmen in Kaushal Silva, Dinesh Chandimal and Kaushal Perera cannot really understand the recalling of Prasanna Jayawardana. This is such a backward thinking poor selection from a fans perspective.

  • on December 23, 2013, 20:13 GMT

    my test x1 dimuth sanga mahela in

  • Lakpj on December 23, 2013, 18:21 GMT

    Dilruwan is an useless selection, can't call him a front-line bowler nor a front-line batsman. surely he will not play a game ahead of Herath and Sachithra. If there was Kithruwan and T. Kaushal for Dilruwan and Prasanna then you could have called this a good squad.

  • Prabhash1985 on December 23, 2013, 16:45 GMT

    I think it's not a good decision to use age old players. What do you expect? When will these young boys get chance to bloom? Test is all about technique, line and length bowling, mistake free and mistake targeted cricket. In other words, it's the sand box for crickets to become better. Do not try to win a series. That's your graveyard. Try to become better. Try to be perfect. Try to be error free. If you win one world cup, does it matter how many you lost on your way? Have an objective like winning next world cup, becoming the best Test team in 2016, winning T20 world cup for next 6 years. Try to see a big picture. Prasanna is a good player, but we need a stable ODI team. Test matches are to help it. Your decisions make no sense. Pathetic.

  • on December 23, 2013, 16:09 GMT

    Kepili_Buster, Upul Tharanga has a good ODI and first class record and some test match experience. However, he has a weakness in playing at balls outside the off stump. But the batting coach is there to correct such flaws. But I disagree with comparing his stats with those of Kusal Perera who has just started his international career. How good/bad he will turn out to be only time will tell.

  • on December 23, 2013, 15:58 GMT

    Why Tharindu Kaushal Not selected . He is the best bowler in first class Cricket rigt now.

  • dhanuhskaS on December 23, 2013, 15:44 GMT

    WHY an established, experienced opener like Upul Tharanga (28yrs) has been completely overlooked and Discarded to make room for extremely inconsistent unproven players like Kusal Perera & Kaushal Silva (without any solid track record @ international level ) ???? Upul's ODI stats: 163 innings -5228 Runs - 174* HS - 33.94 Average. TEST stats: 15 Test matches - 26 innings - 713 runs - 165 HS -28.52 Ave. How come SL selectors overlook a young player like him with over 5,000 ODI runs with 33.94 Avrg and 5526 runs with an average 37.84 @ First-Class level ???? (Despite having recent scores like 96 for SL "A" vs Board XI in Nov 2013). Look at Kusal's stats: 15 ODI innings - 278 runs - 64 HS - 23.16 Av. This is the way with SL cricket. Discarding talented players to make room for influential players seems to be the name of the game. Shattering confidence by sidelining & inducing some inconsistency is the path they use.!!!

  • mensan on December 23, 2013, 15:16 GMT

    @CricIndia208... we will be happy to see 3 more GREATEST draws. :)

  • on December 23, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    I cannot see how they are going to fit in Prasanna in the test team. He is a reliable wicket keeper and an experienced batsman. But if Kaushal will open with Dimuth followed by Sanga, Mahela, Chandimal, Lahiru and Mathews it is not possible to fit in Prasanna. The remaining 4 slots are for the bowlers. Only way is for Lahiru to open and play Prasanna in place of Kaushal. The biggest concern at test level is lack of quality fast bowlers. That will affect us in the upcoming England tour.

  • Karnain on December 23, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    1. Dimuth, 2. Silva, 3. Sanga, 4. Mahela, 5. Thirimanne, 6. Anjelo, 7. Chandimal, 8. Senanayake, 9. Herath, 10. 11. 2 of Eranga / Lakmal / Pradeep

  • Blade-Runner on December 23, 2013, 14:53 GMT

    SL should go with the following combination. Dimuth, Kaushal, Sanga , Mahela , Thirimanne, Mathews , Chandimal / Prasanna Jayawardene, Herath , Kula /Nuwan Pradeep , Sachi and Eranga.

    What I don't get is why they haven't selected Tharindu Kaushal into the 16 member squad. He should have been the surprise package ahead of Sachi.

  • Yasi_Gee on December 23, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    Kithuruwan had a decent debut against Bangladesh and played well against New Zealand A at home. He was dropped without any reason. I hope he would play the remaining 2 ODI matches. We need a solid middle order batsman and Dimuth & Lahiru both failed in the middle order. Also, what's wrong with our fast bowlers. Both Malinga's and Tisara's eyes are on the BigBash and they are not giving 100%, wait and see how good they'll play in the BigBash. I hope, new coach sort the team out.

  • YsaKaru on December 23, 2013, 13:50 GMT

    why kusal janith drop test squad?????? He is much better than both dimuth and prasanna.

  • on December 23, 2013, 13:42 GMT

    I do not see any reason why they recalled Prasanna (performing for an unknown club in UK is not a qualification, I read he took wickets even LOL). There are 3 wicket keepers already in the squad. They should have included Kithruwan who had a decent debut against Bangladesh easily. And no point of including Nuwan Kulasekara who is useless with the old ball. I hope they will give a chance to Kithruwan & Ashan in last 2 ODIs ahead of Dimuth & Thisara.

  • CricIndia208 on December 23, 2013, 13:02 GMT

    I don't see a result in any of the three tests, especially on those flat dust tracks of the UAE. Pakistan's batting is very poor and would negate their bowling strength. Anyway their bowling is also vastly overrated, as their failure to win in Australia, West Indies and South Africa proves. Fans should be prepared for some boring, dull cricket from both sides.

  • Sandasiri_Asitha on December 23, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    Y do selectors always drop young talented Tharindu Kaushal from da squad without giving him a single match..?? or just hiding him for bigger combat...?? He was the best spinner in last domestic season and continuous performer. Plz give him a chance head of Dilruwan, or even Senanayake.

  • on December 23, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    good to see experince gun back

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  • on December 23, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    good to see experince gun back

  • Sandasiri_Asitha on December 23, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    Y do selectors always drop young talented Tharindu Kaushal from da squad without giving him a single match..?? or just hiding him for bigger combat...?? He was the best spinner in last domestic season and continuous performer. Plz give him a chance head of Dilruwan, or even Senanayake.

  • CricIndia208 on December 23, 2013, 13:02 GMT

    I don't see a result in any of the three tests, especially on those flat dust tracks of the UAE. Pakistan's batting is very poor and would negate their bowling strength. Anyway their bowling is also vastly overrated, as their failure to win in Australia, West Indies and South Africa proves. Fans should be prepared for some boring, dull cricket from both sides.

  • on December 23, 2013, 13:42 GMT

    I do not see any reason why they recalled Prasanna (performing for an unknown club in UK is not a qualification, I read he took wickets even LOL). There are 3 wicket keepers already in the squad. They should have included Kithruwan who had a decent debut against Bangladesh easily. And no point of including Nuwan Kulasekara who is useless with the old ball. I hope they will give a chance to Kithruwan & Ashan in last 2 ODIs ahead of Dimuth & Thisara.

  • YsaKaru on December 23, 2013, 13:50 GMT

    why kusal janith drop test squad?????? He is much better than both dimuth and prasanna.

  • Yasi_Gee on December 23, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    Kithuruwan had a decent debut against Bangladesh and played well against New Zealand A at home. He was dropped without any reason. I hope he would play the remaining 2 ODI matches. We need a solid middle order batsman and Dimuth & Lahiru both failed in the middle order. Also, what's wrong with our fast bowlers. Both Malinga's and Tisara's eyes are on the BigBash and they are not giving 100%, wait and see how good they'll play in the BigBash. I hope, new coach sort the team out.

  • Blade-Runner on December 23, 2013, 14:53 GMT

    SL should go with the following combination. Dimuth, Kaushal, Sanga , Mahela , Thirimanne, Mathews , Chandimal / Prasanna Jayawardene, Herath , Kula /Nuwan Pradeep , Sachi and Eranga.

    What I don't get is why they haven't selected Tharindu Kaushal into the 16 member squad. He should have been the surprise package ahead of Sachi.

  • Karnain on December 23, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    1. Dimuth, 2. Silva, 3. Sanga, 4. Mahela, 5. Thirimanne, 6. Anjelo, 7. Chandimal, 8. Senanayake, 9. Herath, 10. 11. 2 of Eranga / Lakmal / Pradeep

  • on December 23, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    I cannot see how they are going to fit in Prasanna in the test team. He is a reliable wicket keeper and an experienced batsman. But if Kaushal will open with Dimuth followed by Sanga, Mahela, Chandimal, Lahiru and Mathews it is not possible to fit in Prasanna. The remaining 4 slots are for the bowlers. Only way is for Lahiru to open and play Prasanna in place of Kaushal. The biggest concern at test level is lack of quality fast bowlers. That will affect us in the upcoming England tour.

  • mensan on December 23, 2013, 15:16 GMT

    @CricIndia208... we will be happy to see 3 more GREATEST draws. :)