Australia in Sri Lanka 2011 July 30, 2011

Injured Malinga out of Twenty20s against Australia

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Lasith Malinga, the Sri Lanka fast bowler, has not been picked for the national team's two-match Twenty20 series against Australia, starting August 6 in Pallekele, due to an injury. Malinga was named in the list of 20 probables for the home series, but was left out of the Twenty20s to get back to fitness for the five-match ODI series starting on August 10. Sri Lanka have drafted in uncapped allrounder Shaminda Eranga while Angelo Mathews takes over as vice-captain following the axing of Thilina Kandamby.

Also missing from the 16-man squad is batsman Chamara Kapugedera, who was part of Sri Lanka's World Cup squad but wasn't picked for the limited-overs matches on the tour of England. Dhammika Prasad, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Kulasekara, Thisara Perera, Mathews and Eranga comprise the pace department . Ajantha Mendis, Rangana Herath and Suraj Randiv are the frontline spinners, and the hosts also have Jeevan Mendis as a spin option.

Making a return to the national team are offspinning allrounder Dilruwan Perera, who last played an international game in February 2008, and middle-order batsman Chamara Silva, who played in the World Cup. Tillakaratne Dilshan was named captain for the entire tour. The limited-overs series are followed by three Tests.

Sri Lanka squad: Tillakaratne Dilshan (capt), Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews (vice-capt), Jeevan Mendis, Dilruwan Perera, Thisara Perera, Dhammika Prasad, Suranga Lakmal, Ajantha Mendis, Nuwan Kulasekara, Suraj Randiv, Rangana Herath, Chamara Silva, Shaminda Eranga.

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  • on August 2, 2011, 19:20 GMT

    kapugedara,bhanuka,,sachith,janaka should have got the opportunities.dullep mendis is a blind bat.he should resign and allow a forward thinking selector to do the job

  • cravin on August 2, 2011, 18:56 GMT

    Kapudadar has too much talent. He is technically sound and have the skills to bat like Jaysooriya.Selectors should not waste his talent. He should be given every opportunity to bat in the TOP if they want to get his best. If we want to Plan for the next T20 and WC and he should promote to the top.We need more talent players.Also PERERA should bat in the TOP specially in T20. Next T20 WC is played in flat pitches so he a ideal player to go after bowlers during the power play. Dilshan, Perera & Kapugadar are ideal players to bat in the top in T20. Mathiew also should bat 4 or 5 in T20. Sag and Mahela should bat down the order in ODI if we want to build a good team for the next WC. Baduka also should be included in our ODI. He is a natural attacking player. Selectors should rotate players like IND. The best way to identified talent is to give players like Baduka & Kapugadar some test match experience so that they don't have to sacrifice their wicket.

  • Asitha18 on August 2, 2011, 18:26 GMT

    Before the 1996 WC lot of ppl and the media had problems with KULU and Jay why they are in the team. Because Kalu ave was 11+ after 80-90 innings and Jay ave was 18+. Well the media and the ppl comments was irreverent because we had a grate leader Arajuna.Arajuna and our selectors knew their talent. It was just a matter of time to show why there are in the team. Kalu showed in AUS when our established openers struggled against quality bowlers on lively pitches KALU delivered. Had he bat in the TOP earlier on his carrier he should have won more games for us. Even the GRATE Aravinda's average was 34.9 in ODI which is far less for his talent.Who cares about the average, Aravinda was purely a entertainer and the one of the all time GRATES. Aravindas talent was the key not his stats . The ppl who have problems and never played any sports have to wait because whether you like it or not talented KAPUGADARA will play for SL and will be a key player in our batting.

  • Asitha18 on August 2, 2011, 17:50 GMT

    @Diyan82 . Do you know how to read stats? Kapugadar did not bat 87 innings only played 72 innings and 7no.Which mean (72-7) =65 innings, 7 innings he couldn't continue when he scored 40+ and 50+. Also he has only played 8 tests and already have 4 fifties and his last tour he score 96. He never got enough opportunities to bat against weak sides 50% of the time he came to sacrifice his wicket because he had to bat last 5 to 6 overs and when he got opportunities to bat on the top on top we were 60/5 or 80/4 and he was under lot of pressure and we did not see his natural game. Kapu is not a player who capable to score 30+ scores he already scored 7 ODI fifties but to his standard its low but I am sure he will improved if he given opportunities to bat on the top. What SL need is talented players not stats players . Stats you can make it when you are playing against weak teams like Kenya,Zim, Bag, Canada, NZ & WI etc. Also do you know why KALU open for SL?? his ave was 11+ when he open???

  • WPDDESILVA on August 2, 2011, 9:29 GMT

    On the subject of Kapugedara : Talent doesn't count - Performance counts! Such a useless cricketer and I think he should be awarded a medal from ICC for the most useless cricketer in our era......

  • michael9188722 on August 2, 2011, 6:26 GMT

    Dear selectors why again chamara silva,v had given many chances to him, ydont we get in banuka rajapakse n make angelo as the captain.

  • sampi72 on August 1, 2011, 16:58 GMT

    Dear Selectors,you are always showing the majic.Last England tour appointed kandamby as vice captan.He was removed and Chamara Silva in. I guess next chance will be Jehan Mubaraks.Sepectators.... do not surprise if Chamara silva replace Dinesh Chandimal in Final elevn.Please...Please...Indentify the players who are no more match up with International cricket.Consider the young performers like Banuka Rajapakse, Lahiru Thirimanne,Dilshan Munaweera,Sachitra Serasinghe,Sachith Pathirana and chatura Peris for selection.If not ,please give a chance to unfortunte category of Sri Lanka Cricket 'Jeewantha Kulathunga,Indika De Seram and Janak Gunarathne".Hats off for appointing Mr cool Angelo as VC and give the chance to young talented shaminda Eranga

  • yorkslanka on August 1, 2011, 16:51 GMT

    @diyan82- i agree with most things you say, except, the pressure is not the same irrespective of where you bat, as an opening batsmen, it is far harder to face the best bowlers and the new ball compared to someone coming in at eight facing an old ball and tired bowlers...

  • Diyan82 on August 1, 2011, 14:48 GMT

    Well said @Githika….. @carvin how can you seriously go on about a couple of 30's he got ages ago……These dream innings as you describe have been one off's. Getting 20-30 runs once in blue moon isn't good enough. Are you really naive enough to think so? "3 six's when he was 18" so what's the big deal? I'm pretty sure you know he is well over 18 now and yet to get some proper runs on the board. I've come to the conclusion you know Kapugedera in a personal level which is why you seem to ignore all the fact that are staring right at you. You can be loyal to him all you want, but the SL team can do without kapugedara, he isn't as important to the team as you make him out to be.

  • on August 1, 2011, 14:12 GMT

    kapu better than silva............

  • on August 2, 2011, 19:20 GMT

    kapugedara,bhanuka,,sachith,janaka should have got the opportunities.dullep mendis is a blind bat.he should resign and allow a forward thinking selector to do the job

  • cravin on August 2, 2011, 18:56 GMT

    Kapudadar has too much talent. He is technically sound and have the skills to bat like Jaysooriya.Selectors should not waste his talent. He should be given every opportunity to bat in the TOP if they want to get his best. If we want to Plan for the next T20 and WC and he should promote to the top.We need more talent players.Also PERERA should bat in the TOP specially in T20. Next T20 WC is played in flat pitches so he a ideal player to go after bowlers during the power play. Dilshan, Perera & Kapugadar are ideal players to bat in the top in T20. Mathiew also should bat 4 or 5 in T20. Sag and Mahela should bat down the order in ODI if we want to build a good team for the next WC. Baduka also should be included in our ODI. He is a natural attacking player. Selectors should rotate players like IND. The best way to identified talent is to give players like Baduka & Kapugadar some test match experience so that they don't have to sacrifice their wicket.

  • Asitha18 on August 2, 2011, 18:26 GMT

    Before the 1996 WC lot of ppl and the media had problems with KULU and Jay why they are in the team. Because Kalu ave was 11+ after 80-90 innings and Jay ave was 18+. Well the media and the ppl comments was irreverent because we had a grate leader Arajuna.Arajuna and our selectors knew their talent. It was just a matter of time to show why there are in the team. Kalu showed in AUS when our established openers struggled against quality bowlers on lively pitches KALU delivered. Had he bat in the TOP earlier on his carrier he should have won more games for us. Even the GRATE Aravinda's average was 34.9 in ODI which is far less for his talent.Who cares about the average, Aravinda was purely a entertainer and the one of the all time GRATES. Aravindas talent was the key not his stats . The ppl who have problems and never played any sports have to wait because whether you like it or not talented KAPUGADARA will play for SL and will be a key player in our batting.

  • Asitha18 on August 2, 2011, 17:50 GMT

    @Diyan82 . Do you know how to read stats? Kapugadar did not bat 87 innings only played 72 innings and 7no.Which mean (72-7) =65 innings, 7 innings he couldn't continue when he scored 40+ and 50+. Also he has only played 8 tests and already have 4 fifties and his last tour he score 96. He never got enough opportunities to bat against weak sides 50% of the time he came to sacrifice his wicket because he had to bat last 5 to 6 overs and when he got opportunities to bat on the top on top we were 60/5 or 80/4 and he was under lot of pressure and we did not see his natural game. Kapu is not a player who capable to score 30+ scores he already scored 7 ODI fifties but to his standard its low but I am sure he will improved if he given opportunities to bat on the top. What SL need is talented players not stats players . Stats you can make it when you are playing against weak teams like Kenya,Zim, Bag, Canada, NZ & WI etc. Also do you know why KALU open for SL?? his ave was 11+ when he open???

  • WPDDESILVA on August 2, 2011, 9:29 GMT

    On the subject of Kapugedara : Talent doesn't count - Performance counts! Such a useless cricketer and I think he should be awarded a medal from ICC for the most useless cricketer in our era......

  • michael9188722 on August 2, 2011, 6:26 GMT

    Dear selectors why again chamara silva,v had given many chances to him, ydont we get in banuka rajapakse n make angelo as the captain.

  • sampi72 on August 1, 2011, 16:58 GMT

    Dear Selectors,you are always showing the majic.Last England tour appointed kandamby as vice captan.He was removed and Chamara Silva in. I guess next chance will be Jehan Mubaraks.Sepectators.... do not surprise if Chamara silva replace Dinesh Chandimal in Final elevn.Please...Please...Indentify the players who are no more match up with International cricket.Consider the young performers like Banuka Rajapakse, Lahiru Thirimanne,Dilshan Munaweera,Sachitra Serasinghe,Sachith Pathirana and chatura Peris for selection.If not ,please give a chance to unfortunte category of Sri Lanka Cricket 'Jeewantha Kulathunga,Indika De Seram and Janak Gunarathne".Hats off for appointing Mr cool Angelo as VC and give the chance to young talented shaminda Eranga

  • yorkslanka on August 1, 2011, 16:51 GMT

    @diyan82- i agree with most things you say, except, the pressure is not the same irrespective of where you bat, as an opening batsmen, it is far harder to face the best bowlers and the new ball compared to someone coming in at eight facing an old ball and tired bowlers...

  • Diyan82 on August 1, 2011, 14:48 GMT

    Well said @Githika….. @carvin how can you seriously go on about a couple of 30's he got ages ago……These dream innings as you describe have been one off's. Getting 20-30 runs once in blue moon isn't good enough. Are you really naive enough to think so? "3 six's when he was 18" so what's the big deal? I'm pretty sure you know he is well over 18 now and yet to get some proper runs on the board. I've come to the conclusion you know Kapugedera in a personal level which is why you seem to ignore all the fact that are staring right at you. You can be loyal to him all you want, but the SL team can do without kapugedara, he isn't as important to the team as you make him out to be.

  • on August 1, 2011, 14:12 GMT

    kapu better than silva............

  • on August 1, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    kapu better than silva............

  • Diyan82 on August 1, 2011, 13:31 GMT

    Yes many ppl say he is talented but SL have paid the price on many occasions trying to bring out this so called "Talent" of kapugedara. Do you know he has played 87 ODI's and only averages 22.2. Please don't make excuses for someone who has hardly done any good for SL cricket. All batsmen face an equal amount of pressure which ever position they bat in. Do you honestly expect Kapugedara to come in, top of the order and set a good stand for the other batsmen to follow through ? Some believe Kapugedara should open the batting does that mean SL should waste another 87ODI's to find out if this ONE individual is set to open the batting. Don't think so. SL cricket selectors would be crazy to even consider such a thing. Besides we don't even have problem in our opening batting line up. Why jeopardize something that's been positively working for the SL team, for 1 individual?? It's a "Team" sport each player should contribute towards the success of the team and Kapugedara has failed to do so.

  • Sri1967 on August 1, 2011, 9:43 GMT

    Chamara Silva in again? Guys - don't SL have any other good young talent? The number of opportunities given to him is enough now. We had guys like Upul Chandana got the axe earlier than this guy. Come'on selectors, think about SL cricket

  • anver777 on August 1, 2011, 9:41 GMT

    A wise move...SL need fully fit Malinga for ODI series...a exciting series ahead !!!!

  • lazerline on August 1, 2011, 8:45 GMT

    I dont know understand Y chamara is given soooo many opportunities, we should now give chances to other player. SLBCC needs to give chances to players like Kapugedara and Banuka Rajapaksha, yes Kapuygedara was fail but still he is a better player than Chamara silva, he needs to get a chance to bat top of the order not when there is 5 or 6 overs left we need to give them confidence, also see India they gave chances to Kohli and he is performing well, give the same opportunity to banuka when he is young by the time he is 23 - 25 he will be better player with full of confidence, Dinesh Chandimal is given the opportunity and he has responded well, i think now dilshan needs to bat down the order and give our young guys to come up Kapugedara/ Banuka/ Chandimal.

  • on August 1, 2011, 8:38 GMT

    Good to see new young players in the squad, but also they should be given chances to play , rather than keep them sitting on the bench. Good to see new young players in the squad, but also they should be given chances to play , rather than keep them sitting on the bench.

  • sampi72 on August 1, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    Where is Janka Gunarathne , the best all rounder in 20-20 cricket in sri lanka? Selectors this is time to insert youg Banuka Rajapakse to the middle order in place of always out of form 2 chamaras.If not ,give one more chance to Indika De Saram,he is always better than 2 chamaras in 20-20.Congradulations ,Shamindra Eranga ,we know you can bat and bowl better than Dilhara .

  • Test-is-the-best on August 1, 2011, 7:35 GMT

    SLC is keeping on wasting opportunities by forgetting the talented players . They could have given the opportunity for the best first class player over the past decade, INDIKA DE SERAM in all formatsof the cricket. He could be the succeesor of Great Sanath Jayasuriya. He has proven his ability yet again in the recently concluded Interprovicial T20 . So at least he should play for the next T20 World cup next year.

  • Gathika on August 1, 2011, 6:50 GMT

    @ cravin..a man with true potential will never take 80 matches to show it..yet he didn't show such a performance. All we see is feared Kapugedara with no talent

  • ameen85 on August 1, 2011, 5:52 GMT

    hahahahaaaa. very funy. Is SL cricket selection committee is kidding?? why still have hope on Chamara Silva? has he performed well at all, infact he was given so many chances to prove him self. I think youngsters shud be given chance to play. I think welagedara wud be a good option for dammika prasad. Thanks god, Dilahara is out.. Best of luck chandimal and the new vice captain Mathews and Jeevan mendis with the rest of the senior players to shine in Aussie soil.

  • yorkslanka on July 31, 2011, 21:47 GMT

    i think that jeevan mendis should be in the starting eleven following his performances in England, he batted solidly,fielded well and bowled well.. he should be in the core of the team for the future...shame about malinga,wonder what he was doing to get injured as werent the team resting after the last series(unless he is playing club cricket at home)...still best of luck for fitness for the matches that matter....can someone explain to me why ajantha mendis is not being played?i dont get, how can you go from the spinning future of SL post Murali to not being picked???

  • cravin on July 31, 2011, 20:35 GMT

    Kapugedera is a hugely talented middle-order batsman who is yet to showcase his true potential on the international stage. But has already shown some of his talent what he is capable so KP haters just be patience even you don't like it Mathew and Kapugadar will be SL next n Aravinda and Arajuna. Do you guys remember Kapugedera's 37 not out(16 balls ) 2 fours & 3 sixes managed the knockout IND in the last T20 WC? Or 38 no (18balls) against AUS in Aus where he hit 3 sixes when he was just 18? . How many players can play this type of innings for SL in the current team when you bat lower order??. Maybe only Mathiew and Perera are capable but the rest just can dream these types of innings. We seen Mahela & Dilshan bat low down in the past they played over 200 ODI do you guys remember how many games they won for us when we are in trouble against quality teams? Most of top order bat like world class players when they play again weak teams and on flat pitches.

  • CricketPissek on July 31, 2011, 18:23 GMT

    how did malinga get injured THIS time?! the man seems as fragile as a cracker! what a shame :( his bowling is one the best sights in cricket

  • stormy16 on July 31, 2011, 17:20 GMT

    I dont get this facination with Chamara who has done NOTHING at any level. Even for SLI dont recall when he last did anything to warrant selection for the WC let alone now after the continued failures. Also is this really an investment for the future - the guy is 32! He has played in two WC and granted he did a reasonable job in the 2007 WC (a reasonable job but in 2007!!) he has done nothing since and each time he has been called upon he has looked nervous and out of touch. I cannot understand his continued selection specially when you consider he could have taken Chandimals spot in the WC.

  • denwarlo70 on July 31, 2011, 15:36 GMT

    Ha ha ha, Chamarax2 bashing, not bad eh? Agreed, not agreed, can't agree, should agree, bit of a dilemma, ya. They got talent, they got many a chance but did not come to the party. They just threw it away and they are lucky their names keep appearing in squads and teams. seriously, they are not Maavan Atapattu material to keep gambling or testing. It's a waste of time SLC. Invest in a few young, up and coming stars who will come in handy for the future. Remember, Sanga and Mahela along with Dilshan are aging and we need to be ready with guys who can fit in to these boots, so nurturing young blood is the correct path. SLC should do this is my personal opinion. However, all the very best TEAM SRI LANKA against TEAM AUSTRALIA.

  • denwarlo70 on July 31, 2011, 15:36 GMT

    Ha ha ha, Chamarax2 bashing, not bad eh? Agreed, not agreed, can't agree, should agree, bit of a dilemma, ya. They got talent, they got many a chance but did not come to the party. They just threw it away and they are lucky their names keep appearing in squads and teams. seriously, they are not Maavan Atapattu material to keep gambling or testing. It's a waste of time SLC. Invest in a few young, up and coming stars who will come in handy for the future. Remember, Sanga and Mahela along with Dilshan are aging and we need to be ready with guys who can fit in to these boots, so nurturing young blood is the correct path. SLC should do this is my personal opinion. However, all the very best TEAM SRI LANKA against TEAM AUSTRALIA.

  • on July 31, 2011, 14:39 GMT

    ok these ppl are gonna be kidding, chamara silva???? wat bout kapu????

  • ashangamage on July 31, 2011, 12:30 GMT

    sachithra......Erangaa........... Show ur tallent against world no1 Ranked ODI team.Goood luck

  • ashangamage on July 31, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    finally ,finally ,finally Sachithra Senanayake is In pool.Best Young Spinner.Now Ajantha Medis ,Suraj Randiv Must Show Their Preference.Sachihra Must Play Test and Odi For the srilanka.Shaminda eranga is very good replacement for Nuwan kulasekera.

  • 7477 on July 31, 2011, 9:37 GMT

    Tharanga's absence has given another opportunity to Chamara Silva to either cement his place or say goodbye to cricket. i would promote Bhanuka Rajapakse to bat at #5. to me the future of SL cricket is Matthews/Chandimal & Bhanuka who can fill the shoes of Mahela/Sanga & Dilshan in 2 years to come. what we really lack is the venom in our bowling.we only have inexperienced Prasad/Lakmal/Shaminda Eranga/Thissara & Nuwan Pradeep. also our spin cupboard is also really thin with only Sachithra Senanayake with some potential. if we are to win Test matches we should have bowlers who can take 20wkts even in home conditions. can someone tell me who is capable of doing that on a regular basis for SL?just look at our "A" team's lack lustre performance in England combined with our seniors poor display. do we have what it takes to beat SA in Oct & Aussies in Jan? our batting is some what ok if we persist with Thirimanne/Dimuth K/Chandimal/Bhanuka/Jeevan M & under Mathews captaincy.

  • tdobbo on July 31, 2011, 9:32 GMT

    Great bowler Malinga, but he won't been missed against the Aussie rabbles.

  • Mathu. on July 31, 2011, 7:29 GMT

    Malinger' inhury is a bad news S/L fans... There is only 4 days gap between first T20 & first 50 ODI. If Maalinga is not fit enough to ball 4 overs, Hw can they assume he will be fully ok to make 10 just after 4 days time... This will give Ausi's a BIG opportunity to dominate the S/L pace attack from the begining. All S/L fans are going to miss Maalinga...:((

  • johnathonjosephs on July 31, 2011, 7:15 GMT

    Anybody really care about the T20? I honestly don't really care if one team loses by 200 runs, its only T20. Sort of excited about ODI's (after all, it is a depleted Australian side), but the real interest is in the Test Series. I'm hoping that Sri Lanka experiments with some bowlers and can start training a young bowler here (Welegedera and Lakmal are decent, but Fernando has to go).... Hopefully Nuwan Pradeep will be fit for the Tests. Can anybody confirm his fitness?

  • Ahsan_Shere on July 31, 2011, 5:18 GMT

    My playing XI would be for limited overs game: Tillakaratne Dilshan (capt),Dinesh Chandimal, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, , Angelo Mathews (vice-capt), Jeevan Mendis, Thisara Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Ajantha Mendis, Nuwan Kulasekara, Rangana Herath/Dhammika Prasad

  • Test-is-the-best on July 31, 2011, 4:36 GMT

    Good move to include Shaminda into the squad. But why Chamara Silva is in ??>...How many times he become man of the match???????..

  • on July 31, 2011, 4:26 GMT

    AUSSIESS WILL WIN BOTH THE MATCHES COZ THERE IS NO MALINGA AND NO MURLI...Australians will gonna rock

  • on July 31, 2011, 4:19 GMT

    Very nice to see Angelo selected as the Vice Captain. Looking for the future. Very wise decision. Many thanks to Selectors.

  • yasask on July 31, 2011, 4:15 GMT

    @tosl, agreed mate @trioboy, he most likely will be included in the limited overs leg of the tour because his temporary ban gets lifted just before the first ODI.

  • on July 31, 2011, 3:43 GMT

    Eranga ayya.. good luck .. hope u'll get a chacne to show ur talent...!!!

  • chandau on July 31, 2011, 3:36 GMT

    LOL both Chamaras getting a bashing here. personally I would have preferred CK to bat in the middle order instead of CS who is essentially a top order batsman. The problem is our batting order is top heavy and unless someone drops down to 5/6 there is no one to carry the innings. Problem with the top is no one wants to go down to 5/6 as Mahela best suited preferrs to open and Sanga has never been comfortable coming late. Only option available is for Dilly to bat late but then again his success is at the top! So we have no good batter to come in late order although JMendis has done ok, but he is not really a basher. That is why CK should have been moulded into the typical 6 like Oram or Hopes or Luke Wright; also remember CK is only around 26/27 so he has age on his side compared to CS who has hit 30 now. When Tharanga comes is Chandimal may drop down the order which will have more balance. Dilruwan may be in for the 6/7 spot as he was a known hitter but again in the top order :)

  • Trioboy on July 30, 2011, 23:11 GMT

    Hope they include Upul Tharanga for the ODIs.

  • Trioboy on July 30, 2011, 23:11 GMT

    Hope they include Upul Tharanga for the ODIs.

  • Woodsy71 on July 30, 2011, 22:41 GMT

    Who cares who plays?? Sri Lanka can select anyone.....Its only Australia remember!!

  • tosl on July 30, 2011, 22:28 GMT

    Clueless as to why people like chamara silva and nuwan kulusekera keep getting picked, when there are plenty of good young players waiting in the wings. So much damn politics!

    Though the one good thing to come out of it is finally giving Angelo the vice captaincy, although he should really be the captain.

  • on July 30, 2011, 20:59 GMT

    Chamara Silva in the squad? You must be kidding!

  • on July 30, 2011, 19:55 GMT

    16 man squad and only 7 recognized batsmen (including Chamara Silva). This is poor selection. Chamara Silva shouldn't play for final 11.

  • on July 30, 2011, 19:43 GMT

    AM got vice cptaincy while CS again included!!

  • MENDIS_Forever on July 30, 2011, 18:26 GMT

    @ Hussain Alavi - Thank u for bringing back the memories of Kaushik amalean.With all due respect he might be in his 40s now.

  • MENDIS_Forever on July 30, 2011, 18:25 GMT

    Malinga not playing will be a huge loss to our team.I would be pleased if Pradeep was included in the squad.But Eranga is also a good prospect coz he can bowl 150 + kph. Dropping Kapu is the best thing our selectors did so far.And also I DON'T rate Mathews as an allrounder.(Want to tell u that I have a great respect to him).Apart from that 6/20 against India,how many times has he done well with the ball? He can't bowl well with his injury.Jeevan is not a god bowler,but he belongs to the calibre of Mathews.Go SL !!!

  • on July 30, 2011, 17:53 GMT

    Kapugedera does bowl, gentle medium pace. I remember him taking a wicket against Australia in the 2008 CB series. Still don't agree with his selection, though, or with that of Chamara Silva. I'd much rather see Nuwan Pradeep in the squad.

  • WaldermaltCricketer on July 30, 2011, 17:33 GMT

    Inclusion of Chamara Silva is almost same to Thilina Kandambi's inclusion in ENG tour. Silva & Kandambi are 100% same. Both of them are failures.Nothing we can expect from Silva.If SL wants to win,Silva MUST NOT be included to the final 11. But Thanks God..Kapugedara has been dropped.. Dropping Kapugedara is a very very good decision. Good to see Dilruwan is back.. We can use young blood in this T20 series rather than making way to lose with experienced but useless players like Chamara Silva. Dilshan & Mahela should open the inning while Chandimal is no:3. Sanga should be no: 4. That's true missing Malinga makes Aussies happy. But SL has a very good chance to win this series..But when final 11 is selected priority must be given to win the game, rather than giving chances to FAILURES for consolidating their placements in the team.If SLC does so, this will be another losing series for Lions..Good Luck Sri Lanka...

  • on July 30, 2011, 17:30 GMT

    hey fellows.... it doesn't matter who's playing.. they all playing for srilanka.. sorry for the dropped players and lets cheer up for the 16 lions..

  • loveb on July 30, 2011, 17:26 GMT

    looking backward inspite of looking FORWARD.. i think SLC should see future.. n promote young talent...i cant remember CS playing good cricket...

  • on July 30, 2011, 17:18 GMT

    I'm happy bcos: Angi finally got to be VC, Shaminda eranga has been picked & Kapugedara is out. I'm sad bcos: Malinga is out & Chamara silva has been picked.

  • on July 30, 2011, 16:54 GMT

    Chamara Silva. huh? why dont we bring aravinda. ranathunga. kaushik. are we preparing to play for the future or past? I dont understand why these 2 chamaras getting into top slots again and again. though these goons cant bowl, cant bat, cant field. OMG.

  • on July 30, 2011, 16:31 GMT

    Suprise to see the inclusion of Chamara Silva. its time for the selectors to give chances for younsters instead of vanishing there time in having these sort of players......

  • MILAMMW on July 30, 2011, 15:07 GMT

    Very disappointed !!!!!!!!!!!! How Chamara Silva back again in the squad again??????????????….One of the worst cricketer I have ever seen….

  • Test_Cricket_Best_Cricket on July 30, 2011, 14:47 GMT

    To the Whole world : Please start blaming IPL/BCCI...

  • srilankadchandimal on July 30, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    what is the point of playing mahela and sangakkara they are great and our msot reliable for the last so many yeasrs but what is wrong in playing a young team and give expossure to 20 -21 yr olds

  • on July 30, 2011, 14:23 GMT

    where the hell is nuwan pradeep?

  • cricketkumar on July 30, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    when did kapugedra become an all rounder??

  • on July 30, 2011, 14:07 GMT

    Common cricinfo plz post my comment.

    Very good dicision to opt out thilana bt SLC shound understand than no more talent left on chamara

  • on July 30, 2011, 13:47 GMT

    Dilruwan is more a bowler now than a batsman Even though he once opened for Srilanka. Saw him bawl some terrific spells of his part time spin during the 20-20 inter provincial series.I'm really looking forward to see this new guy Eranga who is a skidy type of bowler who's currently playing for SL "A" in ENGLAND, is a hard hitting lower order batsman too.I don't see why Chamara Silva is back in the side for 20-20 despite his pretty ordinary strike rate.Jeewan Mendis is a far better option with his all round ability.

  • Sobat on July 30, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    This is not a bad 15 .... some may dought why is Chamara silva back but I think hes dam talented and yet got some cricket left he can offer and its yet worth to wait for his form and if he goes well it will be a dream come true for the middle order ... we all know we dont have the player who can work the ball in the middle overs but if silva do well its great and Is Nuwan pradeep yet not fit?

  • on July 30, 2011, 13:40 GMT

    'Also missing from the 16-man squad is allrounder Chamara Kapugedera' Since when was Kapugedara an allrounder?? :S

  • Dambulla on July 30, 2011, 13:39 GMT

    SLC has selected best 16 players and named Mathews as VC and also dropped out of form Kapugedara, who even played only 1 match recent SL T20 series. Good call to Eranga, he did excellent all-round performance in last SL-A matches in England. Good Luck SL Team!!!

  • on July 30, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    We will miss him defa bt good chance for New front line bowler to perform well

  • on July 30, 2011, 12:59 GMT

    A big miss for lions....Aussies must be breath little bit freely now....

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  • on July 30, 2011, 12:59 GMT

    A big miss for lions....Aussies must be breath little bit freely now....

  • on July 30, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    We will miss him defa bt good chance for New front line bowler to perform well

  • Dambulla on July 30, 2011, 13:39 GMT

    SLC has selected best 16 players and named Mathews as VC and also dropped out of form Kapugedara, who even played only 1 match recent SL T20 series. Good call to Eranga, he did excellent all-round performance in last SL-A matches in England. Good Luck SL Team!!!

  • on July 30, 2011, 13:40 GMT

    'Also missing from the 16-man squad is allrounder Chamara Kapugedera' Since when was Kapugedara an allrounder?? :S

  • Sobat on July 30, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    This is not a bad 15 .... some may dought why is Chamara silva back but I think hes dam talented and yet got some cricket left he can offer and its yet worth to wait for his form and if he goes well it will be a dream come true for the middle order ... we all know we dont have the player who can work the ball in the middle overs but if silva do well its great and Is Nuwan pradeep yet not fit?

  • on July 30, 2011, 13:47 GMT

    Dilruwan is more a bowler now than a batsman Even though he once opened for Srilanka. Saw him bawl some terrific spells of his part time spin during the 20-20 inter provincial series.I'm really looking forward to see this new guy Eranga who is a skidy type of bowler who's currently playing for SL "A" in ENGLAND, is a hard hitting lower order batsman too.I don't see why Chamara Silva is back in the side for 20-20 despite his pretty ordinary strike rate.Jeewan Mendis is a far better option with his all round ability.

  • on July 30, 2011, 14:07 GMT

    Common cricinfo plz post my comment.

    Very good dicision to opt out thilana bt SLC shound understand than no more talent left on chamara

  • cricketkumar on July 30, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    when did kapugedra become an all rounder??

  • on July 30, 2011, 14:23 GMT

    where the hell is nuwan pradeep?

  • srilankadchandimal on July 30, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    what is the point of playing mahela and sangakkara they are great and our msot reliable for the last so many yeasrs but what is wrong in playing a young team and give expossure to 20 -21 yr olds