Bangladesh in Sri Lanka 2012-13 February 14, 2013

Mathews takes over as Sri Lanka captain

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Angelo Mathews will take over as Test and ODI captain from Mahela Jayawardene for the home Test series against Bangladesh. Dinesh Chandimal will be Mathews' deputy but will lead the national side in the Twenty20 format. Lasith Malinga has been named Sri Lanka's T20 vice-captain. The appointments are for a period of 11 months.

Jayawardene was expected to step down from captaincy after the tour of Australia, and Mathews was tipped to take over. Chandimal assumes a senior role in the team, having played five Tests and 50 ODIs.

The 20-man squad for the two-Test series starting on March 8 has several fresh faces and some notable absentees from the tour of Australia. Thilan Samaraweera has been dropped, together with opener Tharanga Paranavitana and wicketkeeper Prasanna Jayawardene. Ajantha Mendis returns to the Test squad, having last played a Test in May 2011 against England.

Samaraweera has signed up with Worcestershire for the 2013 county season, but had an inconsistent 2012, a year in which he averaged 32.50. He had a poor tour of Australia, where he failed to score a half-century in six innings. Paranavitana was part of the squad on that tour but didn't play a Test, with Dimuth Karunaratne being preferred over him. Prasanna Jayawardene's Australian tour was cut short by a thumb injury, but he hasn't been picked for the Tests against Bangladesh following his recovery. Chandimal will keep wicket.

The squad features four uncapped players, and six in all who are yet to play a Test: Batsmen Ashen Silva and Kithuruwan Vithanage, seamer Dushmantha Chameera, and offspinner Tharindu Kaushal are those yet to play international cricket. Wicketkeeper-batsman Kushal Janith Perera and legspinning allrounder Jeevan Mendis have played ODI cricket for Sri Lanka but not a Test.

Kumar Sangakkara's participation in the Test series is subject to his recovery from a fractured hand, an injury he suffered on the tour of Australia. Bangladesh play one warm-up game, two Tests, three ODIs and one Twenty20 international on their almost month-long tour of Sri Lanka.

Test squad: Angelo Mathews (capt), Dinesh Chandimal (vice-capt), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Dimuth Karunaratne, Ashen Silva, Kumar Sangakkara, Lahiru Thirimanne, Mahela Jayawardene, Kushal Janith Perera, Jeevan Mendis, Kithuruwan Vithanage, Ajantha Mendis, Suraj Randiv, Nuwan Kulasekara, Shaminda Eranga, Chanaka Welegedera, Nuwan Pradeep, Dushmantha Chameera, Rangana Herath, Tharindu Kaushal.

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  • Dummy4 on February 17, 2013, 18:23 GMT

    I wish the youngster Sachitra Senanayake was in the squad. He showed that he has the mental capabilities necessary for international cricket.

  • Miles on February 17, 2013, 5:42 GMT

    As a captain of younger teams, Chandimal had an extremely successful record. Eventhough international cricket is a different ball game, I strognly think Chandimal will steer the side fluently towards success. I've heard many times when Dinesh was captaining his School, unlike other captains he was more tactical and aggressive in his approach.

  • Raman on February 16, 2013, 14:17 GMT

    Although I am a fan of Chandimal, I think it was not a very wise decision to give him captaincy of the T20 team. He should have been nurtured in Test and One day format before pushing him to T20s. He is too good to be wasted in the cowboy cricket.

  • ttn on February 16, 2013, 2:18 GMT

    Good thing is these selectors are positive and at least trying something.By taking Ashen,Tharindu,Kithruwan and Jeewan they are showing those talented blokes that they are at least on national contention and how vital there domestic performances are.Ashen deserves a cap because a avg of 53.74 at the top of the order show how well he can handle both pace and spin.In the future line-up of aggressive stroke players we need someone conservative like ashen. Tharindu, Dhananjaya combo is going be the world's most destructive spin bowling combo.Players like Chameera,Pradeep are pacers of immense potential but the only thing need is proper guidance and i believe C Vaas is the solution.N Pradeep is most unluckiest seamer in the world because some (1 in 12) are totally unplayable and yet it doesn't yield a wicket. @caromball problem is his batting,

  • Chandima on February 15, 2013, 22:34 GMT

    Chandimal is too good a batsman to be a keeper-batsman. Also in my opinion he should not even be in the T20 teem till he gains more experience in the other two formats.

  • Khondker S on February 15, 2013, 20:37 GMT

    Congrats Mathews and Chadimal for new role....good wishes from Bangladesh.

  • Dummy4 on February 15, 2013, 15:21 GMT

    OK I agreed the first decision to appoint Angelo Mathews as captain but Dinesh Chamndimal as vice captain ???. I think Dinesh has to establish as a regular player in the side. Still he's performance not consistence. We should give some time him to settle in the side. Still this selection committee is not the right team.

  • Dummy4 on February 15, 2013, 15:12 GMT

    #Prem2248 If I remember correctly in the said practice match Chamara Silva scored a 150 n didn't bat in the second innings. So he has a better claim for a spot in the lankan team. And if I remember correctly in Eng 1st innings both openers scored hundreds and batting last they scored nearly 400 to win the match. England openers didn't even bat in 2nd innings yet they won with the batting of Swann n Bresnon. In other words pitch is the flattest you could ever find in Sri Lanka. Batsmen's quality cannot be measured in a track like that because we are not playing all matches in SSC or in India. We need a guy for all situation. If we want a guy who bats well in those conditions there is absolutely no point dropping Thilan Samaraweera (I am certainly in favour of dropping him) because he will hit big hundreds day in and day out in those conditions. We need a batsmen who can play in Australia, South African n England and having seen Angelo Perera bat I doubt he has the required technique.

  • Nimmie on February 15, 2013, 12:50 GMT

    # Sujan Warnakulasooriya # Bowling attack of England comprising of Steven Finn, Graeme Swann, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, .. you rate them as a 2nd string team? 1. The getting scores of 85 & unbeaten 90 against such bowling attack, 2.Having a 1st Class batting ave of 48+ after a 50 odd 1st Class innings, 3.Winning the Best Schoolboy Batsman of the Year Award, Winning the Best Batsman's of the SAARC (PAK, Afgani, Nepal, India) Under-25 Twenty20 Cup 2011/12 Series Award where players like Nassir Jamshed, Umar Amin of PAK, almost all afgan National players took part is a work of an ordinary batter? Have any of the seniors in the squad achieved these kind feats as youngsters? With all these skills he has always been sent to bat at No 7-8 just to prevent him from performing by his club management where one of the 3 seniors is a member. Bhanuka too has been getting the same treatment from the club that he represents. Very peculiar things have been happening in SL for the last 20 ys or more.

  • varuna on February 15, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    Prasanna Jayawardanas omission as the wicket keeper batsman from the side is really stupid and hilarious if the decision stays permanently.He can serve SLC for at least for 2 more years at the Test level.He is considered as the best keeper around in world cricket at the moment.Chandimal should allowed to concentrate as only a specialist batsman to establish himself without additional responsibilities given. Kusal Janith is definitely not ready as the gloveman at test levl/Kusal has to prove himself as a keeper.You can't decide it by just in a match or 2.