Bangladesh in Sri Lanka, 2012-13 March 30, 2013

Jayasuriya defends selection of minister's son

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Sanath Jayasuriya, Sri Lanka's chairman of selectors, has justified the selection of a minister's son in the national squad for the one-off Twenty20 against Bangladesh, after his panel attracted sharp criticism in some parts of the local media. Allrounder Ramith Rambukwella, is the son of media and information minister Keheliya Rambukwella.

"Ramith is a left-hand batsman who bowls right arm offspin, who can clear the boundaries and can hit hard," Jayasuriya said. "He's someone who can play Twenty20 cricket in the middle order, and you need players like that in this format. We're bringing him on as a batting allrounder who can bowl offspin."

Rambukwella, 21, has played club cricket since 2011, but has hit only two half-centuries in 28 innings, across all formats. He has scored 135 runs at an average of 16.87 in List A games and 122 at 17.42 in T20s. He has been more successful with the ball, having taken 10 wickets at an average of 23.60 in List A and eight wickets in T20s at an economy-rate of 7.28. He developed his reputation for big hitting during a successful school cricket career, during which he played for Royal College in Colombo.

"We don't just bring in players who perform, we also bring in players with talent," Jayasuriya said. "There are plenty of players who haven't performed that well in club matches, but have played well in internationals. I've seen a lot of players like that.

"I'm not saying you can get picked even if you don't bat well in domestic cricket, I'm saying if you are talented, or you've made runs in the past, we will give those players an opportunity. We will consider any player. They don't just have to be under 23, even 28 to 30-year olds are considered, and we will try to take those players to the place they need to go."

The selection committee has chosen large squads against Bangladesh, despite the relatively short series, and Jayasuriya said this was done deliberately. The selectors initially picked 22 players for the two-Test series, before trimming the squad to 16 four days before the first Test, and the team for the lone Twenty20 will also be picked from a 16-man squad, which includes five uncapped young players.

"Because it's Bangladesh, we wanted to give the youngsters a chance," Jayasuriya said. "In the 50-over squad also we picked 16 players. The reason for that is we wanted players who we have identified as talents to experience being in the national team and become familiar with the system. It can take some getting used to otherwise. In an overseas tour, we can't have a 16-man squad because it's too expensive, but since it's a local tour, we thought we would give players that opportunity."

Jayasuriya also suggested that Sachithra Senanayake would be given an extended run in the side, after having been named in the ODI squad for the first time since being dropped in mid-2012. "I think we need to give Sachithra an opportunity in T20s, because he hasn't had those kinds of opportunities. That's why we've got him in the one-day squad and now we have him in the T20 squad. "

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

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  • awesomemantra on April 1, 2013, 2:48 GMT

    Rambukwella doesn't seem like the best choice for Sri Lanka. This is taking into consideration that the Sri Lankans already have many good all rounders such as Perera, Jeevan Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Nuwan Kulasekara, just to name a few. Sri Lanka have no room for Rambukwella, Jayaratne, etc. etc. Kithuruwan Vithanage should be given a chance. Ideal T20 XI; Kusal Perera, Dilshan Munaweera, Chandimal, Thirimanne, Angelo mathews, Angelo Perera, BMAJ Mendis, NLTC Perera, Malinga, Senanayake, Eranga. ( Not in that order, of course.) We all hope to see Sri Lanka find a few quality players for after Dilshan, Sanga, Mahela, Malinga retire. I think best player ( uncapped in T20) is Kithuruwan Vithanage. Hope to see some good players developing in next three to five years. Thanks!

  • on March 31, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    Jayasuria was a great cricketer. But not all great players go on to serve their country in the best way possible after retirement. Same goes for Sanath. I think after Sanga and Mahela retires, provided this sort of manipulation continues in the management, SL cricket has only one way to go; that's down.

  • Third_Gear on March 31, 2013, 11:32 GMT

    Sanath you are funny. !! Although BD has placed their B grade team for the match still they will thrash SL with huge margin.

  • on March 31, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    'Because it's Bangladesh' he says; as far as I remember in the last 3 ODIs this two teams faced, Bangladesh won 2. Before making derogatory remarks about other nation, please fix your floodlight generators first

  • JamesSmithee on March 31, 2013, 10:13 GMT

    This is funny. Jayasuriya says he need minister's son because he can easily clear boundaries. Is that the problem that matters most to the SL. Kusal, Thisara, Mathews, Kulasekara, Jeewan can do it. The reason given is very poor

  • on March 31, 2013, 7:25 GMT

    he shouldnt have a place in the A team let alone the national side!

  • Lankanforever on March 31, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    doen't matter how much politics or other reasons back the kid, if he doesen't give a descent performance he is out of it soon. I could give you 2 clear examples from the past. the Ranathunga Brothers who only managed to join the national team coz of the big brother of Cricket. so let's see whether Ramitha does something or not rather arguing on it.

  • on March 31, 2013, 6:11 GMT

    If every player was picked on talent alone, there would be a long list. It does not appear this guy deserves selectiom om form alone.

  • Jacksond on March 31, 2013, 4:44 GMT

    Sanath should quit from politics. It will cause conflict for viewers. He was a great achiever in Cricket History and I think he should be only in Cricket to eliminate any criticism. - JD

  • Sam_k14 on March 31, 2013, 4:43 GMT

    Sanath, dont justify this selection mate. This is a political appointment and we all know that. By justifying it you mate yourself look pathetic! It is all right we all know how it works in Sri Lanka. Hopefully SL will win. Frankly I have no desire to cheer a team full of political appointees.

  • awesomemantra on April 1, 2013, 2:48 GMT

    Rambukwella doesn't seem like the best choice for Sri Lanka. This is taking into consideration that the Sri Lankans already have many good all rounders such as Perera, Jeevan Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Nuwan Kulasekara, just to name a few. Sri Lanka have no room for Rambukwella, Jayaratne, etc. etc. Kithuruwan Vithanage should be given a chance. Ideal T20 XI; Kusal Perera, Dilshan Munaweera, Chandimal, Thirimanne, Angelo mathews, Angelo Perera, BMAJ Mendis, NLTC Perera, Malinga, Senanayake, Eranga. ( Not in that order, of course.) We all hope to see Sri Lanka find a few quality players for after Dilshan, Sanga, Mahela, Malinga retire. I think best player ( uncapped in T20) is Kithuruwan Vithanage. Hope to see some good players developing in next three to five years. Thanks!

  • on March 31, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    Jayasuria was a great cricketer. But not all great players go on to serve their country in the best way possible after retirement. Same goes for Sanath. I think after Sanga and Mahela retires, provided this sort of manipulation continues in the management, SL cricket has only one way to go; that's down.

  • Third_Gear on March 31, 2013, 11:32 GMT

    Sanath you are funny. !! Although BD has placed their B grade team for the match still they will thrash SL with huge margin.

  • on March 31, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    'Because it's Bangladesh' he says; as far as I remember in the last 3 ODIs this two teams faced, Bangladesh won 2. Before making derogatory remarks about other nation, please fix your floodlight generators first

  • JamesSmithee on March 31, 2013, 10:13 GMT

    This is funny. Jayasuriya says he need minister's son because he can easily clear boundaries. Is that the problem that matters most to the SL. Kusal, Thisara, Mathews, Kulasekara, Jeewan can do it. The reason given is very poor

  • on March 31, 2013, 7:25 GMT

    he shouldnt have a place in the A team let alone the national side!

  • Lankanforever on March 31, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    doen't matter how much politics or other reasons back the kid, if he doesen't give a descent performance he is out of it soon. I could give you 2 clear examples from the past. the Ranathunga Brothers who only managed to join the national team coz of the big brother of Cricket. so let's see whether Ramitha does something or not rather arguing on it.

  • on March 31, 2013, 6:11 GMT

    If every player was picked on talent alone, there would be a long list. It does not appear this guy deserves selectiom om form alone.

  • Jacksond on March 31, 2013, 4:44 GMT

    Sanath should quit from politics. It will cause conflict for viewers. He was a great achiever in Cricket History and I think he should be only in Cricket to eliminate any criticism. - JD

  • Sam_k14 on March 31, 2013, 4:43 GMT

    Sanath, dont justify this selection mate. This is a political appointment and we all know that. By justifying it you mate yourself look pathetic! It is all right we all know how it works in Sri Lanka. Hopefully SL will win. Frankly I have no desire to cheer a team full of political appointees.

  • xylo on March 31, 2013, 4:33 GMT

    At this rate, teams visiting Sri Lanka will warm up against a Prime Minister's XI, followed by a series against Ministers' XI.

  • miles100 on March 31, 2013, 4:06 GMT

    If anyone has played a sport at the highest level knows that talent is only one thing to be successful. Talent is going to let you down, if you don't train hard and if you don't become mentally strong and consistent. I have nothing personal against this minister's kid. He may be talented so as well as there are hundreds of Under 18 young talented kids younger than Ramith in Sri Lanka playing school cricket today will outplay Ramith Rambukwella in any given day.It is very unfair for these kids. I respect Sanath for his majority of the selection choices except for this one and I believe he was influenced by someone maybe not the minister him self. It seems like Sanath is under obligation.

  • on March 31, 2013, 1:00 GMT

    I think This is going to be a hard match between the second string teams of both sides...... a t -20 between A team s ?

  • SLMaster on March 31, 2013, 0:20 GMT

    Common give the kid a chance and see how he respond to the international level. He is not too bad. It is not his fault that his father is a minister. If he is not good he will not last long. Then we can see whether he is there because of the minister powers or not. If so minister and the son deserve a little humiliation. Then SLC move on. Kid could turn out be a great prospect for SL all formats.You never know.

  • on March 30, 2013, 19:18 GMT

    these same criticism were given back in 2009....when ramith captained over Vithanage.. his reply 168 runs in the 131st Battle of the Blues,and that's more than Perea who plaid 142 one year back

  • SL_Boy on March 30, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    Not sure why you mention here MP, should be address by chief selector. dont bring politics ... Sanath is the best all-round cricketer SL ever produced.

  • British_North_America on March 30, 2013, 17:58 GMT

    Yes talent, if he has special back.

  • on March 30, 2013, 17:49 GMT

    Now lets make some really flat pitches so this guy will be able to hit a couple of 6s playing down the line. SL future looks bright.

  • Sal_H on March 30, 2013, 17:39 GMT

    Bangladesh is almost playing their second string team, the usual key players are out due to injury. If SL cannot whitewash this young and half-strength Bangladesh team in their home condition, the selectors must be doing something wrong.

  • kevepere on March 30, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    Playing 11 should be 1. K.perera (top form) 2. Thirimanne (top form) 3. Mathews (responsibility spot) 4. Jeewan Mendis (was affective in t20 wc on number 4 , good bowler) 5. Angelo Perera (top form in domestic) 6. Thisara Perera (explosive aggressive spot ) 7. Kithruwan Withanage (top form in domestic) 7. Chandimal (I dont find chandimal as a t20 player but he is the captain) 8. Sachithra (bowling better these days) 10 Eranga/ Ishan 11 Malinga

  • on March 30, 2013, 17:32 GMT

    Bangladesh won 1 match and lost the test... will it make a great team? no i dont think so. yes they are improving and its good for them but dont go too far with it. what sanath told is correct and every cricketing nation will look at it that way...

  • on March 30, 2013, 17:25 GMT

    :D But well done Ramith, though it would have been nice to see Bhanuka Rajapaksha up there too, :P i mean after all he was the most likely to get national side out of those 4

  • MENDIS_Forever on March 30, 2013, 17:19 GMT

    I am a Sri Lankan.I apologize Bangladesh for what Sanath Jayasuriya had said.What a pathetic comment that was! And ...Rambukwella in the team means...SL politics at its best. God Bless our cricket!

  • on March 30, 2013, 17:14 GMT

    thats good idea by our legend sanath Jayasuriya,we can praduse some good talents for our country....

  • Samad.Sylhet.Mitali.Raynogor on March 30, 2013, 17:00 GMT

    I think Sanath got a point there. I think Minister son only play against this Bangladesh team. but be careful Srilanka You are losing against our B team.

  • on March 30, 2013, 16:12 GMT

    I didnt understand why some Bangla fans are complaining about Sanath's comments.Yes,Any team will try and experiment new players on minnow teams and its no secret.Bangladesh havent done too great in recent years, that the teams will try and field their best XI every game.Give it a break, new comers will be under less pressure than playing against a Aus, Eng or Ind teams

  • asiacricket1234 on March 30, 2013, 16:12 GMT

    In this whole tour SL played with a strong team that had all their main players while Bangladesh didnt have their main players such as Shakib, Tamim, mashrafee, Shafiul, Nafees etc. This is the first time in this tour both tea gonna play with kinda their B team lol

  • on March 30, 2013, 15:52 GMT

    Bangladesh team is without their originally selected (for this trip) and regular players like Shakib, Tamim, Mashrafee, Anamul, Nafees, Najmul, Shafiul, Enamul Junior due to injuries and exam (anamul) just prior to this trip and during this trip. I don't why Mr Jayasuriya is telling here, 'becoz its Bangladesh'? shame on u! Without 7/8 players which is almost BD 's 2nd string team has beaten u in the 1 day game, drew the test match and fought hard in the other games, how did u tell that insulting words? and also why everyone is hiding this fact and saying and trying to prove that SL is weaker & younger? BD team is young & less experienced too!

  • on March 30, 2013, 15:28 GMT

    "Because it is Bangladesh" - what is he thinking? We just beat u a in a 1 day game. In the first test u declared at 600 plus ' because it was Bangladesh". We responded by scoring more than u did. Yes because it is Bangladesh, why don't u pick your chauffer and gardener for the team? Jayasuriya has started his political career and this is one way to be in the Minister's good books. That's how younger politicians get their big breaks. Way to go Jayasuriya. What do we know about your 'great plans' for Sri Lankan cricket?

  • Sal_H on March 30, 2013, 15:27 GMT

    "Because it's Bangladesh, we wanted to give the youngsters a chance." Its risky to say arrogant things like that. If this SL team loses tomorrow, the ppl will have the selectors' heads. Anyway, the excuses are all lame. Cricketers in the national team being selected bcoz of political connections? Outrageous.

  • on March 30, 2013, 14:28 GMT

    that is a lame justification we do have a hard hitting, dependable batting all rounder (jeevan) in the team. Why do we need another one?

  • smukhles on March 30, 2013, 14:27 GMT

    "Because it's Bangladesh" as you said, please have two of your Pallekele groundstaff opening the batting tomorrow, that's all you shound need to beat the opponent tomorrow because it is Bangladesh.

  • ten_dul_kar on March 30, 2013, 14:15 GMT

    @DilumSL - It is not about giving the youngsters a chance... it is about the process which you follow... by selecting Ramith it is evident what process SL follow.... ofcourse, youngsters should be given a chance... and I hope Ramith does well, as this a lifetime opportunity.... if he plays well and gets a permanent berth... just spare a thought for the youngsters who are far better than Ramith and now will never get a chance.... what about them.....?

  • ten_dul_kar on March 30, 2013, 14:08 GMT

    Its a SHAME! Just look at the stats for the opening batsman: Best Average in any format: 17.42 Highest Score in any format: 54 Total Runs scored including all formats: 439

    Just name one player from the history who has been picked with similar stats.

    Sanath - SHAME.

  • Htc-Android on March 30, 2013, 13:45 GMT

    Mr.Sanath. If ramith was selected because he is talented despite his poor show in 1st class cricket, then What about Bhanuka rajapakse. He too was rated as a highly talented batsman when he was playing for the U19 team. I agree he did poorly in 1st class matches but did better than rambukwella. He too can clear the ropes easily.

  • DilumSL on March 30, 2013, 13:27 GMT

    I think Sanath did a very good thing by including youngsters. I don't know why these people criticize him for including Ramith. Please think before you comment guys. What will happen to all these critics if Ramith plays well. just give him a chance and see. but he fails we can think for another option. I have seen Ramith play and he is a strong player. In the club level he did not have enough opportunity coz he plays for NCC which is full of club cricket legends. He get to bat in the situation where the team need some quick runs.

  • blink182alex on March 30, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    And i thought our (Aus) selectors were rubbish, what is going on with Sri Lanka?

    This is a debacle, and it's nothing new, Sangakarra has spoke about the problems going on within Sri Lanka during his speech in England in 2011. That was also the year where Jayasuriya played those random odi and t20 games against England as a sort of goodbye match, the state got involved with selection for that series to.

  • bootlicker on March 30, 2013, 13:02 GMT

    Sanath,

    I respect you as a hard hitting batsmen and a talented alrounder who changed the ODI cricketing style of the world but I have no respect you as a selector. The statements you have made to justify Ramith's inclusion are stupid, and foolish. It shows your depth of thinking. If you are in not in a position to talk to the media don't talk or avoid the situation. Please respect the game which made you a man to stand in the society.

  • dsklokuge on March 30, 2013, 12:59 GMT

    @pasan . He was outstanding when he was at school cricket ? oh very funny man . did he took 100 wickets for any school season ? or did he score 1000 scores for any school season ? . NO he didn't man . just only politics. i hope u r friend of him . no harm .

  • on March 30, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    What a shame? He has tallents but there is no proved stats for 28 club matches. Mr. Sanath where is the talent? 28 matches are more than enough to show his talents. If we ranked him, he might be in 100000th place. Pls give a chance to other 99999 players to. If so there is no politics. This is not a politics. Only relation ship. (I think)

  • on March 30, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    You cannot simply say Ramith was selected just because he was a ministers son, I have seen him playing even at school level and he was outstanding! If there's 5 other uncapped players in the squad why cant Ramith be one one? Its fair to make a statement like this if he was given chances and he kept on failing and the selectors didn't kick him out.. I don't deny the fact that there's politics involved everywhere, but you cannot bring it up for each and everything!

  • KingOwl on March 30, 2013, 11:43 GMT

    It's funny to see how every Tom, Dick and Harry and his dog becomes an expert when it comes to team selection. I know more about cricket than a lot of people and I will say quite frankly that I have no idea about this guy's talent. Sure, the numbers aren't impressive. But I will give the selection committee the benefit of the doubt. SLC selectors have done a fantastic job over the years. It shows by our exceptional performances in world cups. If the guy fails and the selectors keep persisting with him, then I will have a go at the selectors as hard as anybody. Until then, I will watch.

  • on March 30, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    A decision obviously based on nepotism that can only undermine Sri Lanka's reputation.

  • on March 30, 2013, 11:37 GMT

    "Because it's Bangladesh, we wanted to give the youngsters a chance," Sanath, you have shown utter disrespect to us despite levelling the ODI series and drawing a test with our C grade team in your homeground. u can choose talented players, but if you really think this is the best opportunity, u better ask the Honourable President himself and his brother to open the batting tomorrow. Because it is Bangladesh.

  • Herath-UK on March 30, 2013, 10:34 GMT

    Come on Andrew tell me where there is no politics in sports? See what is happening in IPL, some silly politicians running amok. If Rambith was chosen as you say, I'm honest to say I like it then because I like that Minister!! Ranil Herath - Kent

  • KVMan on March 30, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    The selectors have lived up to their promise, that is to give the opportunity to some young up and coming talent. they may make mistakes but see the positive side of seen players in the caliber of Kusal P, Sachith, Angelo P, Munaweera getting some opportunity which was not done by the previous selectors for many years.

  • on March 30, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    No point of talking about others.. even that fastbowler also hasn't perfomed in domestic cricket... anyway we ' ll see how it goes..

  • Ramansilva on March 30, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    Mr. Sanath, Don't send Rambukwella so soon. Keep him for a tour in South Africa and send him in as the opening batsmen to face Steyn and Morkel.

  • British_North_America on March 30, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    If Jayasuriya thinks that it is BANGLADESH then why not dropped Sangakara and Dilshan for the test and ODI series.Then SL would have loosed both test and ODI series.

  • on March 30, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    what a shame! sanath is bringing politics into cricket! very shame!

  • ajayyy on March 30, 2013, 9:38 GMT

    This is typical politics by members of the Sri Lankan selectors, players should only and I emphasise only, chosen on their ability and statistics obviously counts for a major part of the decision making progress when selecting a player. Sri Lanka have some very talented youngsters in the current team and in order to progress, they need to find equally able players to carry the team along with them. This player who may be of an ability, but his statistics don't make for great reading right now and as the chairman of selectors, Jayasuriya needs to take a firm stand on what happens.

  • on March 30, 2013, 9:22 GMT

    a player with not that much domestic career, batting avg of 16 n 17.. not so bright with bowl too (but better than bat).. if he is selected to play for intl team, there can be only two reasons: either this country don't have good enough talent or POLITICS and i can smell politics in this case.. now lets see whether he plays against Bangladesh or not, and what does he do..

  • on March 30, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    I hope Mr Sanath J will read all these comments and realize what a shameful selection he had made.

  • Ali_86xz on March 30, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    Ramith's performance may not be good... But still he should be considered. I remember what Michael Clarke said during the series against India: "A lot of people talk about young players - he should be picked, he shouldn't be picked, is he good enough? The only way you find out if he's good enough is if he gets an opportunity." Give him a shot I'd say.

  • sana1 on March 30, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    Politics Politics Politics !!!!!!!!!

  • on March 30, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    what a shame..feel sorry cricket fans of this country

  • tristen_kul on March 30, 2013, 8:21 GMT

    Hmm, well... I don't know. It is politics mainly though. :/

  • on March 30, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    Selection with merit is the correct way. Merit can be measured with the past performance. If he is the next in line, Sanath has done the justice. If he is not Sanath has done a crime to the justice because of politics. This way you cannot uplift the standards of Sri Lankan cricket. How do you measure the talent without statistics?

  • jantrikunmad on March 30, 2013, 8:02 GMT

    politics politics everywhere

  • Cvic on March 30, 2013, 8:01 GMT

    just one half century for last 10 matches and 14 wickets. No doubt this is a politically back decision.

  • tigers_eye on March 30, 2013, 7:53 GMT

    Talking too much. You are the chief selector. You don't have to explain anything to anyone. Do your job honestly and do what you think is right. That is what matters.

  • on March 30, 2013, 7:35 GMT

    I thought cricketers were better administrators... but sanath a great cricketer made me realise , what a fool I was

  • on March 30, 2013, 7:23 GMT

    very poor decision.. just politics.. go through the statistics you can't find ramith nearely in 40s in the list... just look top of that list.. yashoda lanka has scored about 700 runs included 43 sixes and you say ramith van easily clear the boundries?? then what do you say about yashoda??? are those 43 sixes not clearing the boundry??????

  • SL_rockz on March 30, 2013, 7:22 GMT

    OMG !!i never hope when i heard JAyasuriya being appointed as the Chief selector this kinda decisions will have an end...But it luks like that i am wrong ..:((( SAd to see this kinda poilitics come into Cricket Via a GREAT PLAYER WHO WE RESPECT A LOT BECAUSE ONCE WE WATCHED CRICKET COZ OF SANA...Please there are players who are more talented than ramitha..Even his team mate bhanuka was every time the star o the side not ramitha....No way this decisions can be justified..Feel sorry that SLC being terriblly criticized coz of such decisons infront of internatonal media...But it is your duty Sana to act otherwise..

  • priceless1 on March 30, 2013, 7:12 GMT

    wow , so according to Sanath ,SL club cricket standard is higher than the level of International cricket ? how else can he justify a inclusion of a players to the National side who just averages 17 in club level ?

  • on March 30, 2013, 7:10 GMT

    Ramith is someone talented, fit for the shorter format, but since Sri Lanka does not have an extended T20 competition it is difficult to gauge the capacity and capabilities of the players except by informed observers. I hope this is the case in his selection. The fact that he is a Minister's son should not be held against him for that also would be discrimination. The one flaw in Sanath's argument, though, as pointed out by many. is that there are other players such as Bhanuka Rajapakse (also from Royal College) who could claim rights to talent but have been ignored due to poor performances in the domestic scene.

  • Crickyboy on March 30, 2013, 6:45 GMT

    Sad to see the newly appointed and highly praised selector takes such a controversial decision...Honestly hope that this guy would perform as Sana thinks, irrespective of his origins.. for the sake of SL cricket...

  • on March 30, 2013, 6:44 GMT

    Sorry Mr.SJ you are out of form...Please DO NOT COME UP WITH wayward justifications... If you consider the talent than the current form...Can you justify how you are continuously ignoring the talented Bhanuka Rajapakse.....He is the star player of under 19 team when played with Kithruwan Vithanage and Ramith Rambukwella.....Not only Royalists whole country knows that the most talented man is Bhanuka Rajapakse...

  • sonu77 on March 30, 2013, 6:37 GMT

    I too know he is a left handed batsman & right arm offie, but the problem is,did he justified his place in the national squad???I think this is too early. I only once saw him playing & in that match he manage to score well maid duck & leaked 20+ runs in one over against Malinda Warnapura including 3 or 4 sixes in a row.

  • mess.wif.da.best on March 30, 2013, 6:37 GMT

    Sri lankan Politics at its best..... Dear Sanath, No matter what you said to justify what you did whole Sri lanka knows this selection purely Politics. Don't think people are stupid. If you talk about talents there are many talented cricketers IN Sri Lanka than Ramitha. Shame on you Jaya..... ICC PLEASE TAKE ACTION AGAINST POLITICS IN CRICKET..... I HOPE CRICINFO AT LEAST POST THIS COMMENT

  • yohandf1984 on March 30, 2013, 6:37 GMT

    @ Sabih Nasurdeen - this is not a matter of Royal college . Even if he is from another school they would have picked him coz of minister s son .

  • on March 30, 2013, 6:20 GMT

    sri lanka cricket board making dramas , sri lanka have a somaney college but their taking only Royal College,

  • gsamiru on March 30, 2013, 6:07 GMT

    Dear Sanath, don't get Sri Lankans' respect towards you harmed by making these kind of stupid decisions ............ Don't select people if you can't justify the selection ...... otherwise this will be the beginning of the end of SL Cricket ....... Hope this will be the last ............. !

  • kingcobra85 on March 30, 2013, 6:07 GMT

    The govt in Srilanka has no ethics . Jayasuriya and Ranatunga both belong to political parties and have conflict of interest

  • ----LoveTheWayLionsPlay--- on March 30, 2013, 6:02 GMT

    ha ha ha.. one match wonder against St.Thomas in a inter school big match earn him a place in world's no.1 t20 team. Joke of the year..Shame on you Sanath ! If he select to the playing xi & manage to score 15-20 runs, I'm sure he will be in the champions trophy ODI squad too.But I hope & wish he will perform well in the domestic matches & will select to the national squad in a fairer way than this.

  • fariha_loves-afridi on March 30, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    So its actualy gonna be the BD youngsters (no shakib,tamim,mashrafe,nafees,naeem etc) taking on the SL youngsters (no sanga,dilshan,herath,mahela etc). Well..sounds like we are gonna see a reflection of the future :-)

  • Jay.Raj on March 30, 2013, 5:38 GMT

    Sanath said: "We don't just bring in players who perform, we also bring in players with talent." Take a minute and think about what he just said!! How can he be a selector? Even during the latter stage of his career, he got oppurtunities for himself using power while not performing in the first class circuit. Now he is saying that as look as you have talent, i will give more importance to that than performing. if someone says players are selected based on talent, he cannot be a selector. period!

  • Reezmayan on March 30, 2013, 5:21 GMT

    Super justification! LOL. begining of the END of Sri Lanka cricket. I won't even be suprised if Sanath Jayasuriya select himself for the team based on talent.

  • on March 30, 2013, 5:19 GMT

    politics in SLC...he does not deserve a place

  • CricketBirbal on March 30, 2013, 4:57 GMT

    Now wait, that's what many people said about Jadeja and Dhawan that they are not good. Some even lampooned Jadeja by adding Sir to his name.Now look what they have done. So give this guy Ramith a chance or two and then judge him.Who knows he may well be taken in as a replacement by a franchise in this IPL 6. Just Wait.

  • on March 30, 2013, 4:54 GMT

    This is sheer favoritisim..........Shame on you Jaya!!! Did not expect this from u!

  • kevepere on March 30, 2013, 4:51 GMT

    off spinner and batsman? LOLs whats the point of having a big hitter if he is not up to the standards and have not performed well! There are many many players to be picked ahead of this guy! Pure politics!

  • on March 30, 2013, 4:27 GMT

    dear sir, there many good allround with better record in local sector ,,,,if a player cannot perform in the first class cricket , how will he perform in international sector. many talented cricketers in sl having played 5 years of good cricket in sri lanka and did not get a chance. this is the second time a minister son is playing with any recognition in our domestic cricket ,.... i no he good cricketer , but there are many better one in the country... if u ( jayasuirya) were not given the chance after scoring many run s in domestic cricket and minister son was given ,,,.. then wht would have happen to u...remember we love this game but pls dont involve the politics. i am sure that by time he will become a good cricket ( ramith ) cause i have seen him play... but at present another player should have been give the chance .(Bhanuka Rajapaksa who lost out).

  • Jay.Raj on March 30, 2013, 4:21 GMT

    OMG! Pure politics in cricket selection...woww

  • shihan12 on March 30, 2013, 4:14 GMT

    I am also talented..can you pick me too?? you cant justify this selection Sanath ..so dont put some words..even I didnt see him performing well in SLPL..how come he come ahead of Bhanuka..this is crazy..

  • on March 30, 2013, 4:10 GMT

    I was wondering why on earth Rambukwella was in the squad, now I know: good old fashioned nepotism. SLC living up to their usual standards.

  • fr600 on March 30, 2013, 4:09 GMT

    His averages aren't that good. I'm sure there are better players in Sri Lanka unless there's absolutely no one else.

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  • fr600 on March 30, 2013, 4:09 GMT

    His averages aren't that good. I'm sure there are better players in Sri Lanka unless there's absolutely no one else.

  • on March 30, 2013, 4:10 GMT

    I was wondering why on earth Rambukwella was in the squad, now I know: good old fashioned nepotism. SLC living up to their usual standards.

  • shihan12 on March 30, 2013, 4:14 GMT

    I am also talented..can you pick me too?? you cant justify this selection Sanath ..so dont put some words..even I didnt see him performing well in SLPL..how come he come ahead of Bhanuka..this is crazy..

  • Jay.Raj on March 30, 2013, 4:21 GMT

    OMG! Pure politics in cricket selection...woww

  • on March 30, 2013, 4:27 GMT

    dear sir, there many good allround with better record in local sector ,,,,if a player cannot perform in the first class cricket , how will he perform in international sector. many talented cricketers in sl having played 5 years of good cricket in sri lanka and did not get a chance. this is the second time a minister son is playing with any recognition in our domestic cricket ,.... i no he good cricketer , but there are many better one in the country... if u ( jayasuirya) were not given the chance after scoring many run s in domestic cricket and minister son was given ,,,.. then wht would have happen to u...remember we love this game but pls dont involve the politics. i am sure that by time he will become a good cricket ( ramith ) cause i have seen him play... but at present another player should have been give the chance .(Bhanuka Rajapaksa who lost out).

  • kevepere on March 30, 2013, 4:51 GMT

    off spinner and batsman? LOLs whats the point of having a big hitter if he is not up to the standards and have not performed well! There are many many players to be picked ahead of this guy! Pure politics!

  • on March 30, 2013, 4:54 GMT

    This is sheer favoritisim..........Shame on you Jaya!!! Did not expect this from u!

  • CricketBirbal on March 30, 2013, 4:57 GMT

    Now wait, that's what many people said about Jadeja and Dhawan that they are not good. Some even lampooned Jadeja by adding Sir to his name.Now look what they have done. So give this guy Ramith a chance or two and then judge him.Who knows he may well be taken in as a replacement by a franchise in this IPL 6. Just Wait.

  • on March 30, 2013, 5:19 GMT

    politics in SLC...he does not deserve a place

  • Reezmayan on March 30, 2013, 5:21 GMT

    Super justification! LOL. begining of the END of Sri Lanka cricket. I won't even be suprised if Sanath Jayasuriya select himself for the team based on talent.