Bangladesh in Sri Lanka 2012-13 February 12, 2013

Dananjaya in Sri Lanka's emerging squad


Sri Lanka's new selection panel has chosen Angelo Perera, Tharindu Kaushal and Akila Dananjaya along with 21 other young players in an emerging squad from which the team for the warm-up match against Bangladesh in Matara will be chosen.

Perera, a 22-year-old middle order batsman, has been in stunning form in the Premier League tournament, having made two aggressive hundreds and an 87 in his three innings so far.

Offspinner Tharindu Kaushal, 19, has also been picked on form during his first season of domestic cricket, in which he has taken 22 List A wickets at 18.63, and 19 first-class scalps at 8.89. His first two first-class matches have yielded three five-wicket hauls. Kaushal was picked in the Sri Lanka squad for the home Tests against New Zealand in November last year, but did not get a game.

Dananjaya meanwhile, has been part of Sri Lanka's limited-overs squads since last year's World Twenty20, and has also had a promising debut domestic season so far.

Wicketkeeper-batsman and opener Niroshan Dickwella, who was the 2012 schoolboy cricketer of the year, has also had a successful introduction to professional cricket at 19, most notably scoring a match-winning hundred in the inter-provincial limited overs final.

Ashen Silva, a 22-year-old opener in a more conservative mould, has been chosen, while middle-order batsman Kithruwan Vithanage, who has scored heavily in the Premier League Tournament so far, also earns a spot.

The team will be coached by former Sri Lanka wicketkeeper-batsman Romesh Kaluwitharana, and play a three-day match against Bangladesh from March 3-5 to kick off the tour.

Squad Ashen Silva, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Tharindu Kaushal, Akila Dananjaya, Angelo Perera, Udara Jayasundera, Shehan Jayasuriya, Kithruwan Vithanage, Ashan Priyanjana, Rumesh Buddika, Gayan Manishan (wk), Sandun Weerakkody, Lahiru Madushanka, Ishantha Jayaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Vishwa Fernando, Lahiru Gamage, Kasun Madushanka, Lahiru Jayaratne, Chaturanga de Silva, Ramith Rambukwela, Dulanjana Mendis, Maduka Liyanapathirana.

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

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  • Dummy4 on February 14, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    Well Niroshan Dickwella is a good choice indeed

  • Dummy4 on February 14, 2013, 5:13 GMT

    Good work.. done by new pannel.

  • sajan on February 14, 2013, 4:58 GMT

    Its a good move by new selection panel.Well experience MF Maharoof form in recent domestic must consider when replacing experience guys too & also feel BMDK Mendis(total no of wickets in current tournaments is exceptional) and Kaushal Silva top candidates for selection too. keep it up good work sanath Aiya

  • Dummy4 on February 13, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    I prefer Bhanuka over his school teammate Ramith. Yes Ramith has played some cameos here & there, but I don't think those are good enough to be called into a squad which is going to play a 3 day tour match. But I agree Bhanuka is not in the best of form, still he should be included over some of the names mentioned above. And this is a good lesson to Bhanuka as well. He should try be consistent if he wants wear national colours. And his club SSC also should be responsible for this, which is promoting players Lokuarachchi ahead of proper batsman like Bhanuka in first class matches.

  • Hijaz on February 13, 2013, 10:24 GMT

    Great to see Kasun Madushanka in the squad..all the best!!!

  • Dhanusha on February 13, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    hmm after reading all the comments made by the SL Fans.. I dont think SOHAN BORALESSA should be in this list at all.. i think he should be in the Sri Lankan Squad and should be playing for Sri Lanka by now.. Im sure Our Sana Boy will give the rightful place for SOHAN BORALESSA..

  • Dummy4 on February 13, 2013, 9:39 GMT

    @udendra- Are you serious mate? You really dont know why Ramith Rambukwella is in this squad and probably will stick around forever? Ever heard of one Keheliya Rambukwella? Yea. This is Sri Lanka.

  • gnanavelu on February 13, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    Interesting move.Lets see how this guy reacts

  • Dummy4 on February 13, 2013, 9:04 GMT

    @ Sujan M if age is a barrier he has performed in the last 03 years significantly..Still the selectors didn't give him a chance!!! Now you say he s 27... In this can i know how old was Rangana when he really started to cement his place in the national side??? I m sure 27 is not age to be called "Old" at any given circumstances ..Their many examples of players who have done fabulously when they were 30+... I hope you have played enough cricket to make such comments such as players age.. It s all about how mentally and physically fit you are and level of focus on the game..Have a great day..

  • Dummy4 on February 13, 2013, 8:38 GMT

    I totally agree with Nameez and Tharindu.. Sohan Boraleesa has been consistently performing in the last 03 domestic seasons.. I really don't why people are getting selected when there perform one or 2 matches.. Its about the consistency that matters in order to survive in the top level.. Players like Tharindu Kaushal (Who has done considerably well in the last 02 games) and Dulanjana Mendis who has just played couple of games in domestic cricket gets the node over Sohan. Andrew I really hope ur reading the papers and you have certain amount of influence on media in terms of commenting about players who are doing really well.. I hope you consider this gem other wise it will be a total waste if he doesn't get an opportunity.. Which will be really sad in terms of SL cricket. Cheers.

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