Bangladesh in Sri Lanka 2012-13

Mahela unlikely for Bangladesh series

Andrew Fidel Fernando

February 19, 2013

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Mahela Jayawardene speaks to the press, Colombo, October 6, 2012
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Mahela Jayawardene has been ruled out of the upcoming Test series against Bangladesh and is also likely to miss the rest of the tour after sustaining a fracture to the middle finger of his left hand. Thilan Samaraweera will replace Jayawardene in the Test squad.

Jayawardene will undergo surgery on Tuesday after he dislocated his finger while taking a catch in the slips during a first-class match for Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) on Sunday. While he couldn't avail medical attention immediately, scans later showed that a chip had come loose from the bone. He may be ruled out for four to six weeks.

"His scans have already been dispatched to Australia for further investigations, but experts have said that the forecast is not very good for the veteran batsman to play the Bangladesh series," Sri Lanka Cricket said.

Samaraweera had been dropped from the side after a poor tour of Australia, but has been among runs in the ongoing first-class tournament. He has made two hundreds and a fifty in five innings for SSC, and is the second-highest run scorer in the league so far.

Kumar Sangakkara is also fighting to recover in time for the first Test, and has begun light batting in the nets after fracturing his hand during the Boxing Day Test. He will begin more demanding practice sessions next week, but is likely to be playing through pain as he aims to be fit for the last round of first-class matches before the Bangladesh tour.

He had hoped to be fit and back in the game by mid-February, but it is still uncertain if he will play in the first Test in Galle.

Bangladesh arrive on February 28 for a tour which includes two Tests, three ODIs and two Twenty20s, in addition to a tour match. They play their last match in Sri Lanka on March 31.

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Posted by Energetic. on (February 22, 2013, 22:49 GMT)

When Bangladesh last played a test series against the Windies, it was their first test series after a gap of almost a year but still they didn't lose by an innings but they couldn't beat them because the wicket for both these test matches were so so flat which literally had nothing for bowlers for both teams and in the end West Indies won because of their extreme pace attack something Sri Lanka doesn't have and that's why Bangladesh will find your test team much much easier to bat against. They also posted their highest ever test score Bangladesh enough proof to show how flat the pitches were in those test matches. The more Cricket Bangladesh play the easier they will get into rhythm and that's why Bangladesh beat West Indies in an ODI series without some of their best players.

Posted by Quddus-Mamu on (February 22, 2013, 21:24 GMT)

I'm sure Bangladesh will do good in ODI series. But BD team really needs to work hard to win or draw the test matches.

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (February 22, 2013, 13:00 GMT)

Don't forget Sri Lanka fast bowling is much weaker than the West Indies so unless Nuwan swings the ball, our batsman I doubt will struggle against Sri Lanka pacers one bit. The key is how both teams play spin and Sri Lanka are obviously after India, the best team that plays spin well so it will be tough no doubt.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2013, 10:16 GMT)

No need to fight here guys -_-. We all know how strong the Srilankan team is and how well BD team is improving. Let's all forget the past and concentrate on the present. Even WI was the best team of the world but they are currently ranked above the minnows. My prediction for the test 1-0 ( 1 draw) or 2-0 win for Srilanka. For ODIs Bangladesh is my favourite and T20 has no favourites but as BD recently completed BPL. BD > SRI.

Posted by Htc-Android on (February 22, 2013, 6:42 GMT)

I have no issue with BD fans expecting their team to win matches. Every fan would expect their team to win matches regardless of their team is weak or strong. There is nothing wrong with that. but these BD fans are so overconfident here. They are already predicting test series win against us when they are even struggling to draw a test match at home. Just because we struggled in test recent times it doesnt mean we are going to lose against BD. BD bowling attack doesnt have the likes of anderson, swan, ajmal, steyn, morke here. Most of their bowlers average 50 with the ball( except shakib).

Posted by   on (February 22, 2013, 5:51 GMT)

lack of knowledge about the game clearly shown by some of the fans here.

yes it's true this is the first time that Bangladesh meeting SL after the retirement of Murali. But even in the past SL haven't have any issue of beating BD, it was like a piece of cake. even in those days there were no talented Bangladesh Batsmans and bowlers, as well as in today. Rangana Herath arguably one of the best in the business currently in world cricket who troubled the quality batsmans in Aus, Eng, SA, Pak, Ind.. so definitely it will be a piece of cake for Rangana to bundle out entire BD batting line up without any trouble. I'm pretty sure he's gonna have 10 for in both the tests

My question is as BD fans claiming they have talented bowlers and Batsmans in their rank, why wouldn't they able to even draw a single test which played in their own den against WI?

Posted by SyedAreYouDumb on (February 22, 2013, 0:53 GMT)

The difference between SL and Bangladesh in the past was: Muralitharen and to an extent Chaminda Vass and the past Bangladeshi batsmen. As Bangladesh have much more better batsman and SL have no Vass or Muralitharen this series will be close. Maybe a 1-1 series draw.

Posted by SyedAreYouDumb on (February 22, 2013, 0:37 GMT)

Herath factor will easily be dealt by the best Bangladesh test XI. They play left arm spinners EVERY game nearly. The domestic batsman are good against left arm spin and the national batsmen wont have a big problem against left arm spinners. Hope Enamul JR gets a chance but i doubt it unless Shakib cant play and if team management willing to play with 1 batsman short.

Posted by   on (February 21, 2013, 15:38 GMT)

SriLanka Gained Test Status in 1981 and first played a Test Match in 1982 vs England and recorded the first test win and series victory against India in 1985, that is just 3 years after a gaining test status. and within 14 years after gaining test status, they have won the 1996 WC. and became the world champions.

SL after 14 years World Champions, and Bangladesh after 13 years??????

Posted by Albert_cambell on (February 21, 2013, 14:11 GMT)

@gnanzcupid. Mate i dont know about SL record in the first 13 years. but BD has been a major disappointment in test cricket. in the past 13 years they have only defeated 2nd string WI and ZIm teams. Recently Zim made their test return after 7 years and they still managed to beat them. Which means they are not even capable of beating the current zim team. Because of BD consistent failures in test cricket ICC is holding back the test status of more deserving nations like ireland. Being an associate nation, ireland has already produced quality players like rankin,Morgan, dockrell, stirling( They must be good if Eng taking them), whereas in 13 years BD has only produced shakib. Even zim won 8 test matches in the 13 years ( including series win in pakistan). I am sure both zim and SL dint lose 65 out of 75 test matches in their first 13 years like BD did.

Posted by   on (February 21, 2013, 13:16 GMT)

Time to time new faces will rise. SL is in the transition period as well as the teams like Ind, Aus., SLC finally taking some great decissions for the sake of SL cricket. already we found great prospect like Chandi, Matthews, Kusal Janith, Thirimanne, Dimuth, Akila Dhananjaya, Thisara, tey already proved how talented they are by beating teams like SA, AUS, ENG in their own backyard.

Legends will newer play forever., replacements are coming to SL at the right time. Mathews and Chandi to lead SL, this is the new young SL team.

Posted by Kingzzzz on (February 21, 2013, 11:58 GMT)

Bangladesh has much better left arm spinners than Herath though I have to agree Herath is one of the best right now. Advise to Bangladesh left arm spinners is to watch how Herath bowls and gain some tips from it.

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (February 21, 2013, 10:55 GMT)

Bangladesh Test XI - Tamim, Marshall, Anamul, Shahriar, Shakib, Rahim, Nasir, Mahmudullah, Mashrafe, Gazi and Rubel. Back-ups Taskin, Shafiul, Naeem, Enamul and Shamsur.

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (February 21, 2013, 9:10 GMT)

Bangladesh is a good side. Keep it up! All the best... from a Sri Lankan... Our team is also good... That's it :)

Posted by fire_dragon on (February 21, 2013, 9:01 GMT)

@gnanzcupid thanks for your thoughtful comments. I am totally agree with you. And for herath I think he won't be good against BD as they are very good against spin .

Posted by Baseball-Sucks on (February 21, 2013, 7:59 GMT)

@Posted by Albert_cambell ; As the way SA are handling things, Its quite logical to think that SA can win a test series in SL. But you have to understand that SA's major strength is their bowling not batting. I thinks that SA bowling unit is not as effective in SL conditions as in SA, AUS, ENG. Last time SA got whitewashed in SL, 0:2 . Steyn took some wkts at that time but he was very expensive. That was the series where Mahela and Sanga set the world record partnership for any wkt. I know Murali factor is crucial. But Herath is handling things well specially in SL conditions. I really don't see SA winning a test series in SL as long as Mahela - Sanga duo play for SL. It is highly likely to be a draw

Posted by fire_dragon on (February 21, 2013, 7:40 GMT)

@Htc-Android I think we have said enough talking. And for your comments let's see who is overrated.

Posted by fire_dragon on (February 21, 2013, 7:37 GMT)

@Albert_cambell Hey why are you so jealous !!!!!?????? I know SA is a good team and after BD I like them most and I also try to watch all of their game . I don't think there is anything between SA and BD . This is between SL and BD .

Posted by Albert_cambell on (February 21, 2013, 6:53 GMT)

@gnanzcupid. Mate this would have been a perfect oppurtunity for us to win a test series in SL. Since they dont have the likes of murali and vaas anymore and we have a dominant test team. I think we will be playing them on the ODI series in this july. We will be looking forward to win the ODI series.

Posted by Albert_cambell on (February 21, 2013, 6:18 GMT)

I think SL will win the series comfortably. Everytime before the start of the series their fans claim that they have improved, but I see nothing on their performance. Over the past 12 years they have only improved in big talking. Even associate country like nepal woudnt have lost 65 out of 75 against top teams.

Posted by Htc-Android on (February 21, 2013, 6:07 GMT)

@fire_dragon. That overated dilshan is more than enough to handle ur overrated spin bowlers. Its quite amusing BD fans calling other players overrated when they have only produced below average cricketers( except shakib).

Posted by fire_dragon on (February 21, 2013, 5:35 GMT)

@Htc-Android we will see what your overrated Dilshan can do against BD. And what we are doing is making no sense. It doesn't matter what we say or not. What really matter how our player preform. So wish you best of luck for the series.

Posted by gnanzcupid on (February 21, 2013, 5:28 GMT)

Sa is the best test team right now. They have managed to win more overseas wins in the last two or three years than what lanka has managed overseas in their entire test cricketing history. So mr.luke cannon, obviously sa is the best test team on earth right now.@luke cannon must not be a proud lankan fan. I have noticed you many times supporting lanka blindly claiming that you are a non lankan. In my opinion,this is shameful mate.

Posted by zaeem007 on (February 21, 2013, 4:51 GMT)

It will be very tough for Bangladesh to beat Sri Lanka in test at their home ground. If Bangladesh can draw a test that is a big success. But Bangladesh is a very dangerous side in one day cricket. BD has already proved themselves in ODI format. It will be tough but I won't be very surprised if BD beat the mighty Lankans in ODI series.

Posted by Htc-Android on (February 21, 2013, 3:41 GMT)

@fire_dargon . i think u dint understand my comment.i mentioned 'We still have dilshan and samaraweera. They far better batsman than tamim and shakib. do you agree on that? chandimal has to be a good batsman, if he can score 50s in both innings in his debut against steyn and morkel. Mathews too averages 40 in test matches. That shows we have some good batsman.

Posted by SamSe on (February 21, 2013, 3:33 GMT)

Come on guys, calm down will you, everyone. Let the best team win. Trash talking your opponent is poor sportmanship. Cricket is a game where any team can beat anyone on the day. There's nothing certain. Please respect your opponent and let the best team win.

Posted by Htc-Android on (February 21, 2013, 3:30 GMT)

@Quddus-Mamu. I agree with u mate. we can never replace murali and vass. but we still have a decent spinner like herath who had an excellent 2012. so we are still stronger than ur team. I am just trying to explain some of these fans who already predicting a test series win against us. Bangladesh really need to work hard to even draw test match against us. but its not impossible. Bangladesh are capable of giving surprises. The main concern for bangladesh in this series will be their bowling and fielding. u cant win a test match if ur bowling is weak.

Posted by fire_dragon on (February 21, 2013, 2:15 GMT)

@Htc-Android I think you said your answerer . You said Tamim and Shakib are good and when we are talking about Anamul then you are saying about chandimal . So there is no good player in your current team as we have Shakib and Tamim .And for Nasir I think he is far more better than Shakib and Tamim. If you watched him playing then you saw that how much he enjoy his cricket. He came at under pressure and play tension free cricket.

Posted by Quddus-Mamu on (February 21, 2013, 1:43 GMT)

@Htc-Android, I understand team Sri Lanka is a stronger side. But if you look at the past record you will see, Muralitharan is the man who made the difference between two teams. Muralitharan took 89 test wickets against Bangladesh which is almost 50% of the total wickets taken by all Sri Lankan players. Guess what? No more Muralitharan this time.

Posted by   on (February 21, 2013, 1:28 GMT)

bangladesh might beat teams like WI or india but i don`t think SL is that bad

Posted by Htc-Android on (February 21, 2013, 1:22 GMT)

@fire_dargon. lol.... you guys have stronger batting line up than us? how? Only tamim and shakib are good. Rest are relatively new just like our youngsters. If you say you have nasir and anamul(who is yet to make his debut in test), then we also have chandimal and mathews with our team and some of our youngsters played well in overseas wickets against quality fast bowling. infact we still have experienced players like samaraweera and dilshan in our side to guide our youngsters. only thing worried about is nobody is there guide mathews with the captaincy. other than that everything is fine.

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (February 20, 2013, 23:00 GMT)

No disrespect my Sri Lankan friends but ever since the great Murali retired, Sri Lanka have suffered dearly and the only players that saved you are your core players Kumar, Mahela and Dilshan with well over a 1000 International games between them. But now Mahela and Kumar look unlikely to play, Bangladesh certainly have a chance now to snatch a draw at least. But the good thing is if you're a true Cricket fan that this series has become very interesting not just for us fans but in the cricketing world in general because like someone already said, it will tell us where both teams stand now. Predictions 1-0 to Sri Lanka in tests, 2-1 to Bangladesh and 50/50 in T20.

Posted by Energetic. on (February 20, 2013, 18:55 GMT)

I did a in-depth study regarding players, squads, replacements and that honestly Sri Lanka, New Zealand and Pakistan are the 3 teams that are slipping down as they cannot find players of De Silva, Saeed Anwar, Waqar, Cairns, Astle etc stature anymore. All 3 teams were bowled out for under 50 in the past year like 'minnows' just tells you something. If Bangladesh gives a strong showing against Sri Lanka soon i.e. draw test series and win ODI series then you can remove that minnow tag and put it on Sri Lanka.

Posted by Energetic. on (February 20, 2013, 18:49 GMT)

Realistically this test series will probably be a draw but that's unacceptable from Sri Lanka as Bangladesh are a minnow and have to thrash them by an innings and all ODI matches. If you somehow failed to do that then Bangladesh fans are right and we got new minnows coming up but the good thing is that this series is not only interesting but will give us a lot of answers where both teams are heading future wise.

Posted by Energetic. on (February 20, 2013, 18:42 GMT)

@Htc-Android - I don't think neither Bangladesh nor Sri Lanka have quality pacers. Also the test series against West Indies was so flat which had nothing for bowlers for both teams which is why Bangladesh also posted their highest test score against the West Indies. Also yes Bangladesh for once are now starting to produce pacers why don't you check what happened to Dilshan at the BPL final trying to defend but still got bowled. Even Dilshan got out by a golden duck trying to defend to a Bangladeshi spinner. Sri Lanka have to work really hard now that Mahela and maybe Sanga be unavailable.

Posted by fire_dragon on (February 20, 2013, 18:26 GMT)

@Janith Pasindu Nanayakkara Time will tell us. Dude just wait then we will see who get the shame .

Posted by fire_dragon on (February 20, 2013, 18:20 GMT)

@Htc-Android Please note that it's not us it's you who are overconfident . First we just said that it will be a good match. Then SL's fan stared to say that we have no chance . And we are not agree with that cause it's not true .I don't think your pace bowler going to do anything. And I also don't think your youngster are gonna dominate our spin attack . And the batting of our team is far more stronger than your new team . So best of luck.

Posted by priceless1 on (February 20, 2013, 18:12 GMT)

to me only chance for this SL Team to win the Test series by preparing seemer friendly pitches and hope Kula and some other seemer's will repeat what they did to the Aussies in the third ODI . giving spinner friendly pitches will be a big mistake because of two reasons 1.) BD players thrive on spinning tracks 2.) Without Sanga and Mahela this current SL batsmen's are the second worse team agents spin ( just behind WI )

Posted by Htc-Android on (February 20, 2013, 17:50 GMT)

my question to bangladeshi fans. Does your team have good pace attack to trouble the batsman. I agree you guys have some good spinners but our players play spin very well. Our pace attack is not that great. But kulasekera and Eranga are more than enough for your team. We all witnessed what kulasekera did in the Aus ODI series. He will be very dangerous when the ball starts to swing. Herath is one of the best test match spinners in the world at the current moment. We all saw powell and ramdin scoring hundreds against ur team. So i cant see why our youngsters do this against ur team. These youngsters did well against Aus. Its ok to expect ur team to win a match. but just dont be overconfidence. you guys should be more than happy if you can draw test match against us.....cricinfo publish.

Posted by priceless1 on (February 20, 2013, 17:44 GMT)

@Htc-Android , are they good against spin? are you sure about that ? only Sanga and Mahela knows how to handle the Spin bowlers other are as good as WI batsmen's .trust me if any of these BD spinners manage to " spin" the ball in SL pitchers this SL team will not score more than 150

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 17:27 GMT)

We miss our lion Sri Lanka Declining said by a fan of great Bangladesh Cricket team, who put up a so many cricket records, who won a world titles and who's having great test records. i can't stop my laughing... wow they have become world beaters by defeating WI (who ranked lower in ODI & tests)..

as i told earlier wake up time will come soon to you guys. hope to see you guys after the beginning of the tournament, hope you won't hide in shame....this is my challenge..

Posted by Htc-Android on (February 20, 2013, 17:03 GMT)

@Janith Pasindu Nanayakkara. These bangladeshi fans dint realise the fact that WI lost the series due to their weakness against spin bowling. This wont happen against SL. Bcoz our player are good players of spin. If somenone like ramdin can score a hundred against this bangladeshi team then i cant see why our youngsters cant do it against this team....cricinfo publish.

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 16:45 GMT)

Sri Lanka Declining said by a fan of great Bangladesh Cricket team, who put up a so many cricket records, who won a world titles and who's having great test records. i can't stop my laughing... wow they have become world beaters by defeating WI (who ranked lower in ODI & tests)..

as i told earlier wake up time will come soon to you guys. hope to see you guys after the beginning of the tournament, hope you won't hide in shame....this is my challenge..

Posted by Independencechoice1 on (February 20, 2013, 16:39 GMT)

Hope the SL youngsters will grab the opportunity with both hands and play well.Great positives from selection comitee first by selecting next gen players foreseeing what's on the cards in 1-2years.lnclusion of Thilan for Mahela is ok as we also need experience in the middle order with good form.Hope they will play either only one of Sanga or Thilan per a match. @AzAb12754 don't know about what continuance of decline you are talking about.There was nothing like that with SL with recent changes.Must be something with BD cricket,I suppose. Hope BD can put up a good fight. Afterall as a SL fan wish BD all the best with their current improvement and hope they can be a top team soon because that's good for cricket.

Posted by Stranger2050 on (February 20, 2013, 15:57 GMT)

I hope BD enrich beter performance then WI.........best of luck .......

Posted by fire_dragon on (February 20, 2013, 15:26 GMT)

I think the man who make difference in the Tests between BD and WI is Chanderpoul . If he wasn't in the test squad the result could be different . So watch out Srilanka you are playing without Mahela and probably also without Sangakara .

Posted by AzAb12754 on (February 20, 2013, 15:24 GMT)

@Janith: ICC Trophy is a dead and meaningless trophy just to make revenue. Initially if you look at the history of that tournament, it was meant and played by associates and sadly because of the success it has decided the be occupied by the top teams because of making big revenue. ICC Trophy and Womens WORLD cup have 8 teams so I don't understand who you or ICC are trying to kid, might as well call it as World Cup. Intelligent people like me and many others are aware of this but you guys are so brainwashed. Hopefully what we've been saying all along that Bangladesh are becoming a force in Cricket, the series coming up will put you straight to the bin so good luck!

Posted by Srini_Indian on (February 20, 2013, 15:20 GMT)

With the home track bully Jayawardene out, I really think Bangladesh embarrass SL in SL. Not that I like seeing Ban win, but humiliation of SL will be more fun.

Posted by klusenar2k13 on (February 20, 2013, 15:04 GMT)

I think tough test for Sri lanka this time. Because earlier players who played for Bangladesh didn't come through a system but most player who are in the team now are well trained that's the reason they was able to beat West Indies in recent ODI series. I think Bangladesh will give Sri lanka a very tough fight.

Posted by AzAb12754 on (February 20, 2013, 14:51 GMT)

Its only a matter of time Bangladesh surpasses teams like Sri Lanka and New Zealand. Hopefully this series coming up will give you and everyone a huge preview of what's coming from Bangladesh. Sri Lanka doesn't have Murali anymore and many more top old quality players will be gone soon the decline is continuing while our young team is growing and getting better.

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 14:48 GMT)

This is the second time Thilan was included in a test squad as a replacement. Firstly it was in last SA tour in which under strange circumstances he was included as a cover for Mahela who was apparently "injured". Then both the injured player and the back up ended up playing in all 3 tests! The back up Thilan came up with flying colors scoring two hundreds and topping batting averages while Mahela fared badly. Thilan gave a poor account of himself in Aus tour giving away his wicket on number of occasions so he deserves to be dropped. On the other hand with Mahela out and Sanga doubtful he is the ideal replacement as an experienced player. It is up to him to grab the opportunity and perform. As for Bangladesh after about 12 years in test cricket they have never really improved and their dismal test record is ample proof although in ODIs they have done well lately. SL will be favorites to win the series.

Posted by SL_Boy on (February 20, 2013, 13:24 GMT)

everyone talk about Angelo Perera, he is in Emerging team he must score 100, that's how Dilshan and Gurusinha got into the team, when you dont have a push from selectors. Looks like he is the best number 3 we have … but he did not do very well against SSC.

Posted by Energetic. on (February 20, 2013, 13:14 GMT)

@Prem2248 - Its talent mate not first class experience or whatever, Anamul is one of the most successful batsman at youth level and he made his debut against the West Indies and scored a 120 still as a teenager. Also a successful BPL campaign so against Sri Lanka bowling line-up, he will find it much much easier than the one he faced against the West Indies. You talk about that loss in the under-19 world last year but don't understand Bangladesh leads you 14-8 the future of Cricket. Don't forget the Bangladesh team between the years 00-06 were pathetic and the likes of Tamim, Shakib etc didn't even play for Bangladesh. This series will tell everyone were both teams are heading and whether Bangladesh recent good performances in the past year were all a big fluke or not get ready!!

Posted by zaeem007 on (February 20, 2013, 12:41 GMT)

Rangana Herath shouldn't be a problem for Bangladesh. Bangladeshi batsmans are experienced enough against left arm orthodox attack. Herath's quality may be better but not very much.

Posted by QingdaoXI on (February 20, 2013, 12:28 GMT)

Go Bangla go, I think bangla boys will create upset in test matches, this will be first time they will be more confident in tests vs Sri Lanka, as Sri lanka looks very weak on Paper and poor in field.

Posted by obaidulmasum on (February 20, 2013, 11:02 GMT)

Bangladeshi recent team is the strongest team in it's history. So please never take us lightly. You don't know what surprise you will get tomorrow from this team.

Posted by Baundele on (February 20, 2013, 9:31 GMT)

Thilan Samaraweera is an excellent test batsman. His inclusion to the squad replacing Mahela will not weaken the SL side. He should have been there even if Mahela were available. I do not see any reason of the fight about who will win. Sri Lanka is the stronger team and they have the home advantage. Bangladesh has produced some good players, who are as good as most of the Sri Lankan youngsters; but Bangladesh lacks in the experience. This was shown against West Indies, when BD lost the match from a comfortable position and after doing all the hard work. If this experience thing can be covered up, and Bangladeshi players can apply themselves, they can beat SL in tests.

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 9:04 GMT)

@Ariq Anam Khan ... Looks like you are the one who's throwing stones while staying in the house of Glass... Big LoL at you....

Haven't you watched cricket which SL involved for 3 or 4 years??????????????after Sanath, Vass, Murali retired??? again big LOL at you..

SL beat ENG in tests at home to draw the series, Beat Pakistan in tests , Draw the Test series against NZ, and won a Test match against SA in SA, these are the some games SL won after retirement of players you mentioned so again big LOL at you...

and looks like you even didn't watch any ODI SL involved after retirement of the players for over 3 years LOL, have you watched ODI series SL played recently against AUS in AUS... sorry mate again big LOL at you...

and dreaming is ok, but sad to see it will be until 8th of march...

Posted by sumit176 on (February 20, 2013, 8:55 GMT)

bangladesh should concentrate only on bpl....

Posted by Lord.emsworth on (February 20, 2013, 8:38 GMT)

ARad - Its not musical chairs nor are their birthrights involved. Any team has seniors, but seniors staying too long and blocking the way of equally talented players is not right. Tendulkar, even SL's own Sanath Jayasuriya and a few others have done this and have got a lot of stick for it. Agree about Samaraweera being in and out of the team: It just goes to further prove my point that MJ & KS hogged, and nobody dared displace them. They had their dips in batting too as did poor Samarawera.

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 8:23 GMT)

Obviously the Sri Lankans have not been watching cricket for a long time. We beat the West Indies a few months back to prove that beating SL in the Asia Cup was not a fluke. We will beat you again and again. And inshallah, we will win the ODI series. The test might be draw, or we can beat you in test as well. There is no Murali, Vaas, Jayasuriya, or even Jayawardena. Your only 2 batsman are Sangakkara and Dilshan. No problem! You are no longer the powerhouse in Asia.

Posted by lukecannon on (February 20, 2013, 7:33 GMT)

@gnanzcupid - You mean the same team who last test loss came against Sri Lanka in Durban? You know you sound extremely tough for a guy who lost 8-0 and ended up 2-1 in the losing side AT HOME against ENG after having promised a revenge best served on a dish. As i recall your team couldn't make it to the semis in the T20 WC last year. You bearly achieved anything after 2011. SO your comments aren't considered as much. SO why dont you wait untill your side loses 4-0 against AUS too and make some more ignorant comments? yea?

Posted by caromball on (February 20, 2013, 7:14 GMT)

I don't understand the selection of Samaraweera as a batsman after droping him from the original squad.He was out of form at the moment.Why do not they give the opportunity to highly talented inform batsman Angelo Perera to perform at the big stage.Bangladesh will be a ideal side for Angelo Perera to take an initiative.Selectors must be more sensible than this and must stuck to their belief.

Posted by fire_dragon on (February 20, 2013, 7:11 GMT)

@Janith Pasindu Nanayakkara that is the thing I also want to tell you .Stop this . And say when the thing really happen.

Posted by gnanzcupid on (February 20, 2013, 7:03 GMT)

@ Albert_cambell Logically speaking the Lankan board is very money minded and the players are afraid that they will drop down in ranking if they play with you.So they dropped tests against you.SA is the best test team in world cricket right now.None one can deny it.

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 6:44 GMT)

@fire_dargon ... Simple fact, stop "If, will be, can be, could have, would have,would be, could Be's . first prove something, then let's talk.., and don't try to teach us first class cricket and things, it is you who learned about the system from us.

nothing personal with BD cricket team or anyone, it's just for some of these hilarious BD fans

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 6:39 GMT)

It is much better that senior and experience batsman Thilan Samaraweera (who has a very good batting average than Angeloa Mathews) in the Test match squad. Why do not Sri Lankan selectors have a rotation policy like Australia for the senior players Mahela,Sanga, Dilshan, Thilan, and Prassana Jayawardena in the Test matches against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe in this year?

Posted by fire_dragon on (February 20, 2013, 6:23 GMT)

@Janith Pasindu Nanayakkara Yeah I know you have to look at champion trophy if you are defeated by BD . Then champion trophy will be your only hope.

Posted by fire_dragon on (February 20, 2013, 6:20 GMT)

@Prem2248 What are you trying to say !!!??? Player have to play International cricket without any first class experience???? Is it even possible . May be in your country but not in BD.

Posted by SL_rockz on (February 20, 2013, 5:21 GMT)

No matter how improve BD over the years or so They will lose whole the series without a doubt .NOt sure !! Watch out then :) .SL will white wash BD . BD is saying this improved nonsense every time before they play a major test playing nation :P But they are just remain in books :P never delivers in field :P

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 5:02 GMT)

Amazing isn't it when a one team's fans who does not achieved any thing in world cricket doing big talks :D :D.. it just so funny. even some are trying to compare team like BD with a top team like SL.., hilarious.

Some are even talking about the last Asia Cup match still, they accidentally won it and doing big talks.. actually not wondering it at all, they win a game or two against top teams so rarely so no surprise at all...so sad for them

well they can keep dreaming till 8th march, afterwards they will come back to the position where they really belong. so SL fans no need to take anger with them, after all I'm not interested in this series at all, as SL involving in low profile series, and really looking forward to Champions Trophy, where real top teams playing

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 3:54 GMT)

Guess his Injury will "go away" when IPL starts...speaks volume about loyalty for you country for this flat track over rated batsman

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 3:28 GMT)

I have tremendous respect for Srilankan sportsmanship(players and the fans alike). As a team Bd has been showing serious improvements in the recent past. I just hope we will have a great competitive series and good cricket. Yes I want BD to will all the series' but above all i want good cricket. Good luck all, looking forward to it.

Posted by Prem2248 on (February 20, 2013, 2:30 GMT)

Gayan Maneshan aged 21 with a 1st Class Ave 48 after 26 1st Cla Inns and Ashen Silva aged 22 with 1st Class Ave 52 after 38 1st Cla Inns, whom that B'desh Team meets in its practice match have never been included in any youth Yth WC teams.By the way so far you have played 75 Tests but won only 3, the proportion is 25:1 it is very bad compared to all other Test playing Countries. However you can't lose all the time you may win here and there but maintaining some form consistency is very much important for all the teams particularly the Asian Countries. (Stats courtesy of Cricinfo )

Posted by Prem2248 on (February 20, 2013, 2:30 GMT)

he was a member of the previous Yth WC 2010, as well and almost every B'deshi team members were with ample 1st Class experience. For information of B'deshi fans: when Chandimal age 23, Angelo Perera 23 & Roshen Silva 24 were 1st played in Yth's WC in 2007, they didn't have any form 1st Cla experience but they at present have maintained 1st Class Aves of 56+, 48+ & 48+ after 68, 55 & 75 1st Cla Ins respectively; whereas your Anamul Haque just 20 has played 50 1st Cla Ins with a 1st Cla Ave of 43. Please note that SLan Cricket is at a very poor financial position at the moment as a result the promising youth are neglected for example the boys who did well in the 2010 Yth WC (Semi-finalists) Bhanuka a highest run getter, Charith Jayampathi & Chathura Peiris the highest wkt takers have been completely ignored by the people responsible even the extremely talented Sachithra Senanayake, Malinda Pushpakumara, Umesh Karunarathna are getting the same treatment. (2 B CNTD)

Posted by Prem2248 on (February 20, 2013, 2:30 GMT)

This for B'deshi fans, just because you did little better than SL in the last Youth WC (SL placed 9th, B'desh 7th); don't think you are the best in the W. Your Yths are sent to these kinds of tournaments with ample training given under foreign coaches and after given enough match practices after taking part in several youth tournaments, in contrast SLan Yth teams sent are comprised of raw schoolboys without any first class experience. They don't even send the best team available; one may find 3-4 henchmen in these sides. They are even sent there just before the main tournament started, so they hardly get any warm up matches. It is not so with other big Cricket Administrations. e.g. Ind, Aus, Eng &NZ Yths team were involved in a Quadrangular Tournament in Aus in Apr 2012, 4 months prior to the main tournament. Coming back to much talk about Anamul Haque, he was a player with 1st Class experience around 40 Ings just before the Yth Tmnt started,(2 B CNTD)

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (February 20, 2013, 2:18 GMT)

lol Sri Lanka fans saying Herath is the best left arm spinner in the world and will tear our batting apart. His recent test performances have no doubt been fantastic but he is definitely not better than our left arm spinners especially Shakib. Bangladesh play left arm spin everytime since they produce a cluster of them. Herath left arm spin at test is impressive but ODIs and T20s is pathetic while our left arm spinners Shakib has impressive bowling figures across ALL the formats making him better than Herath sorry but that's the truth Test Herath average 29 Shakib 32, ODI Herath 43, Shakib 28 do the maths :)

Posted by fire_dragon on (February 20, 2013, 2:16 GMT)

@Prabhash1985 Thanks for your comments. Your right BD cricket is improving so the supporter of BD can hope for the best .Nothing is wrong with that. But what will happen we can't tell until 8th March .

Posted by ARad on (February 20, 2013, 0:40 GMT)

@Lord.emsworth, if youngsters are better, they will force their way by grasping the opportunities. After all, SL has had a problem finding openers for more than 5 years. (Dilshan is only a make-shift opener). Selectors also have been happy to leave out Thilan at the drop of a hat and Mathews' has been injured often so the opportunities have been there but the youngsters haven't grabbed them. Chandimal has a FC average >50 but others appear to linger in the 40s or even 30s. When seniors (with proven class!) consistently fail, I understand the need for taking a chance but seniors quitting for the sake of youngsters as if the youngsters had a birthright to play makes no sense. Further, expelling proven players for temporary drop in form can lead to musical chairs and the resulting team will be without foundation, unity or a sense of self belief. Is that good? If getting to the top level isn't too easy, it can only increase the hunger of the youngsters to get there and stay.

Posted by wiseshah on (February 20, 2013, 0:30 GMT)

if you take out mahela, dilshan and sanga--srilanka is not much superior than bangladesh, but even with those 3 bangladesh beat them in their last meeting and previous meetings too.

Posted by Albert_cambell on (February 20, 2013, 0:27 GMT)

We are supposed to tour Sri lanka this july. But its such shame their cricket board psotponed it. Our team doesnt have great record in SL despite of us being No.1 team in test cricket. We really want to improve that record. I think we will be playing the ODI series this july. I think SL will us a tough time in the ODI series in those turning wickets.

Posted by TheRisingTeam on (February 19, 2013, 23:49 GMT)

@Ruchiralk:- Worried about Herath? maybe you are right considering his amazing success but just like to remind you Bangladesh is known for its left arm spinners produce so many of them and play them all the time so I don't think Herath will be successful this time around. If Bangladesh can handle Ajmal and Narine then Herath will be much easier but even if he does bundle us out, we have our left arm spinners like Shakib and Enamul to bundle your boys out.

Posted by DwightR on (February 19, 2013, 23:47 GMT)

regardless of the youth movement..if Mahela, Sanga or both are not available Samarawerra is a must in the line-up for his veteran presence and leadership especially playing in SL. His inclusion with mahela/sanga injured should not be questioned

Posted by Ibra95 on (February 19, 2013, 21:35 GMT)

mhm...I think SL will win the test matches & the t20 but the ODI's...mayb BD wins...who knows? They beat WI 3-2 so... ;)

Posted by wiseshah on (February 19, 2013, 21:33 GMT)

mahela is out of form for a while, i dont think it will make much difference.till SL is strong, sanga, matthews,, chandimal,dilshan, kulasekara, malinga, herath, akila, jeevan medis all are there. so SL shouldnt complain

Posted by Ms.Cricket on (February 19, 2013, 21:08 GMT)

Well Mahela will be disappointed, another chance to bully weak attacks on home pitches and boost his average is gone!

Posted by SyedAreYouDumb on (February 19, 2013, 21:00 GMT)

I dont see anymore records v Bangladesh now :) . SL always in the past dominated Bangladesh in tests but that was when Murali, vaas, jayasuria were there. Now Sangakarra (if his injury goes away) and Jayawardene wont be there.

Posted by Lord.emsworth on (February 19, 2013, 19:47 GMT)

Regarding hogging the spots … Playing on and on knowing that there are talented, even better, youngsters waiting in the wings is kind of selfish. New players can steady an innings in a crisis too; one can never find out unless one selects them to play! Every international team has to have an injection of new players to succeed the old guard. There may be a success gap; new players may fail - but eventually a team would re-build and re-build correctly. Selectors choose the team - true! But the old guard can decline. If talented younger players don't get a slot there WILL be a lost generation of cricketers doing something else other than playing cricket.

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (February 19, 2013, 18:29 GMT)

Do not forget that our country, Sri Lanka, was similar to Bangladesh just before 1996. Many speak as if there is nothing to watch, and we have already won. What really lacks in Bangladesh is a NATURAL LEADER like Arjuna. They have the talent. Just don't say nasty things at other countries for the sake of our country.

Posted by ARad on (February 19, 2013, 18:10 GMT)

SL has always had attacking players even in the 80s but what they have lacked are players with temperament to play long innings on a consistent basis with few obvious exceptions. In the current team, Dilshan is a good example of the 'flashy hitter with few big innings' syndrome. This is suitable for shorter forms and thus it is not surprising that SL is #1 in T20 (and have been the most consistent team in recent ODI WCs.) Those who get excited about youngsters should note that Mahela and Kumar are hardly hogging the spot in any form of the game. (When the going gets tough, whom would you like to be at the crease to steady an innings regardless of the format, Tharanga or Sanga?) Without them, SL would be closer to Bangladesh. Tamim Iqbal is a bit like Dilshan. Does SL want 5 Tamims or 5 Sangas or Mahelas to fill the top 5 slots? That said, I like the looks of Chandimal and Thirimanne and good luck to them.

Posted by Lord.emsworth on (February 19, 2013, 16:24 GMT)

This is Kismet, Karma, the hand of fate - or whatever one wishes to call it. Sangakarra was injured in Australia paving the way for a crop of talented newcomers to shine and now Mahela has met the same fate. There is a well known phrase 'You can't keep a good man down' (In this case the new players)I do respect KS & Mahela for all their superb efforts the past decade and more, but they hogged on to their places for far too long.

Posted by   on (February 19, 2013, 16:08 GMT)

I m not looking forward to this series. Its only BD. I think selectors should rest Mahela and Dilshan for this tour because their services will be more required in the champions trophy. Noneed of Sangakkara as well. He's been dragging SL to the ground. He should have never played Limited overs cricket.i have more respect for Tharanga as a limited overs batsman.

Posted by   on (February 19, 2013, 15:32 GMT)

good opportunity for youngsters !

Posted by fire_dragon on (February 19, 2013, 15:00 GMT)

@Janith Pasindu Nanayakkara I think talented young player show their talent in U'19 then International level. And I am not talking about club cricket. What you are saying that your player has experience in playing other countries. I am also agree but talent and experience is different thing . Your young player is under 25 but BD's young player is under 21 .I think they will prove themselves very much when they are at or around 25 .

Posted by   on (February 19, 2013, 14:25 GMT)

@fire Dragan.... Lol, this is not about performing in U19 level or club level in SA or in AUS, this is about playing real international cricket in those conditions. SL youngsters are exceptional in SA, ENG, AUS... players like, Chandi, matthews, Tissara Perera, Kusal Perera, Thirimanne, Dimuth Karunarathne already proved it in AUS, Eng & SA..all of them are under 25..this is the bright future for SL....

When one goes there are always dozens more to replace SL talent

Posted by fire_dragon on (February 19, 2013, 14:16 GMT)

@suve But BD's young player have prove their talent against Srilanka if they want to do well.

Posted by fire_dragon on (February 19, 2013, 14:12 GMT)

@suve Now it's more like it .You are saying that BD's player didn't perform outside BD especially youngster . Anamul was BD's U'19 captain at the time of playing U'19 world cup and the was the highest run scorer in that tournament. As much I know it was held on Australia .Nasir played in ZIM against SA in T20 and also Test , ODI and T20I against ZIM. And for Musfiq I don't think he need to prove himself. Only Shohag have to prove himself outside BD.

Posted by TheRisingTeam on (February 19, 2013, 14:06 GMT)

@suve:- Experience wise Sri Lanka youngsters are ahead of Bangladesh when playing in different conditions but its not that Bangladesh cannot play in these conditions, its their lack of playing in these conditions. Tamim scored back to back 100s in England so there are others who can play in seaming conditions.

Posted by Htc-Android on (February 19, 2013, 13:44 GMT)

Good decision by the selectors. It will be chance for thilan to announce his retirement at home. I hope thilan gets some good scores. Only thing i am worried about mahela is he will be very useful on the field helping mathews with the captaincy. I hope sanga recovers soon. Otherwise we have noone to guide him.

Posted by TheRisingTeam on (February 19, 2013, 13:42 GMT)

Sri Lanka are still favourites because they have very quality players like Dilshan, Matthews, Herath, Nuwan etc but Sri Lanka fans are getting way too carried away because this is not the team that has Murali, Vass, De Silva etc anymore. Its a fact that Sri Lanka are declining and will be nothing once the experience talented trio leave the game. Bangladesh can now own your under-19 team the future of Cricket so good luck!! different eras comes and goes :)

Posted by suve on (February 19, 2013, 13:39 GMT)

@fire_dargon: You're right, it's not wise to comment who wins before a match especially vs an improved Bangladesh team. But those players you've mentioned with the exception of Shakib, can they perform outside Bangladesh though? Correct me if im wrong and I don't mean to disrespect, have any of them players played against any top teams outside the subcontinent (Except Shakib). The players I've mentioned have excelled in countries like SA, Aus and England. The pitches at Pallekele, Hambantota and PSS are going to very helpful to the seamers and will be very different to the pitches the Bangladeshi boys have played in. That was the reason why I said SL youngsters are way ahead of the Bangladeshi youngsters.

Posted by SL_Boy on (February 19, 2013, 13:28 GMT)

Excellent come back, he was out of form ... he never talks always his bat does it ... he is a great match winner for SL, I start to like selectors too. ( out of form keep them out ... get the form back ... get in)

Posted by KingRawana on (February 19, 2013, 13:18 GMT)

Time has come see the new faces sympathy and imotions has to go away, K perera and the karunatilake are good addons for the teams No1 and 2 spots, suits for all three formats of the game.

Posted by   on (February 19, 2013, 12:46 GMT)

It is much better to give a place in the Test team for a senior player like Thilan Samaraweera who has very good batting average (very much better than Angelow Mathews).Why do not Sri Lankan selectors have a rotation policy like Australia for the senior players like Mahela,Sanga,Dilshan,Thilan and Prasanna Jayawardena for the Test matches against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe this year.

Posted by fire_dragon on (February 19, 2013, 11:52 GMT)

@suve You are talking about Srilankan talent . Don't forget BD's talent .I think BD's youngster are more talented than SL's. We also got Nasir , Anamul , Shohag , Shakib (though he is 26) , Musfiq .So now you are not ahead of BD . I think it's not wise to comment who is gonna win before the match start .

Posted by canisiusspc on (February 19, 2013, 11:43 GMT)

i think good replace is Angelo Perera

Posted by ajithabey on (February 19, 2013, 11:41 GMT)

costly for SL if mahela and kumar do not play.However,it is also provides an opportunity for the others to prove their worth in all formats of the game and give mahela and kumar a well earned rest.

Posted by matchfixerpkn on (February 19, 2013, 11:13 GMT)

mahela jayvardane is one of over rated srilnakan cricketer like other.. his record angianst avarage little good bowlning below par..in recent series in australia his score was like5,5,6,7,5etc

Posted by suve on (February 19, 2013, 11:12 GMT)

@ Bangladeshi Friends: As a Sri lankan fan, I think Bangladesh has been given too many chances since they started international cricket in 2000. Since 2000 they have played 75 Test matches and only won 3 Test matches (that too vs Zim&WI). The amount of losses they've had will only be denting their confidence. They need to first find batsmen who are reliable and who perform consistently to win matches. With or without Sri lanka's top 3, SL are very likley to win both the Test and ODI series. I think Herath is likley to cause most the damage, like he did vs good Pakistani batsmen last year. Sri lanka are producing some good talented players like Mathews, Karunaratne, K Perera, Chandimal, Thirimanne, T Perera and Dananjaya. They should how good they are in Australia and should do well at home.

Posted by lukecannon on (February 19, 2013, 11:10 GMT)

I don't honestly think that this is gonna affect SL as much as Sanga's return to Limited Overs Cricket. For God's sake Sanath keep sangakkara away from SL's limited overs squad. We have plenty of youngsters who can do much better than him. I still think SL will win comfortably. BD may have some up and coming spinners but Herath is beyond BD. I m expecting a 10 for for Herath in Galle. Best of luck Sri Lanka.

Posted by FaysalKabir on (February 19, 2013, 11:05 GMT)

Guys - I think both sets of fans are getting carried away. Besides Bangladesh I like SL most among other cricketing nations as they always behave with dignity and respect on and off the field. Some of my fellow countrymen are disrespecting SL by making unreasonable jibes and some of our SL friends are doing the same by belittling BD. Please lets not become nasty to each other like the other asian countries do. Lets cheer the cricketers and good cricket on the field and may the best team win on the day.

Posted by matchfixerpkn on (February 19, 2013, 11:02 GMT)

srilanka stillnot won single test in australia and india soil..considering that bangadesh record is very impressive... then also ..bangladehs shoiuld not take easy on srilankan.bcso one should respect opposition team..

Posted by Ruchiralk on (February 19, 2013, 10:57 GMT)

@Rafelgibt: Mate, I love the way Bangladeshi's play cricket but Im tired of how people talk about that 1 match in the Asia cup. Sri lanka and India played a CB series just before that Asia cup, As I remeber Sri lanka played like 15 ODI's in the space of about 1 and half month. Then had to come back to Bangladesh in the same week to play the Asia cup. The Sri lankan team in ODI's is very strong as you've seen from the Aus series last month. In that ODI series Sangakkara did not play and Mahela hardly performed, It was players like Mathews, K Perera, T Perera, Thirimanne and Kulasekara who drawed a ODI series vs a strong Aussie team who beat WI 5-0 recently. And for the Test matches, it is not Sanga or Mahela bangladesh should worry about, they should worry about Herath.

Posted by Baseball-Sucks on (February 19, 2013, 10:50 GMT)

Its so funny that BD fans are so angry that we don't concern about Mahela's absence. Well, I couldn't care less about it (of course I wish Mahela a speedy recovery )when we play against teams like BD. If we were about to play SA,ENG or AUS with out Mahela I'd be devastated. But not in this case. I'm telling this coz we have players like Dilshan, Dimuthu Karunaratne, Dinesh Chandimal, Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Samaraweera for batting department. They are more than capable of crushing BD AGAIN. And I can't wait to see how Kushal Perera unleashes his devastating onslaught against BD bowlers in ODI's. Its gonna be so much funnnn.. :)

Posted by Perera32 on (February 19, 2013, 10:46 GMT)

Does anyone remember what Samaraweera's response was for when the selectors were thinking about dropping him for the SA tests last year??. He got two 100's vs South Africa in SA. I reckon Samaraweera will come back hard this test series because it will probably be his last one. With or without SL's top 3 (Dili, Sanga and Mahela), It will be very difficult for Bangladesh to beat Sri lanka because it is Herath who will do most the damage. The test at the PSS will be difficult for the Bangladeshis because the ball is likley to swing in the first 2 days and no team has beaten SL at Galle for a very long time too.

Posted by sawifan on (February 19, 2013, 10:32 GMT)

This really is a vital series for BAN to show that they are on the improve in Test cricket. While their performances against the WIND were both encouraging and admirable at times, in the end they let themselves down at crucial moments, especially on the final day of the 1st test. With Mahela now missing from this side, BAN must really apply themselves at the crease to apply pressure on the young batting line-up of SRL. A drawn series here would be a win for BAN (test) cricket, and I believe that it is a very real possibility. I won't go as far to say they can win the series, but anything less than a drawn series here will continue to have the BAN detractors coming in in droves. Good luck to both teams, but i'd truly love to see a BAN victory. it'd be great for Test cricket.

Posted by Harshu88 on (February 19, 2013, 10:26 GMT)

Bangladesh will beat sl comfortably . .

Posted by   on (February 19, 2013, 10:15 GMT)

samaraweera was heading to play county crickt so let him play county y to miss that oppertunity coz its bd we need to give chance to youngsters ... get angelo perera in!!!!1 or jeevan mendis

Posted by Baundele on (February 19, 2013, 10:14 GMT)

It is a loss for Bangladesh. We want to win against the full strength Sri Lankan side. Do not tell me that Sanga is also still unavailable.

Posted by Rafelgibt on (February 19, 2013, 9:42 GMT)

Its amazing that few SL fans are saying that without Sanga and Mahela it would be a blessings for SL against Bangladesh....Hahahaha......Are you serious about playing against BAN without those 2 legends???Then all the best for your DEFEAT....Just forgot the last ASIA CUP incidents???No problem we are going to give you the answer with Bat and Bowl on your own soil.....Till then Take care......

Posted by CricketPissek on (February 19, 2013, 9:39 GMT)

I don't think BD deserves the disrespect for us SL fans to say "play the youngsters, it's only BD". However, I do believe we SHOULD play the youngsters because of the horrendous way the SLC has scheduled the 2013 Test calendar! We hardly have any tests this year, and none against a top 8 team til November! So, by next year, guys like Chandimal will still be sitting on something like 10 tests! Of cos he's Vice Captain now, so will play, but if he wasn't, imagine the waste of talent?

Posted by fire_dragon on (February 19, 2013, 9:23 GMT)

So some SL fan are trying to say that their youngsters are enough for BD. Come on let them play. Then it will be proved if BD team is weak or not . After beating BD then say those kind of thing. And I don't think that it will happen.

Posted by MelbourneMiracle on (February 19, 2013, 9:03 GMT)

Thilan will have a good time against the mediocre BD bowling attack. However what is the policy of the selectors here? They dropped Thilan coz his recent international performances was poor. Scoring a hundred or two against BD on the home soil will not be a selective factor to consider him for the future test tours. Why the selectors are going into a shell when it comes to picking up Angelo Perera as a replacement? What if Angelo scores a ton against BD in the tour match and proves his worth? How can we move forward like this? 1st they gave Chandimal the T20 captaincy when he doesn't deserve to be in the T20 team atleast. Secondly they didn't pick Thisara as an all-rounder when he fully deserves another go in the test field. Now they've recalled Thilan who was not even in the initial squad to replace Mahela. Is the experience of Dilshan, Sanga, Mathews, Herath, Kulasekera, Welagedara, Ajantha not enough to protect a game against BD? Are the selectors reading these comments?

Posted by RyjuDilna on (February 19, 2013, 8:35 GMT)

wishing him a speedy recovery , and iam not impressed with Samaraweera's replacement for Mayya, yes he is good batsman in SL condition but has failed out side subcontinent , so its high time to look for a youngster

Posted by Third_Gear on (February 19, 2013, 8:16 GMT)

rumyfala@ well my friend the selectors do not want to get another lesson like Asia Cup. Dont forget how BD came on their opponents in that tournament. SL selectors knows well the current BD is powerfull enough to defeat srilanka in any format of cricket.

Posted by Baseball-Sucks on (February 19, 2013, 8:05 GMT)

I feel bad for Mahela as he was probably licking his lips to add another double hundred or two to his records. :) But I wouldn't worry about our batting strength at all. After all we're playing against BD :))) I think that Samaraweera has learnt the lesson by now. First , He was dropped due to his utterly poor performances back in OZ. Now He's given a second chance. He is so desperate now to secure his place among the playing XI that I can already see a double hundred in front his name on the scorecard. :) But I would have loved to see Angelo Perera as the replacement of Mahela. Well, Its just only me, I guess...

Posted by mahafuz1983 on (February 19, 2013, 7:58 GMT)

As a BD fan, sad to hear that coz not only he is one of my favourite but also the BD bowlers would have gained lot of experience bowling against a great....having said that Srilanka will still give BD a run for their money on their soil....i hope sanga and dil, and malinga plays in the limited overs......I would rather see BD getting a beating to a full strength SL team rather than BD doing well against a understrength SL team.....we have a huge ZIM tour after this so we need a good workout

Posted by warneneverchuck on (February 19, 2013, 7:57 GMT)

Mahela is not playing bcoz he want to be 100% fit for IPL which is of more importance than this series

Posted by   on (February 19, 2013, 7:52 GMT)

Sectors dropped Thilan to give a chance to youngster and they do not want to keep such a senior cricketer in the bench without giving matches...Further they wanted to paly 3 big players (mahela,Sanga,Dilshan) to balance the side with youth and experience...The only player who can match up with Mahela as a batsman is Thilan.So it is very much jstifiable to call back him..Weldone Selection commitee..You made the correct desision...

Posted by anver777 on (February 19, 2013, 7:47 GMT)

Thilan is a good replacement for Mahela........ & with Sanga is not sure, his inclusion is a wise move for this inexperienced test squad & its better than introducing a newcomer for tests !!!!

Posted by Dambulla on (February 19, 2013, 7:43 GMT)

Replacement of Thilan is a better choice as Sanga's has not fully recovered from his hand injury. However, if Thilan fail to fulfil selection committee trust, this may be his last test appearance. On other hand Bangladesh test team performances are inconsistent and their bowling attacked not very strong like Aus/Pak. That means new look younger SL test team has good chance to maintain their recent Australia performances and stable their positions in test team in longer format.

Posted by warneneverchuck on (February 19, 2013, 7:34 GMT)

Two similar kind of minnows r playing so it will be a good contest

Posted by rumyfala on (February 19, 2013, 7:29 GMT)

This is the problem with the SL cricket. The selectors had alredy formed the squad for test. if one is injured you need to give a chance to another player in the squad. what is the point in selecting a player whom they di not want in the first place. form in the local tournament is not a good reason. If the selectors caannot give a chance to a youngster to prove himself playing with a team like BD ,well somethng is terribly wrong here. probably someone is screwing with the selectors heads why they dropped samaraweera, i guess ?

Posted by gnanzcupid on (February 19, 2013, 7:29 GMT)

I think Thilan is a good pick though. He is in form too. Why had he not been selected before? Funny selectors.

Posted by gnanzcupid on (February 19, 2013, 7:24 GMT)

This should weaken the lankan team to a great extent though some fanatics lankan fans will not accept this. With angelo taking over,mahela's inputs on the field will be missed. But the Lankan fans should not use this as an excuse if they lose a match against bangla. Can the lankan fans assure the world that they wont use this as an excuse if the lankans lose?

Posted by King_Ravanaa on (February 19, 2013, 7:06 GMT)

well i like if Sanga also rested.. this series is not much importance to SL but we can use this series as a practice session for SL talented youngstres, and see how our youngsters gonna play., with or without seniors SL is still gonna win the whole series without any trouble

Posted by   on (February 19, 2013, 7:03 GMT)

as a BD fan i would have dearly loved to see MAHELA playing as he is one of my all time favourites... but ALAS !

Posted by satishchandar on (February 19, 2013, 7:02 GMT)

It is actually a blessing in disguise which will provide the opportunity to the youngsters in the team. On a ideal note, i would have preferred either Mahela or Sanga to take rest for the series . Isn't it a selfish decision for the senior pro's to play the games against smaller teams at this point of their career? For ODIs, they got guys with enough experience to tackle Bangladesh.

Posted by gnanzcupid on (February 19, 2013, 6:02 GMT)

If mahela is out,lankans will be toyed and have the worst of times on home soil. I don see much difference in the batting line up,but slight advantage bd. Bd bowling is slightly weak considering herath factor and may be kula in the opposite ranks.

Posted by   on (February 19, 2013, 6:01 GMT)

so sad..mahela loss a chance to make doyble hundred on a road wicket against medicore bowlers;)

Posted by tendulkarisGOOD on (February 19, 2013, 5:56 GMT)

Sad! Mahela is n't going to play! Atleast Sanga should recover from injury and play! otherwise series will lack star cast!

Posted by denwarlo70 on (February 19, 2013, 5:53 GMT)

Ideal opportunity for the youngsters to show what they've got. Here's prayers a speedy recovery for the two SL greats or the old brigade MJ and KS. A proud Sri Lankan

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