England in Sri Lanka 2012 March 14, 2012

Selectors opt for youth for England warm-up games


Test wicket-keeper Prasanna Jayawardene and middle-order batsman Thilina Kandamby will lead their respective sides in each of the two warm-up games against England ahead of the first Test against Sri Lanka that starts on March 26 in Galle.

Jayawardene, who is expected to keep wickets in the two Tests against England, is being given a game against international opposition after recovering from a hernia surgery sustained during the Test series against Pakistan last October. Jayawardene has been playing for his club Bloomfield in the ongoing domestic first-class season and has scored 412 runs at an average 45.77 with a century and two fifties. He will lead the Sri Lanka Board XI in the first three-day game starting at the R Premadasa Stadium on Thursday.

Kandamby, whose last appearance for his country was against England in a T20 international at Bristol last June, will captain the Sri Lanka Cricket Development XI in the second warm-up match starting at the SSC grounds on March 20.

Both teams comprise a crop of young and talented players whom the national selectors have identified for the future. They have also retained some players who have been in and out of the the national squads. "We want to give as much exposure to the youngsters who hardly get to play much international matches," chairman of selectors Ashantha de Mel said. Playing against a strong England side will give them that kind of exposure which they lack.

"The standard of our domestic cricket gives limited opportunities to our players who find it hard to bridge the gap between first-class cricket and Test cricket."

De Mel said that in order to give younger players exposure they had not picked Test players like Thilan Samaraweera, Tharanga Paranavitana, Rangana Herath and Suraj Randiv, all of whom are likely to be included in the Test squad.

Sri Lanka Board XI: Prasanna Jayawardene (captain/wk), Dimuth Karunaratne, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Roshen Silva, Sachithra Serasinghe, Malinga Bandara, Dilruwan Perera, Tyronne Gamage, Nilanka Premaratne, Kanishka Alvitigala, Ashen Silva

Sri Lanka Cricket Development XI: Thilina Kandamby (captain), Chamara Silva, Malintha Warnapura, Dilshan Munaweera, Angelo Perera, Kushal Janith Perera (wk), Sajeewa Weerakoon, Kaushal Lokuarachchi, Tharanga Lakshitha, Vishwa Fernando, Isuru Udana

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  • Amila on March 16, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    looking at the first innings score result of the first worm up game , wow Panesa got 5 wickets? seriously? i though only national SL players cannot play spin

  • Parthiban on March 16, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    Only in Sri Lanka a 29 year old, 33 year old and a 34 year old would be termed as youth! Utterly laughable!

  • Dru on March 16, 2012, 5:19 GMT

    What has happened to Suraj Randiv? I would have thought he would have made one of these two sides and I also dont see Senenayeke who looks a decent spinner. Concern that SL are in Bangledesh after a hectic time in Aus and SA before that - the guys have hardly anytime to adjust and its in to test cricket.

  • Chamira on March 16, 2012, 4:28 GMT

    Good grief, Kandamby and C.Silva in the 'Development' Squad. Who would have thunk it!

    May be this is a cunning ploy by the SL cricket board, to flummox the tourists in to false sense of security.

  • Denham on March 15, 2012, 21:35 GMT

    Boralessa, and K.Vithanage cud have be included instead of oldies like sajeewa and chamara silva or warnapura

  • Dummy4 on March 15, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    Kaushal Silva couldve played as an out n out batsman or wicketkeeper batsman instead of players like Chamara silva!!

  • Ajay on March 15, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    Sri Lanka got tough job ahead against Broad and Anderson, So they need some quality spinner Where is Mendis?

  • Dummy4 on March 15, 2012, 5:53 GMT

    Good to see that the selectors have given the opportunity to many youngsters and that is the way forward. It would have been even better if Vithanage, Priyanjan and Boralessa were includeed instead of Warnapura, Chamara Silva and Weerakoon. It is time that the selectors have a policy and include players under 26 or 27 for Development squads in the future.

  • Dummy4 on March 14, 2012, 21:11 GMT

    Good to see Banuka, Roshen Silva, Angelo Perera and Sachithra in the squads. Reward for good performances and real options for the future. Sachith Pathirana should get a look, would be ideal for the ODIs..

  • chandra on March 14, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    Why old players like Chamar Silva in the Cricket Development XI? Should give these opportunities to youngsters who are the future of Sri Lankan Cricket.

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