New Zealand in Sri Lanka 2012 October 21, 2012

Sri Lanka hope for Ajantha Mendis' recovery

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Ajantha Mendis' fitness remains a concern for Sri Lanka as they prepare to take on New Zealand in a series of Tests, ODIs and a one-off T20 international starting October 30. "Ajantha is still recovering from a side strain which he suffered during the World T20. That is our only concern right now," Sri Lanka's team manager Charith Senanayake said on Saturday.

Mendis picked up the injury during Sri Lanka's opening World T20 game against Zimbabwe on September 18 but only missed the rain-affected group match against South Africa. He finished as the top wicket-taker in the competition with 15 wickets at an average of 9.80. "Ajantha played these matches taking painkillers, he has still not recovered 100% from the injury. He is still under treatment," Senanayake said. "We have made practice optional for the World T20 players, but the rest of the squad is at practice. We will regroup on October 23."

Sri Lanka's selectors will pick the squads for the series against New Zealand next week. The chairman of the selection panel Ashantha de Mel said he would be speaking to captain Mahela Jayawardene and coach Graham Ford through tele-conference before the selection committee sits down to name the three squads. Jayawardene is currently in South Africa leading Delhi Daredevils in the Champions League while Ford, a South African, has returned home for a short break after the World T20.

Apart from Jayawardene, several other Sri Lankan players are involved with the Champions League. Among them are Lasith Malinga and Thisara Perera (for Mumbai Indians), Nuwan Kulasekara (for Chennai Super Kings) and the Uva Next team which has T20 cricketer Dilshan Munaweera and ODI players including Dilhara Fernando, Sachitra Senanayake and Seekkuge Prasanna.

Jayawardene stepped down as Sri Lanka's T20 captain after the World T20. Angelo Mathews is expected to lead Sri Lanka in the one-off T20 International against New Zealand in Pallekele on October 30.

"We are looking at resting some of the senior players and fielding a young team for the T20 game. The seniors will be back for the ODIs and Tests," De Mel said.

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  • POSTED BY Amilaputha on | October 24, 2012, 7:19 GMT

    My team in case selectors desides to rest our great Sanja,Mahela,Dilshan & Malinga - 1)Tharanga 2)Munaweera 3)Chandima/Thirimanna 4)Kapugedara 5)Angelow 6)Jeewan 7)Thisara 8)Eranga 9)Kulasekara 10)Mendis 10)Herath . It will be a balace team coz Sri Lanka can use Thisara,Angelow & Jeewan as alrounders.

  • POSTED BY miles100 on | October 24, 2012, 3:54 GMT

    Kapu is very talented and has a lot of hitting & match winning ability.However Kapu was never able to concentrate/settle-in as a permanent & not given right directions by seniors/coaches.After Kapu hit a six & a four to Bret Lee in AU in his debut match as an 18 year old,he was put under so much pressure to be our middle order superstar as our middle order is weak.Middle order is weak because no senior players want to play in the middle & finish the job with tail enders. They expect these young players to finish jobs with the tail. It is unfair for these youngsters being thrown in to the deep end with less survival skills.They have to bring 1 or 2 best young(under 19 batsmen)to the national side each year & make sure that they nurture/give directions/encouragement & start them at No:1 ,2 & 4 against weaker oppositions.Out of those youngsters the strongest will survive/become permanents & become the strongest middle order(N0:5,6 & 7) and No:3 in the world when they become seniors.

  • POSTED BY Yoker111 on | October 24, 2012, 1:03 GMT

    This is the best opputunity to let Thisara Perera to open the batting for SL. Make use of his strength, have faith in him, give him some confidence and most certainly some chances, SL has nothing to loose, let him open face atleast the first 5 overs and score as much as possible. If it works SL cricket will once again have a dangerous opener. that is where SL is weak right now. The opening slot is not STRONG or SKILLED enough to lead the way.. Youth will always beat experience. chances should be given and opputunities should be taken.

  • POSTED BY on | October 23, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    munawera, chandimal, thirimanna, mathews, angelo perera, jeewan mendis, thisara perera, kulasekara, shaminda eranga. akila, medis/rangana

  • POSTED BY rajithwijepura on | October 23, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    If you are looking for young 11 player this is the best 11 we have to play T20 against NZ. 1. Munaweera / 2. Tharanga / 3. Chandimal / 4. Kapugedara / 5. Mathews / 6. Thirimanne / 7. Jeewan / 8. Thisara / 9. Kulasekara / 10. Sachitra / 11. Eranga............. Please give a break for our top 3 players (Dilly / MJ / Sanga). Because they play too much cricket in last 4-5 months

  • POSTED BY sajhera on | October 23, 2012, 1:23 GMT

    Dear Dian007, please do not talk about kapu, he got more chances than anybody in this cricket world, let him to play just domestic cricket only,please see his last international statistics???????

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | October 23, 2012, 1:03 GMT

    @bravetigersmustwin, well thanks but Murali too bowled quicker deliveries due to the "ZIP" he generated off the surface but was never injury prone. I am not pinning hopes on Ajantha Mendis. Sachithra Senanayake and Roshan Jayatissa are my hopes. Look at their cricinfo profiles. Herath is our best spinner for now but he will quit in 2 or 3 years. Dhananjaya is too raw now. I am not convinced how he (Dhananjaya) was selected without him not playing in this year's U19 world cup. Also, my favorite Indian spinner Anil Kumble bowled the quickest ever deliveries among spinners and was not injury prone.

  • POSTED BY yorkslanka on | October 22, 2012, 21:49 GMT

    Talking of the aus tour, can anyone tell me what's happened to nuwan pradeep, prasad and eranga.? Surely these guys can't STILL be injured? If we are going to even compete on their wickets, we need to have bowlers who can hit 135kph + consistently... In terms of NZ, we shouldn't underestimate them as they are a decent team...

  • POSTED BY Dian007 on | October 22, 2012, 21:47 GMT

    Gentlemen - please do not curse on a player in the calibre of Kapu, he is one of the best player., he can very dangerous, try not everyone put too much pressure on him, peer pressure too..

    just leave him as he is.

  • POSTED BY himohan007 on | October 22, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    @yorkshirematt I think there should be change in ICC tournament no foreign players should allowed to play in other team line team INDIA,PAK,SL etc unlike England......lolzzzzz

  • POSTED BY Amilaputha on | October 24, 2012, 7:19 GMT

    My team in case selectors desides to rest our great Sanja,Mahela,Dilshan & Malinga - 1)Tharanga 2)Munaweera 3)Chandima/Thirimanna 4)Kapugedara 5)Angelow 6)Jeewan 7)Thisara 8)Eranga 9)Kulasekara 10)Mendis 10)Herath . It will be a balace team coz Sri Lanka can use Thisara,Angelow & Jeewan as alrounders.

  • POSTED BY miles100 on | October 24, 2012, 3:54 GMT

    Kapu is very talented and has a lot of hitting & match winning ability.However Kapu was never able to concentrate/settle-in as a permanent & not given right directions by seniors/coaches.After Kapu hit a six & a four to Bret Lee in AU in his debut match as an 18 year old,he was put under so much pressure to be our middle order superstar as our middle order is weak.Middle order is weak because no senior players want to play in the middle & finish the job with tail enders. They expect these young players to finish jobs with the tail. It is unfair for these youngsters being thrown in to the deep end with less survival skills.They have to bring 1 or 2 best young(under 19 batsmen)to the national side each year & make sure that they nurture/give directions/encouragement & start them at No:1 ,2 & 4 against weaker oppositions.Out of those youngsters the strongest will survive/become permanents & become the strongest middle order(N0:5,6 & 7) and No:3 in the world when they become seniors.

  • POSTED BY Yoker111 on | October 24, 2012, 1:03 GMT

    This is the best opputunity to let Thisara Perera to open the batting for SL. Make use of his strength, have faith in him, give him some confidence and most certainly some chances, SL has nothing to loose, let him open face atleast the first 5 overs and score as much as possible. If it works SL cricket will once again have a dangerous opener. that is where SL is weak right now. The opening slot is not STRONG or SKILLED enough to lead the way.. Youth will always beat experience. chances should be given and opputunities should be taken.

  • POSTED BY on | October 23, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    munawera, chandimal, thirimanna, mathews, angelo perera, jeewan mendis, thisara perera, kulasekara, shaminda eranga. akila, medis/rangana

  • POSTED BY rajithwijepura on | October 23, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    If you are looking for young 11 player this is the best 11 we have to play T20 against NZ. 1. Munaweera / 2. Tharanga / 3. Chandimal / 4. Kapugedara / 5. Mathews / 6. Thirimanne / 7. Jeewan / 8. Thisara / 9. Kulasekara / 10. Sachitra / 11. Eranga............. Please give a break for our top 3 players (Dilly / MJ / Sanga). Because they play too much cricket in last 4-5 months

  • POSTED BY sajhera on | October 23, 2012, 1:23 GMT

    Dear Dian007, please do not talk about kapu, he got more chances than anybody in this cricket world, let him to play just domestic cricket only,please see his last international statistics???????

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | October 23, 2012, 1:03 GMT

    @bravetigersmustwin, well thanks but Murali too bowled quicker deliveries due to the "ZIP" he generated off the surface but was never injury prone. I am not pinning hopes on Ajantha Mendis. Sachithra Senanayake and Roshan Jayatissa are my hopes. Look at their cricinfo profiles. Herath is our best spinner for now but he will quit in 2 or 3 years. Dhananjaya is too raw now. I am not convinced how he (Dhananjaya) was selected without him not playing in this year's U19 world cup. Also, my favorite Indian spinner Anil Kumble bowled the quickest ever deliveries among spinners and was not injury prone.

  • POSTED BY yorkslanka on | October 22, 2012, 21:49 GMT

    Talking of the aus tour, can anyone tell me what's happened to nuwan pradeep, prasad and eranga.? Surely these guys can't STILL be injured? If we are going to even compete on their wickets, we need to have bowlers who can hit 135kph + consistently... In terms of NZ, we shouldn't underestimate them as they are a decent team...

  • POSTED BY Dian007 on | October 22, 2012, 21:47 GMT

    Gentlemen - please do not curse on a player in the calibre of Kapu, he is one of the best player., he can very dangerous, try not everyone put too much pressure on him, peer pressure too..

    just leave him as he is.

  • POSTED BY himohan007 on | October 22, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    @yorkshirematt I think there should be change in ICC tournament no foreign players should allowed to play in other team line team INDIA,PAK,SL etc unlike England......lolzzzzz

  • POSTED BY Sanga2014 on | October 22, 2012, 9:58 GMT

    It is very hard to find spinner like Murali

  • POSTED BY bravetigersmustwin on | October 22, 2012, 8:37 GMT

    @Sinhaya ... Mendis will be lethal against NZ.. he is injury prone because he bowls quicker deliveries, but thats why he is productive .... and it s difficult to find another muralidaran ....

  • POSTED BY first_slip on | October 22, 2012, 5:44 GMT

    Thirimanna,Tharanga for T20s and ODIs? you guys must be out of your mind,

  • POSTED BY on | October 22, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    hi frnds,u always forget one cricketer,he is still young and talent.u all r talking about young and talent.but u all forget him.i am talking about UPUL THARANGA,whats wrong with upul.he is not only very young only 27 years but very talented cricketer also.upul has 12 odi hundreds and one test hundred,good strike rate for 20 format over 120,why our selectors always include upul only for odi team,even sanga,mahela,dilshan didnt hv better odi records than upul around age 27,but now they r world class cricketers,we waste 3,4 years of upul's carrier not including him for all formats,we dnt want all batsman who r big hitters for 20.we want quality hitters like upul,sanga,mahela,pls include upul tharanga for all formats,and upul can be the captain of odi team after mahela.bcs he has a lot of experience as a captain.upul can play for sirlanka another ten years easily.pls mr. Asantha de mel include upul for all formats.he is very young and talented cricketer.thanks.

  • POSTED BY on | October 22, 2012, 4:29 GMT

    We need to find a few fast bowlers who can bowl consistantly above 145kmh. Yes there are young talent in Sri Lanka. Can they fill the shoes of our seniors? They need to prove that they are up to it by playing league, county, district or grade cricket overseas. Kapu had given more chances than I have had hot dinners.We cant try these youngsters at once in test cricket or world cups.We have to find a way of blending them gradualy to international arena. We need to try them out with ZIM, BAN and not against top 6 cricketing nations. It took long time for Sanath, Aravinda,and Chaminda to establish themselves as top quality test players. See Rohit Sharma, young and talented but he cant transfer his talents to the next level.

  • POSTED BY nishardfazna on | October 22, 2012, 4:06 GMT

    1.Dilshan Munaweera 2.Chandimal 3.Thisara Perera 4.Mathews 5.Jeewan 6.Maharoof 7.Kulasekara 8.thirimanne 9.Malinga 10.Mendis 11.Shamnda Eranga for the t 20's. Wat you think About this Team

  • POSTED BY Sanga2014 on | October 22, 2012, 3:26 GMT

    @Thermal_sytem Because He bated well in SLPL

  • POSTED BY LALITHKURUWITA on | October 22, 2012, 1:58 GMT

    I agree with Asantha. We need to field a young attacking team in T20. Give a rest to our senior players. We need good clean hittersover the boundary like Perera as this is a batsman's game. We also need cunning unorthodox young bowlers who can bowl 8 different bowls in an over so that batsman cannot predict the delivery like Akila or Ajantha. Lalith - Sydney

  • POSTED BY sajhera on | October 22, 2012, 1:16 GMT

    My T20 Squad 1.Munaweera 2.Rajapaksha 3.Chandimal 4.Mathews 5.Thirimanne 6. Maharoof 7.Jeewan 8Thisara 9.Ajantha 10.Sachithra 11.Akila 12 Kulasekara 13 Shaminda Eranga 14. Kosala 15. Kusal

    OPTIONS:Chathura Peries,Roshan Jayatissa and Dammika Prasad but Asantha de mel will include his favour players like kapu, Mubarak, dilhara somehow for sure. Nothing we can do???

  • POSTED BY Htc-Android on | October 22, 2012, 0:36 GMT

    @Sanga2014. why tharanga mate? he doesnt even deserved to be in the ODI team. Gihan Rupasinghe might be a good option.

  • POSTED BY Sanga2014 on | October 22, 2012, 0:00 GMT

    If they go without Big three, here is my team 1.Munaweera 2.Rajapaksha (May be Tharanga ) 3.Chandimal 4.Mathews 5.Thirimanne 6.Jeewan 7.Thisara 8.Ajantha/Randiv 9.Akila 10.Kulasekara 11.Shaminda Eranga

  • POSTED BY Test-is-the-best on | October 21, 2012, 22:19 GMT

    Drop Sangakkara and Malinga from T 20s. Sangakkara is not a match winner.He always waste overs at the early stage and put the lower middle order under pressure. He can capitalize only if others make a plat form. Malinga is not good enough to play ODI/T20 for SL

  • POSTED BY stormy16 on | October 21, 2012, 17:00 GMT

    If the selectors want to go with a young team please dont select Kandambi, Chamra, Dilhara and other older, tested, failed, recalled and failed again players. Give the young guys a chance.

  • POSTED BY skdev on | October 21, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    if you want a young team you have to add Chathura Pieris. He is a left arm fast bowling allrounder. Our team could really use him plus he is actually fast as well.

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | October 21, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    @Murali Krishna, we are touring Australia in December, then West Indies in May 2013, Zimbabwe in Oct 2013, England in May 2014, NZ in Dec 2014. Once or twice a year a trip outside the sub continent is fine. In any year, it should be 2 home series and 2 away series.

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    @Rajesh_india_1990 well said mate but there exceptions , mendis is not good at minnows like india :P

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | October 21, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    @Madura Dissanayake, thanks mate. I am not banking much hope on Ajantha. He is too injury prone. I was stunned as to why Roshan Jayatissa was not chosen for the SLPL. Well he has played less than a handful of T20s but looking at his stats in the domestic 3 day and 1 day formats, cant ask for anything better than a specialist bowler to average below 15. Look at his batting stats! He can be a sensational all rounder. Something bizarre is happening here.

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    another home series when u guys play outside sub continent only once or twice a year ohhhhh come on

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | October 21, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    @Rajesh_india_1990, can you answer what happened at the Asia Cup finals in Karachi in 2008? Did Sri Lanka beat Zimbabwe? What happened in the test series between Sri Lanka and India in 2008 in Sri Lanka? Who was the player of the series? The answer is Ajantha Mendis. So if you are telling that Ajantha Mendis does well only against minnows, I suppose your answering the question as to who is a minnow.

  • POSTED BY electric_loco_WAP4 on | October 21, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    Well, Mendis or no Mendis ,a struggling New Zealand will struggle against the Lankans and it will be a one sided win to SL. I hope though that we get to see two competitive games of test cricket. 1-0 or 2-0 to SL.

  • POSTED BY sajhera on | October 21, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    Ashantha de Mel like kapugedara, Mubarak, dilhara AND Chamara like theire family members. No chances for talented players. Thinks of Kusal janith, Maharoof like informed players. he gave lot of chances to kapu again and again try to defend him

  • POSTED BY warneneverchuck on | October 21, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    Mendis is just an ordinary bowler bring him against Players who play spin well he will forget to bowl

  • POSTED BY MichaelBurton on | October 21, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    Ajmal,Narine and Mendis are in the same caliber and the three best spinners in todays world cricket. Swann is very closer there.

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2012, 9:39 GMT

    @sinhaya, well picked up on sachithra and roshan jayatissa; with their first class records they need to be given more opportunities at international level

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    Wishing Anji a brighter future.

  • POSTED BY chamil111 on | October 21, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    Give rest to Mahela, Sanga, Dilshan and Malinga in t20 match and couple of odi matches. Because we have to play cricket after 2,3 years well as now. If we play few odi matches in raw without mahela, dilshan, sanga and malinga and see how it works. Because we have to choose correct combination and go for a long run.

  • POSTED BY Rajesh_india_1990 on | October 21, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    Mendis is a very dangerous bowler but only to Minnows like zim,namibia,netherland etc..

  • POSTED BY Rocketman1 on | October 21, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    Did I just read Dilhara Fernando as an ODI player? Seriously? When are the selectors going to wake up to the fact that there are young guys coming up through the ranks that need time out in the middle? This the best chance for Sri Lanka to actually pose a threat in Australia. Why not prepare green tops for the NZ quicks to bowl on in preparation for the Australian tour? It will be a good warm up for the Lankan batsmen because there will be some quick bowling from the Aussies.

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | October 21, 2012, 7:00 GMT

    Sachithra Senanayake must be give a lot more chances. Just look at his domestic stats. Also, we must choose Roshan Jayatissa as well, have a look at his domestic stats too. Hopefully Angelo will start sending Thisara up the order as he is our future Sanath Jayasuriya.

  • POSTED BY asirigamage on | October 21, 2012, 6:49 GMT

    please rest mahela, sanga, and dilshan, and Lets give a chance to youngsters to perform.Send Thisara Perera At no.3 and Pick Maharoof For the t 20 As a batsman Give a chance to shaminda eranga.

  • POSTED BY Sanga2014 on | October 21, 2012, 6:40 GMT

    Get well soon We want you our Magic Man

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2012, 6:12 GMT

    You can play these seniors at any match. But for gods sake, rest them in world cup finals

  • POSTED BY Vikum72 on | October 21, 2012, 5:54 GMT

    Akila Dananjaya should be selected for the ODI side. Shamil Eranga too should play in the ODI team. Malinga should be given a rest.

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2012, 5:39 GMT

    Mendis is a big blow. He's bowling superbly and back in top form

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  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2012, 5:39 GMT

    Mendis is a big blow. He's bowling superbly and back in top form

  • POSTED BY Vikum72 on | October 21, 2012, 5:54 GMT

    Akila Dananjaya should be selected for the ODI side. Shamil Eranga too should play in the ODI team. Malinga should be given a rest.

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2012, 6:12 GMT

    You can play these seniors at any match. But for gods sake, rest them in world cup finals

  • POSTED BY Sanga2014 on | October 21, 2012, 6:40 GMT

    Get well soon We want you our Magic Man

  • POSTED BY asirigamage on | October 21, 2012, 6:49 GMT

    please rest mahela, sanga, and dilshan, and Lets give a chance to youngsters to perform.Send Thisara Perera At no.3 and Pick Maharoof For the t 20 As a batsman Give a chance to shaminda eranga.

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | October 21, 2012, 7:00 GMT

    Sachithra Senanayake must be give a lot more chances. Just look at his domestic stats. Also, we must choose Roshan Jayatissa as well, have a look at his domestic stats too. Hopefully Angelo will start sending Thisara up the order as he is our future Sanath Jayasuriya.

  • POSTED BY Rocketman1 on | October 21, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    Did I just read Dilhara Fernando as an ODI player? Seriously? When are the selectors going to wake up to the fact that there are young guys coming up through the ranks that need time out in the middle? This the best chance for Sri Lanka to actually pose a threat in Australia. Why not prepare green tops for the NZ quicks to bowl on in preparation for the Australian tour? It will be a good warm up for the Lankan batsmen because there will be some quick bowling from the Aussies.

  • POSTED BY Rajesh_india_1990 on | October 21, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    Mendis is a very dangerous bowler but only to Minnows like zim,namibia,netherland etc..

  • POSTED BY chamil111 on | October 21, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    Give rest to Mahela, Sanga, Dilshan and Malinga in t20 match and couple of odi matches. Because we have to play cricket after 2,3 years well as now. If we play few odi matches in raw without mahela, dilshan, sanga and malinga and see how it works. Because we have to choose correct combination and go for a long run.

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    Wishing Anji a brighter future.