New Zealand in Sri Lanka 2013-14 November 1, 2013

Eranga omitted for first two NZ one-dayers

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Shaminda Eranga, the Sri Lanka fast bowler, has been left out of the squad for the first two ODIs against New Zealand later this month. Newcomer Ashan Priyanjan, the 24-year-old middle-order batsman, and oppener Dimuth Karunaratne, who played the last of his two ODIs in 2011, have both been included in the 16-man squad.

Eranga has had moderate success in ODIs so far, averaging 27.93 in 13 matches, and his results in 2013, and in the recent first-class tournament, do not suggest a serious dip in form. He struggles to make the XI in home ODIs when Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Kulasekara and Thisara Perera are fit, but has in the past been preferred to Suranga Lakmal, who has been named in this squad.

Karunaratne and Priyanjan enter the side through the force of their List A performances in 2013. Test opener Karunaratne hit 271 runs at an average of 90.33 in a recent three-match series against New Zealand A, while Priyanjan averaged 44.

Karunaratne's presence in the squad will intensify competition for the second openers' position, with Kusal Perera's international form having cooled since his arrival at the top level. Upul Tharanga's inconsistency has seen him left out.

A busy right-hander who plays for Ports Authority Cricket Club, Priyanjan has been a regular A team player, particularly since Sanath Jayasuriya became chief selector in 2013. Having arrived at the professional level with plaudits from junior cricket, Priyanjan has earned a reputation for improving steadily - notably with the seam-bowling that has seen him used increasingly as an allrounder.

Spin bowlers Rangana Herath, Sachithra Senanayake and Ajantha Mendis have all been named in the squad, having all also played against South Africa in the team's last ODI series. Dinesh Chandimal and Lahiru Thirimanne will likely comprise the middle order, alongside captain Angelo Mathews.

Both ODIs will be played in Hambantota, with one more to follow, in Dambulla. A two-match Twenty20 series is also scheduled.

Squad: Angelo Mathews (capt), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Perera, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Mahela Jayawardene, Dinesh Chandimal, Lahiru Thirimanne, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga, Suranga Lakmal, Rangana Herath, Sachithra Senanayake, Ajantha Mendis, Ashan Priyanjan

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  • Janaka on November 2, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    I would prefer if Shaminda was included into the squad. The last time Dhoni hit a biggie, it was purely because Shaminda was so inexperienced. You need to nurture these players carefully. Shaminda is an intelligent player, and he has got genuine pace. If you don't give him enough experience, simply because you don't want to lose initially, please do understand that you are not going to improve. I really like the fact that Dimuth is in the squad. If you want to understand me, it's simple. I like genuine batsmen, genuine pinch hitters, genuine pacers, and genuine spinners, and I don't like people with immense talent and intelligence to be left out. Dilhara had genuine speed, but arguably he didn't have the intelligence to control a batsman, may be because he didn't have enough experience. I hope it will not happen to Shaminda. I really like Malinga-Shaminda combination for the first 3 overs, and Shaminda Kulasekara for another 2 overs. These people are valuable. Help them to grow please.

  • Sarath on November 2, 2013, 9:38 GMT

    Confidence, Lightening reflex and ability to execute well controlled strokes are quiet unimportant to the J&Ps as long as the henchman can hit the ball hard with a consistency rate of one out of 5 innings played or more. By the way the 4 seniors aren't needed in this squad at a time the Country has been blessed with the under mentioned promising youngsters:Khausal Silva,RoshenSilva, AngeloPerera The Best Schoolboy Bat(2009), Bhanuka Rajapaksha The Best Schoolboy Bat of 2010&2011(1 of the 3 best batters of 2010 Youth WC), ,KithruwanW, Gayan Maneshan,ShehanJayasuriya,AshenSilva,SachithraSerasinghe,UmeshKarunarathna Best Schoolboy Cricketer(2008), Niroshan Dickwella The Best Schoolboy Bat2012 Kusal Mendis the current Best Schoolboy Bat and the 3 most consistent spinners;MalindaPushpakumara,Tharindu Khausal&DulanjanaMendis and many others. It's a grievous injustice to ignore the above mentioned quality players, just to make way for henchmen.

  • Sarath on November 2, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    has done nothing much as a bowler to be called as an all-rounder. In October 2007 too, the J&Ps brought another all-rounder (aged 25+ at that time)from a hometown of a puppet, allowed to open batting against the Touring Englishmen and included him in the tour party to Australia, at a time, his 1st Class Bat Ave was just 23 after a 100 odd 1st Class Innings, and interestingly he was placed at the 185th position, in the batting list (in the order of runs scored;Total runs scored was just 30 in 5 innings) in the Premier Div Limited Over tournament(2006/07) held just prior to Englishmen's visit to the Country in 2007.(stats can be verified @ any good website like Cricinfo or Cricket archives) It is sad to state not a single local media personnel or any senior player queried about this terrible act and the henchmen is still being considered as an all-rounder by the present J&Ps. The J&Ps don't want to bring in promising youngsters that has maintained consistency. 2bCNTD

  • Sarath on November 2, 2013, 3:53 GMT

    entertain reckless hitters. They include too many reckless hitters & half-bowlers that have failed the exams time and time again at a time there are enough young brilliant Cricketers that has done well & maintained consistency both at School&Domestic Levels. 1/3rd of every National team of last 20 years has been filled with henchmen. They are still clueless what has been happening in other Test playing Countries and continue with their distressing thoughts created in their reckless minds in exhibiting their incompetency in taking these important decisions that are very vital for the Country's future. The Game at national level is not a place to entertain henchmen & allow them to earn few dollars at the cost of promising youngsters. They're yet to learn that, the player's consistency is more vital than anything other factor. They bring in some henchmen labeling them as all-rounders but those all-round skills are quite unknown to most of the fans. The present all-rounder 2bCNTD

  • Sarath on November 2, 2013, 3:52 GMT

    Due to the J&Ps' (of last 20 years) ignorance over the importance of employing promising players (youngsters with proper control over their skills that have maintained consistency both at school and in Domestic Cricket) the SLan fans are being continuously embarrassed. J&Ps have no regard for overall consistency of a player; as a result, the players, they consider as indispensable have always failed to deliver when the Team badly needed their services (hardly won a tournament since 2007). They think those that can hit the ball hard with their eyes closed are the most wanted at International Level. If the great players the likes of TENDULKAR & KHOLI were happened to be born in SL, they would not have been considered (Purely as batters) by the J&Ps, to represent the Country until they pass their age, mid 20s, a good example for this is Roshen Silva (1st Class Bat Ave around 50, at present) who performed better than Kholi at the 2007 Youth WC has been continuously ignored just to2bCNTD

  • Yohan on November 2, 2013, 3:50 GMT

    There are few things I like about this series . At first it give a new life to Dambulla Cricket stadium . It is one of beautiful ground in Sri lanka and deserved more matches . secondly SL should rotate seniors here 2 which will give chance to Thiri or an all rounder . If SL can win first 2 matches , third has to be a game for reserves . Good luck lions .

  • Dummy4 on November 2, 2013, 3:40 GMT

    Glad to see 3 josephians in the national squad (angelo,thisara,dimuth)

  • Yasas on November 2, 2013, 2:51 GMT

    this series should be a really easy win for sri lanka. but this should be a chance for sri lanka to use their mccullum or taylor for new zealand, who are the only good players in that side.

    this should be the xi. 1. dimuth karunaratne 2. kusal perera 3. dinesh chandimal 4. lahiru thirimanne 5. angelo mathews 6. kumar sangakkara 7. thisara perera 8. nuwan kulasekara 9. rangana herath 10. sachithra senanayake 11. lasith malinga

    sanga should bat low cause hes easily the best batsman in the side just in case there is a collapse and let the youngsters experience how it feels to build a total or chase down a target at the top of the order.the new zealand side is very weak without the absence of brendan and ross so this is a risk free chance of trying out young players.

  • Jay on November 1, 2013, 21:55 GMT

    SL in SL are a tough nut to crack. NZ will feel the heat this series. After what transpired in BD, NZ will arrive with low hopes of winning anything in SL. I feel sorry for the Black Caps.

  • Dummy4 on November 1, 2013, 20:40 GMT

    For the Sri lankan cricket future it is better to test in this series with 1.Thirimanna 2. Chandimal and 3. Mathews 4 Sanga 5. Mahela .

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