New Zealand in Sri Lanka 2013-14 November 17, 2013

Sri Lanka bring in Rambukwella, Prasanna for T20s

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Offspinning allrounder Ramith Rambukwella and legspinner Seekkuge Prasanna have been named in Sri Lanka's squad for the two Twenty20s against New Zealand in Pallekele. Rambukwella, 22, had been selected in the national squad during the Bangladesh series in March, but did not get a match. Prasanna, however, has played a Test and nine ODIs, with the most recent in March 2012.

Both men had been penetrative with the ball during Kenya's recent Twenty20 series against the Sri Lanka A team. They had also each won a List A match against New Zealand A in early October. Rambukwella took five wickets at 11.60 in that series, and Prasanna took six at 16. That New Zealand A team featured Colin Munro, Grant Elliott, Anton Devcich, Andrew Ellis and Luke Ronchi, all of whom are in the New Zealand squad for the Twenty20s.

Opener Dimuth Karunaratne, middle-order batsman Ashan Priyanjan and spinner Rangana Herath were omitted from the squad, having been with the team for the ODI series. Karunaratne had failed in two attempts in the series, while Herath has increasingly been left out of the T20 team. Priyanjan is yet to make his international debut.

Sri Lanka had rotated its senior batsmen during their last Twenty20 series against South Africa, but Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene and Tillakaratne Dilshan have all been named in the side. Kusal Perera has also been retained from the ODI side.

The series is set to begin on Tuesday.

Sri Lanka squad: Dinesh Chandimal (capt.), Kumar Sangakkara, Lasith Malinga, Mahela Jayawardene, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kusal Perera, Angelo Mathews, Lahiru Thirimanne, Sachithra Senanayake, Ajantha Mendis, Seekkuge Prasanna, Ramith Rambukwella, Suranga Lakmal, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara

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  • POSTED BY on | November 19, 2013, 1:59 GMT

    I can't see a reason to select Thirimanna to the squad.

  • POSTED BY on | November 18, 2013, 20:09 GMT

    Well I dont think the selectors might jeopardize the future of Sri Lankan Cricket. I have seen Rambukwella bat, and when he get's going, nothing can stop him.

    Speaking in terms of Chandi, yeah he's yet to prove but do u realize that in most of the matches , he doesnt get the turn to bat on? I personally dnt think dropping off the senior players to create space for the young would do any good. There has to be a certain level of experience in the team so that the youngsters can learn from them.

  • POSTED BY jeewaka123 on | November 18, 2013, 14:16 GMT

    hehe,keep your fingers cross and sleep well in the evening ,because its raining in PALLEKALE since two days,any how rain god will give us opportunity to see nice game.

  • POSTED BY yorkslanka on | November 18, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    can someone tell me what happened to dilshan munaweera?he seemed to do ok but hasnever been seen in the line ups again? I think he and tharanga should open. Karunaratne and tharanga should open in 50 overs..give these guys a fair run. why no eranga in the T20?do we really need so many spinners and some of such average ability...

  • POSTED BY s.g.a. on | November 18, 2013, 14:01 GMT

    Team should be this order mahela-dilshan-kusal-sanga-chandimal-thisara-mathews-sachitra-kula-malinga-ajantha and 12man ramith,according to me this is the 2014 world cup team. no place for thirimanne because he is not a 20-20 player, because his batting & fielding not suitable for this format cricket. if ajantha not bowl well should give chance ramith, because ajantha has only bowling.also we should remain no 1 in this format this the team must select.also in this team we have 7 bowling option,even 2 bowlers fail on match, we have another 2 option.

  • POSTED BY on | November 18, 2013, 13:50 GMT

    All the SL players have the potential to play well.They will win the series InshaAllah.please do pray for them to do well

  • POSTED BY on | November 18, 2013, 13:02 GMT

    Thisara Perera should bat before Chandimal, Mathew and Thirimanna and Jeewan Fernando

  • POSTED BY cricket_jaya on | November 18, 2013, 11:05 GMT

    @ Warm_Coffee- If SL fail once its called pathetic declining team... u call older players who r among highest run getters while sanga and dili within top 10.. Mate without any argue ur team is a rising team but still not in our stranded... accept that fact and watch ,enjoy the game of cricket... fight and show ur talent against us... then u deserve.... till ur world can't do any harm......

  • POSTED BY chandimasl on | November 18, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    Milinda siriwardana,kithruwan vithanage,dilhara lokuhettige,akila dananjaya,janaka gunarathna are the t20 specialist players.please include them.

    Do not destroy sri lankan cricket.the officials and the selectors should reaponsible for any failures of the team.ciz they are not futuristic at all.we need the young talented players urgently.

  • POSTED BY 9ST9 on | November 18, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    With all due respect - Both Chandimal and Thirimanna are 50 over players. Matthews SHOULD be the T20 skipper since that format is his forte. I think SL should persist with KJ Perera - he doesn't waste time like the afore mentioned gentlemen.

  • POSTED BY on | November 19, 2013, 1:59 GMT

    I can't see a reason to select Thirimanna to the squad.

  • POSTED BY on | November 18, 2013, 20:09 GMT

    Well I dont think the selectors might jeopardize the future of Sri Lankan Cricket. I have seen Rambukwella bat, and when he get's going, nothing can stop him.

    Speaking in terms of Chandi, yeah he's yet to prove but do u realize that in most of the matches , he doesnt get the turn to bat on? I personally dnt think dropping off the senior players to create space for the young would do any good. There has to be a certain level of experience in the team so that the youngsters can learn from them.

  • POSTED BY jeewaka123 on | November 18, 2013, 14:16 GMT

    hehe,keep your fingers cross and sleep well in the evening ,because its raining in PALLEKALE since two days,any how rain god will give us opportunity to see nice game.

  • POSTED BY yorkslanka on | November 18, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    can someone tell me what happened to dilshan munaweera?he seemed to do ok but hasnever been seen in the line ups again? I think he and tharanga should open. Karunaratne and tharanga should open in 50 overs..give these guys a fair run. why no eranga in the T20?do we really need so many spinners and some of such average ability...

  • POSTED BY s.g.a. on | November 18, 2013, 14:01 GMT

    Team should be this order mahela-dilshan-kusal-sanga-chandimal-thisara-mathews-sachitra-kula-malinga-ajantha and 12man ramith,according to me this is the 2014 world cup team. no place for thirimanne because he is not a 20-20 player, because his batting & fielding not suitable for this format cricket. if ajantha not bowl well should give chance ramith, because ajantha has only bowling.also we should remain no 1 in this format this the team must select.also in this team we have 7 bowling option,even 2 bowlers fail on match, we have another 2 option.

  • POSTED BY on | November 18, 2013, 13:50 GMT

    All the SL players have the potential to play well.They will win the series InshaAllah.please do pray for them to do well

  • POSTED BY on | November 18, 2013, 13:02 GMT

    Thisara Perera should bat before Chandimal, Mathew and Thirimanna and Jeewan Fernando

  • POSTED BY cricket_jaya on | November 18, 2013, 11:05 GMT

    @ Warm_Coffee- If SL fail once its called pathetic declining team... u call older players who r among highest run getters while sanga and dili within top 10.. Mate without any argue ur team is a rising team but still not in our stranded... accept that fact and watch ,enjoy the game of cricket... fight and show ur talent against us... then u deserve.... till ur world can't do any harm......

  • POSTED BY chandimasl on | November 18, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    Milinda siriwardana,kithruwan vithanage,dilhara lokuhettige,akila dananjaya,janaka gunarathna are the t20 specialist players.please include them.

    Do not destroy sri lankan cricket.the officials and the selectors should reaponsible for any failures of the team.ciz they are not futuristic at all.we need the young talented players urgently.

  • POSTED BY 9ST9 on | November 18, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    With all due respect - Both Chandimal and Thirimanna are 50 over players. Matthews SHOULD be the T20 skipper since that format is his forte. I think SL should persist with KJ Perera - he doesn't waste time like the afore mentioned gentlemen.

  • POSTED BY CricketPissek on | November 18, 2013, 10:04 GMT

    People questioning Chandimal's place in the team. Have you forgotten he is the T20 captain??? All T20 players can't be smashers of the ball like Thisara Perera. We need a complement of styles and techniques. Chandimal has GUTS and a great work ethic. He can be a future star for us in T20. Don't forget people thought Mahela, Atapattu, Gurusinghe etc were questioned/ridiculed for being included in the 50 over teams back in the 90s. Look at how they ended their careers as Sri Lankan legends.

  • POSTED BY RobinMama on | November 18, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    Hopefully there won't be any plane travels to Kandy so that he doesn't need to open a door even in his dreams!

  • POSTED BY on | November 18, 2013, 9:09 GMT

    Who included chandimal and Thirimanna for T20 squad. see their averages. below 15. this is Sanath's favourations.

  • POSTED BY Warm_Coffee on | November 18, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    Sri Lanka are a declining team. The team is nothing without their older players and lack any young quality talent. Sorry but these are the sad facts of Sri Lanka cricket today plus pathetic low crowds. When they tour Bangladesh in the new year all will be confirmed once and for all. I can see our star Mominul Haque scoring a 200 against a pathetic declining team mark my words.

  • POSTED BY on | November 18, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    all the best for the couple of players. Insha allah, We will have better players in future

  • POSTED BY sameeramalinda on | November 18, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    My T20 Team for 2014 WC please add your comments Batting order 1-Dilshan Munaweera (Ave 22.34 SR 117 age 24) 2-Dhanushka Gunathilake (ave 21.31 SR 114 age 22-part time bowler) 3-Kusal perera (ave 17.44 SR 113.72 age 23 -wicket keeper) 4-Kithruwan withanage (ave 23.06 SR 131.06 age 22-main batsman) 5-Angelo mathews (ave 24.90 SR 114.22 age 26 -captain wicket 24 econ 6.6) 6-Milinda siriwardena (ave 16.43 SR 130.28 age 27 wicket 23 econ 7.4-Spinning all rounder ) 7-Seekkuge prasanna (ave 13.81 147.57 age 28 wicket 24 econ 7.4 legsppiner) 8-Tisara perera ( ave 26.45 SR 154.78 age 24 wicket 16 econ 8.01- fast bowling all rounder) 9-Sachithra senanayake (wicket 8 age 28 econ 5.61 offspinner) 10-Nuwan kulasekara (SR 112.5 age 31 wicket 30 econ 7.41fast bowler) 11- Lasith malinga (age 30 wicket 81 econ 7.34 fast bowler)

  • POSTED BY on | November 18, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    Another Superb Blunder by SL Selectors.

  • POSTED BY Cvic on | November 18, 2013, 8:01 GMT

    Chandimal was the best batsman during super-four t20 tournament. he got the ability but he cannot find the proper place due to seniors i think dropping him not the option as he got the capability to play.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 18, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    A good opportunity for Rambukwella. hope he will prove his abilities.

  • POSTED BY on | November 18, 2013, 7:30 GMT

    thats good idea for the cricket board

  • POSTED BY hotcric01 on | November 18, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    I think Ramith Rambukwella is the luckiest cricket player in the world.Because he has been selected to a national squad because of only one or two good performance in List A games.

  • POSTED BY darshana333 on | November 18, 2013, 5:12 GMT

    It's so dissapointed to see those names in the squad.Chandimal and thirimanne both are for fieldings.So sri lanka had to play with 9 players.So pathetic.

  • POSTED BY cricket_jaya on | November 18, 2013, 4:57 GMT

    my playing XI 01.Kusal 02.Dilshan 03.Chandi 04.Sanga 05.Mahiya 06.Mathiws 07.Thisara 08.Kula 09.Ramitha 10.Sachi 11.Mali Its include 10 Batsmen (almost 11 when format is t20) , 4 Fast Bowlers , 3 Spiners , 6 Allrounders....

  • POSTED BY on | November 18, 2013, 4:16 GMT

    Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR First-class 7 12 1 182 51 16.54 253 71.93

    List A 19 15 2 215 36 16.53 303 70.95

    Is this enough to play for National Team (Ramith Rambukwella) ....

  • POSTED BY on | November 18, 2013, 3:33 GMT

    I agree Chandimal should not be in the playing XI, leave aside captaining. Ramith maybe a minister's son but he's shown good form against NZ A and Kenya, he's shown enough to make the selectors think he might belong in the big league, the shorter version of the big league that is.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 18, 2013, 2:32 GMT

    I don't see a point in dropping Ashan Priyanjan from the squad . Before making decisions give the poor fellow a chance to perform.

  • POSTED BY on | November 18, 2013, 2:25 GMT

    not good dinesh chandimal and thirimanna not good t20 ....capu is very good t20 player...

  • POSTED BY on | November 18, 2013, 2:01 GMT

    Takeout Chandimal and Tririmanne. Both are very slow. Chandimal's SR is 91.

  • POSTED BY on | November 18, 2013, 1:28 GMT

    make sure to have clear indications to toilet, if Rambukkwella is playing

  • POSTED BY on | November 18, 2013, 0:38 GMT

    Strange to see Rambukwella is in SL colours where as a good true allrounders are not given any opportunity to show their capabilities. Rambukwella has done nothing to justify his selection and we will not in good hands with this sort of substandrad players in our team.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | November 17, 2013, 22:59 GMT

    @Srilankanyoung i totally agree with you. Kapu is missed big time.

  • POSTED BY on | November 17, 2013, 22:53 GMT

    I don't understand why the likes of Chandimal or Thirimanne are in the T20 squad at all. For one, Thirimanne's strike rate is barely over 100 and Chandimal hasn't even crossed the 100 mark, which is essential to good T20 cricket, as Mahela and Sanga have shown. Thirimanne should be saved for ODIs where his Misbah-esque innings comes in handy, but Chandimal, I guess he must stay...So the batting order should be Kusal, Chandi, Dilshan, Sanga, Mahela, Mathews, Thisara, Kula, Ramith, Sena, Mendis

  • POSTED BY Yasi_Gee on | November 17, 2013, 22:47 GMT

    Thirimanne is not a T20 player, so leave him out and bring Kithuruwan instead.

  • POSTED BY on | November 17, 2013, 21:48 GMT

    not sure whats wrong with the management, bringing in new players is not the way, but to groom the ones we have... leaving Chandima bat after no.5 is pointless, better dropping him... we have to give chances to the ones who have the potential... dont know why tharanga is not in the team... they have to open there eyes...

  • POSTED BY on | November 17, 2013, 21:01 GMT

    chandimal and thirimanne please leave out if we want to win the serics.

  • POSTED BY goldeneye075 on | November 17, 2013, 20:57 GMT

    Rambukwella has only played handful of matches , 7 first class matches and 17 twenty20 matches , with first class average of "16" and twenty20 average of "13" and yet he finds his way into the Sri lankan team.. HOW WONDERFUL IS THAT... and there are hundred of player in sri lankan system which have a better averagers and far better players than this "guy" , This is a just politics ; and now it's ruining sri lankan cricket at it's best

  • POSTED BY on | November 17, 2013, 20:28 GMT

    I agree with axe-hay. Selectors shud read comments of fans. Rambukwella is unfairly selected due to politics and no one has him in the team. Now if Atapattu is coach the bandwaggon is complete. Disgrace and i feel for the desrving poor lads. Ranjan Rodrigo

  • POSTED BY dizza on | November 17, 2013, 19:48 GMT

    So many criticism abt chandi but apart from chandi and Mathews there's no alternative player to captain sri lanka in near future. Malinga has a good cricketing brain but he is not a long term option. Chandi should be the captain in both test and T20 plus mathews one day. You can only learn to swim in water

  • POSTED BY on | November 17, 2013, 19:32 GMT

    Rambukwella will be a refreshing change from the wimps in the current team. He is brave and has guts. Who else in the team can claim to have attempted to open an aircraft exit door at 35,000 feet? With this kind of intestinal fortitude he is clearly better suited to breaking partnerships and staving off collapses than someone like Thisara Perera or Jeevan Mendis. Furthermore, being the son of a minister he is representing Sri Lanka more directly than anyone else since Jayasuriya. I think even Mathews spot is in danger now. RR is the man who will make the rest of the world tremble!!!

  • POSTED BY on | November 17, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    PLEASE LEAVE THIRIMANNE OUT if we want to win the series he is so sluggish for T20s' Playing XI Should be: Kusal, Dilshan, Sanga, Jayawardene, Chandimal, Mathews, Kulasekara,Thisara, Senanayake, Mendis, Malinga, wow strong and balanced team i reckon..

  • POSTED BY Hareendra on | November 17, 2013, 16:05 GMT

    Ill-balanced is the word I would use to describe this squad. You have THREE spinners, and Rambukwella is a considered a bowling all-rounder, then its FOUR SPINNERS! Plus Dil to chip in a few part-timers. I think this is a ridiculous number for a two match series. Also, I think we need to bring in T20 specialist batters. The likes of Chandimal and Thirimanne, are not T20 material. I also think both Sanga and Mahela should not be in the team, only one should play at a time.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 17, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    kusal should need to perform this time if he will get a chance.

  • POSTED BY jeewaka123 on | November 17, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    how many failures from Chandi,but still he was rising star since last 3 years.he will not get this chance,also we can c his batting style is worst while compare with competitive players.so better to fix new captain if SL want to see bright cricket future.Jeewan mendis also we can name in 20-20 style.selectors should open their eyes.

  • POSTED BY CricketFever11 on | November 17, 2013, 14:39 GMT

    If you play Chanimal in the side, Bring him as a opener. Jeevan mendis wasted lots of opportunies given to him. Time to bring Kithruwan in to tha side.

  • POSTED BY on | November 17, 2013, 14:35 GMT

    Playing XI Should be: Kusal, Dilshan, Sanga, Jayawardene, Chandimal, Thirimanne, Mathews, Kulasekara, Mendis\Thisara, Senanayake, Malinga

  • POSTED BY SriLankanYoungBlood on | November 17, 2013, 14:26 GMT

    This is regular aged seniors team which includes Non T20 players like sanga,chandi,thiri and struggling mahela. this team is easy victim to fire powered NZ team which has real T20 players. SL real T20 players like Jeewan,Kapu,Kithruwan,Lokuhettige,Milinda Siriwardena,Mahroof,Dilshan Munaweera not included. even though Kusal,Sekkuge included they may not have a chance to play. my team is 4 T2O, Kusal,Dilshan Munaweera,Kapugedara,Kithruwan,Angi,Thisara,Jeewan/milinda,kule,sachie,A.mendis,malinga.but most of them not included

  • POSTED BY axe_hay on | November 17, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    I fail to understand why an average player like Rambukwella is being fast tracked when there are so many talented players waiting in the wings. He hasn't even taken 25 wickets in any format, his batting average is pathetic and he is being labelled as an all rounder.Its time the selectors give a chance to players like Tharindu Kaushal , Angelo Perera, Sachithra Serasingha, Gayan Maneeshan and Shehan Jayasuriya. Also senior players like Sanga and Mahela should be preserved for Tests and ODIs only.

  • POSTED BY tdslbuwa on | November 17, 2013, 14:10 GMT

    If Chandimal is the captain of the t20 team then there is no place for another slow accumulator like Thirimanne...but according to this squad there is no another batsman so Thiri should come at 7 or 8 (Kula is way better when it comes to striking the ball cleanly)...Chandi should open the innings with Kushal because Chandi can play over the 30 yard circle when the power play is on... Mahela has to come at 5 or even 6 and Sanga should come to bat at 3 while Dilshan restsed...So the batting order should be...Kushal,Chandi,Kumar,Mathewes,Mahela,Thisara,,Kula,Thir,Sachi,Mendis,Mali

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  • POSTED BY tdslbuwa on | November 17, 2013, 14:10 GMT

    If Chandimal is the captain of the t20 team then there is no place for another slow accumulator like Thirimanne...but according to this squad there is no another batsman so Thiri should come at 7 or 8 (Kula is way better when it comes to striking the ball cleanly)...Chandi should open the innings with Kushal because Chandi can play over the 30 yard circle when the power play is on... Mahela has to come at 5 or even 6 and Sanga should come to bat at 3 while Dilshan restsed...So the batting order should be...Kushal,Chandi,Kumar,Mathewes,Mahela,Thisara,,Kula,Thir,Sachi,Mendis,Mali

  • POSTED BY axe_hay on | November 17, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    I fail to understand why an average player like Rambukwella is being fast tracked when there are so many talented players waiting in the wings. He hasn't even taken 25 wickets in any format, his batting average is pathetic and he is being labelled as an all rounder.Its time the selectors give a chance to players like Tharindu Kaushal , Angelo Perera, Sachithra Serasingha, Gayan Maneeshan and Shehan Jayasuriya. Also senior players like Sanga and Mahela should be preserved for Tests and ODIs only.

  • POSTED BY SriLankanYoungBlood on | November 17, 2013, 14:26 GMT

    This is regular aged seniors team which includes Non T20 players like sanga,chandi,thiri and struggling mahela. this team is easy victim to fire powered NZ team which has real T20 players. SL real T20 players like Jeewan,Kapu,Kithruwan,Lokuhettige,Milinda Siriwardena,Mahroof,Dilshan Munaweera not included. even though Kusal,Sekkuge included they may not have a chance to play. my team is 4 T2O, Kusal,Dilshan Munaweera,Kapugedara,Kithruwan,Angi,Thisara,Jeewan/milinda,kule,sachie,A.mendis,malinga.but most of them not included

  • POSTED BY on | November 17, 2013, 14:35 GMT

    Playing XI Should be: Kusal, Dilshan, Sanga, Jayawardene, Chandimal, Thirimanne, Mathews, Kulasekara, Mendis\Thisara, Senanayake, Malinga

  • POSTED BY CricketFever11 on | November 17, 2013, 14:39 GMT

    If you play Chanimal in the side, Bring him as a opener. Jeevan mendis wasted lots of opportunies given to him. Time to bring Kithruwan in to tha side.

  • POSTED BY jeewaka123 on | November 17, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    how many failures from Chandi,but still he was rising star since last 3 years.he will not get this chance,also we can c his batting style is worst while compare with competitive players.so better to fix new captain if SL want to see bright cricket future.Jeewan mendis also we can name in 20-20 style.selectors should open their eyes.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 17, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    kusal should need to perform this time if he will get a chance.

  • POSTED BY Hareendra on | November 17, 2013, 16:05 GMT

    Ill-balanced is the word I would use to describe this squad. You have THREE spinners, and Rambukwella is a considered a bowling all-rounder, then its FOUR SPINNERS! Plus Dil to chip in a few part-timers. I think this is a ridiculous number for a two match series. Also, I think we need to bring in T20 specialist batters. The likes of Chandimal and Thirimanne, are not T20 material. I also think both Sanga and Mahela should not be in the team, only one should play at a time.

  • POSTED BY on | November 17, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    PLEASE LEAVE THIRIMANNE OUT if we want to win the series he is so sluggish for T20s' Playing XI Should be: Kusal, Dilshan, Sanga, Jayawardene, Chandimal, Mathews, Kulasekara,Thisara, Senanayake, Mendis, Malinga, wow strong and balanced team i reckon..

  • POSTED BY on | November 17, 2013, 19:32 GMT

    Rambukwella will be a refreshing change from the wimps in the current team. He is brave and has guts. Who else in the team can claim to have attempted to open an aircraft exit door at 35,000 feet? With this kind of intestinal fortitude he is clearly better suited to breaking partnerships and staving off collapses than someone like Thisara Perera or Jeevan Mendis. Furthermore, being the son of a minister he is representing Sri Lanka more directly than anyone else since Jayasuriya. I think even Mathews spot is in danger now. RR is the man who will make the rest of the world tremble!!!