Pakistan in Sri Lanka 2012 May 27, 2012

Pakistan's spinners pose threat - De Mel

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Sri Lanka's chairman of selectors Ashantha de Mel has said the Sri Lanka batsmen should to be wary of the two Pakistan spinners, Saeed Ajmal and Abdur Rehman, during the upcoming Twenty20, ODI and Test series.

"It is the Pakistani spinners we need to be careful of. Saeed Ajmal and Abdur Rehman are of a different class compared to our spinners. Only Rangana Herath comes anywhere close to them," De Mel said.

Offspinner Ajmal and left-arm spinner Rehman have been at the forefront of Pakistan's recent successes. The pair took 43 wickets in Pakistan's 3-0 win over No. 1 ranked England in their last Test series played in the UAE early this year. Ajmal was also the leading wicket-taker with 18 wickets during Sri Lanka's three-Test series against Pakistan in the UAE last year.

"The advantage the Pakistan team has is that it also has batsmen who can be useful bowlers, for instance opener Mohammad Hafeez, who can bowl offbreaks," he said. "This adds a lot of variety to their attack and balances their team nicely.

"Their fast bowlers are quite effective with the reverse swing. That's another area our batsmen have got to be wary of. Pakistan have mastered the art of reverse swing from the era of Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis. Umar Gul and left-arm fast bowler Junaid Khan are very good at using the old ball."

A former fast bowler himself, De Mel said Sri Lanka's fast bowlers need to develop their skills to master reverse swing, an art that needs a lot of practice to be perfected.

Recollecting Sri Lanka's last Test series against England at home which ended in a 1-1 draw, De Mel said the batsmen needed to put up 400-plus totals in the first innings if Sri Lanka are to have any chance of winning. Sri Lanka's highest total in that series was 318 in the Galle Test and they failed to go past the 300-run mark in the Colombo Test.

"At least three of the top five batsmen need to get a big score if we are to come up with competitive totals. Off the middle-order, two of the three most experienced batsmen must score runs," De Mel said, referring to the trio of Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene and Thilan Samaraweera who have a combined tally of 25,001 runs and 73 hundreds in Tests.

De Mel admitted the middle order had been put under pressure due to the poor starts provided by the openers. Sri Lanka tried Tharanga Paranavitana and Lahiru Thirimanne as opening partners with Tillakaratne Dilshan in the series against South Africa and England, but none of them were able to settle into the role.

"I don't think Thirimanne is an opener. He is good in the middle order. We persisted with him because the previous selection committee had picked him as an opener and we wanted to give Thirimanne a fair chance to prove himself. We are thinking of bringing back Paranavitana to open with Dilshan."

Thirimanne, who has been named in Sri Lanka's Twenty20 and ODI squads, bats in the middle order in the shorter versions, but is unlikely to be named in the Test squad. In seven Tests in which he has opened the batting, he has only gone past 50 once.

When questioned why former Test opener Upul Tharanga is not being considered for the position, De Mel said, "Upul's technique against the new ball is suspect. He is playing well away from his body and that is why we have decided to bring him down the order in the ODIs and play him in the middle where he has contributed.

"There's, at present, a paucity of quality opening batsmen in the country. We are looking at Dimuth Karunaratne as an opener for the Sri Lanka A tour to South Africa and also wicketkeeper Kushal Janith Perera, who bats at No. 3, as an opener in the limited-overs version."

The Sri Lanka A team is due to tour South Africa and Zimbabwe next month.

Another youngster Dinesh Chandimal is likely to be named in the Test squad but will find it difficult to make it into a line-up that comprises Dilshan, Paranavitana, Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Samaraweera, Angelo Mathews and Prasanna Jayawardene. De Mel added Mathews would be picked purely as a batsman and may bowl occasionally.

"Our bowlers are not penetrative enough. To win a Test you need to take 20 wickets. What I have observed about our quick bowlers is that they come at you initially around 135 [kph] but are about ten kilometers (per hour) slower when they return for their second spell. The four to five bowlers in the line-up should all contribute to take wickets."

Predicting a close contest during the Test series, De Mel said the pitches used would play a key role. "The side that performs on the day will hold the advantage. I hope we get some decent wickets with some bounce. We make slow and low wickets and end up losing. The P Sara Oval wicket (where Sri Lanka lost to England) was slow and low and lacked bounce."

Sri Lanka and Pakistan play two Twenty20 matches before the ODIs and Tests. De Mel said the selectors had picked the 14-member squad for the two Twenty20s in Hambantota with an eye on the forthcoming World Twenty20 (which will be hosted by Sri Lanka in September).

"We have picked Isuru Udana who is a specialist Twenty20 bowler and legspinning all-rounder Kaushal Lokuarachchi whom we think can be useful in the shorter version."

De Mel said that apart from spinner Ajantha Mendis, who is still recuperating from a back injury and was not considered for selection, Farvez Maharoof and Suranga Lakmal were left out because Nuwan Pradeep and Dilhara Fernando were declared fit.

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  • Indianpunjabi on May 29, 2012, 18:47 GMT

    FOR INDIAN BATSMAN PAKISTAN SPINNERS ARE NOT THREAT AS WE SAW IN ASIA CUP

  • boundryhiter46 on May 29, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    Paranivitana was eliminated because he failed continuously.So what is the meaning of bringing him back.We can find better players in the country.Giving Kapugedera or Silva a chance wont be bad in tests.Kapugedera has done well in tests averaging nearly 35.

  • AMAZINGFAN on May 29, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    @siri1234,i don't know how many time pak have won asia cup but they are the current champion and sl lost to all pak,ind and bd in asia cup.sl batsmen are flat track bullies.mahela scores only in sl and thilan is not a great player.he will definitely find ajmal difficult.and sl doesn't have bowling to defeat pak batting eventhough pak batting is weak compared to others but sl bowlers are pathetic to say the least.sl will win t20,odi and test only in dreams.lol

  • Mafasmafm on May 29, 2012, 8:27 GMT

    I think what De Mel said has been taken out Chandimal from playing 11 in test cricket, It is bad decision & Eranga should play odi & Test , Can Selectors find these palayers in the playing 11 ?

  • siri1234 on May 29, 2012, 5:46 GMT

    @sobersfan ,yes u r free to think anything but once the series will start then only u will know that ur thinkings were completely wrong.thilan cant handle ajmal lol.thilan is one of the best batsman of spin bowling.and in this series only one team will suffer from batting collapse and it is pakistan.i think sl will win both t 20 and odi with ease and win test with just a little bit of contest.@sobersfan u think pak plays better cricket in subcontinent than sl.how many asia cups have pak won

  • Prema1948 on May 28, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    Pakistan's bowling attack is always a threat because; unlike SL, the selectors (there) have always prepared to play the best. The age is not a barrier and they always pick players on the basis of consistency, more importantly they value the interest of the Country more than interests of individuals. If we had verify recent stats of matches played out side the Country there is nothing to talk about the 3 seniors though the local selectors try to ignore consistency shown by Samaraweera , Chandmal,Mathews & Thirmanne. We need more young batters of Samaraweera's class who've total control over their stroke play.Can we expect any consistency from batters that have always tried to survive with 101 false, edgy & lofted strokes? They may do well at times offering 3-4 straight forward chances on flat tracks but when they get caught on lively pitches their success is very often somewhere around 1 out of 10. The interested parties can verify these stats in this very website.

  • on May 28, 2012, 17:00 GMT

    Mahroof was treated as badly as possible. he did well in Austrailia series, that all three match was lost and then fourth match was won by srilanka. in that match Mahroof did well to contain austrailian batsmans. in that match he should have declared man of the match but surprisingly went to thisara perera. only failiure is that asia cup match against bangladesh. so after one match failiure he was dropped. But dilhara fernando continuos failiure not concern for the selecters.

  • AKS286 on May 28, 2012, 16:03 GMT

    the team who declines soo fast is the SL.reasons no quality opener and fast bowlers malinga is selfish for playing in T2o competitions he took the retirement soo early in his career. warnapura, vandort, dilshan, jayawardhene, sanga, samarweera, matthews, bandara/eranga, herath, welegedara, mirando

  • boundryhiter46 on May 28, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    Upul Tharanga and Lahiru Thirimanne are not suitable for the lower middle order.They are openers.Lower middle order batsmen should be able to provide big boundaries and finish the inning.These two are ideal to rebuild an inning.But we do not always need rebuilding.

  • on May 28, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    I think what De Mel has said has been taken out of context. I have a feeling that they do not want to expose Eranga before test series and he will be playing in tests if he is fit. About Upul Tharanga I agree with De Mel. Unfortunately most of the cricket fans who comment watch ODIs and probably IPL stuff. Test cricket is an entirely different ball game. Doing well in Premier League is very good but that level of cricket and international test cricket are poles apart. Further, most of the test cricketers reach their peak at mid thirties and there is no need to retire them then. They can continue to play test cricket as long as they remain on top. The youngsters have to fight their way into the test team. However, they should find a slot for Chandimal. Even if it means opening batting with him giving him the guarantee that if it back fires he will not go out of reckoning. That is how Sanath was brought in as a permanent member in test team at a time when there was no real vacancy.

  • Indianpunjabi on May 29, 2012, 18:47 GMT

    FOR INDIAN BATSMAN PAKISTAN SPINNERS ARE NOT THREAT AS WE SAW IN ASIA CUP

  • boundryhiter46 on May 29, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    Paranivitana was eliminated because he failed continuously.So what is the meaning of bringing him back.We can find better players in the country.Giving Kapugedera or Silva a chance wont be bad in tests.Kapugedera has done well in tests averaging nearly 35.

  • AMAZINGFAN on May 29, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    @siri1234,i don't know how many time pak have won asia cup but they are the current champion and sl lost to all pak,ind and bd in asia cup.sl batsmen are flat track bullies.mahela scores only in sl and thilan is not a great player.he will definitely find ajmal difficult.and sl doesn't have bowling to defeat pak batting eventhough pak batting is weak compared to others but sl bowlers are pathetic to say the least.sl will win t20,odi and test only in dreams.lol

  • Mafasmafm on May 29, 2012, 8:27 GMT

    I think what De Mel said has been taken out Chandimal from playing 11 in test cricket, It is bad decision & Eranga should play odi & Test , Can Selectors find these palayers in the playing 11 ?

  • siri1234 on May 29, 2012, 5:46 GMT

    @sobersfan ,yes u r free to think anything but once the series will start then only u will know that ur thinkings were completely wrong.thilan cant handle ajmal lol.thilan is one of the best batsman of spin bowling.and in this series only one team will suffer from batting collapse and it is pakistan.i think sl will win both t 20 and odi with ease and win test with just a little bit of contest.@sobersfan u think pak plays better cricket in subcontinent than sl.how many asia cups have pak won

  • Prema1948 on May 28, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    Pakistan's bowling attack is always a threat because; unlike SL, the selectors (there) have always prepared to play the best. The age is not a barrier and they always pick players on the basis of consistency, more importantly they value the interest of the Country more than interests of individuals. If we had verify recent stats of matches played out side the Country there is nothing to talk about the 3 seniors though the local selectors try to ignore consistency shown by Samaraweera , Chandmal,Mathews & Thirmanne. We need more young batters of Samaraweera's class who've total control over their stroke play.Can we expect any consistency from batters that have always tried to survive with 101 false, edgy & lofted strokes? They may do well at times offering 3-4 straight forward chances on flat tracks but when they get caught on lively pitches their success is very often somewhere around 1 out of 10. The interested parties can verify these stats in this very website.

  • on May 28, 2012, 17:00 GMT

    Mahroof was treated as badly as possible. he did well in Austrailia series, that all three match was lost and then fourth match was won by srilanka. in that match Mahroof did well to contain austrailian batsmans. in that match he should have declared man of the match but surprisingly went to thisara perera. only failiure is that asia cup match against bangladesh. so after one match failiure he was dropped. But dilhara fernando continuos failiure not concern for the selecters.

  • AKS286 on May 28, 2012, 16:03 GMT

    the team who declines soo fast is the SL.reasons no quality opener and fast bowlers malinga is selfish for playing in T2o competitions he took the retirement soo early in his career. warnapura, vandort, dilshan, jayawardhene, sanga, samarweera, matthews, bandara/eranga, herath, welegedara, mirando

  • boundryhiter46 on May 28, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    Upul Tharanga and Lahiru Thirimanne are not suitable for the lower middle order.They are openers.Lower middle order batsmen should be able to provide big boundaries and finish the inning.These two are ideal to rebuild an inning.But we do not always need rebuilding.

  • on May 28, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    I think what De Mel has said has been taken out of context. I have a feeling that they do not want to expose Eranga before test series and he will be playing in tests if he is fit. About Upul Tharanga I agree with De Mel. Unfortunately most of the cricket fans who comment watch ODIs and probably IPL stuff. Test cricket is an entirely different ball game. Doing well in Premier League is very good but that level of cricket and international test cricket are poles apart. Further, most of the test cricketers reach their peak at mid thirties and there is no need to retire them then. They can continue to play test cricket as long as they remain on top. The youngsters have to fight their way into the test team. However, they should find a slot for Chandimal. Even if it means opening batting with him giving him the guarantee that if it back fires he will not go out of reckoning. That is how Sanath was brought in as a permanent member in test team at a time when there was no real vacancy.

  • AMAZINGFAN on May 28, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    @sinhaya.i'm not saying sl are weak against spinners but in sub continent conditions pak play better than sl or even india.sang and mahela are for this sl team i don't thick players like thilan,chandimal,prassana can handle ajmal.i feel this will be one sided series in favour of pak.if sl are playing against ind they have good chance of beating them but against pakistan i don't think they can beat them.

  • joseyesu on May 28, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    Unless a new Akram/McGrath is born in SL, it is difficult to expect a win. Let's see how much hearth support his team.

  • on May 28, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    Look like Pakistan is far favorite One.

  • mansoor1977 on May 28, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    I think Sanggakara gets into a different level while playing against Pakistan. And Jayawedene is just a pure class. i think the series is basically between Ajmal and Rehman vs Sanga and Jayawardene. The rest are mostly decorations. I think the series will be a real dogfight. For last 20 years, Pakistan in Srilanka is always good stuff.

  • Lord.emsworth on May 28, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    Reading all these replies from SL fans I really need to butt in again Mr. Thawfeek. It is evident that most fans here are streets ahead in thinking and logic than selector De Mel. Living in Europe I often read of the British PM Cameron being out of touch with reality. De Mel can join that club too. He seems to have his feet in cement only looking to the old hands, rejecting new blood. In recent series Sanga and Mahela were'nt really dependable test batsmen especially in the VIP first innings. Sanga takes about 4 innings to get a good score and often does this when a series is already lost.

  • on May 28, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    Still I prefer Upul Thranga is the best opener we have. He is very agrasive in ODI cricket and he could also play Test cricket. He should included in all 3 formats of cricket as a opener.

  • on May 28, 2012, 6:53 GMT

    i believe umar akmal is also a major player for one days.....he just not fails against srilanka

  • on May 28, 2012, 5:04 GMT

    Can someone put a rule to prohibit De Mel speaking to the media too? Seems SL fans have a better understanding than him.

  • Romenevans on May 28, 2012, 2:34 GMT

    I jeard Jaysuriya and Kaluwitharana will opening and Roshan Mahanama coming 1 down? WHere is Nuwan Joysa and Promdiya Wikramasinghe?

  • on May 27, 2012, 23:45 GMT

    In short we are rubbish in all aspects according to chairman of selectors. Why does the selection committee excist.

  • LastLaugh_PK on May 27, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    Win or lose we will always remain brothers, and to the Pakistani and Sri Lankan people here please do not predict who is going to win or who is going to "thrash" who.. because cricket is such an unpredictable game. Anybody can win depending on the conditions and player performance.

  • rukii on May 27, 2012, 17:58 GMT

    @sinhaya thanks mate it seems to be there is few guys who should play international level(at least for A team) but it is really unfortunate to see selection committee stick in to few useless players.

  • truth1 on May 27, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    In current team, Pak needs a new ball wicket taker like Asif/Amir and a good wicketkeeper batsman to be a decisively dominant force in test cricket.

  • Karnain on May 27, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    Paranawithana again for Tests? He just defend every thing until he gets out & put bowlers on the top right from the first ball. I think it's time for us to try out a new guy for opening position. Why they selected Dimuth Karunaratne for A tour instead of International cricket?

  • Karnain on May 27, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    If the selectors can identify opponents talent & strength, why can't they identify talents of Sri Lankan players like Shaminda Eranga? How did selectors forget his performances against Australia? Why don't they try new faces at least for the T20s? Why don't they give opportunities to Anjelo & Kushal Perera, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, etc. ? We must use these opportunities to find out some hard hitting batsmen to strengthen our middle order instead of expecting the likes of Upul Tharanga & Lahiru Thirimanne to play that role. Sangakkara still struggles with the out swingers when he is new at the crease, expect a classy batsman like him to rectify that weakness in this tour at least

  • Lord.emsworth on May 27, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    De Mel has demoralized his own team even before they start the series. That the oppositions spinners are better is not something a chief selector should be crowing about. Reading the article further it appears that the only decent prospect SL has unearthed in recent times (Chandimal) is not even sure of a place! As for Paranavithane he is well known for playing and missing and scraping around. Tharanga is miles better...

  • on May 27, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    Soorajiyer: unfortunately you are also coming up with comments without facts to back them up. During recent times Sanga and Mahela has failed extensively in different times. Sanga in last series and last England tour with exception of his last innings (thanks to IPL). Mahela failed in last 3 overseas tours. These two are world class batsmen. There is no doubt about that. But the most consistent of all of them was Thilan Samaraweera. In fact in a recent cricinfo article he was recognized as the best batsman in the world terms of average over last 5 years. Probably Chandrapaul might have overtaken him by now. But his job was never easy coming to bat most of the time with 3 down for nothing in last two test series. If he was there the outcome of last test series with Pak in UAE would have been different. I am not going to say we would have won but we would have escaped with a drawn series.

  • stormy16 on May 27, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    Pakistan definitely come with a very potent bowling attack and their batting although inexperienced are anchored by Younis and Misbah who are up there with the best. The SL selection continue to baffle! Paranevitharan was dropped because he failed and now they want to bring him back. Dilhara either broke down before the battle or was a liability during the game having very little impact and they want to recall him. Nuwan Pradeep has been injured twice before the battle in his only two series - is he match ready to be selected - I last saw he has played ONE game this season. The final issue is why is SLC holding on to the same fast bowling coach for over 10 years when he hasnt done anything to improve the potency of the fast bowlers.

  • on May 27, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    srilanka should strength up their fastbowling.atleast one good bowler who can use, inswing,outswing,reverse swing,leg cutter of cutter,bounser,yoker,gud slowerball with 145+ speed and line and length.. Someone like,morne,dale,lee,roach

  • Sinhaya on May 27, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    @rukii, thanks for telling me about Dulanjana Mendis as I was totally unaware of him until you just informed. He is very good from what I see in his cricinfo profile. By the way have you heard of Roshan Jayatissa of SL Army? He is a useful hard hitting lower order batsman and bowling average is below 15!!! Cant ask for anything better!

  • Sinhaya on May 27, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    @rukii, Sachithra Senanyake has so far only played away. He must be given a chance to play at home and then only he can dominate. Had Sachithra played against England, they would have struggled against him unlike useless Randiv who got clobbered.

  • rukii on May 27, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    @sinhaya sachithra is fine bowler i have no doubt on it. even i was thinking he will be something closer to murali but watching his bowling in past few matches i lost my faith on him(still a better bowler than randiv and others). if you take first class avrages there is a spinner called dulanjana mendis (navy sports club) with a fine average 0f 17 taking over 100 wickets. @randheer liyanage spot on mate they should give both roshen and ashen silva chance.

  • soorajiyer on May 27, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    Would be a good series to follow.. Unless Sanga or Mahela are in form, srilanka is in for some trouble.. De mel is right, Ajmal and Rehman, dont leave out Gul in these reversing conditions would be a handful..

  • on May 27, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    why just cant we bring bhanuka and angelo perera to team..always paranawithana thirimanna.damn politics.can espn team ask from SLCB why they dont bring them?

  • on May 27, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    only sangakara can manage spin but he cant play fast bowler easily all other have problem to handle spin

  • on May 27, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    Randheer Liyanage: I am surprised at your comment. Have you been following any international cricket lately? After last year England tour, Dilshan has been a complete failure as an opening batsman. If it was someone else he would have been dropped. It is not only in terms of runs but in the way he plays he is setting a very bad example to younger openers who have partnered him. In Australia series he escaped of further failure as an opener by moving down to middle order on a flat batting pitch at SSC by dropping Thilan to make some runs. South Africa series was a total failure. Even in the one half century he made in third test he was playing and missing a lot in early stages. Then I do not have to comment further on England series. We were almost always 3 down for nothing. A large proportion of runs he scored came off edges. A batsman can be very aggressive in his approach but he should have a proper technique as an opener. IPL carnival stuff do not count in test cricket.

  • getsetgopk on May 27, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    Some honest comments there from the chairman of selectors, always know your opponents strengths and your own weaknesses. Good luck to both teams!

  • Sinhaya on May 27, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    I know 2 great friends of the game are about to start an exiting series. I think this is a good clash between a great batting lineup comprising of Mahela, Sanga, Dilshan and Thiland versus a great bowling attack comprising of Ajmal, Rehman, Gul and Hafeez. I think considering that most of Sri Lanka's test wins against Pakistan have been in Pakistan (6 out of 9 test wins), tests will be 1-1 or 2-1 Pakistan.

  • Sinhaya on May 27, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    @sobersfan, you are totally wrong! We have very good player's of spin bowling such as Mahela, Dilshan, Prassanna Jayawardnea and Thilan. Even Chandimal is great against spin bowling. Our bowling is better to deal with Pakistani batting which is not the best because we managed to get England and South Africa all out twice. We can win test matches without Murali and that was why we won against England and South Africa who are ranked no. 1 and 2 respectively.

  • saabir786 on May 27, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    great to hear chief selectors comments very very frank comments i have become a big fan of this guy

  • on May 27, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    @cambrose1211-that' the problem the only reputed opener we have currently is dilshan,we have used warnapura,upul tharanga,paranavithana and even vandort as our openers whenever marvan or jayasuriya got injured one of them played but now we don't have both of them therefore we had to play dilshan as the opener...bt the other partner is not found yet.Consider abt the 20 year olds Ashen Silva from Lankan CC and Gayan Maneeshan from Kurunagala CC both these openers are very young and they played exceptionally well for their teams as openers Infact Maneeshan was the highest scorer in tier B this season!! and ashen silva scored 70 odd runs against England at the practice match however still he was not considerd for the 15 squad!! this is a serious issue that our selectors should consider abt!! we have very good players however they not given their chance at their tender age and alawayz our selectors get sticked with giving chance only to players like paranavithana and thiramanne etc.

  • AMAZINGFAN on May 27, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    Pak will beat sl easily.i know sl fans won't agree with me but the truth is they don't have any chance against quality spinners like ajmal and rehman.if pak batsmen can put up good score on the board they can defeat this sl team which doesn't have murali who has been their main strength.good luck pak.

  • Zeekay01 on May 27, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    PAK gonna WW again..... :)

  • Abdullah39 on May 27, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    Forogot to mention Afridi,more than a handy bowler in LOIs.

  • cambrose1211 on May 27, 2012, 8:50 GMT

    Dilhara should not be in the squad ahead of Maharoof or Lakmal. He cant bat, field or even bowl. Isn't it funny we have so many clubs playing Div 1 and we cant find one opening batsmen? Something is definitely wrong here. Either our batting coach is a failure or there is something wrong with our Div 1 club cricket and school cricket as well.

  • AadeeSL on May 27, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    Fair views!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • msmfashan on May 27, 2012, 7:47 GMT

    Farvez Maharoof and Suranga Lakmal were left out because Nuwan Pradeep and Dilhara Fernando were declared fit.

    what do think about Dilhara Fernando?? is he better then Lakmal, Mahroof???? if he will play it's good for pakistan coz he will drop many catches....bad selection again

    if u think lakmal & mahroof not perform well.. then go for welagethara or dammika....or many youngster give them chance....

    best of luck sri lanka

  • on May 27, 2012, 7:46 GMT

    Magician of Spin Saeed Ajmal

  • Sinhaya on May 27, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    Please play Sachithra Senanayake along with Rangana Herath in the test matches. Sachithra is the best in Sri Lankan conditions. No one can match his bowling averages. Have a look at his cricinfo profile!

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  • Sinhaya on May 27, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    Please play Sachithra Senanayake along with Rangana Herath in the test matches. Sachithra is the best in Sri Lankan conditions. No one can match his bowling averages. Have a look at his cricinfo profile!

  • on May 27, 2012, 7:46 GMT

    Magician of Spin Saeed Ajmal

  • msmfashan on May 27, 2012, 7:47 GMT

    Farvez Maharoof and Suranga Lakmal were left out because Nuwan Pradeep and Dilhara Fernando were declared fit.

    what do think about Dilhara Fernando?? is he better then Lakmal, Mahroof???? if he will play it's good for pakistan coz he will drop many catches....bad selection again

    if u think lakmal & mahroof not perform well.. then go for welagethara or dammika....or many youngster give them chance....

    best of luck sri lanka

  • AadeeSL on May 27, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    Fair views!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • cambrose1211 on May 27, 2012, 8:50 GMT

    Dilhara should not be in the squad ahead of Maharoof or Lakmal. He cant bat, field or even bowl. Isn't it funny we have so many clubs playing Div 1 and we cant find one opening batsmen? Something is definitely wrong here. Either our batting coach is a failure or there is something wrong with our Div 1 club cricket and school cricket as well.

  • Abdullah39 on May 27, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    Forogot to mention Afridi,more than a handy bowler in LOIs.

  • Zeekay01 on May 27, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    PAK gonna WW again..... :)

  • AMAZINGFAN on May 27, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    Pak will beat sl easily.i know sl fans won't agree with me but the truth is they don't have any chance against quality spinners like ajmal and rehman.if pak batsmen can put up good score on the board they can defeat this sl team which doesn't have murali who has been their main strength.good luck pak.

  • on May 27, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    @cambrose1211-that' the problem the only reputed opener we have currently is dilshan,we have used warnapura,upul tharanga,paranavithana and even vandort as our openers whenever marvan or jayasuriya got injured one of them played but now we don't have both of them therefore we had to play dilshan as the opener...bt the other partner is not found yet.Consider abt the 20 year olds Ashen Silva from Lankan CC and Gayan Maneeshan from Kurunagala CC both these openers are very young and they played exceptionally well for their teams as openers Infact Maneeshan was the highest scorer in tier B this season!! and ashen silva scored 70 odd runs against England at the practice match however still he was not considerd for the 15 squad!! this is a serious issue that our selectors should consider abt!! we have very good players however they not given their chance at their tender age and alawayz our selectors get sticked with giving chance only to players like paranavithana and thiramanne etc.

  • saabir786 on May 27, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    great to hear chief selectors comments very very frank comments i have become a big fan of this guy