Pakistan in Sri Lanka 2014

Randiv picked for Pakistan ODIs

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August 19, 2014

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Offspinner Suraj Randiv has been recalled to the Sri Lanka squad three years after he last played an ODI, as part of a new-look spin attack for the three-match one-day series against Pakistan. Opener Upul Tharanga has also been named in the squad, thanks largely to his good returns in the Pakistan Test series, while Dinesh Chandimal returns to the ODI fray, following a successful one-day stint with Sri Lanka A.

Legspinner Seekkuge Prasanna finds a place as well, alongside Dhammika Prasad. Allrounder Thisara Perera has also been included, after leaving the squad early during ODI series against South Africa, citing mental stress.

Randiv and Prasanna have effectively been named in place of Sachithra Senanayake, who is currently undergoing remedial work on his action after being banned from international cricket, and Ajantha Mendis, who has been dropped. Rangana Herath is also in the squad, but given his extraordinary workload in Tests this year, he may be sparingly used.

Randiv had for some time been pigeon-holed as a Test bowler, despite his 33 ODI wickets at 30.54, but a successful stretch in first-class cricket has paved way for his return. He dismissed 43 batsmen at 26.48 in the Premier League Tournament earlier this year, and had also taken eight wickets in an unofficial Test against England Lions in late February. His last ODI had been in August 2011. Prasanna's performances with the A side have contributed to his comeback. He had last played for Sri Lanka in the World T20.

Two hundreds and a fifty in five completed one-day innings with Sri Lanka A, has been Chandimal's springboard back into the top team. He was axed and sent to England following a failure in the first Test against South Africa, but began to score heavily as soon as he had joined the A side. Lahiru Thirimanne has also been named in the ODI squad as vice-captain.

Like Tharanga, Prasad also regains his ODI place because of his Test exploits. He was the leading quick bowler in the recent series against Pakistan, and had also been instrumental to Sri Lanka's victory at Headingley, where he took five second-innings wickets. Suranga Lakmal was unavailable for selection thanks to the ankle injury he sustained during the South Africa Tests.

A hamstring injury to opener Kusal Perera had forced him to return from the A team's tour of England late last month and keeps him out of this series as well. He and Tharanga have been competing for the second opener's position for the past 15 months, and Tharanga's 92 and 45 in Colombo have been enough to see him return to ODIs. Middle order batsman Kithuruwan Vithanage has also been left out, but Ashan Priyanjan is in the squad.

Vithanage, Priyanjan, Chandimal, Thirimanne, Randiv and Thisara are all also set to play in the tour match against Pakistan on Wednesday.

Sri Lanka squad : Angelo Mathews (capt), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Upul Tharanga, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Mahela Jayawardena, Dinesh Chandimal, Ashan Priyanjan, Lahiru Thirimanne, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Kulasekara, Dhammika Prasad, Rangana Herath, Seekuge Prasanna, Suraj Randiv, Thisara Perera

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Posted by   on (August 23, 2014, 1:53 GMT)

no doubt thirimanne is one of the most talented players we have today but unfortunately having a very bad period at the moment. let`s hope & cross our fingers that he will come up with some positive match wining performances in this series

Posted by SajithaD on (August 22, 2014, 12:00 GMT)

There is a opener named Dhanushka Gunathilaka who performed very well in last Sri Lanka A tour of England... He should be in the team of last ODI... Or why can't MJ open batting while his place can be given to ashan priyanjan... Whatever happened, thisara perera should be in team because WC is nearing...

Posted by   on (August 22, 2014, 5:09 GMT)

Jeewaka Chandana Gamalath: I agree that Kithruwan deserves a place more than Thirimanne. However, having watched Kithruwan batting on TV, at the grounds and at the grounds with TV in front of me, I have noticed that he has got a lot of work to be done on his defensive technique. He is a big hitter who can clear the boundary with ease. That is ok for T20s. But in ODIs there are certain phases of the game where a batsman get tied down by good accurate bowling. Under such circumstances the batsman has to play straight and defend his wicket. At the same time he should be able to rotate the strike through singles obtained through deflections here and there. That is only possible for very good batsmen with correct technique.

Posted by MarcusPerera on (August 22, 2014, 4:40 GMT)

Please check the statistics of Sachithra Senanayake and it will be realized that he is neither young or a strike bowler as the media and captain Mathews states for he is elder by one month to Ajantha Mendis and AJ bowling strike rate is about 50 % less than S.S

Posted by   on (August 22, 2014, 1:02 GMT)

Really don't know how thirimanne got selected over Vithanage ?????

Posted by   on (August 21, 2014, 23:26 GMT)

@Prem2248 - Are you out of your mind to say that chief selector's reckless hitting was a complete flop in 96 WC? He was declared player of the tournament and won two MoM awards and was the one who turned the semi finals in our favour with his bowling. The scenario in 1996 was different. We had a solid batting line up after the openers. Therefore openers were given the license to blast. That worked at times and did not at times. When it worked it demoralized other bowling attacks. When it failed there was Aravinda, Gurusinghe etc. to take us out of trouble. ODI scenarios have changed a lot from what it was in late 80s and early 90s. Those days 250 was a match winning score. Now with the advent of T20 cricket, even 300+ is not an assured winning score. I once again reiterate the fact that preferred batting positions should be earned through performance rather than granted for nothing.

Posted by SriLankanYoungBlood on (August 21, 2014, 17:09 GMT)

@ Compton-Effect At age of 30 Mahela,Sanga,Tharnaga became a mature because they selected national side in very young age and played top order from the beginning Mahela(20 y),Tharanga(20y),Sanga(23) But now no player get selected from those young ages and they have wait 28-30 to play his first match. Even existing youngsters also playing wrong batting position(Chandi) and some are dropped while they performing considerably well(Kusal,Thisara,Chathuranga). If this selection policy continues no youngster get matured when he come to 30.

Posted by Kapili_Buster on (August 21, 2014, 17:08 GMT)

@Ratne: You can't blame it on Tharanga or Dilly... In a 50 over game 20 balls @ the beginning of an inning is insignificantly crucial to the outcome of a game ! The Openers may have found some kind of difficulty in the wicket @ the initial stage of that final. I reviewed it & noted, in the beginning of 5th over (just before Tharanga got out), even Dilshan had managed just 4 runs facing 12 balls! We all know, normally how aggressive these 2 openers are (Dilly & Upul)!

But don't forget Tharanga's valuable unbeaten 102* Vs England in the quarter finals & his overall total contribution (395 runs @ an Av 56.42 with 2x100+50 scores) in 2011 WC..! His strike rate was 83.68 & he has the 5th best ranking in 2011 WC overall batting record. So I think he had done his part in that WC.

Posted by krashlite1975 on (August 21, 2014, 16:58 GMT)

Chandimal had the lowest strike rate of anyone in the PAK game. I don't think he's done anything remotely worthy of justifying taking over the #4 spot, which might be the most important ODI batting position. He has to earn his way to it. Personally, I think Sanga should give him the gloves and have him as the wkt-keeper/bat in the side, coming in at #7. IF we have a batting collapse and lose 3 wkts in the first 15 overs, Chandi can go in at #5.

Posted by SriLankanYoungBlood on (August 21, 2014, 16:50 GMT)

@ krashlite1975 Chameera and Gamage played very well all along the Eng A tour. In Moratuwa match also Chameera got 2 wickets and Gamage got very important wickets of Afridi even though both were expensive. Hammering is regular issue with seemers u might forget how Mali and Kula hammered by last ODI from SA and Eng batsmen. Your guys don't have any issue Randiv directly come to National team after 3 years without having single A team match and Welagadara coming after 2 years and got only 1 wicket .

Posted by   on (August 21, 2014, 16:22 GMT)

Give Chandimal a fair chance in his right position. I think THEBEAST7 is right. He should bat at 4. Give him 10 games in that position and if he fails, drop him. Drop Tirimanne and play Tharanga. Would love to see Mahela opening with Dilshan.

Posted by Mud-Catcher on (August 21, 2014, 14:46 GMT)

The problem is, a slogger like Kusal can't survive 12 BALLS on any fast-deck in conditions conducive to pace! He is clueless facing spin as well. His slogging works only in dead-flat tracks found mostly in Bangladesh! Look @ his career record: ODIs in Eng & WI - 9 ODIs -21runs - Av 2.3.! He ruined the chances of winning the ICC Champions Trophy-2013 in Eng where he managed just 14 runs@ 3.5 Av in 4 ODIs ! Other than slam-bang t20 format, he is useless!

During the last 12 months, 30 consecutive ODIs have been given, despite repeated failures. Certainly costing SL heavily & passing the burden constantly on players like Sanga!

Overall ODI Batting Av 26.28 from 33 matches yielded just 736 runs ODI Batting Av (without BD) 19.5 from 25 ODIs

Posted by Ratne on (August 21, 2014, 13:27 GMT)

abt Tharanga , sometimes his negative approach takes the game away from Sri Lanka.. In world cup final he scored 2 runs for 20 balls against bowlers like Srisanth,Zaheer set the tone.. once he get out after eating so many balls, game is almost over

Posted by THEBEAST7 on (August 21, 2014, 13:22 GMT)

Either way, not having the service of Sachithra is a big blow.

Posted by Ratne on (August 21, 2014, 13:19 GMT)

@Prem

Our Uncle Prem is coming out all fascinating incorrect stats(go 2 player profile & c). First of all those players mentioned players batted down the order(5 to 8) in those days .. Even Sanath, Mahela and Sanga Mahela's Year 1998 ODI Avg was - 19.60 Test Avg was - 29.66 Year 1999 ODI Avg was - 51.50 Test Avg was - 24.80

Sanga 's Year 2000 ODI Avg was - 42.44 Test Avg was - 24.85 Year 2001 ODI Avg was - 13.20 Test Avg was - 55.11

Somehow they scored runs in given opportunity either in Test or ODIs , but where as some of the current young players (except Mathews) are having a syndrome where they can't bat down the order. But there are so many players in world doing so. (Umar Akmal, Joe Root, AB Devilers, James Faulkner etc)... How many times we have read ur comments about Ranagana, though he is not coming from area you like, he has performed well . Ultimately we don't care the Names. Performance should be first priority irrespective of the age( if < 40's)

Posted by THEBEAST7 on (August 21, 2014, 13:17 GMT)

IF Tharanga gets the green light this series, he should grab it with both hands. I still think Maiya is the right guy to open with Dilly for the series and then the World cup. Thiri should battle with Tharanga for a slot in the batting line up.

Posted by ms2000 on (August 21, 2014, 13:16 GMT)

THEBEAST7 did you forget how Thirimanne has performed in the last 1 year or so? what did Chandimal do? Havent oher youngsters when given a chance perform better than them at the same level? Is it not enough the chances both of tem Got. Chandima performed with an A team and it must be notred that UK also played a A team. That makes him a good club player and stil not come to the International level. Did mahela and Sanga or Dilshan or Sanath failed like them at the begining> They had a class. we stil have youngsters with such class not depend on Thirimanne and Chandimal. They got enough and more chances and they proved they are not capable at this level. They are good but they have along way to go before they come back to this level.

Posted by   on (August 21, 2014, 13:12 GMT)

@ms2000...have to agree with you regarding the famous failure duo thrii/chandi,both has been making the middle order weak,it seems a lot of people get upset when one says chandimal should be dropped,and they bring out the 2 centuries he made in AUS/SA in the past and the 2 he made recently with the A TEam as reasons to keep him in the national team,but the unfornuate thing is he comes into the national team and fails again and again,and he has had umpteen oppertunities given,so its only fair enough to say that if chandi fails again in these pak matches he should be dropped for a long time( reagrdless of his past centuries or his A team centuries)and thirimanne should not be given any chance and dropped anyway

Posted by THEBEAST7 on (August 21, 2014, 13:11 GMT)

@ Santhush-Perera : Dude, Im not saying Tharanga is a bad bat. He has lot of experience but he needs to rectify his vulnerability against the moving ball out side his off stump. AND the tendency of giving 3 or 4 chances before scoring a century. Do not underestimate KusalJ. Just like SanthJ, Kusal can dismantle any bowling attack to pieces. We have guys like Sanga/Maiya/Anji and Chandi to support if KJs hitting fails and Dilly too can bat long innings. Having said that, longer THaranga is at the crease, he gets better and better. But he needs to get the "outside off stump" thing right.

Posted by KavindaSalgado on (August 21, 2014, 11:07 GMT)

@THEBEAST7: Read @Kapili_Buster.!

This is just a typical EXAMPLE to show, how IMPORTANT the role of an OPENNING Batsmen to stay there & play a LONG inning of > 25 overs, RATHER than, a FLASH-IN-A-PAN 5 over SLOG in a 50 Overs game! When chasing a huge total over 300 or setting up a huge target!

Eng v SL ODI #2389 -Played @ Leeds: England batted first & scored 321 for 7 wickets in 50 overs!

WU Tharanga - 109 Runs - 102 Balls - 14x4 - 1x6 - 106.86 S/R

1-286 (Tharanga, 31.5 ov), leaving just 35 runs to win for the rest to score!

RESULT: Sri Lanka WON by 8 WICKETS (with 75 balls remaining).!!

An Example of setting up a winning target by batting first, with a stable LONG inning of an OPENER staying for 40 Ovrs :

SL v Aus ODI #3180 Played at MR Stadium, Hambantota:

WU Tharanga - 111 Runs - 139 Balls -12x4 - 79.85 S/R

SL: 4-230 (Tharanga, 40.3 ov) the rest scored just 56 runs after this!

Australia was all out; 44.2 overs; scoring 208 runs! RESULT: Sri Lanka WON by 78 RUNS!

Posted by   on (August 21, 2014, 9:12 GMT)

THEBEAST7: Spot on buddy!!

Posted by THEBEAST7 on (August 21, 2014, 5:52 GMT)

@ ms2000 : Stop watching cricket mate. You dont seem to understand how one develops to become a "Sanga" or a "Mahiya". These are the future of SL cricket. Chandi earned his place by performing with the A team. Thiri needs to prove he belongs. He needs to get back with the A team.

Most of all, SLC needs to give these two the right positions to bat, i.e Thiri number 3 & Chandi number 4. Mahiya to open with Dilly and Sanga in at 5 will do wonders for Sri Lanka!

Posted by ms2000 on (August 21, 2014, 4:43 GMT)

Please No Thirimanne and and No Chandimal. These are club players only.

Posted by Prem2248 on (August 21, 2014, 3:39 GMT)

realize the importance of valuing batter's consistency and his authority (ability of control & middling the ball on regular basis) over his stroke play. They also aren't intelligent enough to realize the importance of grooming youngsters in these most vital batting positions of 3 & 4 while the seniors are still there. Though we're still fielding & hail performances of schoolboys of mid-90s, the cream of all other International teams are comprised of schoolboys of last 7-8 years. That is why we badly need intelligent, competent selectors that can foresee, that is always right for the Country but not for certain individuals. It is only in our Country that batters whose 1st Cl Ba Aves below 25 are allowed to open batting at National level e.g. ODI matches No2630, 2683, 2686, 2687 & recent A tour to UK all these players are from Panadura in a country where enough promising youngsters with 1st Cl Ba Aves around 50 can be found easily. (Verify stats @ Cricinfo)

Posted by Prem2248 on (August 21, 2014, 3:38 GMT)

the most outstanding schoolboy cricketers (S'weera) for the SAan tour of 2003 a time when his 1st Test Ba Av was around 80 to field a henchman. You can't assess or rather value a player for few exciting strokes he possess instead have to consider the overall quality of stokes he executes e.g. shot selection, application and manner he gather his runs, (The local selectors of late have never taken into account the number of chances & risky strokes offered by a batter that they think as world-class. Though they have completely ignored poor performances of seniors, they are very quick to punish the youngster) and his ability to perform under pressure as Mathews has done in the recent past and great players like Ken Barrington,Greg Chappel, SunilGavaskar,Miandad & Steve Whaugh had done for their respective countries in the past at very regular basis. If a batter scores a big century once out of 20-25 innings, s'tors have always tried to keep him in the team forever.They are yet to 2bCNTD

Posted by Prem2248 on (August 21, 2014, 3:38 GMT)

If somebody wants to compare stats of Chandimal, Thirimanne or any other youngster with that of seniors, you should compare Careers stats of seniors when they were in the same age group of that particular youngster. For your easy reference I give below the early career stats of the three most over-hyped Cricketers' of the Country; SANATH JAYASURIYA (Total International Innings given 651)ODI innings played from Dec '89-Dec'92 was 25 with a Ba. Av's is 10.08. ; 2.) K SANGAKKARA ,(Total International Innings given 628) ODI innings played from 17 Dec 2000-12th Apr'2002 was 26 with a Ba. Av's is 13.04. ; MAHELA's(Total International Innings given 700) ODI innings played from 27Dec2002-8th Jun2003 was 26 with a Ba. Av's is 19.75. Though these world class players' performances were as such at times, the selectors never thought of dropping even at times they were severely injured. Even though the scene was always in favor of these over-rated players, the selectors dropped, one of 2bCNTD

Posted by THEBEAST7 on (August 21, 2014, 2:56 GMT)

@ Sam_Liyanage: Upul is highly talented no doubt about that. But he has a major issue with playing deliveries that leave him out side the off stump. This has been there from 2005 and he is yet to rectify it. Also, each and every game where he scored big, he has given few chances when he was new at the crease. I don't think he is the best player to open in Aussie/NZ conditions for the world cup.

Kusal Janiths "Soda" bottle opening batting style suites SL the most in my opinion. We have Sanga, Mahela, Chandimal etc to stabilize the innings. So let Dilly and Janith go bonkers at the start. Get it right, good for us. If the plan goes wrong, Sanga, Mahiya to the rescue.

IF Chandimal is Playing, he should bat no lower than 4th in the line up. If Mahiya gets to open the innings with Dilly, Then YES, Tharanga should bat at 5 after Chandi. All the best Lankan Lions. Lets get ready to the 2015 ICC WORLD CUP. Aussies/Nzies here we come!

Posted by THEBEAST7 on (August 21, 2014, 2:45 GMT)

Good to see Thisara back in the squad. Hope he will grab all the opportunities that come his way. he can be a hany all rounder in Aussie/NZ conditions. But whats baffling is, Anji rarely use Thisara as a bowler.

Posted by   on (August 21, 2014, 2:14 GMT)

@Prem2248, you have got many facts mixed up. England scenario at the beginning of this summer was entirely different. After a disastrous Ashes series they had to find replacements for Trott, Petersen and an opener in the top 6 batting positions. Even Root and Prior were dropped for final Ashes test, which basically means filling 5 places in top 7. They brought in Robson, Balance and Moeen Alli. Just go and check their county batting positions including that of Root. You will find that in the test team they are not batting in their preferred positions. Now regarding SL batsmen playing Dil Scoops, reverse sweeps etc. that is why we are a successful ODI team. We always had a good mix of orthodox batters like Sanga and others who innovate from time to time. As long as they know when to play such strokes without been predictable it is ok. SL have won a World Cup, reached the finals on 2 occasions and semi finals once. What have England achieved in ODIs comparatively?

Posted by krashlite1975 on (August 21, 2014, 0:13 GMT)

@SriLankanYoungBlood, watch the SL-A and Eng-A series or at least review the stats of guys like Dushantha Chameera or Gamage. Gamage got hammered for 9 odd runs per over against both Pak and Eng-A and you think he's worthy of national selection. It would be nice to see more informed comments in the future! I do think Gunathilake is going well, and I'm sure he'll get his chance soon.

Posted by slinger77 on (August 20, 2014, 23:17 GMT)

Most of the bowlers struggle at Hambantota, specially fast bowlers. better to go with 2 spinners. my team 1.Tillakaratne Dilshan, 2.Upul Tharanga, 3. Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 4. Mahela Jayawardena, 5. Dinesh Chandimal, 6. Angelo Mathews 7. Ashan Priyanjan, 8. Thisara Perera 9. Seekuge Prasanna/(if Rangana Herath available), 10. Suraj Randiv 11. Lasith Malinga

Posted by Mud-Catcher on (August 20, 2014, 23:12 GMT)

@SriLankanYoungBlood: @Nal Cooltng : It is hilarious to read your absolutely senseless funny comments.! Are you saying well established/experienced players (like Tharanga 29y, Mathews27y ) should be discarded at the age of 29 or 30 to include rookies?? Do such players become "old-heroes" when they become 30?

I have a question for you.. If the selectors have followed your "SOUR_GRAPES" logic 9 years ago, from where do you planning to find the world's best experienced players like Sanga/Mahela/Dilshan or Herath to play for SL today..? Because, they all would have vanished 9 yrs ago, to give room for another set of rookies.!

Just a reminder.. @ 29 yrs, today Tharanga has achieved MUCH MORE credentials in ODIs than anyone of them, when they were @ his age, including Sanga! (@ 29 Upul has better career stats + a few world-records & SL records). Unfortunately, he was not given any Test matches & restricted to ODIs during the past 7 yrs! We all saw the status of recently tried rookies :))

Posted by   on (August 20, 2014, 19:06 GMT)

need to give more chances to youngsters. or else SL will face the same problem which india faced during EG test series. why calling back tharanga or suraj or prasad oe seekkuge when SL has lot more young ppl. these youngsters need to give more exposure. at least one at a time.

Posted by SriLankanYoungBlood on (August 20, 2014, 18:00 GMT)

2015 WC SL Team with Age 1 Dilshan - 39 2 Tharanga -30 3 Sanga -38 4 Mahela -38 5 Mathews -28 6 Chandi/Thiri -26 7 Priyajan/Thisara -26 8 Kula -33 9 Sachie/Prasanna -30 10 Hearth/Prasad/Randiv -37/32/30 11 Malinga -32

World's aged Cricket Team with no youngster at all

Posted by SriLankanYoungBlood on (August 20, 2014, 17:25 GMT)

Sad to see SL again went to old horses like Tharanga instead of inform Gunathilake, Average Bowling Allrounder Randiv against Top Quality all rounder informed Chathuranga De Silva, Expensive one day bowlers like Prasad instead of young inform seemers like Dusyantha Chameera/Lahiru Gamage. Last Test Match also they did same thing with Welagedara but ended with no result. Mind you last 2 year or so new young seamer or spiner. Instead they bring all fail bowlers like Lakmal,Eranga,Pradeep,Prasad,Welagedara,Prasanna. No Tharindu Kaushal No Ishan Jayarathne even though these guys played well in A team and Domestic. Same old wine in Newly like bottles.

Posted by   on (August 20, 2014, 17:20 GMT)

@sam Liyanage With no doubt tharanga is immensely talented and his records speak for himself but once a player is making a come back he needs to be much more compact and score big runs And as I mentioned "IF" he fails they should play Gunathilaka because dilly ain't gonna be there for long and kusal is not opening material. Anyway wish Upul all the best!

Posted by cricat16 on (August 20, 2014, 17:20 GMT)

Tharanga , Kusal ,Chandimal , Thissara , Priyanjan we can argue on and on about them . We can argue about batting possition , should IN or should OUT from the team . But the thing i really cant understand is how some of people comment Thirimanna at playing 11 .

Posted by KandhaVsKendha on (August 20, 2014, 16:45 GMT)

@Abdullah Jawzi : My friend… Why doubting about an in-form Opener who had already done so much throughout his career? In the first place, Tharanga is a match-winner (with 13 man-of-the-match titles, 13 big Hundreds + 28 fifty plus scores achieved around the world), who should have never been dropped last year just after recording 5000 ODI runs in just 157 outings! In History, Just Marvan managed to achieve that record in SL, a fraction quicker (just 4 Odis less) than Tharanga!

No other country would have kept such an established young player in the cold storage for 12 months for sure..! Unlike other makeshift openers, who had been promoted overnight from middle/lower-order careers, to become opener's (obviously to insert in the National XI @ the cost of Upul's contributions to SL), Upul has been a genuine Opener throughout his career, from under13 baby level-to-NCC-to-International level cricket, with ample experience behind him! Such Players are assets, never wasted anywhere else!

Posted by   on (August 20, 2014, 14:44 GMT)

The squad seems pretty good but I don't understand the exclusion of c.de silva he played well in the Asia cup and we know pakistan are weak against left arm spin, he is not wicket taking though but very economical. If Tharanga fails opening I would love to see d. Gunathilaka opening (hope he gets selected for the 3rd ODI "IF" upul fails & not a temporary thirimanne or jayawardene at the top)

Posted by Kapili_Buster on (August 20, 2014, 14:04 GMT)

This is for all, who are still talking about Kusal J Perera. Before pursuing with a hype balloon already blasted in to pieces in real-world... at-least Look at his most recent "MARVELOUS" batting record: Accumulating just 126 runs from 6 ODIs Vs Eng & SA! We could have easily won that SA ODI series, if we had a proper opener in the playing XI, who could play a match-winning long inning!

This is Kusal Perera's most recent performance with SL-A, extending his 2 ball stay at the wicket in Ireland by one more match, after appearing with the national squad in May 2014.!

23 July 2014 Ireland - MDKJ Perera† lbw b Young 1run - 2balls

This is Kusal Perera's pathetic career record, which resulted in losing a possible chance of winning a World-Title in ICC Champions Trophy-2013 in Eng where he managed just 14 runs@ 3.5 Av in 4 ODIs :

Overall ODI Batting Av 26.28 from 33 matches yielded just 736 runs ODI Batting Av (without BD) 19.5 from 25 ODIs ODI in Eng & WI - 9 ODIs -21runs - Av 2.3

Posted by Kapili_Buster on (August 20, 2014, 13:56 GMT)

This is for all, who are still talking about Kusal J Perera. Before pursuing with a hype balloon already blasted in to pieces in real-world... at-least Look at his most recent "MARVELOUS" batting record: Accumulating just 126 runs from 6 ODIs Vs Eng & SA! We could have easily won that SA ODI series, if we had a proper opener in the playing XI, who could play a match-winning long inning!

This is Kusal Perera's most recent performance with SL-A, extending his 2 ball stay at the wicket in Ireland by one more match, after appearing with the national squad in May 2014.!

23 July 2014 Ireland - MDKJ Perera† lbw b Young 1run - 2balls

This is Kusal Perera's pathetic career record, which resulted in losing a possible chance of winning a World-Title in ICC Champions Trophy-2013 in Eng where he managed just 14 runs@ 3.5 Av in 4 ODIs :

Overall ODI Batting Av 26.28 from 33 matches yielded just 736 runs ODI Batting Av (without BD) 19.5 from 25 ODIs ODI in Eng & WI - 9 ODIs -21runs - Av 2.3

Posted by malavi on (August 20, 2014, 13:46 GMT)

My team: 1.Dilshan 2.Thirimanne 3.Sanga 4. Mahela 5.Tharanga 6.Mathews 7.T.Perera 8.Prasanna 9.Kulasekera 10.Herath 11. Malinga

Though, if selectors are feeling up to it, they can drop Thiri and replace him as opener with Mahela and put Chandi in at no.4 instead. I also wouldn't mind seeing Chathuranga De Silva in the squad.

Posted by cricat16 on (August 20, 2014, 11:53 GMT)

W/C @ AUS is getting nearer . It is better if add Chandimal and Thisara Perera over Tirimanna and Priyanjan to 11 . Actually Thirimanna should be dropped from 15 but priyanjan is a good player and he should be kept in 15 for replacements in 11 .

Posted by   on (August 20, 2014, 10:49 GMT)

thirimanne again out for a duck today,but am sure he will play for all ODIs which is unexplainable,chandi managed 37 today but am not sure how he will do in the ODI,anyway atleast he is a bit better than thiri,but he better perfrom or else he needs to be dropped for good,Tharanag is a far better opener than kusal cos kusal gets out very early even tough he scores 20 runs fast..

Posted by   on (August 20, 2014, 10:32 GMT)

my idea is the giving a opportunity for dilruwan perera as a spiner instead randiv case he's been so good with his bowling performance since recently so I feel like rather than giving the opportunity to randiv it's much better to giving the odi opportunity to dilruwan then it'll become a good balance team including dilruwan with sl odi11 for Pakistan my team selection is tharanga,dilshan,sanga,mahela,priyanjan,mathiws,thisara,dilruwa,herath,kulasekara,malinga

Posted by   on (August 20, 2014, 9:56 GMT)

@Senura seriously you pick Thirimanna over Ashan Priyanjan...!!!! And that too in the middle order.....????

Posted by wapuser on (August 20, 2014, 8:53 GMT)

Why not open with Mahela?? My team would be 1.Mahela 2.Dilshan 3.Chandimal 4.Sanga 5.Thirimanne 6.Mathews 7.Thisara 8.Prasad 9.Herath 10.Malinga 11.Lakmal

Posted by   on (August 20, 2014, 8:45 GMT)

For the 1st ODI:- 1.Tharanga 2.Dilshan 3.Sanga 4.Mahela 5.Priyanjan 6.Mathews 7.Thisara Perera 8.Seekuge Prasanna 9.Kulasekara 10.Herath 11.Malinga. I think Chandimal, Prasad & Randiv should also get at least 1 chance to play in the next 2 ODIs. But I can't imagine why Thirimanne is in the squad. He more suits for tests and even not in a good form these days. And he doesn't have a proper space in the line up too. I think Kithruwan Vithanage, Danushka Gunathilake, Chathuranga de Silva, Bhanuka Rajapakshe & Mahela Udawatthe should also get chances to play ODIs in the future. Best of luck for Lions in the ODIs too!!!

Posted by Sri_Lankan_Cricket_Fan on (August 20, 2014, 8:28 GMT)

Seriously drop Lahiru Thirimanne and give the vice captaincy to a player like Lasith Malinga who has a fix spot in the team. From today's practice match I would select Chandimal, Priyanjan, Thisara Perera and Kithuruwan. But unfortunately Kithuruwan is not in the squad. Priyanjan and Thisara must be in the playing 11. I am not quite sure about Chandimal yet. He will improve definitely. On the other hand Thirimanne is a bitter disappointment. We have better young players than him. Its time Mahela retires from the ODI as well. Out of these 3 games ODI is the only one Mahela was unable to find form this year. Instead he quit Test (which was the only one he was in 100% good form and confidence) he could have quit ODI in this tour.

Posted by ajith0813 on (August 20, 2014, 8:20 GMT)

Yes. Thirimanne should drop.Why selectors are that much of favour for Thiri. The vice captaincy may go to Thisara Perera. Thisara and Chandimal are more talented but unfortunate players. It is better Mahela open the innings by keeping Chandimal at no.04 at WC.

Posted by   on (August 20, 2014, 7:50 GMT)

it's time to do some experiments. kusal is a good player.but he hasn't consistent enough.tharanga also same. i think chandimal is a good opener. so my team for WC 1.Dilshan 2.chandimal 3.sanga 4.mahela 5.mathews 6.ashan/thirimanne 7.thisara 8.prasad 9.herath 10.kulasekara 11.malinga

Posted by JamesSmithee on (August 20, 2014, 7:29 GMT)

Kusal perera must be in the team. He has better strick rate and better impact than Tharanga. He is an improving player. He had improved his average and strick rate on this year from 23 to 28.

Posted by   on (August 20, 2014, 7:05 GMT)

Thirimanne out for a duck again in a practice game .what miserable form for this talented player. He should go back to the cricket academy and work on correcting his technique which obviously has a major flaw. He should be talking to Marvan, Mahela & Sanga and get their guidance to correct the situation if he wants to retain his place in the team. Selectors will do well move out his vice captaincy to another deserving player. My choice is Herath or Tharanga even for a short stint.

Posted by   on (August 20, 2014, 7:01 GMT)

what's wrong with Thisara? He can't have a problem with Mathews like what Mawan and Vaas had with captains.

Posted by Sri_Lankan_Cricket_Fan on (August 20, 2014, 6:21 GMT)

Today practice match Thirimanne out for a duck. Let him play a lot of first class cricket to practice not easily get out for fast bowlers giving catch to keeper or slips easily. He is not even suitable to have in 15 men squad. Please play Chandimal instead. He is a very positive player and vastly talented than Thirimanne.

Posted by CricketFirst on (August 20, 2014, 6:12 GMT)

Team shud be picked sighting the world cup. Kulasekera did a good job in the past but it's time to move on. Opposition batsmen will lick their fingers to face him in WC due to his lack of pace, bounce and lack of swing he'll get in AUS conditions. So Prasad should replace him in this squad and when Lakaml & Eranga returns we have a decent pace attack for WC.

Thisara shud be in the side coz he's the best finisher we have & he has proved it many times. My squad for PAK series is:

1. Tharanga 2. Dilshan 3. Sanga 4. Mahela 5. Angelo 6. Chandimal 7. Thisara 8. Prasad 9. Prasanna 10. Herath 11. Malinga

It is a big question mark why the selectors picked Thirimanne as Vice Captain when he has an ODI average of 29 and a strike rate of 67 after playing 71 games.

Chandimal also must prove his worth in this series coz he's also played 84 ODI matches for SL.

Posted by ms2000 on (August 20, 2014, 6:07 GMT)

Thirimanne again???! I cant belive this. How can he get a place when he has failed right through? Very questionable decision. Too soon to take Chandimal back. he's got to prove more .

Posted by   on (August 20, 2014, 5:41 GMT)

Thirimanna is gone for a 'duck' in the practice game that he is captaining for how long will the selectors continue to overlook his failures...

Posted by   on (August 20, 2014, 5:38 GMT)

please remove Thiri. Chandi deserves a place in the playing 11

Posted by Ramansilva on (August 20, 2014, 4:48 GMT)

Many fans inquire about Kusal Perera. Whether injured or not, is he good enough to play the openers role in ODIs. Yes, he score fast but he get out so soon. He is like a bottle of soda. Lot of excitement at the beginning and then gone. He is usually the first to go. That affects the psyche of the team. We need an aggressive player who can hold fort. In current form, Tharanga is a better choice.

Posted by gsamiru on (August 20, 2014, 4:19 GMT)

Most of the people are talking about the Kusal's omission in the squad and the article clearly states that it was due to an injury. ........ Even with totally fit Kusal, I don't think that he is The Opener for SL in the upcoming WC. So it is better to give the next 15 opportunities to 'Tharanga - Dilshan' combo to settle down as a solid opening pair before the WC.

Posted by   on (August 20, 2014, 4:03 GMT)

@krashlite 1975 i agree with you.your team look more balance.bt i don't think that neither tharanga nor kusal perera will be a good option as an opening batsman in seaming conditions in aus and nz.i think we should give a chance to niroshan dickwella in odis as well.inclusion of randiv is a very good move.he is a better spinner than seekuge pradanna and randiv can also perform with the bat as well.we desperatly need chandimal to find his form back coz he has already proved that he is a good player in bouncy tracks.we should not play herath and he should be given a proper rest.if thisara has also improved his bowling i think the team duggested by krashlite1975 is capable of winning the nect year world cup..

Posted by Sri_Lankan_Cricket_Fan on (August 20, 2014, 3:59 GMT)

For god sake drop Thirimanne.

1. Dilshan 2. Tharanga 3. Sanga 4. Mahela 5. Chandimal 6. Mathews 7. Thisara 8. Kulasekara 9. Sekkuge 10. Rangana 11. Malinga

Posted by Sexysteven on (August 20, 2014, 3:49 GMT)

Well if Sri Lanka don't select younger players that's going to make them go backwards how the hell did thirimanne get selected again to put it politely he's a journeymen player at best who's so out of form I can't see where his next run is coming from it's selections like that that will get Sri Lanka into trouble you have to select on form if that's the case then in thirimannes case he has no form they would of been better off persisting with chandimal cos at least he has scored some runs in the past and has some ability with thirimanne I just can't see his ability at all

Posted by ksquared on (August 20, 2014, 3:40 GMT)

Apart from the questionable selection of Thirimanne the squad looks well balanced. My only concern is the spin department. Apart from Herath can the others pick up wickets in the middle overs or at least stem the flow of runs?

Posted by Prem2248 on (August 20, 2014, 3:32 GMT)

We should pick talented skilful youngsters among Schoolboy Cricketers that have maintained consistency for the last 5-6years if we want to succeed in the Future.There's no use of singing songs for retiring & other tested and found to be useless players a time when there are no tournaments are held for youth (no sponsors), leave alone giving them opportunities at National level. If something happens to Mathews there is not a single player to take his place, even Chandimal's confidence is at low ebb @ present, for his fear of losing his position at regular basis and sending him to bat at odd places despite his brilliance since the age of 16. We badly need few more of those that could middle the ball better, with a straight bat who have excelled from young age such as RoshenSilva,AshenSilva,C'imal,AngeloP,ShehanJayasooriya, Maneeshan,KusalMendis,Priyamal Perera,SdeeraSamarawickrema, PawanWickremasinghe,..Selectors of late have always had great disliking for such bats(e.g.S'weera,A'patu)

Posted by angee88 on (August 20, 2014, 3:19 GMT)

Thisara should be playing since he should be prepared for the WC 2015

Posted by   on (August 20, 2014, 3:08 GMT)

The squad picked looks really balanced on paper. Unfortunately opener Kusal Perera missed out due to injury although the media reported that he was dropped for lack of form in recent past which I think is ridiculous. It is good to see Thisara Perera,Prasanna and Randiv given another opportunity and hopefully they will live up to expectations along with Thirimanne & Chandimal.

Posted by   on (August 20, 2014, 3:07 GMT)

where is kusal janith perera?????????????

Posted by Prem2248 on (August 20, 2014, 3:07 GMT)

to prove their worth. Other establish countries have always gone for their talented youngsters and allow them to bat @ their accustomed positions( Balance,Root ENG; Williamson NZ) that excelled well @ ALs (Cricket), in contrast the local selectors have always preferred friends who've failed the test several times. It is only in this Country, one may find front-line batters start their innings with Dil's scoops, Reverse sweeps & glides through slip cordon, (believed to be suicidal strokes @ any stage of the Game) that is never happens with Country's like England where knowledgeable past Cricketers are in abundance, cos they'll never lose memory of the Mike Gatting's Reverse sweep in '87 WC Final.

Posted by Prem2248 on (August 20, 2014, 3:05 GMT)

We're going to get another '99WC result, @ the next, with this kind of selections. One can't even think of being successful when the team is packed with fleet-footed batters of slow reflex known for reckless hitting & spinners that needs spin friendly pitches to take wkts. Even though chief selector's and his partner's reckless hitting were a complete flop @ 96WC(check stats @ Cricinfo), he is yet to learn (will never learn) the importance of employing stroke-filled batters of lightening reflex, known for controlled hitting such as the Skipper,KhausalS,Chandimal & Dickwella as front-liners in all formats. Still others (always given top positon, no of fear of loosing their places even if they've failed 20-25 times @ a stretch) may bat for themselves, hardly won matches for the Country. Even NiroshanDickwella, TharinduKhausal, Kusal Mendis, SadeeraSamarawickrema, PriyamalPerera, of Last 2 Youth WCs are far better picks than many average players given too many opportunities here2bCNTD

Posted by   on (August 20, 2014, 2:57 GMT)

@samcric7,,,hehe good one mate..there are some famous guys on cricinfo like that,they just will say anything against evrything SL do,complaining from the pitch to the playing,apart from the 2 guys you mentioned there were some other two famous guys Arun Bose,Rajesh India 1990 too,they have too gone missinhg on this site with the recent happenings in england and sri lanka....haha

Posted by   on (August 20, 2014, 2:22 GMT)

May be Dickwella for Chandimal or Tharanga

Posted by NAYMAR.JR on (August 20, 2014, 1:58 GMT)

the fans talking about new players.but i strongly feel that sanath has already selected the world cup team including thiri,chandi and tharanga.the onley change could happned including new sppiner and new middle order batsman.these days onley doing replacements for injured people in the dream team of sanath.

Posted by   on (August 20, 2014, 1:03 GMT)

Some are commenting here without reading the article in full and digesting all facts. Even a local sinhala newspaper today reported that Kusal Perera was dropped and Dilruwan Perera was also not considered. Truth is that Kusal is injured and Dilruwan is only considered for test matches. We have got only 15 matches to play until World Cup. We need to build a 15 man strong match winning squad by that time. Therefore unfortunately time of experimenting is not there. We have to build our squad using experienced players who have come across various tough match situations in the past and conquered them. Bringing in Randiv in that sense is a good move. They have named Prasanna and Randiv to cover up Sachithra. Prasanna could be erratic at times and therefore Randiv is a good addition. Rangana Herath is a national treasure in test cricket. He does have a big role to play in 2015 WC. But he can be omitted in non important matches to give his dodgy knees a well earned rest.

Posted by Rizwanodayar on (August 20, 2014, 0:47 GMT)

We are looking to build a team for next world cup which is held in Aus/New. It is common sense on those condition should play minimum 3 fast bowlers there for we have to use remaining one day matches to find best combination. 1.Dilshan-bat, No2 Upul/Kusal jan-Bat, No3-Sanga-Bat,No 4 Mahala-Bat, No5 Mathews-Bat, No 6 Chandimal/Vithanaga/priyarangan(Bat) No7-Thisara/Mahroof/C Silva/ Shehan Jayasoorya(All rounder), No 8 Dammik/kula/Eranga/Lakmal/Pradeep/Binura-FastB No9(Fast B), No10 Herath/Sachithra/Randive/Prasanna-Spiner, No 11 Maling-(FastB

Posted by   on (August 19, 2014, 22:06 GMT)

I wish Kusal Perera was in the squad.

Posted by samcric7 on (August 19, 2014, 20:11 GMT)

Well played SL and Pak , very exciting two test matches.

Although two infamous critics disappeared during the test series , it is hilarious to read those comments now. Waiting for ODI comments.

Posted by Yousufahmed1 on (August 7, 2014, 7:13 GMT) Sarfaraz has got the liking for SL mediocre bowling. Who can forget that unbelievable chase on the 5th day when Sarfaraz got into his own and pummeled overrated SL spinners from the rough. I hope he can stay with Younus and teach this toothless attack a lesson. Another home thrashing on the way for Lankans.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (August 9, 2014, 8:45 GMT) RIP Test cricket in Sri Lanka. No wonder these games draw such small crowds, there is no even contest between bat and ball. There is nothing to show case fast bowling, even for spinners the turn is slow. SCB need to do something to relight these dull encounters.

Posted by ThilankaK on (August 19, 2014, 18:48 GMT)

My Team ;- 1. Dilshan, 2.Tharanga, 3.Sangakkara, 4.Mahela, 5.Mathews, 6.Priyanjan, 7.Thisara, 8.Kulasekara, 9.Randiv, 10.Herath, 11.Malinga.

Posted by krashlite1975 on (August 19, 2014, 18:45 GMT)

Here's the best batting order- (1) Dilshan; (2) Tharanga (on a short leash though); (3) Sanga the great (4) Mahela (5) Chandi- not sold on this, so he's on a short leash too, and needs to show he can take responsibility; (6) Mathews- best finisher in the game right now perhaps; (7) Priyanjan (5th bowler part time spin option) OR Thisara (if we want the part time option to be pace- if grooming for AUS/NZ WC, Thisara should play); (8) Randiv (better calibre spinner than Prasanna); (9) Prasad (better bowler than Kulasekara and probably similar batting considering Kula is out of form with the bat right now (10) Herath (replace with Prasanna if giving him a rest); (11) Malinga

If anyone has any arguments with the order above, then it is not based on facts

Posted by   on (August 19, 2014, 18:41 GMT)

coz Senanyke can't bowl now...

Posted by krashlite1975 on (August 19, 2014, 18:38 GMT)

For all the Akila Dhananjaya fans out there, go look at his last 10 domestic matches performance. Absolutely nothing worthy of national selection

Posted by   on (August 19, 2014, 18:34 GMT)

@Vinod Villa Pudasun,,there is no personal hate cos i dont even know chandimal,dont say stupid things like that,(it seems that you have a strange love for chandimal i should say)for the past 1 year he is been in very poor form with thirimanne has been weakeneing the middle order and he has had so many chances and still failed,so he was finally dropped and sent to england and he scores 2 centuries against NZ A,ENG lions and now back in the team so soon,but dickwella has done better as a batsman in the last 4 matches and he is a excellent keeper yet no chance for him,and prasad is too expensive for one dayers and he is too medicore even tough he took 5 wickets in england and two in the last match,its silly to choose players on personal feeling basis anywya..

Posted by krashlite1975 on (August 19, 2014, 18:33 GMT)

@chandana fonseka- Sachith Pathirana got hammered for 30 runs in 1 over by England A. Bringing him in would be a huge mistake.

Posted by Cricthink on (August 19, 2014, 18:32 GMT)

I feel Kitha should be there and so does Randiv. Tissera's inclusion is good too as he performs well against Pakistan. Should go in with 5 Bowlers and wicket Keeper Bat, Dillie could be an alternate bowler to add up if someone has an off day

Posted by DreamCricketer on (August 19, 2014, 18:27 GMT)

DreamCricketer: They selected Chandimal again?? Serious! He should be not in the team for at least 1 year. Should be after the world cup.

Posted by CricketMasterMind on (August 19, 2014, 18:23 GMT)

How come they left out Mendis.. He is the highest ODI wicket taker in 2014. http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/records/bowling/most_wickets_career.html?class=2;id=2014;type=year

Posted by NAYMAR.JR on (August 19, 2014, 18:15 GMT)

no new youngsters ha?onley 3 young players in the country is thiri,chandi and tharanga.lol.

Posted by   on (August 19, 2014, 18:05 GMT)

please don't put chandimal in low order and destroy his form again.

Posted by Abbas67 on (August 19, 2014, 17:36 GMT)

Sri Lanka are just rotating same bunch of players, they needed Kausal Silva as an opener instead of Tharanga, also replacements for Chandimal, Thirimanne & Randiv !

Posted by   on (August 19, 2014, 17:33 GMT)

@chandu? team select by their performances! Centuries against Ireland,England,New zealand A bowlers whom represented national level..! So called other young batsman couldn't do that so! please leave your personal hate aside..Dickwella batted poorly that's why he is ommited! Prasad selected cause eranga,lakmal injured!

Posted by   on (August 19, 2014, 16:58 GMT)

If selectors include all suggested players here they will need a squad of 30+ or so. I do not know why some are even listing out batting order and a playing XI. It will vary according to the situation. Apart from Thirimanne others do deserve to be in the squad. Randiv has good international experience behind him and experience do count in tough situations. Chandimal is a much more talented player compared to Thirimanne. Hope he has learned his lessons by playing in A team. Thirimanne even when he was scoring runs was ok when the asking rate was low and when there was no need to take calculated risks. That type of player should not be in an ODI squad. Once he scored 20 odd in 91 balls in West Indies in an ODI. I do not have to elaborate more.

Posted by TurningSquare on (August 19, 2014, 16:53 GMT)

To Sri Lankan fans, where is Akila??? Is he not the next Murali?

Posted by Herath-UK on (August 19, 2014, 16:50 GMT)

Prasanna should definitely play he had a very good A tour & a good lower order bat & should groom for the WC. Rambukwella & De Silva should be given opportunities to show their case.

Posted by   on (August 19, 2014, 16:45 GMT)

where is kithuruwan. .

Posted by kkk999 on (August 19, 2014, 16:38 GMT)

ajantha mendis only as a guest in the sri Lankan odi team.... will only play against Australia new Zealand south Africa England wi....as they still haven't read his delieveries properly and will never play against subcontinent teams as everbody knows hel hardly pick wickets and get smacked royally

Posted by   on (August 19, 2014, 16:33 GMT)

I think Sri Lankan Cricket board destroyed Chandimal by giving him captaincy in T20 and vice captaincy in ODI.. And did same to Thiri.. Both of them are really good players who became victims of poor decision making... Hope they will bounce back as I believe both of them got a big roll to play for Sri Lankan cricket.. Well Taranga is a good batsman yet he is poor in fast tracks.. So it is a doubt how well will he perform in AUS for WC... So I prefer to give some room to another player who showed better record in fast tracks... So Kusal has done that... And another simple question I have is what has happened to Akila Dananjaya...? People seems to be completely forgotten him...!!

Posted by   on (August 19, 2014, 16:31 GMT)

where is kiththa. .he is young brave player. .

Posted by   on (August 19, 2014, 16:18 GMT)

thirimanne again again,,,,oh god,are these idiot selectors crazy?..chandimal also included again,after getting a couple of hundreds against county sides in england,i suppose he will fail again being selected too soon,he should have been made to wait a bit longer before being selected to the national side,why no Dickwella?....he should have been selected,and prasad is no ODI Bowler,he is so expensive even in tests...all in all poor selection

Posted by ranilranathunga on (August 19, 2014, 15:48 GMT)

OMG Thirmanne still in??? And Kusal out??? We can play the young let arm spinner Amila Aponso, sho is performing great in domestic...

Posted by nickexplore on (August 19, 2014, 15:45 GMT)

At last Upul Tharanga is back in the ODI squad as well as the Test team. What a replacement for the injured Kusal Perera. Why such a good cricketer was left in the wilderness for so long is astonishing. His 92 and 45 at the SSC were pivotal innings that ensured SL scored competitive totals. Tharanga and Dilshan will form a good opening partnership and both can stay in and score big.

Posted by   on (August 19, 2014, 15:43 GMT)

The reason behind selection of Thirimanne is this. He was prematurely appointed as vice captain in all formats. Having made an earlier blunder of appointing Chandimal as vice captain in tests and ODIs and captain of T20 team when he could not even find a place on merit, selectors do not want to admit that they made a mistake second time around as well. That will affect their silly pride. So Thirimanne keeps appearing in all formats some times playing and sometimes warming the benches. Selectors are waiting for an opportunity to show they are right in case Thirimanne by some fortune (misfortune rather) make a sizeable contribution. If that does not happen they will gradually phase him out. Thirimanne is a poor impersonation of Sanga. Lets hope he will gradually disappear from the scene.

Posted by   on (August 19, 2014, 15:41 GMT)

What about the new spinner S. Pathirana? He did well with the A team and could have been included in place of Herath, who deserves a long rest. There is also Rambukwella who, despite his connections, has not performed too badly either. He could have replaced Randiv or Prasanna.

Posted by gsamiru on (August 19, 2014, 15:34 GMT)

1. Upul 2. Dilly 3. Sanga 4. Chandi 5. Mahela 6. Angi 7. Thisara 8. Kula 9. Sikku 10. Randiv 11. Malinga ......... My choice for the 1st ODI. Hope that Upul will score some healthy runs and book his place in the WC squad, since he should be the opener for SL in Aus.

Posted by yohandf on (August 19, 2014, 15:30 GMT)

Sri Lankan selectors have named a strong team which is good coz world cup is as close as 7 months .So this is not a time for many experiments . But i like to see a youngster who can ball a bit like Kithruwan or Angelo Perera instead Tharanga . Tharanga has prooved his inability in swinging conditions which will be the case in 2015 WC .My team for 1st ODI - Thirimanne , Dilshan , Sanga ,Mahela , Angelo , Chandimal ,Thisara , Kulasekara , Randiv , Herath , Malinga . Only six batsmen but Thisara , Kule and Randiv too can bat so long batting line up and 7 potential bowlers . Anyway we should rotate bowlers and give each atleast one game .

Posted by Charindra on (August 19, 2014, 15:27 GMT)

Thirimanne really needs to start scoring runs now. He's hurt his team over the past couple of months. But I agree, Malinga should have been vice captain, if he wanted it. Also I feel that Kithruwan is paying the price for his late night meeting with a female secretary of SLC in his room. Fair enough, since it was on a match night. And Chandimal is back! Well, he really needs runs at international level. This is his last chance I feel.

Posted by   on (August 19, 2014, 15:16 GMT)

'Doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result' is defined as insanity- which is 100% true in the selection of Lahiru 'no-hit' Thirimanna.

Posted by slazenger on (August 19, 2014, 15:06 GMT)

Appoint Malinga as vice captain for T20/One day side and Herath as Vice captain for test side.

Posted by   on (August 19, 2014, 15:05 GMT)

Thiri is bad selection...... Akila dhanjaya good odi player dnt knw y he not squard

Posted by   on (August 19, 2014, 15:04 GMT)

The most balanced squad I have seen for years. "Randiv" is not a type of a bowler who should be left behind long term. "Chandimal" scored two awesome centuries with Sri Lanka A and returns to his rightful place. I hope, he'll be given the chance to bat up the order. "Tharanga" returns with his consistency and aggressive batting shown even in tests. "Thisara" again in, which he deserves as a match winner, without doubt. All other players are well placed in the squad. The only question arises with respect to the place of "Thirimanne". Hope he'll do something to remind his last two centuries against the Pakistani attack. Wish them good luck.....!

Posted by sudaththa on (August 19, 2014, 14:47 GMT)

Like to see one change. Thirimanne out Kithruwan Inn

Posted by sudaththa on (August 19, 2014, 14:28 GMT)

Like to see one change. Thirimanne out Kithruwan Inn

Posted by   on (August 19, 2014, 14:25 GMT)

Chathuranga De Silva should have been selected ahead of Suraj Radiv....He is a very useful batsman as well......I aina can not understand why again and again select Thri as the vice captain while he does not deserve a place in the playing XI...Sri Lanka must appoint Lasith Malinga as the vice captain till the end of the next world cup.....

Posted by   on (August 19, 2014, 14:24 GMT)

good to see chandimal is back hope good form continues witha big one

Posted by sasika.madushan2014 on (August 19, 2014, 14:11 GMT)

Why this randiv agian?? Why cant pick new offspriner like tharindu kaushal or akila dananjaya. Randiv is not good selection, have to give a chance for new player, randivs past records not good..

Posted by Senaratne77 on (August 19, 2014, 14:04 GMT)

What on earth is this Thirimanna doing in the ODI squad? I thought him being in the Test team is bad enough! Where is Dilruwan Perera, Kusal Perera ?

Posted by   on (August 19, 2014, 13:36 GMT)

Opener Kusal Perera was unavailable for selection due to a hamstring injury

Posted by SLMaster on (August 19, 2014, 13:25 GMT)

Except Sachitra and Kusal all WC squad is in.

Posted by nickexplore on (August 19, 2014, 13:02 GMT)

ESPN Cricinfo. News on Kusal Perera please. The calls for Tharindu Kausal's inclusion continue as his impressive bowling figures keep adding up. And no Chaturanga de Silva, the logical replacement for Sachitra Senanayake. Instead it's Suraj Randiv's turn, who bowled with unerring accuracy for SL A against England Lions in SL in February. Thirimanne and Chandimal and no Vithanage.

Posted by   on (August 19, 2014, 12:58 GMT)

When selectors give chance to Tharindu Kausal?? My team 1.dilshan 2.Thirimanne/Upul 3.Sanga 4.chandimal 5.mahela 6.mathews 7.thisara 8.Radiv 9.kulaseakara 10.herath 11.Malinga

Posted by   on (August 19, 2014, 12:53 GMT)

Guys Kusal is injured... hence he is not playing for the SL A side aswell.... i think a hand or wrist injury

Posted by   on (August 19, 2014, 12:52 GMT)

Tharanga deserve this opportunity and hope he won't give away cheaply. SL need hard hitters and hope Sekkuge and Thisara find a place.

Posted by CricketPissek on (August 19, 2014, 12:49 GMT)

all these people commenting about Kusal, DO YOU EVEN READ THE ARTICLE BEFORE COMMENTING?! Decent squad. I feel sorry for Ajantha Mendis who's always mismanaged. Those seeking Chandimal to be dropped are being short sighted. He's an excellent player who's in bad form. I bet you also wanted Mahela dropped in 2003 after a bad run (although no doubt posting emotional facebook statuses about him now)

Posted by   on (August 19, 2014, 12:47 GMT)

1.Tharanga 2.Dilshan 3.Sanga 4.Mahela 5.Chandimal 6.Mathews 7.Priyanjan 8.Thisara 9.Kulasekara 10.Herath 11.Malinga

Posted by   on (August 19, 2014, 12:45 GMT)

let mahela open the inning. mahela dilshan chandimal sanga thirimanne mathews kulasekara prasannna perera herath malinga

Posted by vishwa1111 on (August 19, 2014, 12:44 GMT)

yes suraj this is ur chance......take it

Posted by   on (August 19, 2014, 12:34 GMT)

poor slection where is Chathuranga De Silva he is best allrounder and perform well with A team....He is better than thisara perera selection commity blind..these young players must in the squad.Giving chance to thisara is nothing his blowling performance and batting poor cant relay on his powerhitting evey time..chathuranga de silva is good left arm spin blower and perfect guy for mathews batting in midddle overs...I dont know why Sanath not given chance to this guy.Plz sanath dont do that,Malinga also not doing well he starting leaking runs,young left arm fast blower must there..Sekkuge prasanna nothing he comes ad thorw his wicket away as scl boy..Look at Mathews his performance increasing now a days, tram like this without 2 more yong players not good for mathews in future.Chandimal Batting position poor he is oppener.chandimal should open with dilshan,otherwise his future over.. Cant happy with this selection........

Posted by   on (August 19, 2014, 12:30 GMT)

Option 1-->Give chandimal a go with no 3 .sanga,mahela ,mathews then Option 2-->Mahela should open the batting with Dilshan .then chandimal can bat at no 4.tharanga for 5. remember the WC 2015 is in Aus/NZ..

Posted by hatheems on (August 19, 2014, 12:22 GMT)

both teams should utilize these chances before the world cup to pick the correct squad. this is not the right time to experiment with different combination. yeah.. its true sanga and mahela will play key role as they did bt they need a good support. so better to keep the momentum picked up since the begining of this year.

Posted by axe_hay on (August 19, 2014, 12:22 GMT)

Why SL selectors always persist with poor performers like Chandimal and Thirimanne ? They have been given umpteen number of opportunities at the international level and have always failed. They did the same to Kapugedera and Jehan Mubarak in the past , given them so many chances still they failed.Its time to start looking for replacements for Sanga and Mahela - why cant they try youngsters like Angelo Perera ,Shehan Jayasuriya, Gayan Maneeshan, Roshen Silva or Sachithra Serasinghe ? Even in the bowling dept , talented youngsters like Tharindu Kaushal , Malinda Pushpakumara and S.Prasanna are always ignored. The next big thing- Akila Dananjaya has now been forgotten. Its time SL selectors start grooming talented youngsters for the enxt level and ged rid of underperformers !

Posted by CricketFever11 on (August 19, 2014, 12:17 GMT)

Where is Kusal............ Is he injured?

Posted by   on (August 19, 2014, 12:14 GMT)

Where is Kusal Perera?????

Posted by   on (August 19, 2014, 12:12 GMT)

Hi Guys, all can't play for the team. I think Kusal was injured.

Posted by YsaKaru on (August 19, 2014, 12:10 GMT)

best young OB bowler in the country never get a chance in national team????...... Tharindu kaushal-FC ave 22.40 and List A ave 19.67

Posted by   on (August 19, 2014, 12:06 GMT)

where is kusal janith perera????????????????????????????????

Posted by sridoosra on (August 19, 2014, 12:06 GMT)

Where is Kusal perera. kushal 01) Dilshan 2) Sanga 03) Mahela 04)Mathews 05)Chandimal 06) Tharanga 07) Thisara 08)Randiv 09) Kulasekara 10) Herath 11) Malinga This is my 11

Posted by Deesh_Banneheka on (August 19, 2014, 11:53 GMT)

is it a good decision by selectors. my dream team would be: Tillakaratne Dilshan, Upul Tharanga, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Mahela Jayawardena, Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews (capt), Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Suraj Randiv, Rangana Herath and Lasith Malinga.

Posted by   on (August 19, 2014, 11:51 GMT)

Where is Kusal Janith and Menda ?

Posted by   on (August 19, 2014, 11:49 GMT)

Oh where is Kusal Perera, and why didn't they give any chances to New young players (Priyamal Perera) he is another attacking All rounder for SriLanka from Same St.Joseph College..

Posted by K.I.D on (August 19, 2014, 11:49 GMT)

At last he got a chance to show up

Posted by Mahaanama on (August 19, 2014, 11:46 GMT)

01) Tharanga 02) Dilshan 03) King Sanga 04) Mahela 05) Chandimal 06) Mathews 07) Priyanjan/Thirimanna/Thisara 08) Randiv 09) Kulasekara 10) Herath 11) Malinga

Posted by Cric-Aus-SL on (August 19, 2014, 11:39 GMT)

If the veteran cricketers want to groom up their successors, Can either Sangakkara or Jayawardena give them their batting position to Dinesh Chandimal?

Posted by Kaava on (August 19, 2014, 11:37 GMT)

How abt Dickwella???He btr for ODIs than Test

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