South Africa in Sri Lanka 2013

Chandimal becomes youngest Sri Lanka ODI captain

Andrew Fidel Fernando

July 17, 2013

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Dinesh Chandimal top scored for Sri Lanka with 26, India v Sri Lanka, West Indies tri-series, Port-of-Spain, July 9, 2013
Dinesh Chandimal replaces Arjuna Ranatunga as Sri Lanka's youngest ODI captain © AFP
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Series/Tournaments: South Africa tour of Sri Lanka
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Sri Lanka squad

  • Dinesh Chandimal (capt), Lahiru Thirimanne (vice capt), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Upul Tharanga, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Angelo Perera, Jehan Mubarak, Rangana Herath, Sachithra Senanayake, Ajantha Mendis, Lasith Malinga, Shaminda Eranga, Thisara Perera, Suranga Lakmal
  • In Thisara Perera, Jehan Mubarak, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Angelo Perera
  • Out Kusal Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Dilhara Lokuhettige, Jeevan Mendis

Dinesh Chandimal will become Sri Lanka's youngest ODI captain, at 23, after being handed the reins for the first two matches against South Africa in Colombo. Regular captain Angelo Mathews was unavailable after earning a two-match suspension for an over-rate offence in the West Indies tri-nation series. Lahiru Thirimanne was named vice-captain.

Middle-order batsman Jehan Mubarak earned a recall, four years after his last international appearance. Now 32, Mubarak did not show sustained aptitude at the top level in his previous stints with the national team, despite a fine domestic reputation. He hit 42 in the practice match against the South Africans on Wednesday and had been the top-scorer in Sri Lanka's inter-provincial List A competition in January, with an average of 60 and a strike rate of 120.96. Uncapped middle-order batsman Angelo Perera was named in the 15-man squad as well, after top-scoring for his side in the warm-up match, with 46.

Allrounder Thisara Perera reclaimed his place after missing the West Indies tri-series. An injury to Nuwan Kulasekara's left ring finger, which was sustained in the Caribbean, ruled him out of the first two matches and Suranga Lakmal retained his place as Kulasekara's replacement. Tillakaratne Dilshan is also recovering from a tear to his right medial calf muscle, but was named in the squad and is expected to be fit for the first match. Upul Tharanga, who hit a career-best 174 not out in the West Indies after being picked as Dilshan's replacement, was also retained, at the expense of Kusal Perera, who opened for Sri Lanka in the Champions Trophy.

Ajantha Mendis kept his place as well, despite having played just one match in the tri-series, but will compete with left-arm spinner Rangana Herath and offspinner Sachithra Senanayake for a place in the XI. Sri Lanka also have part-time spin options in Mubarak and Angelo Perera, but legspinning allrounder Jeevan Mendis was omitted, after an unconvincing run.

Both matches will be played at the R Premadasa Stadium, but the squad may be changed ahead of the third ODI in Pallekele on July 26. The teams play five ODIs and three Twenty20s.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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Posted by WPDDESILVA on (July 22, 2013, 10:33 GMT)

Not in good hands. SL Cricket in terrible hands! We are blessed to have players like Mahela, Sanga, Dilshan, Malinga. These guys came into the scene and in a limited period of time we all knew they had potential. CHandimal, Thirimanne, Kusal, Eranga etc have had their MOMENTS not any promise. Remember these guys have been around for a time now. How many chances do we have to give?

Posted by LionsofLanka on (July 19, 2013, 10:41 GMT)

@CRLShamalka

Ok...We will play Sanath, Mahela, Sanga, Murali, vaas, Attapattu, and all ....We will drop Chandi, A. Parera, thisara, Thirimanne, Ajanta Mendis permanently and play kusal only. You count Mathews is excellent captain. Had WI played sensibly, we would be out of tri series. Had AUS not played for NRR to qualify semis, we would be out of semis. We had not played authentic cricket under Mathews so as to call him great. It was Vaas, Murali & Sanath combination who was influential in 2003, 2007 which you counting for. Don't relate personal achievement with captaincy. Don't criticize knowledgeable persons like Prema1948. Don't count stats & history. They are more than tricky. We want future. We don't want see past. If we do like you wrote in your post, we will blame our promising youngsters and opponents only.

Posted by Otuwa on (July 19, 2013, 10:20 GMT)

@ Mandu Bharadwaj-Good point.But it's a impossible thing in SLan cricket.Because we all know SL legends can stay in the team with in or out of form.It's a such a bad thing for SL cricket.We need good selectors with straight forward mindset.Just like you.But unfortunately we haven't these kind of selectors.Sanath's batting was aggressive.But Sanath's selections are questionable and not an aggressive.

Posted by tdslbuwa on (July 19, 2013, 9:04 GMT)

Sri Lanka has young talents...all they need is more exposure at the highest level and a bit of maturity...D.Chandimal..A.Mathewes...Thisara Perera...Kushal Janith..Angelo Perera...L.Thirimanne...these 7 players will be there when the big 3 gone...Sanga and Mahela need to understand that these players need to bat without any pressure..but seniors get the chance at the top and make hundreds and youngsters come late without much time left and get criticized..thats not fair..take a look at India..all young players come ahead of Dhoni and when the pressure is on experience matters..But in our team youngsters come after 40 overs or 30/3 under pressure..I think thats the problem..

Posted by MelbourneMiracle on (July 19, 2013, 8:30 GMT)

Isn't it Mathews who lead the team upto the Semis of the Champions Trophy? Isn't it Mathews who led the team to the finals of the Tri-Series? So is he a bad captain just because the team lost in the that Semis & in the Finals under his captaincy? Then Sanath, Sanga & Mahela are also bad captains because they lost 2003 WC Semi, 2007 WC Finals, 2010 T20 WC Finals, 2011 WC Finals & 2012 T20 WC Finals under their captaincy. Accept it!

Posted by   on (July 19, 2013, 7:23 GMT)

If I am Dinesh Chandimal (capt), I will tell SL selectors & Mahela, Sanga, Dillu to let me handle the way I am looking for. Mahela, Sanga, Dillu had played enough for SL and it is time for New SL who will play for next 10 years. Coz these legends will be not more than 1-2 years and SL need to look for the future generation. I will play these legends as a backup and font load will share maximum by new ones no matter we loose by big margin. I will play only one of these legends per match and I will decide their playing position. I will use 6 batsmen, 1 all rounder, 2 each genuine spinners & medium fast bowlers. I will open Mahela/Dil with Thirimanne, myself at 3 , Angelo Parera at 4, Upul at 5, followed by Mubarak & Thisara, Sena and mendis, Eranga & Slinga. I will ask SL fans to watch with patience. I make this selection by considering best of present SL & opponent South Africa. Mathews will replace Mubarak, will interchange position with Upul & keep 2 legends on bench as Judges.

Posted by Otuwa on (July 19, 2013, 5:19 GMT)

@ _MiddleStump_-The problem is Rajapakses can't play cricket.Just a joke mate don't think about it.No doubt Bhanuka is a clever cricketer in school cricket.But he hasn't performed yet impactfully in club level.I think that is the problem with Bhanuka.Players like Angelo Perera,Kushal Silva performed well in domestic level.Bhanuka is just 21 years old.He has time.One day he will represent our country.Because he is a clever cricketer.Don't afraid.

Posted by   on (July 19, 2013, 3:06 GMT)

And Mubarak is in... lol... great... :)

Posted by   on (July 19, 2013, 2:01 GMT)

Interesting point of view expressed by cricket fans.Take the case of Shikar Davan whose previous outtings were not good.See the progress now.Talwnt is there.They need exposure and experience.Selectors are doing a good job.Of course we can criticize.Chandi,Thissara perera,Kusal Perera should be preserved.Kusal has tremendous potential.I personally don't belive comparing with legends such as Aravintha,Sanath,Mahela,Sanga,Sachin,Murali,Shane warne.

Posted by   on (July 18, 2013, 22:19 GMT)

sl shoulnt focus on winning this, they need to focus on the wc 2015 by giving more youngsters a chance, give mahela, sanga and dilshan a break. for last 3 odis make a young squad: 1.tharanga 2.munaweera 3.thirimanne 4.chandimal(wk) 5.kj perera 6.kapugedara 7.angelo perera 8.dananjaya 9.senenayake 10.ajantha mendis 11.t perera 12.mathews 13.maharoof 14.malinga 15.eranga (no point in playing kulasekara immediatly after injury, should rest him after he recovers or he'll just get injured again. just look what's happened to morne morkel!)

Posted by _MiddleStump_ on (July 18, 2013, 19:31 GMT)

I'm hoping that one of the readers can answer this for me.... What in the world has happened to Bhanuka Rajapakse?.... Thought he was supposed to be the next up and comer.

Posted by Baundele on (July 18, 2013, 15:11 GMT)

The squad does not look like a 'team'. Chandimal is a player with limited ability. However, Mathews has been totally a lost case in terms of captaincy. Hopefully Chandimal will do better.

Posted by SL_Boy on (July 18, 2013, 13:53 GMT)

common guys, look at the SL team stats only when you are seiner you perform well, so dont include young guns. let them pick randomly until they start to perform, I was checking stats of WI - A series all most all the young guys fail in A-team they are not ready to take a place in national team. let them play until they start to perform well, lean responsibility or experience ...

if you guys remember Arjuna he start to perform from first opportunity ... if you see Kusal, Chandi, Tisara they give away their wickets really said to watch. we lost to India in WI b'cous of Chandi and Kusals poor batting. Best thing for Chandi take him out of T20 team.

Posted by sicri15 on (July 18, 2013, 13:27 GMT)

thar1ndu team is the best for first match.Batting order also good.if early blow there (below 10 overs),sanga should bat at No.3.bcz he is the man can handle pressure well.Otherwise chandimal should play at No.3.He is our future.A.Perera and T.Perera should play at 6 & 7 respectively.Both can hit hardly. Bowlers also good.

Posted by   on (July 18, 2013, 13:15 GMT)

seriously kusal perera is out ?? this was the perfect foil to test him out. he deserves to be in the team at least. we don't need sanga and thirimanna playing test matches if 2 quick wickets falls.

Posted by Allen.Arendtsz on (July 18, 2013, 13:03 GMT)

Can't believe that Chandimal is going to lead the side, with an average of just more than 18 in the past months, i doubt that the role of captiancy would affect his natural game, a really poor decision by SLC. Well all of us who support SL should hope and pray that are senior players battle it out yet again, because with Jehan Muburak included and Chandimal as captian, its going to be a bumpy ride for SL But i still have faith in our boys and hoping that we would win the series. key players would be (Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawadena, Dilshan, Mathews, Thirimanne, Malinga and Herath), if these set of players perform well SL would grab the trophy Hands Down!!!!

Posted by   on (July 18, 2013, 11:53 GMT)

Good luck chandimal I hope u perform well

Posted by ajithabey on (July 18, 2013, 11:10 GMT)

It seems that the SL captaincy is now available on a platter. Chandimal is a good player but on current form he should have been dropped from the team. Hope the SL selectors gamble will work but bringing in Mubarak is questionable. I would have thought that Kusal Perera should have been given another chance as in the case of Chandimal if performance was the criteria. Tirimanne's choice is good as he seems to be very calm but fully focused at all times.Lets hope we have a good series despite the fact that rain seems to be following the SL team whenever they play.

Posted by sajhera on (July 18, 2013, 10:56 GMT)

SL Team need good around hard hitting batsman like Maharoof, why selection committee can't understand it???? Mubarak inclusion is a joke. Sanath Aiya can you compare analyse the Yashoda lanka performance with Mubarek in last domestic(806 runs, Ave 53.46, SR 106, hit 43 sixes ) and LJP Gunaratne(761 runs, hit 36 sixes). there are so many good player. please give them chances rather than giving favors special player. Where is Hasan, Promadaya? hope they will get tours only.

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (July 18, 2013, 10:49 GMT)

I prefer Tissara Perera to open the Innings. We need 2 openers who can hit over the infield like Sana and Kalu. The No 3 and 4 could be rebuilding if both 1 and 2 fail. I think Kushal Perera is good. He needs a bit experience and coached very well. I like Tissara and Kushal to open in 3 or 4 games and see what is happenning.

Posted by vsroc on (July 18, 2013, 9:58 GMT)

Posted by Venkat Sraman on (July 18, 2013) Let us see how the young captain of Sri. Lanka fares against S.Africa.

Posted by Sanga2014 on (July 18, 2013, 9:34 GMT)

Well said TimS1966. Dont blame selecters to every thing. Players need to perform if they want to get selected.

Posted by burner1985 on (July 18, 2013, 7:39 GMT)

How can a guy who should not even be in the team made captain, let alone break the record of a great Captain Ranatunga? And what has Mubarak done to deserve a spot in any team let alone the national side. Not going to be bothered with this series.

Posted by Thar1ndu on (July 18, 2013, 7:04 GMT)

My team for the first game:(balanced) 1.tharanga 2.Jayawardana 3.Chandimal(cpt) 4.Sangakkara(WK) 5.Thirimanne 6.A.perera 7.T.perrera 8.Senanayaka 9.Malinga 10.Eranga 11.hearth

Chandimal should bat at no03. He has performed best at that position.Chandimal can bat at 03 again. Chandimal must be long term no.03. he is the best young batsman in that position(avg:50+ S/R:80+) Sanga must bat down the order.

Posted by Otuwa on (July 18, 2013, 6:52 GMT)

Yes Kapu is the best choice instead of Mathews.It's sad to see SL managment going to backward.Mubarak?????really....I think most of the SLan fans don't like to see this lazy tall guy's batting.Mr Sanath is taking some rediculous descions.Drop Thisara,Drop Kusal.What a wonderful selector he is.I don't suprrise if he call to Ramitha Rambukwella to next series.What a wonderful batting lineup-Sanga+Mahela+Chand+Thiri+Tharanga+Mubarak.4,70+ strike rates and 2,60+ strike rates.

Strike Rates-Amla 91,AB 93,Duminy 84,Faf 93,Miller 102,Ingram 82...

Strike Rate is the main problem for SL.But i can't understand why can't they understand it????

Posted by Balumekka on (July 18, 2013, 6:52 GMT)

We can't expect players like Kohli, Dhavan or Raina among Sri Lankan youth players. We have to move on with what we have got at the moment. Rather than trying making great players, in our setup, its always better thinking of building a great team of good players. I saw Mathews's comment on expecting Sangas and MJs out of our youth players, which will never going to happen. Afterall, why do you make replicas of great players? Mathews need to think out of the box and try to improve at least the fielding standard of the team, improving mental strength and application of the younger players. He need to learn lot from Dhoni in that aspect.

Posted by   on (July 18, 2013, 6:36 GMT)

All is well but why is kaushal silva not coincided for the team after been the highest run getter in the world this year in the 1st class cricket circuit and the leading run getter in all the tournaments in sri lanka this year. But with out any performances Jehan Mubarak in the squad?????????????????????

Posted by   on (July 18, 2013, 6:30 GMT)

I called this selection as a 'Fruit Cocktail'. is this the best X1 Sri Laka have? Why won't we remove MJ,KS.LM.for the 1st & 2nd ODI and show our young talent to the crickerting world.

Posted by Strongscotch on (July 18, 2013, 6:29 GMT)

Mubarak again..why would anyone drop Kusal...yes he did fail in a few matches but looking into the future we should play him more..

Angelo Perera is a good choice.. Maharoof is good for local scene but struggles at International Level...He used to be a terrible fielder too..

Posted by ghtvnath on (July 18, 2013, 6:25 GMT)

The problem with Kusal Perera is, people's expectations of him playing like Sanath J is weighing on him. We all know what a master Sanath J was and you can't walk in that same path. Despite the end career crisis of Sanath J, he is still the most loved cricketer of Sri Lanka. Kusal Perera should play his game and value his wicket more. Because he has the same week points as Sanath J, gets out in the same way, so the opponents can work out him the same way they did Sanath. He is full of talent and he should not waste it, like Kapugedara did

Posted by sajhera on (July 18, 2013, 5:54 GMT)

Farveez Maharoof is a young fast-bowling & batting allrounder of exciting potential, he took 133 ODI wickets with economy of 4.82 & 1042 runs,ave 20. with the strike rate 84.44.Nw his batting improved lot and got few centuries in the recent domestic, But sri Lanka's selectors never look this kind of talented players and thinking Mubaarek(ODI ave23.20 with SR63.27) kapu, Ramith like player who has powers.Compare the talent with Kusal, he must give chances he will come out soon,The informed players like chinthaka jayasinghe left the country because this kind of favorations. Its a shame for SL cricket.

Posted by timtom on (July 18, 2013, 5:17 GMT)

SL has lost all its sting with Murali`s retirement which fans have to live with. Also has to persist with a young team for sometime. Jeevan and Kushal should have been given more time.. This tournament could have done without Upul and Dilshan or maybe even Mahela. Results are going to be the same with or without them but selectors are scared and not ready to experiment. This team selection is not inspiring hopefully the results prove otherwise. Also surprised to see how Sanga and Mahela keep playing games after games. While they are still in good form, apparently for a viewer like me there does `nt seem to be any kind of transition happening except that they dont captain anymore. Atleast with Ponting, Dravid and Sachin in their last years there seemed a visible transition and effect on team.. But not with these two. I want to be wrong here.. If Dhoni can win 2013 champions trophy with young team with all youngters, a Mathews or thirumanney can atleast try to ....

Posted by TZ9383 on (July 18, 2013, 5:03 GMT)

Senior plyers must coming down the order and give guys like Chandi, Mathews, Dimuthu, Angelo to play top order otherwise another 2 years time MJ, TM & Sanga will retire same period then all the top 3 batsman inexpedience then Sri Lanka will go to bad to worse

Posted by   on (July 18, 2013, 5:03 GMT)

SL side having good quality players.They need better captain to win more games.why boards are always prefer captain with batting abilities. Malinga a thinking,cool headed bowler should get captaincy atleast once.

Posted by vinodkd99 on (July 18, 2013, 4:58 GMT)

Beginning of end. I mean the player who is not a certain of his place in the team is going to be Captain !!!

Posted by ranilranathunga on (July 18, 2013, 4:29 GMT)

KUSAL out of the squad?? Are you serious? I thought he is some talent. We should have given him another couple of chances. Everyone is saying our youngsters are not performing, but I think there is too much pressure given to them which they could not handle. For an example the youngsters like Chandimal should be batting up the order not in the middle order.Last few matches Sanga and Lahiru were using up too many balls up at the front and the youngsters had to score very fast as the run rate was poor. This makes them give their wicket away as they are not experienced.

Posted by MelbourneMiracle on (July 18, 2013, 3:50 GMT)

@Prema1948: Your proven youngsters can't even score 20 + runs against an average opposition. According to you if education matters to lead a team, Jayasuriya wouldn't ever have captained the team. So please stop commenting baselessly and let Mathews to manage his men the way he want. After all your baseless comments are countless.

Posted by Dhakshika on (July 18, 2013, 3:21 GMT)

Nice to heard mubarak get a chance.but i still suspect why angelo perera gives a chance.because in west-indies he fails regularly.Why any one not speaking about kapugedara.he has n,t done bad in domestic level.so after matthews ,place should go to kapugedara.no any news from kapu.so as these things happen regularly ,will kapu to migrate another country for play domestic cricket like waun waragoda,chinthaka jayasinghe.if kapu have any technical or attitude problem in the modern game.lot of team crew have to made it.Normally,Mr.jayasuriya also not falvour about few cricketers like kapu,munaweera ect.

Posted by Prema1948 on (July 18, 2013, 1:59 GMT)

The captain of a National Team should be able to express himself well, and also should be intelligent, as he has to deal with foreigners and foreign media most of the time. Just because one is the best player in the Team, is not a case to appoint him as the Captain as it has been done many times previously, there are several other factors to be looked in to. The best player in this squad to lead the Team is Mubarak, since he is a well-educated all-round (average) Cricketer. If he was to captain all seniors and other average players have to be removed and those places should be filled with proven promising youngsters that have maintained consistency from their junior levels(that I've mentioned in my previous comments) otherwise this team would be a team full of henchmen. The Team has to be comprised of Ch'mal, T'manne, AngeloP, Jehan (Capt.), Senanayake, Ajantha, Malinga + proven youngsters.

Posted by   on (July 18, 2013, 1:26 GMT)

Thirimanna looking promising and positive . Also fairly batted well , and added usefull 20,30,50 s to team in recent past. But Chandimal is not worth more than just a back up wicketkeeper . May be he has got additional pressure being VC in team . BTW we remember , MJ and Sangakkara played superb match saving innings from the beginning of their career , should retain to these new youngsters also . I still remember MJ , scored magnificent 120 against England in 1999 to chase 302 . But now we feel we can never expect such a performance from over rated players like Chandimal .Someone in cricinfo compared Kohli and Chandimal sometimes back . To be very humble , Chandimal is no where near to Kohli , in terms of performance today . Sad but thats the truth.

Posted by vatsap on (July 18, 2013, 0:48 GMT)

Very sad for SL cricket, their board keeps arranging pointless one day tournaments and repeated games with India. Already their talent pool is small. May be more A tours to the likes of Aus,Eng, SA with 4 day games can help them.

Posted by Fan01 on (July 18, 2013, 0:18 GMT)

Jayawardene is great and class player when he is get going..Most of the time he looks like very ordinary player and scores bulk against mediocre bowling units(against Ban,Ind)..But on other hand Sangakkara is world class player..i am proud to be his fan..He is on par with modern greats like Lara,Sachin and Ponting...i hope sanga will break all records, if his body permits him to play until 40 like sachin.....

Posted by   on (July 18, 2013, 0:07 GMT)

Now then, does it mean that the players like Dilshan, Sanga, Mahela are not good enough to lead the side or they voluntarily abandoning the sinking ship? Any ways my condolences to Chandimal and I strictly hope that his failure with captaincy (just in case) doesnt cost him his place in the side once Mathews is back

Posted by   on (July 17, 2013, 23:33 GMT)

Thissara Perera desearves to be first choice in all formats. He is a match winner. He is good in batting, bowling and batting.

Posted by   on (July 17, 2013, 23:12 GMT)

No doubt Candi is talented so is Lahiru, but due to below par performances we could have given them a break in order to sort out their batting and regain some sort of form. What's happened to Sri Lanka's part-timers? Back in the day most of our batters could bowl decent spin! Given the lack of batting fire power we had to play 7bats in WI, but only Mathews could bowl?? what's up with that!! J Mendis should be discarded.. Its time we try guys like seresinghe. My preferred team would have been: T.D,U.T,K.S,A.M,M.J,A.P,S.Seresinghe,T.P,R.H,S.L,L.M w

Posted by ADARSH100 on (July 17, 2013, 21:16 GMT)

Y?? Y they are experimenting too much with the players :P I wishd if Mahela Jayawaredene or Kumar Sangakkara to lead the team. the time went too far to drop Chandimal. He is totally out of form now :(

Posted by ANI_CRIC_FUNDA on (July 17, 2013, 20:12 GMT)

another one approaching 400 odi mark in near future is afridi who is also closing to 400 odi wickets as well, a wicket / match on avg in his entire career of 357 odis in 17 yrs.. if not dropped would have played 400+ odis already like mahela did in only 15 yrs since his debut in odis in 1998.. cook might play 200 or more tests in just 16-17 yrs.. while sachin is taking 24 yrs+ to reach there (200th test) in jan'14 in SA if playes the 2nd test in that series..(fingers crossed).. to play 201 test and touch 16000th test run..

amazing !! the rate the current players play matches since late '90s specially & in the new millennium....

30+ odis & 12-14 tests per yr like nothing these days for modern cricketers since the year 2000 & beyond.. england though play more tests than odis.. 12-14 per yr & only 15-16 my be at the most odis.. while sri lanks pak plays more odis 25+ to 30+ per yr, while india too 25 atleast while try to play at least 9-10 tests per yr as well......

Posted by   on (July 17, 2013, 19:52 GMT)

What SL Lacks is Batting order and not talent too much experience at the top and none in the middle order once the top order collapse the pressure is not handled by inexperience players Sanga should bat at 4 right from he was the captain as experience of MJ and Dilshan is already there at the top. They may have more finals If this was followed from 2010 as they lost as no one better at the middle order can handled pressure better than Sanga But having said this this will not make any difference

Posted by Haiderpakawsome on (July 17, 2013, 19:35 GMT)

To all SA fans....don't worry it is going to be really a walk in park for SA. After Murali retired SL have stopped preparing spinning tracks because they lack quality spinners. As far as fast bowling is concerned they have only Malinga that too without much variation. Entire world knows the only weapons that Malinga has is yorkaa and slower one. You can literally write the ball to ball script when Malinga is bowling. White wash 5-0 is on cards unless rain saves SL in one or two matches.

Posted by vsssarma on (July 17, 2013, 19:29 GMT)

What happened to Suraj Randiv ? In the last 2 years, he got one ODI match, against Australia, scored 41 runs; took 2 wkts for 44 runs off 49 balls. Is it not a good enough performance to warrant the next match ?

Chandimal is over-rated. In the last 2 years, Chandimal played 52 ODI matches; scored at an average of 24.37 and strike rate of 72. So, he deserves chance as a captain, is it ? As if this is not enough, they make Thirimanne as VC. Thirimanne scored at an average of 20.83 and strike rate of 68 in the last 2 years, 45 ODI matches. Is it good enough to retain the place, leave alone being the VC ?

SL should go with 3 spinners - Randiv, Senanayake, Herath. 2 pacemen should be Kulasekara and Malinga. Reserve bowler should be Pradeep / Mathews.

Batsmen should be Sanga, Dilshan, Mahela, Tharanga and Chandimal. Chamara Silva or Thirimanne can be reserve.

Posted by Rush-0105 on (July 17, 2013, 19:09 GMT)

I feel it is still early days to Chandimal to hand over the Captaincy, seems like he had carried away with Vice captaincy ,he has a poor run in last few tournaments , I think he has not made a good score in his last 15 outings ,a player of good character & class would have bounced back by this time & most of the time he gives away his wicket by playing loose shots.I feel Upul Tharanga was brilliant in making his come back , & keep in mind He was sidelined for No Good reason after doing so good @ top with opening with Dilshan. I feel Tharanga could be a good captain considering his Maturity,Attitude & Skills & he is still 28yrs & he could play for another 7-8 years.

Posted by ilovecricket1234 on (July 17, 2013, 18:29 GMT)

Where is Fervez Maharoof? Why has he been ignored for so many years?

Posted by roshrosh on (July 17, 2013, 18:20 GMT)

For all those who think Angelo Mathews is a very average batsman and an average all rounder.... He is probably the only young cricketer in the present squad who has an average of 49 in first class cricket. He was maintaining more than 50 for a very long time till recently. Angelo bats well up the order when he plays first class cricket and he can play purely as a batsman too. His current role in the team (batting low down) is a sacrifice he has made thinking of the team since the team needs some one strong to absorb the pressure. He is a down to earth, honest unselfish player who will do wonders for SL. Playing just few overs consistently dies not help his personal performance. This young man has nerves of steal and time will only prove. Give him a chance and and time. He will be the next Arjuna for us (may be even better).

Posted by   on (July 17, 2013, 17:41 GMT)

Good that Mubarak got a chance..pls prove yr talent.. u r a talen5ed player.. jusy No luck

Posted by   on (July 17, 2013, 17:32 GMT)

Sri Lanka needs to find quality spinners who could actually turn the ball. Why arent we producing quality spinners. Is the art of turning the ball forgotten. Are the kids taking the easy road to make the National team?? Just make some runs and ball flat and strait as you can, you get picked as an all rounder. However, all this being said, Sri Lanka manages to make the final 2 or 4 in any given tournament. Given all the crap going through selection and other stuff which is amazing!!!

Posted by Kavum on (July 17, 2013, 17:24 GMT)

Great to see Jehan M back. Remember when he once caned Brett Lee? Shows how strong he is mentally to come back after the tragic fatal accident of last year. Hope he provides a wise head at #6 or 7 when needed and unfurls one or two biggies to take SL home. Am still not convinced about Chandimal. He flattered once or twice only to fail consistently thereafter. Some of his 'shots' in WI were embarrassing. Where are Bhanuka and Chathura Peiris - potentially great young talents IMHO? When MJ, Sanga, Dilly and Rangana retire we are going to up the proverbial creek without a (fresh, experienced and reliable) paddle. Also was Thisara dropped to make way for the inebriated and/or sleepwalking non-entity? Do we really need a Sri Lankan Davie Warner now? Good luck and the Gods' Blessing for SL - you will need both!

Posted by   on (July 17, 2013, 17:17 GMT)

Thirimanne is no where near Sangakkara even at the time Sanga entered the international scene. He does not know how to rotate the strike and when he comes to bat after a fall of few early wickets all he does is play a lot of dot balls and waste time. Chandimal has proved his worth at test level but not in shorter format. It was a big mistake to appoint him as T20 captain. Now even if he does not contribute he will remain in the team. Even Angelo was appointed captain before he could reach "world class" level. He is just an average batsman who can bowl few overs in test cricket. I guess selectors had no other option. Kusal Perera has to sort out his technical deficiencies firstly. Just playing some Sanath Jayasuriya type strokes will not make him a great batsman.

Posted by smats on (July 17, 2013, 17:12 GMT)

What is the logic behind dropping Dilhara Lokuhettige without playing a game? or What is the logic behind adding him in to squad for last 2 tours ?

Posted by Prema1948 on (July 17, 2013, 17:09 GMT)

though he was removed from the Team labeling him as a weak fielder, Interestingly they don't apply the same rules to the henchmen they bring into the Team from nowhere. (Stats courtesy Cricinfo)

Posted by Prema1948 on (July 17, 2013, 17:07 GMT)

in 2011 ever since the J&Ps have been compelled to include him in almost every squad due to brilliance & consistency maintain at Domestic levels (since 2007), however this tall spinner was hardly allowed to perform in the middle (played only 6 matches out of 32 matches while he is being in the squad) The J&Ps are behaving thus because they want to keep an henchman till the next WC, whose 1stCl Bo Av. was just 41+ after a 44 ODI matches played, till he went to WIs for the Tri-Nation.These J&Ps and the local media are misleading the general public of the Country in continuing with these average players. They apply different rules for different players e.g. 6'4" tall NuwanZoysa was a far better fast bowler, batter & fielder than the left-arm bowler (who has been given a permanent place in the present Team in all formats) who caused lots of problems to devastating batters like SHEWARG&AFFRIDI when they were at their peak, he also has a Test match Hat-Trick to his credit, 2B CNTD

Posted by tallgrass on (July 17, 2013, 17:07 GMT)

Over-rating our players based on isolated performances in the past seems to be pastime here. Let's get this straight: Our domestic cricket is pathetic and facilities/coaching limited to Colombo and even that is below par. We became a cricketing force thanks to thinkers like Arjuna and once in a blue moon talent like Murali, Vaas and Aravinda. And commitment from less talented but persevering guys like Mahanama, Gurusinghe and Hashan. They rose above the grim realities of their time. That era has ended and we have to start from scratch. It will take time to develop a formula for success like the time it took from 1981 to 1996 for that generation of cricketers to finally taste success. There's no point trying to win every single cup...as a small nation we just have to aim for the kind of trophy that people will remember us by!

Posted by Prema1948 on (July 17, 2013, 17:07 GMT)

Chandimal,NiroshanDickwella,KusalMendis,Ajantha,Senanayake,Malinga, Tharindu Khausal,…and to judge whether there is any loss of talent. Though the players the class of Aravindas & Muralis are hard to come by but there enough quality players far better than most of the past nationals and present day seniors, that can be easily brought in to National duties. The Local media speaks very highly about the talents of seniors in the Present Team but when checking their ODI stats one may find that the all 3 have Batting Averages far below 25 in their 1st 50 ODIs and their performances outside the Country is still worse. However the J&Ps have always given their first preference to these over-hyped inconsistent seniors and others who have come from hometowns of past J&Ps when picking the final XI by asking the quality players (in the squads for their brilliance, consistency shown at Domestic Cricket) to carry water. e.g. Senanayake was first came into the National Side for the SA Tour 2B CNTD

Posted by Prema1948 on (July 17, 2013, 17:04 GMT)

Dicwella,KusalMendis,PrabasaraWaduge. They are similar to those bright students that have passed their ALs with highest marks but haven't admitted into the University. This trend has been taking place since the Day the unqualified persons took over the Affairs. We badly need few intelligent past Cricketers at these vital positions. When we consider young promising All-rounders there're no better players than Umesh Karunarathna, ChathurangaKumara, Chathuranga de Silva, RameshMendis, Geeth Alwis, Geeth Kumara, Chathura Peris. As for spinners there're Ajantha, Senanayake, Malinda Pushpakumara, DulanjanaMendis, TharinduKhausal.You can't play henchmen and other aging players at National Level when the Country has been blessed with enough quality players. There is no way quality of the Game played by the Country's to be weakened (as mentioned by some ignorant past Nationals )at a time the technology has improved immensely all over the World and the number of matches to be watched 2B CNTD

Posted by Prema1948 on (July 17, 2013, 17:03 GMT)

"Chadimal becomes the youngest captain" shows how poor the thinking of J&Ps are. By the way, There is no way, one can win matches employing half-players that have a history neither as batters nor bowlers. A player (1st Cl Ba Av 30+ out of 158 1st Cl Inns) has been included here just because he looks like Sanath? Another henchman has been used as a bowler (1st Cl Bo Av 38+) at time the Country has under mention World Class bowlers (Malinda Pushpakumara (1st Cl Bo Av 20+), DulanjanaMendis (1st Cl Bo Av 19+), Umesh Karunarathna (1st Cl Bo Av 20+), Tharindu Khausal (1st Cl Bo Av 19+),Gayan Sirisoma (1st Cl Bo Av 19+)who have been hidden just to carry on with few henchmen till the next WC.There are enough quality young batters to fill these gaps aswell.e.g.Banuka Rajapaksha(seems to have lost his touch due to the negligence of officials as in the case of IanDaniels,LankadeSilva,VarunaWaragoda,..)KhausalS,RoshenS,AshenS,ShehanJayasuriya,GayanManishan,Kithruwan Vithanage, Niroshan 2B CNTD

Posted by   on (July 17, 2013, 16:55 GMT)

Upul Tharaga has the flair and technique to be an excellent batsman. Getting 174 agains India proves it. If players are kept on an uncertainity footing their confidance is effected. What the selectors should do is to pump in confidence to the platers. Further Upul Tharanga has scored many ODI centuries which is to his credit which should be considered seriuosly. Kusal Janith has been spoilt by broadcasting that he is like Sanath by our local commentators. No two bats man are alike. We should have kept that comment for a future date.

Posted by ARad on (July 17, 2013, 16:50 GMT)

Mubarak is the really, really poor man's version of Hicks. Sri Lanka is not producing any quality cricketers. The last consistently international quality player to make a debut was Malinga in... 2004! Chandimal seems to be stuck in first gear, Mathews has not blossomed after all these years and Thirimanne is still only at the promising stage. None of the pacers or spinners are really turning anyone's head either. Without quality bowlers, you can't win Tests so when Herath (the only consistently international quality Test bowler of SL) retires, SL's Test wins would come even less frequently. When Sangakkara, Mahela and Dilshan retire (which will be sooner rather than later), even BD would have not only competitive games against SL in all formats but they may start beating SL.

Posted by kc69 on (July 17, 2013, 16:46 GMT)

I seriously don't see what Dinesh Chandimal has done to earn a place in the team rather than being a captain. Making him captain is looking like a joke where senior and talented players like Thisara Parera or Malinga are not given any importance.However the saga continues where SL batting performance will still revolve around Sanga,Dilshan and Mahela.

Posted by TimS1966 on (July 17, 2013, 16:45 GMT)

I think it is a right decision to include Mubarak based on his current form: those who are skeptical, please read the reason stats… It is massively important to recognize achievements in the domestic cricket too lest the players should be disappointed if their efforts go unnoticed. Though we have a youth plan, we need to have a mix of youth with experience, not just youth alone.. I don't mind giving a break and rotating Sanga and Mahela. They are both world class players but younger generation needs to learn how to survive without their services too..

Posted by rajcan on (July 17, 2013, 16:31 GMT)

Tissara Perera has great talent, he is better than many others. If you make him believe that he is a permanent member of the team, he would deliver with bat or bowl or with both. SL selection team is making him nervous and he is always under pressure of performing and making quick runs. That itself making him fail. He is a good batsmen who can clear rope at any time, if he was given assurance and let him play his own game.

In IPL, the team trusted him and he delivered with ball more than a bat. As young as him should not be in and out of line up for someone in his 30s.

Also, he should not have dropped for Thirimane or Kushal or Chandimal to take the spot. Those three are one dimensional players except Chandimal can keep wicket. Tissara is a real all rounder. When SL has no solid bowling attack, all rounders are important.

Posted by ANI_CRIC_FUNDA on (July 17, 2013, 16:28 GMT)

another 5 ODIs for Sanga & Jaya(wardene).... in this rate after 2015 WC, when they both will retire from ODIs atleast, they will play close to 400 & close to 450 ODIs respectively & will score more than 13000 runs & around 13000 runs respectively @ 39-40 and @ 33-34 avg respectively.... amazing..... these days playing 400+ ODIs not looking anything very difficult or imaginary at all.. if like the rate they played ODIs over past 13 & 15 yrs respectively.. if these days some1 plays consistently for 15-16 yrs he will play 400-450 ODIs!!!! which was unthinkable till sachin & sanath played around 450 or more.. now these two again go there around that mark.... n in future may be so many..25-30 ODIs on avg consistently for over 15 yrs or so.amazing fitness & consistency of performance elsewon't have selected for 15 yrs to plkay 400 or more.. similarly in test, the rate england plays, 12-14 tests every yr.cook already touching 100 in 7 and a half yrs only, might play 200+ if play 9 more years.

Posted by PadMarley on (July 17, 2013, 16:26 GMT)

Let the two legends play guys! we still need them. There are 9 more positions in the team, if you wanna experiment with youth!

Posted by jerryman on (July 17, 2013, 16:17 GMT)

Hoping angelo perera gets to play in the middle order .. replace angelo Matthews in the 1st two games.. herath & senanayake to play as the spinners .. the opening pair is a bit difficult to chose as dilshan is coming back.. personally like to see mahela open the innings , he does take some time to settle , but can bat around the others for almost 30 overs .. Chandimal had better find his form soon .. or else will be difficult to justify his selection.. Good luck and just put up fight , don't just roll over .. hate these one sided games when our middle order just crumble.. like ninepins..

Posted by   on (July 17, 2013, 16:14 GMT)

Start to count perahara once openers gone. Hmmm I wish them good luck if they only rely on luck.

Posted by   on (July 17, 2013, 16:11 GMT)

Disappointed with the poor selection. Clearly shows how clueless Mr SJ is. Kusal had a bad run, but he showed what he is capable of. This will be yet another 5-0 for SA. God bless the new captain.

Posted by   on (July 17, 2013, 16:09 GMT)

very bad mr jayasooriya kusal peters best power hiring batsmen why dropped talanted youngest pleyer

Posted by SL_Boy on (July 17, 2013, 16:08 GMT)

Mubarak was the best players we have right now, he will fill the #6 position ... guys check WI tour all young guns were there… it is not a very productive one, except Suranga Lakmal

I was very disappointed with AK Perera, he did really poor in WI and even Bangaladash T20 also, if they can't performed list A level should not pick for National side. Chandi is really luckey to have his place.

Posted by   on (July 17, 2013, 15:25 GMT)

If I remember correct one of the first things Sanath did after taking the chair was to put together an emmerging squad. However, looks like his plans are taking a different course now. It is true the current form of a player should be credited, yet we all wonder where in the SL future plans would Jehan Mubarak fits in. Whatever, he set out to do he had done it. We would be better of with been persistent with someone like Kusal Janith. We should identify talent first and then remain persistent with them for sometime. If the players don't deliver they would have at least given a fair run. Perhaps most would disagree, but I think it is better we stick to Chandimal for few more tours. He's got talent most importantly the attitude. However, what I don't get is why the similar philosophy is not given to Kusal, Jeevan, Thisara and some other new guys.

Posted by damith91 on (July 17, 2013, 15:12 GMT)

@Sampath-100% agree with you.These selectors ruined great talents like kapugedara & maharoof.Now they will do the same to young guys like Kusal.He failed only in 4 matches & dropped.Bt then what about Chandimal.His avg is just over 18 in last 16 games...

Posted by Fieryorc on (July 17, 2013, 15:08 GMT)

Why don't they simply ask Mahela or Kumar to stand in for the 2 games Angelo Mathews is out? Chandimal will be questioning his own decisions, asking Mahela & Kumar for opinions, etc. It is a tough ask for him. As vice-captain he stands to learn more.

Posted by Karnain on (July 17, 2013, 15:06 GMT)

Ohh! Mubarak again! Next it'll be the turn of Chamara Silva. A middle order with the likes of Thirimanne, Chandimal & Mubarak as compared to South Africa's AB De Villiars, Du Plesis, David Miller. Hope Anjelo Perera will get a game in early in the tournament!

Posted by Buddi_SLR on (July 17, 2013, 14:52 GMT)

Where is Kusal Janith Perera..I think selectors should look after these youngsters well..They gave him a big tournament and away him a tournament that where he should in and a go...Mr Jayasuriya this is not good..

Posted by   on (July 17, 2013, 14:39 GMT)

Where is the future planning of Sri lanka cricket.....I doubt about our furture strategies..Disappointed to see Jehan Mubarak again...They may even call back chamara Silva for the next series......Thisara Perera was dropped for Lokuhettige in west indies ....and nothing heard about Chamara Kapugedara ,Bhanuka Rajapashe and Dilshan Munaweera.......Doubt whether the same thing will happened to young talented Kushal Janith perera....

Posted by Return-of-Sinhaya on (July 17, 2013, 14:23 GMT)

In the absence of a regular leader here is where we miss the shrewedness of someone like Arjuna, but honestly Sanath could have come in and played the two games, he is still fit enough, it was seen in the first edition of SLPL

Posted by   on (July 17, 2013, 14:21 GMT)

Good selection best of luck!

Posted by Otuwa on (July 17, 2013, 14:21 GMT)

It's good to see Angelo Perera in.Don't use him as a water boy.

Posted by damith91 on (July 17, 2013, 14:19 GMT)

Mubarak?Is this a joke?He is 32 & still got a chance without any reason.So what about youngsters like kithruwan,Shehan & etc.Even Kapugedara deserves a place more than Mubarak.He is still 26 & he did well after the last SLPL...

Posted by vpisipati on (July 17, 2013, 14:14 GMT)

So, when Angelo comes back, he will be leading a team comprising 4 former captains!!!

Posted by   on (July 17, 2013, 14:08 GMT)

Thoroughly disappointed to see Jehan Mubarak in and Jeevan Mendis out!

Posted by lukecannon on (July 17, 2013, 14:07 GMT)

Well.... Congratz SA... Poor choice from the SL management.

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