Sri Lanka v South Africa, 2nd Test, Colombo

Niroshan Dickwella replaces Chandimal in Test squad

Andrew Fidel Fernando

July 22, 2014

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Dinesh Chandimal was bounced out again, Sri Lanka v South Africa, 1st Test, Galle, 5th day, July 20, 2014
Dinesh Chandimal is likely to remain with the team in Colombo © Associated Press
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In a left-field selection move, uncapped wicketkeeper-batsman Niroshan Dickwella has been flown in from England to join the Sri Lanka squad ahead of the second Test against South Africa. Dickwella was on Sri Lanka A's ongoing tour of England, but he will now be available for the SSC Test, which begins on Thursday.

SLC had said on Tuesday that Dinesh Chandimal would be sent for the A team tour in England, and that he would be unavailable for selection for the second Test.* However on Wednesday, captain Angelo Mathews said Chandimal would remain with the team for the SSC Test, and that he was officially available for selection. Given Dickwella's inclusion, though, Chandimal is unlikely to play.

Chandimal has kept wicket in the last two Tests, after Prasanna Jayawardene sustained a broken finger, but while his keeping has been tidy, he has not produced consistent runs. He hit 45 off 55 balls in the first innings at Headingley, but has been out hooking in single figures in each of his three innings since. He has appeared shaky against the bouncer since Junaid Khan had him out hooking twice in the Test series in the UAE, in January.

His lack of form in the limited-overs formats will also have contributed to the selectors' decision. Chandimal dropped himself from the side during Sri Lanka's World T20 campaign, and was also left out of the squad for the recent one-dayers against South Africa.

Dickwella, 21, has been a rising star in domestic cricket, and had progressed directly to Premier League competition from school cricket. An attacking top-order batsman for Nondescripts Cricket Club, Dickwella has three first-class centuries and five fifties at an average of 34.45 in 35 innings. He had also been Sri Lanka's schoolboy cricketer of the year in 2012, when he led Trinity College to the national championship.

Dickwella had not impressed for the A team against England Lions in February and March, but did return to form in Sri Lanka's Premier League competition. He had put on a 170-run opening stand alongside Upul Tharanga in the final of that tournament, contributing 87 from 99 balls to that partnership.

Kaushal Silva is also a wicketkeeper, but the selectors are wary of giving him the gloves in Tests, because keeping may leave him fatigued when he opens the batting. Kumar Sangakkara can also keep, but he has not had the gloves regularly since 2006 for similar reasons.

Kithuruwan Vithanage, who is already in the squad, offers Sri Lanka another batting option if they decide to make further changes to the top seven . In addition to positive middle-order batting, Vithanage also offers part-time legspin, which may count in his favour if the SSC pitch is expected to take turn.

* - July 23, 2014, 0830 GMT - The story was updated with information that Chandimal would remain in Colombo

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. @andrewffernando

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Posted by   on (July 24, 2014, 8:32 GMT)

SL team selection committee was the main problem for the failure of one day series and first Test. It is good to see the eye opening for the 2nd test. SL do not required VC at present. Do not put unnecessary responsibilities for the young players. EX Chandimal and Threemana failure. There are enough seniors to take over absence of Mathew. SL need to find a good batting coach to bring up young players. These young players making the same mistakes and got out several times.

Posted by   on (July 24, 2014, 4:50 GMT)

I hope thirimanne is not playing today as he is not test class material. Vithanage should be playing instead.

Posted by 3rd_man on (July 23, 2014, 19:29 GMT)

Allow chandi to bat N0 4 and drop mahela to No 5 or 6. Mahela had scored some runs recently but not anything massively significant to talk about. when did he last played a grate innings to change the course of the match or match savings innings like Sanga or Mathews?. we can only talk about his past glory that s all. Thirimanne is the worst , he bat higher in the order and scored nothing. Vice captaincy got in to his head too much and he also has a technical problem. guys look at his bat swing. it is not flowing freely. I don't know why SL young batsman got this type of technical problems.

Posted by priya65 on (July 23, 2014, 17:23 GMT)

people have very short memories and go back to averages, At test level players lose their place when they repeatedly get in to trouble with a particular ball. Nowadays news reaches fast and every bowler will get you, People like jayasuriya reinvented themselves. When he got out to cover point He got that nice pull invented. Upul got caught repeatedly in the slip cordon, That is why he was dropped, People like Dili never got out to a certain shot. Mahela lived with the just outside the off stump ball because when he scores he scores heavy. Jayasuriya was right to spread the captaincy duties between thiri chandi and angie, They wanted them to replace big three. but it didn't happen so it is good you take steps, These selectors watch matches, even though some people take wickets and score the selectors know how they might get trapped, Sri Lankas pathetic situation is very few players of late (after aravinda may be ) matured before 26 -27.

Posted by rockhadda on (July 23, 2014, 16:37 GMT)

The passenger thirimanne should be dropped immediately

Posted by Bobby_Fox on (July 23, 2014, 15:39 GMT)

Thirimanne is the first one to be dropped instead of chandi...he got more chances than chandi but thiri average was lower than chandis...and unfortunatley chandi batting order comes in slog overs where he has to go after bowlers and get caught...thats really bad decision...drop thiri first.

Posted by Srijeeva on (July 23, 2014, 15:30 GMT)

Sanath Jayasuriya is responsible for Chandimal's failure. He promoted Chandi as VC and captain for T20 to divide and rule. Same thing with Thiruma. Elevated soon as VC. Angelo had few years to learn the game and cement his place. Selfish people ruining the team.

Posted by Kavum on (July 23, 2014, 14:24 GMT)

For all those folks who trot out stats of Chandimal; he scores at 128+ vs. Bang. He also has an average of 86 against the Aussies (2 inngs, 01 not out). He is yet to play against Ind, NZ and WI - home or away. His averages against Eng, Pak and SA are pretty ordinary. So his 44+ overall test average (not "nearly fifty") is somewhat illusory. His onside play is woeful and limited as has been pointed out on this site. So please get some perspective in criticizing the selection policy. @Erantha Perera: the old school ties do play a big part in selection. We all have our theories as to why some schools are more equal than others. Perhaps Sanath who defied all stereotypes is best placed to break that trend as he came from a school that is old and well-known but less famous for producing national cricketers. What would the protests be like if Angie, Dimuth, Thisara, Sadeera and Priyamal Perera all are named in the pool?

Posted by   on (July 23, 2014, 13:29 GMT)

If you have any sense of cricket , Chandimal and Lahiru should have been dropped and given youngsters an opportunity . You can't have passengers in an team , specially playing with the top test playing team. I do not undersatnd how Chandimall is performing at domestic level . It's very easy to get him out . Just a short ball , chest high will give and easy catch to square leg . What a cricketer , good for Sri lankan standards , he wouldn't have survived anywhere , highly irresponsible What matters is performance | performance| performance|

Posted by SamLivera on (July 23, 2014, 13:24 GMT)

@Erantha Perera: What you are saying is right... Look at Upul Tharanga, he had scored SIX Centuries in ODIs @ the age of 21 yrs... which is a World Record & a better performer than Thendulkar, Ponting, Lara etc..! He had also displayed his ability to play long innings by creating another World Record for Highest number (7) of Long Partnerships (200+) in ODis! Yet, he had been given just 15 Tests, up to the current appearance... despite all the above and topping 5000 runs in ODIs as the YOUNGEST & 2nd Quickest SL player to do so!

Tharanga is another typical example for what you are saying. The way they are persisting with some repeated failures today, imagine if Tharanga was given more opportunities to appear in TESTS earlier, today we could have seen another well established test player in Sanga's class, with many Test Hundreds (as he did in ODIs).! I'm glad at-least now SLC thought about it & brought him back. After all still Tharanga is 29 yrs & he has many more productive years!

Posted by   on (July 23, 2014, 11:51 GMT)

Andrew why don't you write on the position where Angelo should bat in the future ? He is a definite no 3 or 4 isn't he ? Just like Kallis though he is not fully fit to ball at 135-140 which he did as a SL U19 player from a very young age of 16 or so.

Posted by   on (July 23, 2014, 11:48 GMT)

Best young cricketers, try Sadeera the current years Schoolboy cricketer of the year and star of the SL under 19 team. If he went to a school 1km away from his College he will get a chance I guess. Even Mathews who was much more brilliant than Arjuna during school days got a break at the age of 22 after having an average of 99 in the provincial tournament. And so did Sanga at 22 where as Mahela did get a break at 18 or 19.Imagine Sanga starting his carrier at 18, 4 more years and he would have overtaken Tendulkar by now. So is SLC looking for young cricketers from certain schools only ?

Posted by   on (July 23, 2014, 11:41 GMT)

Most probably Chandimal and Lahiru are going to be with Angelo the best batters for the future. So help Chandi and Lahiru by using a good batting coach to iron out the issues. May be they should talk to Aravinda, Roy Dias or Tennakoon.

Posted by   on (July 23, 2014, 11:39 GMT)

@grant king @ greatest game SL should play to their strengths which is spin! & SA fancy facing our medicore seamers after repeatedly facing steyn & Co in the nets. The spinners did their part last test and it was the batsmen that failed to put runs on the board.

Posted by   on (July 23, 2014, 11:34 GMT)

Mathews is very patient. May be he is the best captain we may have for a long time even beating Arjuna. Angi never gives up. If we can get this trait into Chandi and Thiri we will be the best batting team around. It is time Angi replace Mahela at No 4 in this crucial match. Anyone can have a bad patch. You should work with them to improve it. How about Aravinda to work with Chandimal and Lahiru to get their technique fixed. Mathews had a issue with the short ball as well and he worked with Marven to fix it very soon. And Mathews should bat at no 3 or 4 in the future and let Chandimal and Lahiru follow him.

Posted by suwa on (July 23, 2014, 11:32 GMT)

Why aren't they giving another chance to Kithuruwan Vithanage. He averages nearly 70 in 4 test innings with a century. Explosive batting talent. But Sri Lanka keep persisting with Chandimal, Lahiru, Kusal...etc.

I would not drop Mahela. He did score some runs in England even though there was no 100.

SL selectors please give Vithanage a chance again.

Posted by Galmos on (July 23, 2014, 10:52 GMT)

Rumesh Buddika is the most outstanding young batsman Sri Lanka have right now. As he is the one who can realistically replace Chandimal who averages nearly fifty in test cricket, because of his ability to play quality fast bowlers. Surprise to see Thirimanne who averages in mid twenties still in the team while Chandimal is dropped from the squad.

Posted by Damian123 on (July 23, 2014, 10:21 GMT)

@Prem2248: Really? Don't know which squad you are talking about?

Posted by   on (July 23, 2014, 10:09 GMT)

Kaushal Silva is the best wicketkeeper after Kumar Sangakkara and Prasanna Jayawardene......

Chandimal and Thirimanne deserve to be in the XI as batsmen.... But both have failed in recent matches.....

Kithuruwan Vithange should replace one of them for the COLOMBO TEST against RSA.....

If Chandimal is dropped, then Kaushal Silva can keep wicket and bat at no.6. Thirimanne, who is a specialist opener, can open with Upul Tharanaga...... Else Thirimanne can be dropped and Chandimal can keep wicket to facilitate Kaushal Silva as opener.......

Niroshan Dickwella is not ready for INTERNATIONAL CRICKET.... Give him a year or two......

MY XI for COLOMBO TEST: 1. Upul Tharanga 2. Lahiru Thirimanne 3. Kumar Sangakkara 4. Mahela Jayawardene 5. Angelo Matthews (c) 6. Kaushal Silva (wk) 7. Kithuruwan Vithange 8. Dilruwan Perera 9. Dhammika Prasad 10. Rangana Herath 11. Suranga Lakmal

Posted by Prem2248 on (July 23, 2014, 10:08 GMT)

If Chandimal & Mathews were employed at No 3 & 4 positions from the 2011WC we would have been far better placed in the rankings, in all forms of the Game by now. In case if Dickwella was picked, he should bat at No 3-4 like Zimbabvian GaryBallance & Root batting for Eng and Pujara & Kholi for India, otherwise his fate too would be the same as Chandimal. In other countries, seniors give away for future players, it ridicules us to see a shaky, aging fleet-footed batter of limited strokes (virtually, has no stokes on the leg-side apart from lofted pre-planned, pulls & pushes, with inablity to keep the ball down when it really needed even with lords of experience are things selectors & media are very much blind of, that boost confidence of opposition bowlers, thus making life difficult for the batters to follow) allowed to bat in this most vital position (meant for a promising young batter). The incompetency of selectors has been the bane of promising youngsters for the last 10 years.

Posted by Greatest_Game on (July 23, 2014, 10:07 GMT)

@ Abdullah Jawzi commented "South African are weak against spin so we should play all 3 genuine spinners."

South Africa seemed to do okay against spin at Galle. They scored plenty of runs!

Posted by Ara247 on (July 23, 2014, 10:06 GMT)

We all kinow Chandimal is a fine batsman but he should regain his confidence. Thirimanne also need to be dropped. I think Dickwella is not ready to play a big test like this yet. Kusal should be given a chance if we need to develop him as a good international player. Because test matches will teach him how to build an inning.

Posted by SandhyaMohan on (July 23, 2014, 9:40 GMT)

Dont know why all the people here criticizing selectors, They have respected the potential which chandimal has, and given him many opportunities (even the captaincy and vice captaincy) . He had very good opportunities to take srilanka home or save matches (in all three formats) but he couldn't capitalize on most of the occasions. I think the selectors took this decision to warn Chandimal that there are many people waiting for a chance in the team if you are delivering. I am big fan chandimal (after kohli) , but still respect what selectors have done. Its time for Chandimal to prove what is he.

Posted by i700rox on (July 23, 2014, 9:19 GMT)

In the past decade unlike most other teams Sri Lanka have done the right thing in selecting their best wicketkeeper (in terms of wicketkeeping skill) in Prasanna Jayawardene atleast for test matches. Now that he is towards the latter half of his career they need to get wicket keepers who are just like that, without looking for keepers who can bat and not keep with great efficiency, because when a keeper drops a catch or misses a stumping chance that can prove to be very costly and it can have a bigger impact than the runs he makes with the bat.

Posted by ranilranathunga on (July 23, 2014, 9:01 GMT)

I think 99% people commenting here agree on few things. 1) This is a horrible decision by selectors 2) Thirimanne should be out before Chandi 3) Kusal should be in for tests 4) Dickwella is not ready for tests yet and i think we need a left arm fast bowler some one like Vishwa Fernando...But selectors have no clue what they are doing

Posted by katch47 on (July 23, 2014, 8:57 GMT)

Now thats some good decision by SLC. a long waited decision. Still wondering why Thrimanne gets another life. Very irresponsible way of playing by both of them. Is this the way to play when your top two senior batsmen are on the verge of retirement?

Posted by Prem2248 on (July 23, 2014, 8:34 GMT)

Now there are only 2 good proven batters left in the squad in Mathews & Khausal Silva.

Posted by oj..cricfan on (July 23, 2014, 8:32 GMT)

Why not drop Jayawardene and send him to SL-A tour to get back to form? Poor Chandimal.

Posted by Sexysteven on (July 23, 2014, 8:15 GMT)

Ok if Sri Lanka are going to drop chandimal why aren't they dropping thirimanne his form is just as bad as chandimals so if they are going to be consistent they can't keep thirimanne in the team in my view

Posted by KerneelsMerkII on (July 23, 2014, 8:07 GMT)

I find it weird how biased one can be...I first saw Chandimal play against South Africa a few years ago and thought him a fine player, destined for great things. I have followed his career with great interest thinking the next Sanga is all lined up. I even convinced myself that he is a great player going through a bad patch, admittedly self inflicted by some ill-advised hooking.

Alas, it now appears that he needs to go and find himself ala David Warner in Zim.

All the best young man. I sincerely hope your English sojourn has the same outcome as Warner's Zim safari.

Posted by Cricketluv on (July 23, 2014, 7:52 GMT)

Vice Captain Syndrome. Thiri, beware, All indicators suggest that next is yours if some precautionary vaccination is not done. I will give u the recipe. Ask next 8 tests to play as an opener or one down. You will have two hundreds, (one 150 +) and two fifties, You will have cemented the place . At number six , to survive you should be a Mahanama or Dili. You are none of them yet. You are our Guru (Gurusinghe) You ask for what you ARE. You have the right.

Posted by Kavum on (July 23, 2014, 7:39 GMT)

Good arguments against retaining Mahela and Thiri but who can replace them? Mahela's 2014 average is boosted by scoring @143 vs Bang. While acknowledging shortcomings in Chandi's batting, what on earth have our batting coaches been doing? These batting coaches are now aspiring for higher things based on their supposed performance(?). Similarly our fielding and fitness gurus have let the country down. SL fielding, once the best in Asia, is abysmal. The leaked SLC report also states that fitness levels are way down. Who is to be held accountable? Only Sanga who has a personal work ethic that is exemplary, has maintained his form and reputation by rigorous preparation. SL fans can bear 6 more failures from MJ because he has done so much for SL and its cricket in general. Then let him bid a dignified goodbye to the game. Lets the Lankans brace themselves for a 0-2 against SA and 0-1 or 1-1 against Pakistan.

Posted by   on (July 23, 2014, 7:37 GMT)

no wories chandi we know how good you are , im waiting for your come back and show the world what you truely made of

Posted by   on (July 23, 2014, 7:32 GMT)

This is a good opportunity to every one, if niroshan can play well he can cement his place, from other hand if chandimal can come back with a good A team tour he can think about to play again for the national side, anyway i like this change, good luck both of you! we need one thing, that is to go our cricket to forward day by day...

Posted by siri12345 on (July 23, 2014, 7:28 GMT)

wat is worrying me most is the track of ssc .it has been consistently flat over the years and if it is same this time i am really surprised why our board is giving test match to ssc ???to see a draw ?? this time we r 1-0 down n desparately need a win so i wonder if this time they will prepare a rank turner and give us the best possible chance to win t he game even if it backfire we dont need a boring draw .another thing is i am surprised why we r not playing to our strength n opposotion weakness i.e spin .selecting dilruwan perera as our front line spinner in 1st test spelled doom for us instead we should have selected a regular spinner like suraj randiv or tharindu kaushal ( i have not seen him but according to posters he is good bowler ).after murali herath was managing our spin department but since he is 36 something i guess we introduce a new young spinner for the remaining three home test ahead of perera .plz publish

Posted by   on (July 23, 2014, 7:19 GMT)

Abdullah Jawzi after SA have been the best team away from home and batsmen scoring a lot of runs against spin you still belief in the myth that SA are weak against spin. AB and amla scored 200plus scores against spinners in the sub continent. Maybe getting fact right first would be nice.

Posted by King-Cobra on (July 23, 2014, 7:18 GMT)

Not even one promising young player in srilanka? That's a real pity (chuckle). The desperation with which they are trying to find players to replace their seniors is just pure fun!!

Posted by Greatest_Game on (July 23, 2014, 7:07 GMT)

The selection of Niroshan Dickwella would be very interesting, as he is the same age as Quinton de Kock, and both had very similar career paths. Both were schoolboy stars who progressed directly to premier league cricket. Not ofter you'll see two 21 year old keepers in a test! It would likely be a "statsguru" first!

Posted by iyngararaj on (July 23, 2014, 7:02 GMT)

Leave all what happened in the past, of course Chandimal is good batsman, give him a break and he will come back, play good team for tomorrows match Tharanaga, Kaushal, Sanga, Mahela, Kithu, Angelo,Dickwella, Dilruwan, Herath, Dammika, Nuwan/////

Posted by   on (July 23, 2014, 7:00 GMT)

i think sri lanka have good wicketkeeper-batsman Lasith Abeyratne/Gayan Maneeshan is bether than Niroshan Dickwella

Posted by ranilranathunga on (July 23, 2014, 6:47 GMT)

THIRIMANNE should have been dropped first...He is an overrated player...It should have been KUSAL definitely, DICKWELLA has not been impressive even at club level.

Posted by   on (July 23, 2014, 6:45 GMT)

What is the batting coach doing to rectify Chandis short ball technique ? Why didn't they select thisara perera if they are looking at the most recent scores? He scored 75 & took 4 wickets in his last apperence at test level does he have to score a 100 batting at no.8 ? South African are weak against spin so we should play all 3 genuine spinners & if thisara was in this squad he brings the prefect balance which Mathews struggles at test level

1.Tharanga 2. Kaushal 3. Sangakkara 4. Mahela 5. Mathews 6. Niroshan 7. Thisara 8. Dilruwan 9. Rangana 10. Ajantha 11. Lakmal

Thisara bring the balance so that we can play 3 spinners knowing that Sa are weak playing spin and he can support Lakmal as the 2nd seamer & can make quick runs batting with the tail, brilliant fielder. A "complete" all rounder

Posted by   on (July 23, 2014, 6:41 GMT)

It's simply demoralizing and poor act by SLC. You can't make so rapid and big change such as sending out one player to A team and bringing in another from A that hurts a lot to the one who goes out. Don't treat players in such a ugly manner they are not dupe to replace by another on a board game or a card in the card pack but humans with emotions.

Posted by   on (July 23, 2014, 6:34 GMT)

please dont put dikwella in ,get withanage for thirimanne and give KJP his test cap which he deserves , atleast he will learn how to play long inning and how to convert those 30s to 100s with patient

Posted by   on (July 23, 2014, 6:28 GMT)

agree @ Sri_Lankan_Cricket_Fan, but chandi should get strong punishment due to his bad shot selection . When i watch those day match videos which HASHAN AND ARAJUNA play in australia, how many shots they had on there bodies bcz of australian bouncers why this man always put his bat to them? why cant him let them to go?

Posted by   on (July 23, 2014, 6:25 GMT)

Good timely move by the selectors to send Chandimal to try and regain his batting form and come back stronger. However, bringing back Dickwella seems meaningless as we have enough wicket keepers and batsmen around.He will probably end up warming the bench and lose out on the England/Ireland experience.SL should focus on strengthening the weak bowling dept especially on the SSC pitch which provides a little bit of life only in the morning sessions.

Posted by Udendra on (July 23, 2014, 6:05 GMT)

Now drop Thirimanne and bring in Vithanage. Although I think KJP is a better option than Dickwella.

Posted by LionsofLanka on (July 23, 2014, 6:04 GMT)

Dinesh Chandimal demoted from the Test squad to the A team. Niroshan Dickwella had been called from A tour to replace Chandimal in Test squad. It can be happened only in Sri Lanka. Dinesh is having unique role of sacrifices entity in our team for the sake of 2 permanent members of Sri Lanka Cricket's security council. Niro with an average of 34.45 at first class level will be certainty to make Test debut for Sri Lanka. Another islander 30+ average batsman will be seen on world map. Oh Sanga, don't leave no. 3 position for another 5-10 years. We will see more Chandimals/thiris demoting to A team or out of the squad.

Posted by Sri_Lankan_Cricket_Fan on (July 23, 2014, 6:00 GMT)

Poor decision by selectors. They are going to ruin Niroshan Dickwellas' career as well including him in national squad before he impress from 1st class cricket. Thirimanne was the one who should be dropped. And Kusal Perera is the one they should bring to test cricket as an experiment. Unlike thirimanne kusal is a match winner though he is not consistent yet.

Posted by Sri_Lankan_Cricket_Fan on (July 23, 2014, 5:55 GMT)

I still believe Chandimal is a way better player than Thirimanne. Thirimanne is a very negative player. He can never win matches for SL.

Posted by Sri_Lankan_Cricket_Fan on (July 23, 2014, 5:54 GMT)

We lost the match is because Thirimanne, Mahela and Chandimal were unable to perform. Otherwise we could draw the match.

Posted by JamesSmithee on (July 23, 2014, 5:47 GMT)

Ok. Why don't give a change to Kusal Perera ? He is a very attacking player with good technique

Posted by anver777 on (July 23, 2014, 5:35 GMT)

Dropping Chandimal & sending him to ENG is the best possible way to regain his badly lost form back... he's no doubt one of SL's future, we need a confident & inform "CHANDIMAL" so its a very wise move by SLCB !!!!

Posted by crzcric on (July 23, 2014, 5:32 GMT)

I think this is a good move.Same must be done to thirimanne.There is no doublt about chandi's talent.But in recent matches he just throw his wicket away.Look at his last dismissal.He just pulled his second delivery against stayn. chandi needs to learn a lesson, so does Thiri.Hope they will come back strongly.Kusal has excellent first class record. i think he should be given a chance.Stop blaming mahela. He has done so much in the past. Leave him alone. chandi has still lot to prove. Let mahela play his last 3 matches peacefully. He deserve it.

Posted by A1499 on (July 23, 2014, 5:22 GMT)

i agree thiri and chandimal should both be dropped . better if dickwella and kithruwan both play. playing T and CH in their present form is a liability towards the team.

Posted by sujithM on (July 23, 2014, 5:20 GMT)

come on guys it's time to bring kusal janith perera in to the test team!! he can destroy any bowling attack anytime. which is very important in test cricket too. give him a chance!!

Posted by samSL on (July 23, 2014, 5:17 GMT)

Finally one of my prayers are answered.

Posted by A1499 on (July 23, 2014, 5:11 GMT)

dickwella should play n keep

Posted by Justbornat271189 on (July 23, 2014, 5:11 GMT)

Chandimal was a very consistent batsman and axing him looks pretty sad.. He was picking up in international circuit alongwith Kohli and has always performed better than Thirimanne.. His technique also has less flaws... Hope he returns back... Lankan did a mistake by picking Thirmanne ahead of Chandimal 6 months back in the Test XI

Posted by A1499 on (July 23, 2014, 5:11 GMT)

yup t.perera got 70 odd in hid last test inng vs pakistan.

Posted by venkatesh018 on (July 23, 2014, 5:04 GMT)

Chandimal is a super talent with the bat. But the selectors have done the right thing by dropping him now because he is in such wretched form. Something for the Selectors in England to learn from.

Posted by   on (July 23, 2014, 5:04 GMT)

My team for tomorrow second test will be in batting order, Tharanga, Silva, Kumar, Mathews, Mahela, Vidanage, Dickwella, Herath, Lakmal, Prasad and one more perhaps M.D.K.Perera.

Posted by Marcel_Ci on (July 23, 2014, 4:59 GMT)

mahela should also play for sometime in SL A. i think he still has 3 years of test cricket left in him.

Posted by visualdp on (July 23, 2014, 4:33 GMT)

Most of all I believe Thisara Perera must be in all formats. Any one remember his last Test innings. Why he is been dropped every now & then. ????

Posted by wapuser on (July 23, 2014, 4:31 GMT)

SLC destroyed chandimals confidence by making him t20 skipper. It was NOT the format for him. They should have made sure he developed his batting in the longer formats than putting an unnecessary burden on him.

Posted by   on (July 23, 2014, 4:31 GMT)

ms2000 : I agree about Thirimanna....but when you consider about Mahela, he is the 3rd highest in this calendar year with 57+ avg. If you are not watching the matches please be alert on the stats/ records. Whenever he did not play well we found the shortage...we lost only 1 match in this year so no need to panic....

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/records/batting/most_runs_career.html?class=1;id=2014;type=year

Posted by brian007 on (July 23, 2014, 4:25 GMT)

End of the Day it is not and it is never about any personal as it is all about Sri Lanka Cricket. If we are to develop our test team into the first 4, we need to sacrifice, we need to pay attention and we need to take some harsh decision sometimes. I am sure everyone agree when we say the "Best XI" should be on the ground while the rest keeps knocking on that door.

Mahela has been a great servant of Sri Lanka Cricket and it seems many of these "Modern Guru's" (Who hasn't played not even a street cricket) here commenting has forgotten how he has Saved and Win those from loosing to nothing. Spare a thought for the modern legend of the Game. He's uniqueness and ability to bounce back is the best you'll see for sometimes and that's at least for the next decade or so. The best Captain we ever had and the best tacticion of the modern game, thinking of almost all Wins Sri Lanka has conquered till now.

Seriously I do not see the next Sanga or next Mahela in this team, which is quite sad.

Posted by primo123 on (July 23, 2014, 4:20 GMT)

You can't compare Mahela and Sanga to anyone. Because they have exceeded their limits , so comparing any player to these greats are too early at this moment . Players can play 3 for 4 years well , but the their consistency is more important than two three big years .

Posted by yohandf on (July 23, 2014, 4:15 GMT)

Dropiing Chandimal will be justified if Thiirimanne gets same treatment only . Chandimal has a better career average in test cricket @ 44 while Thiri has mere 26 . Both are in out of form and should be dropped . my xi for next game - Kaushal , Tharanga , Sanga , Mahela , Mathews , Kithruwan , Dickwella , Dilruwan , Herath , Lakmal , Weagedara

Posted by kanie88 on (July 23, 2014, 4:07 GMT)

#Gayan Maneeshan is a better option than #Dikwella. he is a good wicketkeeper and a better batsman. Stats are proving it clearly. http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/362892.html

Posted by   on (July 23, 2014, 4:06 GMT)

That's a very good decision. But, what is special of Thirimanne as he had a very poor test batting average in recent tests and hit the rock bottom of batting averages of bowlers, as well. I suspect whether the selection criteria is, in getting out in hooking. It is ridiculous. Thirimanne must accompany chandimal, without delay. Dimuth must be included in the test side as he had a far better batting average than both of them, in England.

Posted by ms2000 on (July 23, 2014, 3:41 GMT)

Good decision. What about Thirimanne and Mahela? Both of them MUST be dropped. They both are passengers in this team. Mahela's days are over. Thirimanne has a long way to go in in the Sri Lanka A team before he comes to the National Team. At last someone realized that enough is enough with Chandimal. Give a chance to Chaturanga de Silva and Kitruwan. Both of them are far better than Mahela and Thirimanne.

Posted by cric1965 on (July 23, 2014, 3:40 GMT)

Chandimal has talent. But he has to correct his weakness and come back .Even though Thirimanna is a vice captain, he should be replaced with Kithruwan. How can you win matches with three walking wickets? Thirimanna is in bad form. Select players considering their current form not their previous records.

Posted by ChandraPrince on (July 23, 2014, 3:25 GMT)

My heart goes out to Chandmal. He will have to reinvent himself as a player. What happed to Chandmal isn't unique. But he still has the opportunity for a makeover; challenge himself to do better. I hope he utilize the chances given to him. I want to wish him all the best...

Posted by   on (July 23, 2014, 3:18 GMT)

Why this double standard for Thirimanne?

Posted by   on (July 23, 2014, 3:10 GMT)

criticizing is the easiest job on the earth.I closely watched Chandimal's aggressive approach which has all ingredients of a developing player.But the the way he gets out hooking made him a walking wicket.Brave sportsman will make a come back.That is the way.Simply suggesting options for a legend like Mahela is absurd.Our players,I hope will bounce back in SSC.

Posted by CricketFever11 on (July 23, 2014, 2:46 GMT)

People talking about Cahndimal's batting position. He has been given chances everywhere in the batting line up. He is utterly a waste. I thing we need to include Kusal perera at no 6 or no 7. He will take the attack to the opposition. Dont blame Mahela. He will definitely come with a strong answer.

Posted by Banneh on (July 23, 2014, 2:40 GMT)

We need a permanent psychologist to work with the team. Should start their work by educating selectors and captain before we loose many of our future crops. Take Thisara and Chandimal. Are the replacements found for Thisara are any better? How many match wining innings Thisara played during his short stay, with the ball and the bat. Not long ago he was at his best, winning us matches

Chandimal was asked to stay out during WC while he was captain. He is a top order batsman but demoted to play down the order. Opposite should usually happen in cricket. Jayasuriya was a total failure as a batsman (over 30 or more matches), until he was promoted to open. Once Chandi got in to his form in England in preliminary matches, he was further demoted to no 7 in the first Onedayer. He did what he needed to do for the team at the time but start axing him from the next match. With such induced mentality what you could expect from them. That's why we need to send selectors for psychology training.

Posted by   on (July 23, 2014, 2:10 GMT)

Thirimanne should be dropped ! Bring in Thisara Perera instead.

Posted by Sinhaya on (July 23, 2014, 1:47 GMT)

Unfortunate that Thirimanne is spared when Rangana Herath has a better test batting average for this year. Seems that Dhammika Prasad and Vithanage will replace Eranga and Chandimal for the game tomorrow.

High time that cricket becomes like soccer and rugby union where substitutes can play a full role in the game. SL were badly hit with only 3 bowlers bowling by and large. In an instance where a player is injured, he should not be allowed to play any part in the game and substitute should replace in full.

When Sanga and Mahela quit tests, replacement are Shehan Jayasuriya and Angelo Perera as both can bat as well as bowl unlike Sanga and Mahela.

Posted by top_SPIN on (July 23, 2014, 1:18 GMT)

There is no rationale behind disgusting act.

What is expected from this new guy? His first class avg shows that his batting is not the strongest element. A batting collapse in the previous match, then a specialist keeper is called into the team hoping to turn tables ???

When Mahela occupies the No 4 spot for like zillion years without letting a younger batsman to come to crease without lot of pressure and build an inning, how can you expect youngsters to perform well. Had Mathews batted at 2 down and made a good partnership with sanga result could have been different.

What does Mahela has to achieve by playing next 3 test mathes?

Would he step down to bat at 5th 6th position?

True Mahela has done a great service to SL cricket. But at the moment he is trying desperate to retire on a high, he is doing this at the expense of other young cricketers future. I never expected this from Mahela :(

Hope Sanga would retire when his golden touch with the bat looses.

Posted by S305 on (July 23, 2014, 0:30 GMT)

LeftArmRTW: You are spot on, mate.... Too much pressure on Chandimal, too early.

Posted by wapuser on (July 23, 2014, 0:18 GMT)

We can see lots of emotional writing about Chandimal. Comparison between mahela and Chandimal far different. Mahela is proven player with his long career. He is bit out of touch but come back with winning score with his experiences. Chandimal has long carrer ahead. How can he go ahead with his bad shots selection. He need to adjust now to get him from maximum. No doubt he has talent to go for international level. But need to get him to right path now. Any batsman can out for very good bowl but give away wicket is different.

Posted by CricketFever11 on (July 23, 2014, 0:15 GMT)

Both Chandimal and thirimanna should be dropped. Include Kusal perera and Ashan Priyanjan. People talking about Chandimal's batting place. How many chances he has wastes. He and Thirimanna, just burden to the team. No contribution at all irrespective of the batting position. They are just passengers. We have enough bench strength. Why not giving them chance? Good Job By selectors. If thirimanna fails again, he should be dropped ahead of Pakistan tests.

Posted by S305 on (July 23, 2014, 0:14 GMT)

Those of you who are critisizing Mahela : Come on, he just announced his retirement from tests. Let him have a chance to go with a big innings. He WILL score a hundred next match.

Posted by m0se on (July 22, 2014, 23:47 GMT)

Chandimal was supposed to be the future captain of Sri Lanka, he was even taking English lessons. He even gave up IPL to work on his Sri Lankan career. What happened?

Posted by wapuser on (July 22, 2014, 23:43 GMT)

Oh boy they don't give this guy enough match practice and push him down the order, now when he fails in one match just axed him. Dear selectors check Thirimanne's and Mahela's form before axing this guy!!!!!!!!

Posted by Kiricos on (July 22, 2014, 23:34 GMT)

@Desmond Silva. Fully agree. All 3 (Thirimanne, Mahela & Chandimal) should be dropped.

Posted by Yasi_Gee on (July 22, 2014, 23:23 GMT)

Where is Kithruwan? He is in the squad but never plays. Get rid of ageing and out of form batsmen and bring youngsters...

Posted by wapuser on (July 22, 2014, 23:20 GMT)

Forget about all the facts and figures, he deserves to be axed for the way he got out in the first innings...for that one shot alon

Posted by kc69 on (July 22, 2014, 23:03 GMT)

Even though its a good decision to drop Chandy.I guess even few others like Thirimanne need to be axed because their performance is also equal to below average.I guess Mahela spends his last few days of test cricket on a high.

Posted by jb633 on (July 22, 2014, 22:48 GMT)

Why send him to England? He will face medium pace garbage not capable of getting any top cricketers out. Better send him to Oz as soon as their season starts. Playing club cricket will probably be harder than playing county stuff right now.

Posted by mumtaz78 on (July 22, 2014, 22:45 GMT)

Well, I guess this is an opportunity for chandimal to come back to his form of batting. And might well as push him self back to the team.....But I strongly recommend to drop Lahiru thirimanne and bring Kithruwan Vithange who is a natural stroke maker, Lahiru has not performed as well.....why only Chandimal... since Mahela has announced his retirement , I don't think the selectors will be too harsh on him, But he is a batsmen who can comeback strongly at any time.... well any way Good luck boys in the second Test...hope you can win it and level the series...

Posted by android_user on (July 22, 2014, 21:44 GMT)

People Jayawardene is retiring and he is a legend let him retire with peace. also chandimal could do well with some practice in England.

Posted by vkumar_086 on (July 22, 2014, 21:32 GMT)

@Jayantha Perera...Kusal can shake the confidence of Steyn!!!!!!! how?????....Steyn can bold out the entire SL team within 100 runs on flat deck...its no matter who comes to the team who goes out of the team...result is either draw or SA win by huge margin...

Posted by SripriyaReddy on (July 22, 2014, 21:29 GMT)

Dropping Chandimal, a really harsh decision. First he was burdened with role of captaincy when he just learned to bat, that too at such a young age. Then, when his form dropped, he was removed from captaincy & Now, when there are many others in this playing XI (Thirimmane & Mahela) who have not performed for a larger period of time are enjoying a place in the side. And okay, fine, they decided to drop him from the test side, but come on, sending him to England to play with A side? This is total injustice.

Posted by android_user on (July 22, 2014, 21:11 GMT)

poor guy....Hope he gets back in the side when he is back in form...Hope to god he is not another Kapugedhera. A glorified net batsmen.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2014, 20:56 GMT)

No body else hunting him. Only out of form Mahela is the culprit. He occupied at number 4 position for a long time without any contribution by pushing chandimal down in the batting order. There may be many axes to the younger players unless selectors godhead and remove him.

Posted by samantha321 on (July 22, 2014, 20:09 GMT)

Since Jul 1st 2013 in ODI

Chandimal

Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR

27 23 3 523 64* 26.15 726 72.03

Mahela

Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR

24 23 0 569 107 24.73 796 71.48

Chandimal dropped, but Mahela ??

Where is the consistency selectors ???

Chandimal seems to be scapegoat of all others failures.

Posted by Aju.Nair on (July 22, 2014, 19:57 GMT)

This is not fair to drop a player like that between a tournament. The most disappointing fact is that he has been sent to England to play with the A side. This is really harsh on a player like Chandimal. During World T20, you had taken the captaincy from him, dropped from the team , took the vice captaincy off from him, now again treating like this. Some one is hunting him..I really feel sympathy for him. This is not a good move from selectors. Chandimal is a young player..you have to back him well, if you do like this it will actually kill the confidence in a player like him..Wishing Chandimal to stay calm, work on his batting, come back strongly and give a strong reply to the selectors..Chandimal has to be patient when he plays the bigger version, that is where he has to be mature, but as a young player seniors/coach can advice and groom him..totally disappointed with this decision from SL selectors..Godspeed

Posted by Sageleaf on (July 22, 2014, 19:49 GMT)

Only Chandimal is dropped? What about Lahiru and Mahela? May be SL got a raw deal in Hambantota and Galle. Most teams are aware of Premadasa Stadium and Galle and if you bat first, you are definitely going to win. So SA was lucky to have won the toss in Hambantota and Galle otherwise the result could have been different. It is funny how SL played the game. There was nothing in them only Angelo Mathews and Kumar batted well. Most of the Sri Lankan batsmen could not handle the South African pace bowlers. On a turning wicket Dale Styen bowled brilliantly. Sri Lankan batsmen threw their wickets away even Kumar batting so well just played a rash shot. Mahela was totally out of form, Lahiru did not know what happened, Dinesh was a totally lost and Herath was trying to finish the match before tea. SL used only 3 bowlers in the second innings. Why don't SL authorities do something about the grounds? I feel it's better to have foreign coaches. Second test going to be very interesting.

Posted by samantha321 on (July 22, 2014, 19:44 GMT)

Chandimal(TEST)

Innnings since last century : 4 no of runs : 59 average : 14.75 (no not outs)

Thirmanne

Innnings since last century : 9 no of runs : 69 average : 9.86 (two not outs)

So why drop only Chandimal what about Thirimanne ??? Where is consistency selection committee of SLC ??? Mind you Chandimal kept wickets which is a tough ask in test cricket.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2014, 19:25 GMT)

Chandimal is not ONLY the single digit scorer!! Mahela as well. he scored 3 and 10 respectively in both innings. 13 runs in a test is not enough to win a match by frontline batsman. When Sanga got out everyone knew chances are dim to win the test match. Only one talented fighting spirit in the team at the moment. it's Angelo Matthews. He single handedly won the test match in England. We need someone like him to partner with him. Mathews should come 1 down or 2 down. Seniors should retire ASAP except Sanga. That a favor to Sri Lanka. Axing Chandimal is a good move, but it does not solve the problem. More problems are with in the team. Bowlers hardly ever taking wickets and some batsmen struggling with SA pacers. Hopefully Dickwella provide some magic at SSC.

Posted by NP_NY on (July 22, 2014, 19:00 GMT)

Doesn't matter who comes and goes into the SL side. The only true batsman in the side is Sanga. SA gets him, the rest will fall like a pack of cards.

Posted by cric1965 on (July 22, 2014, 19:00 GMT)

It is appositive move. Hope Niroshan will grab the opportunity. Also need to replace Thirimanna. No reason for him to include playing eleven. Take risk try rising youngsters. Sometimes they will perform in international arena even they not perform well in domestic circuits. Mahela should decide his future himself. No need become a another Jayasooriya as trying to play 2011 world cup with poor form. Some times Kusal perera may be successful in tests also. Give him chance to play in middle order. His quick fire runs will change the game. Should prepare world cup team now onwards. Try more new faces.

Posted by android_user on (July 22, 2014, 18:56 GMT)

good decision. this will only help chandi and he will come back stronger. good luck!

Posted by LeftArmRTW on (July 22, 2014, 18:47 GMT)

Chandimal's problems are mental and technical. Opponents have worked out how to get him out. He is a talented cricketer and should be given time to regain confidence and sort out the technical defects. I think the selectors erred by elevating him to take up responsible positions so early in his career.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2014, 18:33 GMT)

i think still best option is prasanna j , beacause no miss catch or no miss chance like chandi or kusal. in the test match most important think is to take every chances. good keeper can change the game. doesnt need wiket keeper batsmen, need good wicket bkeeper

Posted by Rizwanodayar on (July 22, 2014, 18:28 GMT)

The question is who are going to take 20 wickets. If South Africa will have good day like first day in Gall they will plays Srilanka out of the serious. As spinners are going to have sore fingers and fast bowlers dead tied Srilanka going to have hard time during end stages of the match for just to survive. If Srilanka seriously thinking of wining at SSC find another quality spinner and asked selected six batsmen to play with more responsibility.

Posted by Kinguru007. on (July 22, 2014, 18:26 GMT)

This has been long time coming. I see some of our dear supporters complaining that Chandimal should be given bit of a extension in test cricket which they did. If your not doing your job obviously you'll be replaced. This is not only in cricket it goes for all the job's including sports. Chandimal has been given plenty of opportunities in both forms but he didn't even came close to justify it. Yes I agree the boy has talent but when you get the chance to prove it you've have to. Eg: Marvan got 5 ducks in 6 innings when he came to scene and he was dropt but when got the opportunity to do it again he proved his value. For me Chandimal for sure will get another opportunity but the million dollar question is when and when that time comes will he live up to his stranded?

Posted by KingOwl on (July 22, 2014, 18:20 GMT)

I normally agree with most of the selection policies. But I cannot see the reasoning here. Chandimal has a problem of trying to hook when he cannot/ should not. So, fair enough. He needs to figure that out. But then, Thiri is struggling too. Is he in because he is the VC? That is not an adequate reason. Is SLC afraid to let both of them join the A team at the same time? I can see some rationale there. But then, I just checked this new guy's stats - nothing much to talk about. I checked his performance in the A team - quite mediocre. So, what do we expect from him against Steyn and co?

Posted by   on (July 22, 2014, 18:16 GMT)

Surprise is only Chandimal is penalised always for poor Batting. He was keeping wickets as well and did that well. Thus need more chances. He has been very patriotic. Didnt even accept IPL Contracts, then gave away his Captaincy. He can be dropped but sending to A tour is like a Insult. Maybe he seem not to have any Influence. Anyway Thiri who must perform as a Batsman still there even with more failures for a long period. There should be a shadow player for all National players. Dimuth / Mahela Udawatte etc not getting chances??

Posted by SriLankanYoungBlood on (July 22, 2014, 18:05 GMT)

This kind of little changes not affect SL team performances. Still under performing Mahela,Thri,Hearth in a playing 11. No Specialist spinner like Tharindu Kaushal, no experienced Suraj Randiv. Want a Complete turn over specially in ODI otherwise we will beaten by Teams like AFG in WC. In my suggestion Mahela,Thri,Kula even Sanga and Dil should immediately axed from ODI side. Instead we could include current A team Good Performers along with Thisara,Mathews,Dhammika Prasad,Eranga,Upul Thranga,Dirluwan with Kusal and Kaushal don't want Mendis,Hearth for ODI instead Proven all rounder like Randiv Otherwise this old aged under performing team will exit from first round of WC 2015.

Posted by android_user on (July 22, 2014, 18:03 GMT)

@Francis Mel its naive to compare Marvan failure with that of Thirimanna b'cos 1) you are comparing a test debutant against a country 's vice captain with substantial international exposure. 2) you are comparing two occurrences that is two decades apart - during which time both the technology and the opportunities available for a player to correct him self has grown immensely. 3)Mavan, despite his international failures, was the most prolific domestic batsmen at the time, - which Thirimanna is surely not.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2014, 17:58 GMT)

Give Chandimal some more time to prepare himself for big matches and regain his form. At present, he seems to be the only guy in SL team who could take over Mahela's vital role. But the selectors should have considered Kusal Perera as the replacement not only because he has some international cricketing experience, but his first class average of 48.01 seems to be a more convincing number than Dickwella's 34.45. Also, SL is bringing in too many new faces to their squad which is good in one sense, but can affect the team combination and stability. In that sense too, Perea was a better option. Also the Steyn-Morkel-Philander trio would be a huge challenge for a new comer but who knows whether a surprise is awaiting

Posted by DreamCricketer on (July 22, 2014, 17:48 GMT)

DreamCricketer: Finally they had the guts to do this. This was long due we could have won some mathches if this was done a couple of years ago!. But it's not enoughand not over there few more should be fired from all foremats. They are Mahela, Mendis. Thirimane is getting close for that. They do not deserve to be in the 2015 world cup squad.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2014, 17:43 GMT)

Excellent. This is what we needed. A guy who averages close to 50 after 14 matches, the guy who scored twin fifties in Durban to see us through to the first win in SA is dropped after 3 failures. Now we are going to make a new Keeper batsman? Chandimal's omission in the limited overs formats is totally justified, but this is crazy. If anybody needs to be dropped, it should be Thiri on current form.

Posted by android_user on (July 22, 2014, 17:42 GMT)

It is bit of a reactive thinking from the selectors, both Chandimal and Thirimanna should have been in the England A tour in the first place. The desperate situation sl is in has resulted in a desperate measure - which is to make Chandimal a scape goat.

Posted by LAKingsFan on (July 22, 2014, 17:40 GMT)

It's going to be a draw or SA win at SSC. Doesn't matter who's in and who's out in the squad for SL.

Posted by SLsupport on (July 22, 2014, 17:38 GMT)

I think there is a deep coaching issue.How come there isn't a single new established batsmen not in the team except mathews. We need a batting coach. This is the same situation we were in before Vass came bowling wise. None of the bowlers were good enough to be in playing 11. But because of Vass we have several players ready. We need a batting coach. Marvan may be a good head coach, But definitely not a good batting coach.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2014, 17:25 GMT)

Poor selection policy.Never react to a failure.You need not give as many chances given by India to Ishant Sharma .But nothing wrong in till the end of this series. Disnesh Chandimal is a good cricketer.Now he is out of form.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2014, 17:20 GMT)

This is conspiracy against Chandimal. First, captaincy of t20 was snatched and didn't allow him to play in final of t2o world-cup. This was a nevertheless humiliation for a quality players like Chandimal.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2014, 17:20 GMT)

kusal is the best option available for SL.He is one batsman who can really shake the confidence of Steyn.In a decisive test like this Dickwella a fresher will defenitely fail as he has no experience against a quality pace attack.

SL lost the match because of poor batting. So It is always good to include a batting all rounder in place of Dilruwan.

Posted by Charindra on (July 22, 2014, 17:17 GMT)

good move.. Chandimal has been given enough opportunities. We haven't lost a series to SA since the early 1990s and we were minnows then. To lose that proud record because of a guy like Chandimal would be a crime. Even Thiri needs a wake up call I feel. Maybe he shouldn't be playing ODIs. He used to leave balls outside the off stump much better than this those days. Now he's fishing all the time.

Posted by android_user on (July 22, 2014, 17:16 GMT)

SLC do seem to be decisive and hope other Boards can follow suit. I am surprised at SL fans asking for a Thiri to be dropped. I think its obvious that he is being groomed for the long term. Didnt Marvan have a similar lacklustre start to his career? Even in this case they are supporting Chandimal. And Mahela will not be dropped now, not sure why fans again asking him to be dropped.

Posted by CricketChat on (July 22, 2014, 17:16 GMT)

Kudos to SL selectors for finally fronting up to the mistake of keeping Chandimal so long in the senior team. Thirimanne must be on notice now. One more failure in the next test, he will follow Chandimal to FC. As someone suggested, Mahela should be dropped too, but this is his swan song series. He certainly deserves to go on his terms for his great service to SL after having announced his retirement.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2014, 17:14 GMT)

thank god finally,drop lousy thirimanne also,he is a real nuisance and a walking wicket,send him to school again to play for the school team...and mahela should be removed if he fails again at SSC..

Posted by nimalgamage on (July 22, 2014, 17:05 GMT)

KUSAL JANITH PERERA should be the main choice to replace Dinesh Chanidimal as the wicket keeper batsman. He is the most talented youngster in the Sri Lankan team right now. He not only as the wicket keeper batsman he can come as a pure batsman in to the team. But considering he is currently in tour of Eng with SL A squad and it will be not a bad option to leave KUSAL on Eng so he can cope and improve more on his batting skills in foreign conditions as he will be a key member in our limited overs squad for the 2015 World cup. But we have to play him in those matches as he did not play in the first two matches in the Eng tour with the A squad.

So overall this is a good selection to include Dickwella for Chandimal rather than giving so many wasting opportunities to a one player. Like to see giving Kithuruwan also an opportunity instead of Thirimanne for the 2nd test match.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2014, 17:03 GMT)

Selectors should drop ajantha bring tharindu kaushal in to test squad

Posted by ranilranathunga on (July 22, 2014, 17:01 GMT)

Thirimanne is such a burden to the team, poor Chandimal use to bat at no.4 until thirimanne came along & the selectors didn't know home to play both Thiri and Chandi in the same xi slotting Chandi as a no.6 ... just look at Thiri avg in every format .. its pathetic for me Thiri should exit! Maybe replace sanga in the future and again selectors are try out everyone as openers! Kusal in the odis (which he needs to bat in the middle order) kaushal silva is a middle order batsmen who makes huge runs like sanga & doesn't look comfortable opening he needs to take MJ's no.4 bring dimuth back to open and if fails choose dickwella, Kusal needs to keep wickets & Chandimal needs to bat as a pure batsman

Posted by ranilranathunga on (July 22, 2014, 17:00 GMT)

Thiri 54 in 2014 tests Rangana 104 in 2014 still thirimanne survives and chandimal is out...Thrimanne doesnt deserve a place in any format....Just look at his average and strike rates...Bring KUSAL

Posted by   on (July 22, 2014, 16:22 GMT)

So sad about chadimal & hope he will come back strongly

Posted by   on (July 22, 2014, 16:18 GMT)

Thirimanne is such a burden to the team, poor Chandimal use to bat at no.4 until thirimanne came along & the selectors didn't know home to play both Thiri and Chandi in the same xi slotting Chandi as a no.6 ... just look at Thiri avg in every format .. its pathetic for me Thiri should exit! Maybe replace sanga in the future and again selectors are try out everyone as openers! Kusal in the odis (which he needs to bat in the middle order) kaushal silva is a middle order batsmen who makes huge runs like sanga & doesn't look comfortable opening he needs to take MJ's no.4 bring dimuth back to open and if fails choose dickwella, Kusal needs to keep wickets & Chandimal needs to bat as a pure batsman

Posted by   on (July 22, 2014, 15:57 GMT)

Fantastic selection! I have been hoping for Dickwella Dickwella's inclusion for some months now. I'm sure he is going to be one of those players that flourishes at International level and will have a better average in internationals than domestic matches.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2014, 15:47 GMT)

Drop Mahela as well not only Chandimal and Thirimanna.

Posted by ranilranathunga on (July 22, 2014, 15:41 GMT)

This is a stupid decision, Dickwella ia gud young cricketer but he is not ready at top level. He was not impressing even in the A tour, dont understand what selectors are thinking. It should have definitely been KUSAL and we could have brought Vishwa for the fast bowling replacement. Dropping Chandimal is very Unfair, Its Thirimanne who should be dropped, Thirimanne failed 4 innins in Eng and now 2 in Sl. He still gets the chance. Oh dear these selectors...Everyone please make a shout about this.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2014, 15:25 GMT)

i personaly think kusal was the best person because dale strugle to ball at him in the odi but not sure about his wicket keeping is in test level we will see how is going with niroshan all the best for him but what about thirimanne is he still in the team

Posted by   on (July 22, 2014, 15:15 GMT)

Like it or not, SL is in a rebuilding stage, with Mahela and seniors leaving. Time to give youngsters time in the middle.... they may fail at the beginning, but will gain experience... Good move by the selectors.

Sad about the plight of Chandimal... I think he needs a break. Too much was expected of him: that was the problem which loaded him with distractions.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2014, 15:13 GMT)

Why are the selector so hurry to change people in test cricket. Chandimal failed only last 3 innings. Thirimanna failed in England and shows some start in Galle. Problem is the batting order. I think same 7 batters should play here and if failed then, make changes in Pakistan tour. Dikwella flied from England that is tired journey, If he play without preparing his mentality to match situation, he might failed. His career may also be ruined as they did to Chandimal and other yongersters like Kapugedara... Batting order should be, Tharanga, Kausal, Sanga, Mathews, Mahela, Chandimal and Thirimanna...Thirimanna can stay at wicket and score runs with lower order....

Posted by SLMaster on (July 22, 2014, 14:53 GMT)

Chandimal along with Thirimane need a break to regroup himself and come back hard. At this it is not a bad move....

Posted by Lion83 on (July 22, 2014, 14:49 GMT)

This is another poor selection by selectors. Dickwella is a good young cricketer but have very little 1st class experience. Chandimal should be replaced by Kusal perera. He is a game changer and srilanka need a attacking batsmen in their line up.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2014, 14:49 GMT)

Good luck Niroshan Dick wala. Have a great career

Posted by nickexplore on (July 22, 2014, 14:44 GMT)

Maybe a double-change is on the cards with Kithuruwan for Thirimanne and Dickwella for Chandimal. The selectors always keep Sri Lankan fans guessing but England is a long way to fly someone if your not planning to play them. Whatever the final 11, something has to give. The middle order is in disarray.

Posted by YsaKaru on (July 22, 2014, 14:40 GMT)

why niroshan dikwella??? Should be kusal perera....

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