West Indies in Sri Lanka 2015-16 November 5, 2015

Thisara back, but Sri Lanka T20 squad focus on youth


Thisara Perera was not part of the squad for the ODIs against West Indies © Getty Images

Sri Lanka's quest for youth continues in the Twenty20 format, as rookie bowlers Binura Fernando and Jeffrey Vandersay, as well as allrounder Shehan Jayasuriya, find places in the squad for the two-match series against West Indies. Dinesh Chandimal returns to the T20 fold after being rested against Pakistan, but Lahiru Thirimanne, who had made significant contributions to the World T20 campaign last year, has been left out.

Also in the T20 squad are batsmen Kithuruwan Vithanage and Chamara Kapugedara, and allrounder Thisara Perera, who were not named in either of the other squads in this tour.

Fernando had been penetrative but expensive in Sri Lanka's previous T20 series, against Pakistan in July-August this year, giving away runs at 9.68 an over, though he claimed three wickets. Vandersay was relatively cheap but did not take any wickets in the two matches. He has, however, been impressive for the Sri Lanka A team across formats over the past few months.

Lasith Malinga leads the team, and the attack. He has Nuwan Kulasekara, Sachithra Senanayake, and Dushmantha Chameera to choose from in the squad, but Ajantha Mendis has been omitted from the squad, after he proved expensive in both ODIs that have been played so far this tour.

Tillakaratne Dilshan and Angelo Mathews lead the batting unit, which also contains Milinda Siriwardana and Kusal Perera.

The teams play two T20s, the first of which is scheduled for Monday. Sri Lanka remain the top-ranked T20 side 18 months after winning the World T20, but lost the previous series against Pakistan 0-2.

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

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  • chethana on November 8, 2015, 12:15 GMT

    Without extra pace, bowlers are ineffective in Indian pitches. It proved in SA vs India bilateral series. Steyn,Morkel,Abbot,Rabada all are 140+. Also need variety of quality spinners. Malinga,Chameera,Lakmal,Dammika,Eranga at least 4 of them should play. Herath,Sachithra,Mendis,PHT,Vandersay,Sandakan 3/4 of them should play.

  • Dilum on November 8, 2015, 10:20 GMT

    Don't see any problem in selecting batters. But what is the policy of selecting bowlers? Binura, Nuwan and Vendersy should be replaced by Eranga, Akila Dananjaya and Lahiru Madushanka. People who complain about Thiri should check his stats. He is better than Chandimal in T20 format. About Perera I think he has to refocus about his role. He must attend to his bowling more than his batting. That is the only way for him to survive in the team. Dishan, Kusal, Thiri,Kithruwan,Angelo,Kapu,Milinda,Thisara/Shehan,Sachithra,Malinga,Chameera will be a good selection. It will be better if dishan stays out for a game and let Thirimanne open the inning. and we can play both Shehan and Thisara

  • ESPN on November 7, 2015, 3:34 GMT

    Dhanushka and Eranga should be playing in the squad for Vithanage and Binura. Vithanage haven't shown any promise to SL cricket yet and Dhanushka has that class to prove.But in bowling vice talking Binura he should get mature and he has time to also from age vice and it's time for the experienced pacer Eranga

  •   Aldon Daniel on November 7, 2015, 0:20 GMT

    Sri Lanka Cricket is right on Omitting Dhanushka again and again. He is a top order batsman, He might be the accurate opener in the future. I think SL spoiled Chandimal, Dimuth & Thirimanna by swapping their batting position again and again and again. So it is better that Dhanushka wait until Dilshan retire and firm his opening position and have a long run. Lets wait for him guys. Even if he selected into the team now, He will play at number 6 and will become as another Thirimanna. So lets wait for him. He will be a better opening batsman in the future.

  • Ammarhit on November 6, 2015, 13:59 GMT

    @PAROUSIA Assuming he meant dropped for ODIs, because Perera was dropped for this ODI series. @CHETHANAROMESH Only in ODIs is Thiri better, in T20 internationals they are both pretty woeful. But Chandi has a far better overall T20 record: 1493 runs from 59 innings at 28 average, with 11 50+ scores and a highscore of 93*. Thirimanne: 850 runs from 45 innings at 22 average with 2 50+ scores and a highscore of 70. Not to forget his 50 against Australia in the WC.

  •   Izwa Rizwan Mohamed on November 6, 2015, 13:55 GMT

    Excellent work by the selectors. My 11 would be, kusal, dilshan, kithuruwan, chandi, mathews, milinda, kapugedara, thisara or vandersay, sachi, malinga, chameera

  • bobby on November 6, 2015, 13:54 GMT

    Where is dilshan munarweerwa???

  • Hasitha on November 6, 2015, 12:04 GMT

    Upul tharanga,kushal silva,dimith,bhanuka should be in this team

  • andrew on November 6, 2015, 8:48 GMT

    How can Pererra be RECALLED when he was never dropped from the T20 squad ?Poor journalism !

  •   Chris Silva on November 6, 2015, 6:30 GMT

    Malinga is not captain material. You have Angelo who is a proven captain. Why are SL cricket following other countries who are experimenting with the concept. Malinga has and needs to focus on his bowling which is not up to mark at the moment. We did see glimpses of excellence from time to time. No consistency. Remember how Malinga went for runs agains WI when Samuels had a field day.

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