Sri Lanka news September 29, 2016

Karunaratne, Thirimanne in Sri Lanka A squad

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Lahiru Thirimanne has not played a competitive game since June © Getty Images

Sri Lanka batsman Dimuth Karunaratne has been named captain of the A team for the first two four-day games at home against West Indies A. Lahiru Thirimanne, who was omitted for the Tests as well as limited-overs series against Australia, found a place in the 15-member squad.

Thirimanne has not played competitive cricket since the Lord's Test in June. Karunaratne, meanwhile, is coming off an underwhelming Test series: he had managed only 41 runs, including five single-digit scores, at 6.83 in six innings against Australia. Strong performances for the A team could help the two batsmen bolster their prospects at the senior level.

Left-arm wristspinner Lakshan Sandakan, who took match figures of 7 for 107 in the first Test against Australia in Pellekele, the best by a chinaman bowler on Test debut, was another prominent name in the A squad. Sandakan's match returns were also the third-best by a Sri Lanka bowler on debut.

Batsman Avishka Fernando and seamer Lahiru Kumara, who recently broke into the ODI squad, and Under-19 captain Charith Asalanka, who led them to a whitewash against England Under-19 last month, were also named in the squad. Fernando and Kumara are also Under-19 graduates.

Kusal Perera, named vice-captain, Niroshan Dickwella, and Asela Gunaratne were the other international names in the squad. The first of three four-day matches gets underway at the R Premadasa Stadium on October 4.

Sri Lanka A squad: Dimuth Karunaratne (capt.), Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Perera (vice-capt.), Roshen Silva, Charith Asalanka, Niroshan Dickwella, Asela Gunaratne, Avishka Fernando, Anuk Fernando, Vimukthi Perera, Prabath Jayasuriya, Lakshan Sandakan, Asitha Fernando, Lahiru Kumara, Kasun Madushanka

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  • DreamCricketer on October 4, 2016, 11:27 GMT

    Most of them are are good players at the start only and then they don't try to maintain their performance levels and never consistent at all.It's all to do in their mentality the way they think to succeed. Unfortunately most of them they don't have it in them! . So no point wasting time with continuous failures in the team. The better be consistent and perform or show them the door out. There are lot people knocking at the door!

  • Aazir_aazy on October 3, 2016, 6:31 GMT

    Expectable XI-Dimuth, Dickwella, Asalanka, Thirimanna, Roshen, Asela, Kusal, Sandakan, Vimukithi, Asitha Fernando, Lahiru Kumara

  • Herath-UK on October 1, 2016, 12:55 GMT

    Both Mathews & Chandimal are nursing injuries. Rather than rushing them into the Zim tour isn't it the ideal time (which I commented earlier) to give the honour of leading the country in Tests to Herath for the tour.

  • armchair_critic007 on October 1, 2016, 1:43 GMT

    Thisara perera retired from tests @slmaster. I dont think that he has played a 4 day game in 3 years

  • armchair_critic007 on October 1, 2016, 1:41 GMT

    This has happened many times @cricfan27300273 . He keeps getting dropped. Then sent to the A team , then he scores, sent back to the main side, then the cycle repeats

  • cricfan27300273 on September 30, 2016, 18:24 GMT

    Good job by selectors to recognize their own mistake of rushing Thirimanne too soon and trying to fix the problem.

  • Royal_Thora on September 30, 2016, 14:36 GMT

    @NICKEXPLORE, yeah mate my mistake. Avishka is the one who made debut in the last Australia ODI series. It should be Anuk Fernando. A lot of Fernandos making things difficult for me.lol.

  • Manujer on September 30, 2016, 12:43 GMT

    All these matches must be played on green pitches with full of grass to get used to pending tours.

  • cricfan15629711 on September 30, 2016, 9:07 GMT

    Why is Lahiru Milantha not in the squad? Why waste his talent.

  • Herath-UK on September 30, 2016, 8:47 GMT

    Thrimanne has been identified as a talented cricketer & the selectors have placed a lot of trust on him though he keeps failing. I would suggest to them to boost his confidence & some technical issues, the best thing would be to find a spot for him to play in some club games in SA, England or Australia. Even NZ would do, to spend sometime which could make him a great player. Ford with SA & England county connections & to add Sanga who understands his value & now playing in the county circuit can help him immensely here. Getting into the team again & then unfortunately a couple of early dismissals will be very counter productive to his career with the fans & media going mad against him. A lot of players have learnt from playing in the strong county circuit, hope he will see this & work for it for his own good.

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