Sri Lanka news May 31, 2010

Aravinda de Silva targets World Cup glory

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Aravinda de Silva, Sri Lanka's former captain and newly-appointed chairman of selectors, has singled out winning the World Cup in 2011 as his "primary responsibility" in his latest role. de Silva, who scored an unbeaten century to take Sri Lanka to their only World Cup win, in 1996 against Australia in Lahore, said the national team had to win some major tournaments in its preparation for the ultimate prize, admitted it needed improvement at the top of the order and defended the 40-year-old Sanath Jayasuriya, who had a forgettable World Twenty20.

"My primary aim is to help Sri Lanka win another World Cup," de Silva told reporters in Colombo. "I've wanted another team to win a World Cup so that the people of Sri Lanka have something to talk about."

The other members of the committee are Ranjit Fernando, Amal Silva and Shabbir Asgerally. All four members have served in the capacity as selectors in previous committees.

While acknowledging the need for the selectors to get the right combination ready for the World Cup, de Silva said a significant share of the responsibility had to come from the players. "A player must have the experience of having played in at least a minimum of 50 ODIs to be able to handle difficult situations when it comes to a World Cup," he said. "We've got only nine months and to give a new player that amount of exposure is not adequate. We need to have some players with a mixture of experience and youth who can handle difficult situations. That's our plan going forward to build up that combination.

"For me this bunch of cricketers has talent and ability, we just need to put a few things right and win some major tournaments. To do that, a big part of the commitment and responsibility must come from the players."

While spelling out the areas Sri Lanka need to improve ahead of the World Cup, de Silva said: "The top of the batting order is a matter of concern. What we've realized is if the two openers fail we need someone to come and consolidate the innings. In a situation like that when we are looking around for options and if you can't find suitable replacements then we are not prepared."

There has been plenty of criticism surrounding Jayasuriya's performances in the recent past, with many calling on him to quit. de Silva, however, said Sri Lanka had to consider all options for the World Cup. "We know what Jayasuriya is capable of. We must have a proper replacement for every position. We have nine months to prepare for the World Cup and we have not discarded anyone so far and decided on the positions they should play.

"You have to be fair to Sanath. He's shown what he is capable of and he has performed over the years and done so much for the country. We should respect that. It's fair that we look at every player the same way whether it is the youngest player or the most senior player. Anyone who gets out of hand which will affect the team, that is where when we will step in."

de Silva added the sports minister had given the selection committee an assurance that there won't be any interference. "If he has any queries and if the people are questioning I am quite willing to listen to that and give them an opportunity and explain for what reasons we have taken certain decisions," de Silva said.

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  • on June 7, 2010, 15:11 GMT

    ARAVINDA GIVE A CHANCE TO KULATUNGA WE THINK HE IS THE MOST SUIT PLAYER FOR NO 5 POSITION OR OPERNER POSITION

  • Agnar on June 4, 2010, 13:32 GMT

    If Aravinada helps Sanath retain his position in the team most likely he will be: (1) Hurting Sri Lankan team. Any body who thinks independently will agree that there is a very little chance that Sanath will perform again. (2) Hurting the careers of a potential new great player. Imagine Sanath or Aravinda was not given a chance to be in the team when they were coming out because a nonperforming, influential, forty year old player with another full time job still wanted to be in the team. Moreover, Sanath and Aravinda both will loose the respect of real cricket fans; the fans from all over the world who like them because of their playing skills, not just because they won matches for Sri Lanka. Sanath will have to retire as a failed has-been and Aravinda will be considered who played politics with his power and a person who gave in to power against convictions or a dumb person who couldn't do his job well.

  • 3rd_man on June 3, 2010, 10:22 GMT

    I think we need to have solid opening slot,it should definitely dilshan & tharanga. then kumar 3 and mahela 4, samaraweera 5.I think denesh chandimal should given chance ahead of kapugedara, who dissapoited with very slow scoring & never put his hand's up like we saw mahela, kumar even mathews,as soon as they came to the seen.kandambi was good, scored runs but i am not sure about his feelding.murali, mendis and randiv, depending on wicket as spinners.i think randiv,chandimal & perera should play as much as possible to gain that experiance ara talking abt. dilhara, thushara , kulasekara & malinga make up pace attack. i think perera should given the confidence, he got real potential with the ball could be very good.i think kumar should give up gloves for good. one day & 20/20 it should chandimal.hope ara will look at Banuka Rajapaksha very closely.FOR KAPU,SHOULD CHANGE HIS GAME,COME OUT THE SHELL & PLAY AGGRASIVE POSITIVE CRICKET, WHICH YOU CAN! thats the only way he' ll get a chance.

  • Andare on June 3, 2010, 10:11 GMT

    Sri Lanka needs for their Captain to believe in every player.. Everyone is talented, but they all need that bit of moral support.. Bring back Arjuna!! He knows how to get the best out of everyone..Sanga is a great player, But not a very good captain.. Sri Lanka needs a player like Sanath, without him, we cant win the world cup. If he was to be replaced, there is no one like him. Dilshan is the closest, but the shoes are still too big for him to fill. I recon Mahela should take over the captaincy till the world cup finishes at least.. Aravinda, I believe in you!

  • CKfrombrisbane on June 2, 2010, 15:09 GMT

    Sanath is a great player. A legend of cricket! No doubt about that. Having said that if he fails continuously it is a matter to concern. In Australia does not matter how big your name is if you do not support the team you are in the cut list. But in Sri Lanka does not matter how you perform if you have a big name in cricket you are in the team. This is so sad and urgent matter to concern.

    Look! Dilhara was a continues failure in the international cricket. In Australia his performance is ridiculous. But still he has got the chance to play cricket for Sri Lanka. Looking at his statistics it's so funny and cannot understand why he is getting so many chances. If Sri Lanka has lost in a big margin Dilhara has played in that game. Could be "luck"! Or "Political luck" which is very common to Sri Lankan culture.

  • Agnar on June 2, 2010, 14:48 GMT

    "You have to be fair to Sanath. He's shown what he is capable of and he has performed over the years and done so much for the country. We should respect that ..." Sanath did not perform to any acceptable level recently and paying respect to his past glory is not Aravinda's job. He can do it, like we all do, at his leisure while having a drink with old friends. Do your job. Pick the best team. Only a blind cricket fan will think that team should include Sanath. "A player must have the experience of having played in at least a minimum of 50 ODIs to be able to handle difficult situations when it comes to a World Cup," Are you making rubbish arguments to justify including Sanath? Thushaara,Chandimal,Mendis, Mathews, NLTC Perera, Thirimanne, Welegedara do not have 50 ODI's yet. But Sanath does and Samaraweera too. Come on!

  • on June 1, 2010, 20:23 GMT

    how he ll do da ryt thing 4 sl cricket, he did great job with under 19 squad. but da problem s we are too late to make changes.datz da sad part of dis change.if we put dis team few years back , i m sure aravinda and others ll do much better plan with current players. anyway gud luck 4 new members!!!!getting ryt combinantion is vital than winin world cup cos datz very debatable!!!!

  • dilhanp on June 1, 2010, 19:09 GMT

    No matter who is in which position the question is what they had their minds. If they really want to serve the country they must take right decisions. Sanath is a parlimenterian now if he wants to serve his country he must never use his political power to retain in the team. He must play fair cricket to retain in the team. Sanath and Arvinda are my all time favorite cricketers but when I see Sanath playing continually even he fails every game I am really disappointed. I hope it never happen again in Sri Lankan cricket. Arvinda now you have the responsibility I saw that you have done a great service for Sri Lankan cricket even after the your retirement now you got your position to show your colors again. I wish you all the best.

  • amilasan on June 1, 2010, 17:29 GMT

    I have a simple comment. Sri Lanka can't win the 2011 WC without Jayasuriya. That's it. Wait and see.

  • jerryman on June 1, 2010, 15:55 GMT

    Time for Sanath to go , he has done yeoman servicce in the past. We acnnot dwell in past glories. I think maybe Jehan Mubarak can come in to open in T20 format and for 50 overs in the middle order , we need some big hitters to finish the game and go in for the kill when needed ideal team- dilshan,mahela , sangakkara(wk) samaraweera , matthews, tissara perera, mubarak , randiv, ajanta mendis, malinga and kulasekera/dilhara fernando

  • on June 7, 2010, 15:11 GMT

    ARAVINDA GIVE A CHANCE TO KULATUNGA WE THINK HE IS THE MOST SUIT PLAYER FOR NO 5 POSITION OR OPERNER POSITION

  • Agnar on June 4, 2010, 13:32 GMT

    If Aravinada helps Sanath retain his position in the team most likely he will be: (1) Hurting Sri Lankan team. Any body who thinks independently will agree that there is a very little chance that Sanath will perform again. (2) Hurting the careers of a potential new great player. Imagine Sanath or Aravinda was not given a chance to be in the team when they were coming out because a nonperforming, influential, forty year old player with another full time job still wanted to be in the team. Moreover, Sanath and Aravinda both will loose the respect of real cricket fans; the fans from all over the world who like them because of their playing skills, not just because they won matches for Sri Lanka. Sanath will have to retire as a failed has-been and Aravinda will be considered who played politics with his power and a person who gave in to power against convictions or a dumb person who couldn't do his job well.

  • 3rd_man on June 3, 2010, 10:22 GMT

    I think we need to have solid opening slot,it should definitely dilshan & tharanga. then kumar 3 and mahela 4, samaraweera 5.I think denesh chandimal should given chance ahead of kapugedara, who dissapoited with very slow scoring & never put his hand's up like we saw mahela, kumar even mathews,as soon as they came to the seen.kandambi was good, scored runs but i am not sure about his feelding.murali, mendis and randiv, depending on wicket as spinners.i think randiv,chandimal & perera should play as much as possible to gain that experiance ara talking abt. dilhara, thushara , kulasekara & malinga make up pace attack. i think perera should given the confidence, he got real potential with the ball could be very good.i think kumar should give up gloves for good. one day & 20/20 it should chandimal.hope ara will look at Banuka Rajapaksha very closely.FOR KAPU,SHOULD CHANGE HIS GAME,COME OUT THE SHELL & PLAY AGGRASIVE POSITIVE CRICKET, WHICH YOU CAN! thats the only way he' ll get a chance.

  • Andare on June 3, 2010, 10:11 GMT

    Sri Lanka needs for their Captain to believe in every player.. Everyone is talented, but they all need that bit of moral support.. Bring back Arjuna!! He knows how to get the best out of everyone..Sanga is a great player, But not a very good captain.. Sri Lanka needs a player like Sanath, without him, we cant win the world cup. If he was to be replaced, there is no one like him. Dilshan is the closest, but the shoes are still too big for him to fill. I recon Mahela should take over the captaincy till the world cup finishes at least.. Aravinda, I believe in you!

  • CKfrombrisbane on June 2, 2010, 15:09 GMT

    Sanath is a great player. A legend of cricket! No doubt about that. Having said that if he fails continuously it is a matter to concern. In Australia does not matter how big your name is if you do not support the team you are in the cut list. But in Sri Lanka does not matter how you perform if you have a big name in cricket you are in the team. This is so sad and urgent matter to concern.

    Look! Dilhara was a continues failure in the international cricket. In Australia his performance is ridiculous. But still he has got the chance to play cricket for Sri Lanka. Looking at his statistics it's so funny and cannot understand why he is getting so many chances. If Sri Lanka has lost in a big margin Dilhara has played in that game. Could be "luck"! Or "Political luck" which is very common to Sri Lankan culture.

  • Agnar on June 2, 2010, 14:48 GMT

    "You have to be fair to Sanath. He's shown what he is capable of and he has performed over the years and done so much for the country. We should respect that ..." Sanath did not perform to any acceptable level recently and paying respect to his past glory is not Aravinda's job. He can do it, like we all do, at his leisure while having a drink with old friends. Do your job. Pick the best team. Only a blind cricket fan will think that team should include Sanath. "A player must have the experience of having played in at least a minimum of 50 ODIs to be able to handle difficult situations when it comes to a World Cup," Are you making rubbish arguments to justify including Sanath? Thushaara,Chandimal,Mendis, Mathews, NLTC Perera, Thirimanne, Welegedara do not have 50 ODI's yet. But Sanath does and Samaraweera too. Come on!

  • on June 1, 2010, 20:23 GMT

    how he ll do da ryt thing 4 sl cricket, he did great job with under 19 squad. but da problem s we are too late to make changes.datz da sad part of dis change.if we put dis team few years back , i m sure aravinda and others ll do much better plan with current players. anyway gud luck 4 new members!!!!getting ryt combinantion is vital than winin world cup cos datz very debatable!!!!

  • dilhanp on June 1, 2010, 19:09 GMT

    No matter who is in which position the question is what they had their minds. If they really want to serve the country they must take right decisions. Sanath is a parlimenterian now if he wants to serve his country he must never use his political power to retain in the team. He must play fair cricket to retain in the team. Sanath and Arvinda are my all time favorite cricketers but when I see Sanath playing continually even he fails every game I am really disappointed. I hope it never happen again in Sri Lankan cricket. Arvinda now you have the responsibility I saw that you have done a great service for Sri Lankan cricket even after the your retirement now you got your position to show your colors again. I wish you all the best.

  • amilasan on June 1, 2010, 17:29 GMT

    I have a simple comment. Sri Lanka can't win the 2011 WC without Jayasuriya. That's it. Wait and see.

  • jerryman on June 1, 2010, 15:55 GMT

    Time for Sanath to go , he has done yeoman servicce in the past. We acnnot dwell in past glories. I think maybe Jehan Mubarak can come in to open in T20 format and for 50 overs in the middle order , we need some big hitters to finish the game and go in for the kill when needed ideal team- dilshan,mahela , sangakkara(wk) samaraweera , matthews, tissara perera, mubarak , randiv, ajanta mendis, malinga and kulasekera/dilhara fernando

  • Agnar on June 1, 2010, 15:42 GMT

    We all should stop hero worshiping. Some of the Sri Lankan cricketers have done very well. They have also been, I am assuming paid very well for there services. Matara voters have elected Sanath as a PM just for his cricketing skills. They have considerable fame and financial benefits from advertisements. Kids and adults all look up to them. But when it comes to selecting the the team Aravinda's committee should look at the numbers. This is not rocket science. There is nothing to invent. Just follow follow Australia. If Sri Lankan selectors are too dumb to do it; (I don't think it is the case, they just don't know how to do their job without being partial or without listening to their aunts, friends, newspapers, ministers, and all others who are not relevant to their job.) we should hire a foreign, I prefer Australian, committee to do the selections.

  • parakum on June 1, 2010, 14:24 GMT

    Well if Sanath can't perform in any match in the past year, it is wishful thinking that he will suddenly play well under pressure. It is also wishful thinking that he is going through a lean patch and will come good. I am sure he can still get a 50 once every 20 games and his supporters will then say 'we told you so'. But in the mean time he is doing a lot more damage in 19 games. It is a matter of averages - even someone like Kapugedara who is inconsistent, will score in more matches than Jayasuriya. There is absolutely no evidence that Kapugedara's inconsistency has anything to do with pressure - in fact in a few games which he scored he stood up when the top order failed.

  • Charindra on June 1, 2010, 8:24 GMT

    1) Aravinda defending Sanath was a major turn off for me, just when I was excited about his appointment. Nobody is doubting Jayasuriya's ability, experience, commitment or achievements. But now he's TOO OLD. Simple as that. Time to get out of the team and give the new guys a chance.

    2) The whole '50 ODIs' argument is pretty stupid, coming from the arguably the greatest SL batsman of the past 3 decades. Come now, Aravinda!

  • HLANGL on June 1, 2010, 7:44 GMT

    Hats off De Silva ... You may be the most qualified person to comment on someone like J'ya, certainly not some fans who seem to have no rational brains (I won't name any other, but cannot miss "Cannuck". To me, seems to know next to nothing & has sheer ignorance of the past, or the lack of knowledge, yet pretty firm on his stupid comments which would have no place in real world). "You have to be fair to Sanath. He's shown what he is capable of and he has performed over the years and done so much for the country. We should respect that." is a testimony from a past legend to another who's unfortunately on a bad run these days. True, Gilchirst retired from international game just after the WC 2007, & Austrailians had 2+ years in order to test who has the capability to fill the huge gap left by the great man. For some reason, that didn't happen with J'ya. Moreover the quality of the so called hardhitting young SL batsmen, except Bhnauka R'she who's still emerging, will not win you a WC.

  • CricketPissek on June 1, 2010, 7:35 GMT

    i think de silva will slowly try to drop sanath. but he'll never make a public announcement criticising him, as that would be bad PR. also, you wouldn't want to be critical of a politician in Sri Lanka ;) give de silva a chance, he might do some good!

  • nipo10847 on June 1, 2010, 7:20 GMT

    I am not from srilanka but they are my favorite team besides my own country bangladesh since 1996. I am glad that De Silva has become the chairman of selector. As far as I know srilankan cricket board has been a joke with all businessmen involved in it who has very little to none cricketing experience. Ranatunga couldn't even stay as the board president. What a shame! The greatest leader of the country is not in the board even though he wants it badly. As for Jayasuria (my all time favorite player), I honestly believe srilanka will need him to have any decent chance to win the world cup. He has recieved more than enough criticism and shame on people who says sarcastic things about him. No one and yes NO ONE of the cricket world has served his country for such a long time with this type of dignity. They misbehaved with him and disrespected him a lot. He has been the greatest match winner in ODI cricket for srilanka for past 15 some years.

  • Partha25 on June 1, 2010, 6:55 GMT

    I think we should have faith on Aravinda. He payed a key role in 1996 not only by his batting but also by his intelligence to select the strategies as well. He was the first man to come up with the idea of pinch hitting. Sending Sanath as an opener. However, its past. Hopefully we will be able to see some innovative selections and justified policies in future. I agree with aravinda that event like world cup experience is very much needed. Specially when Srilankan young stars looks bit soft under pressure. Player like Kapugedera,very talented but crumble under pressure, jehan mubarak got so many chances. but didnt able to show his worth. I think among the young stars in recent time only Tharanga, Angelo mathews and may be perera look to have taken the prressure well. None other performed consistently enough under pressure. May be kandamby can be considered, he looks to have some sort of composure. So they should select a settle team earlier so that they can geal together before WC.

  • samindashj2002 on June 1, 2010, 6:02 GMT

    DO U THINK OUR SRILANKAN TEAM WORST TEAM IN THE WORLD? WE MUST UNDERSTAND EVERY TIME U NOT GOING TO WIN WORLD CUP.SEE EXCEPT AUSTRALIA THERE IS MANY TEAMS,BUT DID THEY WIN WORLD CUP MORE THAN 2 TIMES?,AND THINK OUR TEAM 2003 WORLD CUP SEMI FINAL,2007 FINAL,2009 T20WORLD CUP FINAL,AND 2010 T20 SEMI FINAL,U MUST UNDERSTAND WE HAVE DONE MUCH BETTER THAN 1980/1990,I KNOW WE WIN WORLD CUP IN 1996 BUT OUR WINNIG % INCREAS AFTER YEAR 2000,GOOD LUCK SRI LANKAN TEAM AND OUR ARAVINDA TO GO AND WIN 2011 WORLD CUP....I RESPECT MR.SANATH JAYASURIYA IF HE CAN RETIRE .WE ALWAYS BELIEVE HE WAS UNBELIVBLE PLAYER .

  • on June 1, 2010, 4:24 GMT

    GOD BLESS SRI LANKA CRICKET!

    I wish I pull out my comments made right after the news of Aravinda's new appointment. Right now I also strongly feel that we are going to have a same kind of old dead wood based on the criteria Aravinda has just spelt out. This may be the reason Thilan Samaraweer is playing at no 3 in the current triangular series in Zim. Chamara Silva is playing while Dinesh Chandimal at the bench. Dilhara Fernando is playing while Chanaka Welageradara or Suranga Lakmal is not even in the squad.Then again the million dollar question arises how come this criteria is not applied forVaas?

    This proves that there is absolutely no consistency in selections and it is all about favouritsm and we should not expect anything new from this selection committee as well.

    It is sad to hear that from someone in the caliber of Aravinda to say that they would judge players on experience of 50 ODI. This clearly outlines where our cricket is heading to.

  • Sinaha on June 1, 2010, 4:18 GMT

    Aravinda needs to understand one thing, that's nine months isn't long enough to fulfill his ambitious plan for the WC. First, he should admit there are serious questions with the current crop of players and to imply that 50 ODI experience is a requirement to win a WC is a pretty hallow one. He should know that as a member of our victorious WC team in 1995 how many had 50 ODIs to contribute to that success?

    He would be a successful selector if he identifies the obvious deadwood in the squad and replace them with the right young blood to balance with experience. Legends or not this team need players who can energize the entire team to success, NOT talent to "dig out of mess" every time when Mr Capable flops. That's is not what the team should consist of, we need all eleven to contribute equally all the time and can't afford to have predictable failurers.

    KS as a skipper has serious flaws and Aravinda ought to think hard and question if he is the right person to lead or someone else.

  • schathuranga on June 1, 2010, 4:12 GMT

    We respect our old players.but thing is 'if you want to win,you have to select proper team'.all the best aravinda.

  • on June 1, 2010, 3:34 GMT

    Hope Aravinda looks at our old talents killed by Asantha. Especially Vassy. He is still the best what we have to suit the sub-continent conditions. Last IPL will prove that although Gilchrist did not allow him to play due to some reason.

    More over, Vassy was looking forward to play in the next world cup similar to Sanath and then retire with a high note. Murali will join them too. I have a strong feeling that Sanath and Vass along with Murali will do a great deal for this world cup...

    Without just ruling them out, get them both to the pool and then rotate in preparation matches from now on to see their potential along with the young new comers. Unfortunately, De Mel already killed many good talents from out list of players... Now at least I hope Ara will see at things only through cricketing eyes…not political and envy eyes.

    You dit it once Ara along with Arjuna and the team as a player. Now help bring us back the world cup as the Chairman of the Selectors…

  • on June 1, 2010, 2:05 GMT

    Arivind's comments are fair enough , Sanath has done his services to the country & cricket to his best of ability, nobody will have any douht about it,but the way forward is for him to gracefully move out & let a youngster be given the chance , talking of experiance of player, will matter in a crunch situation , but mind you , take the set of paylers of Kumar/mahela/Dilshan/Murali/Tharang etc , Tons of experiance , more than 1250 one day intls between them . so what else can you ask ? collectivly they should be able to overcome. So the new commitee should look beyound the world cup and groom players for the future. So Sanath has to move out , he is free to play club cricket/IPL /County etc , but not Intl cricet for Sri lanka, Shelf span of SJ is over, Hope the new committee will look beyond 2011 & shelf expired players.

  • parakum on May 31, 2010, 23:39 GMT

    Well Aravinda, the situation is out of hand and you have to step in. Jayasuriya is not in the team because of his performance of the last year, he is there because of his political backing. He was not named in the original World T20 squad, but was put in after being elected as an MP. His own justification for playing on is that people want to see him play. The key word is play - he is not playing much, just wasting a few balls and demoralising the rest of the team. His fielding has also gone backwards. We will support him if he was out of form but was selected on merit - but this is clearly not the case. If people are in the team for their experience then surely you and Arjuna should be back in the team.

  • Deepfreezed on May 31, 2010, 23:14 GMT

    to Win the World cup Sri Lanka need to bring back the competent captaincy of Jayawardene. Sanga and his useless philosophical thinking need to go. They need to bring back some competent batsmen that don't welter under pace bowling. Finally bring some new bowling talent. Current lineup is one of the most sorry sights. Only way these bowlers can get wickets is when batsman tries to hit sixes and misjudges the length.

  • on May 31, 2010, 21:06 GMT

    It's a great Philosophy for our Sri lankan cricketers as well as fans...

  • GalacticSoap on May 31, 2010, 20:50 GMT

    There's a touch of 'ground hog day' about all of this. It's great to come out 'all guns blazing' and I'm over the moon at the thought of Sri Lanka cricket less the political interference, but then again I also think world peace is fantastic as well - neither of the two outcomes are likely in my lifetime, and therein lies the problem. Corruption is systematic - if it is to be torn down then the process needs to be transparent and we need to get the skeletons out of the closet first for that to happen. Why is it so hard to get someone with credibility (not a MP etc) to lead a commission into the dealings of the board, submit their findings/recommendations then attempt to build a structure that's accountable, transparent and credible? Until this happens this is all just hyperbole as far as I'm concerned. Good luck to Aravinda, I hope he's simply being politically correct (excuse the pun) in his references to Sanath, if not then we the fans are being fed the same regurgitated garbage...

  • ShahzanHaiderBukhari on May 31, 2010, 20:16 GMT

    Well said! Sanath T. Jayasuriya should be given chances to bring himself up to the mark. Because, he is a great player who has got some good experience of moulding himself into the ideal one. Though I'm Pakistani Team's fan, but honestly speaking I prefer Asian teams over others. I wish Sri Lanka should come up with sound combination of bat and ball as were in 1996 World Cup when all Pakistanis prayed and wished Sri Lanka to win against Australia in the final in Qaddafi Stadium Lahore. Jayasuriya can have all the spirit and talent to play the role of de Silva in the up coming world cup. Moreover, he is surrounded by some other strong shoulders like Sangakara, Mahela Jayawardane, T.Dilshan and Muralidharan. Being a true cricket fan, I love to see them in great form and excellence. Good Luck!!!

  • sallu123 on May 31, 2010, 20:11 GMT

    its a good sign for lankan cricket

  • Maestro_of_Cricket on May 31, 2010, 19:11 GMT

    Yep, as I feared, this selection committee is never going to be different from the previous one. They talk about big plans ahead of the World Cup, but that fifty-ODI-qualification to play for the WC means that none of the youngsters are getting a chance. Also it seems like Jayasuriya would be a straightforward selection for the WC squad irrespective of his form, expressing our "deep gratitude for his services over the past few decades". Way to go Sri Lanka Cricket!! Maybe Aravinda should appoint Jayasuriya as captain.

  • ARad on May 31, 2010, 19:02 GMT

    Aravinda's statements should trouble Sri Lankan supporters. If there is a talented player who also shows mental strength, the selectors should give him an opportunity rather than trying to rehabilitate failing players with over '50 ODIs' experience. If we are going to give more opportunites to players primarily based on their past glory, why not bring back Vaas? Maybe Aravinda should come out of retirement too...

    Also, World Cup should not be the only target - there is also a thing called Test Cricket.

  • on May 31, 2010, 18:57 GMT

    All the best Aravinda.We believe in your capability.Sanath is a legend .No doubt about that.He deserves everything for what he has done to Sri lankan cricket.However I believe he should retire gracefully rather than being kicked out of the team due to poor performance so that we can remember him as a true hero forever.Many do not believe, by any standards, he should continue to play ineternational cricket based on his past glory.It is utterly frustrating to the talented youngsters and generally to the cricket loving public too.

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  • on May 31, 2010, 18:57 GMT

    All the best Aravinda.We believe in your capability.Sanath is a legend .No doubt about that.He deserves everything for what he has done to Sri lankan cricket.However I believe he should retire gracefully rather than being kicked out of the team due to poor performance so that we can remember him as a true hero forever.Many do not believe, by any standards, he should continue to play ineternational cricket based on his past glory.It is utterly frustrating to the talented youngsters and generally to the cricket loving public too.

  • ARad on May 31, 2010, 19:02 GMT

    Aravinda's statements should trouble Sri Lankan supporters. If there is a talented player who also shows mental strength, the selectors should give him an opportunity rather than trying to rehabilitate failing players with over '50 ODIs' experience. If we are going to give more opportunites to players primarily based on their past glory, why not bring back Vaas? Maybe Aravinda should come out of retirement too...

    Also, World Cup should not be the only target - there is also a thing called Test Cricket.

  • Maestro_of_Cricket on May 31, 2010, 19:11 GMT

    Yep, as I feared, this selection committee is never going to be different from the previous one. They talk about big plans ahead of the World Cup, but that fifty-ODI-qualification to play for the WC means that none of the youngsters are getting a chance. Also it seems like Jayasuriya would be a straightforward selection for the WC squad irrespective of his form, expressing our "deep gratitude for his services over the past few decades". Way to go Sri Lanka Cricket!! Maybe Aravinda should appoint Jayasuriya as captain.

  • sallu123 on May 31, 2010, 20:11 GMT

    its a good sign for lankan cricket

  • ShahzanHaiderBukhari on May 31, 2010, 20:16 GMT

    Well said! Sanath T. Jayasuriya should be given chances to bring himself up to the mark. Because, he is a great player who has got some good experience of moulding himself into the ideal one. Though I'm Pakistani Team's fan, but honestly speaking I prefer Asian teams over others. I wish Sri Lanka should come up with sound combination of bat and ball as were in 1996 World Cup when all Pakistanis prayed and wished Sri Lanka to win against Australia in the final in Qaddafi Stadium Lahore. Jayasuriya can have all the spirit and talent to play the role of de Silva in the up coming world cup. Moreover, he is surrounded by some other strong shoulders like Sangakara, Mahela Jayawardane, T.Dilshan and Muralidharan. Being a true cricket fan, I love to see them in great form and excellence. Good Luck!!!

  • GalacticSoap on May 31, 2010, 20:50 GMT

    There's a touch of 'ground hog day' about all of this. It's great to come out 'all guns blazing' and I'm over the moon at the thought of Sri Lanka cricket less the political interference, but then again I also think world peace is fantastic as well - neither of the two outcomes are likely in my lifetime, and therein lies the problem. Corruption is systematic - if it is to be torn down then the process needs to be transparent and we need to get the skeletons out of the closet first for that to happen. Why is it so hard to get someone with credibility (not a MP etc) to lead a commission into the dealings of the board, submit their findings/recommendations then attempt to build a structure that's accountable, transparent and credible? Until this happens this is all just hyperbole as far as I'm concerned. Good luck to Aravinda, I hope he's simply being politically correct (excuse the pun) in his references to Sanath, if not then we the fans are being fed the same regurgitated garbage...

  • on May 31, 2010, 21:06 GMT

    It's a great Philosophy for our Sri lankan cricketers as well as fans...

  • Deepfreezed on May 31, 2010, 23:14 GMT

    to Win the World cup Sri Lanka need to bring back the competent captaincy of Jayawardene. Sanga and his useless philosophical thinking need to go. They need to bring back some competent batsmen that don't welter under pace bowling. Finally bring some new bowling talent. Current lineup is one of the most sorry sights. Only way these bowlers can get wickets is when batsman tries to hit sixes and misjudges the length.

  • parakum on May 31, 2010, 23:39 GMT

    Well Aravinda, the situation is out of hand and you have to step in. Jayasuriya is not in the team because of his performance of the last year, he is there because of his political backing. He was not named in the original World T20 squad, but was put in after being elected as an MP. His own justification for playing on is that people want to see him play. The key word is play - he is not playing much, just wasting a few balls and demoralising the rest of the team. His fielding has also gone backwards. We will support him if he was out of form but was selected on merit - but this is clearly not the case. If people are in the team for their experience then surely you and Arjuna should be back in the team.

  • on June 1, 2010, 2:05 GMT

    Arivind's comments are fair enough , Sanath has done his services to the country & cricket to his best of ability, nobody will have any douht about it,but the way forward is for him to gracefully move out & let a youngster be given the chance , talking of experiance of player, will matter in a crunch situation , but mind you , take the set of paylers of Kumar/mahela/Dilshan/Murali/Tharang etc , Tons of experiance , more than 1250 one day intls between them . so what else can you ask ? collectivly they should be able to overcome. So the new commitee should look beyound the world cup and groom players for the future. So Sanath has to move out , he is free to play club cricket/IPL /County etc , but not Intl cricet for Sri lanka, Shelf span of SJ is over, Hope the new committee will look beyond 2011 & shelf expired players.