ICC World Cup 2011 December 14, 2010

de Silva non-committal on Jayasuriya, Vaas

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Despite including two former World Cup heroes - Sanath Jayasuriya and Chaminda Vaas - in the provisional 30-member squad for the tournament's 2011 edition, Sri Lanka's chairman of selectors Aravinda de Silva gave no indication that they would be in contention for a spot in the final 15.

"We felt that, in the 30 we need to have a combination of experience as well as youth," de Silva, also a member of the 1996 World Cup winning side, said. "We have mainly considered performances and also, to a certain extent, experience. Putting everything together that is what we ultimately came out with.

"You know what Vaas and Jayasuriya can do but you also have to consider the current form. We have seen the potential of some of the guys we have tried out. It is only if there is an absolute requirement or necessity that we need experience as well as good performances, will we look at them."

Vaas, 36, last played for Sri Lanka in August 2008 and the 41-year-old Jayasuriya's last one-dayer was in December 2009. de Silva hinted that the youngsters who have been a part of the set-up in recent times were likely to be prefered.

"At the moment if you take some of the fast bowlers who are doing pretty well we need to persevere with them," de Silva said. "We must also consider the fact that Vaas has not played one-day cricket for a little while. If you take Sanath into account, there are guys like Tharanga Paranavitana who we wanted to try. All this time we didn't include Jayasuriya in the team because we didn't have a requirement. That is why we went with the present team. We have a basic idea of about 10-11 players but there are a few places which we need to work out, and if we can get some cricket before the final selection it would be ideal."

de Silva also mentioned that unity would be essential to the team's cause, and that the selectors were guarded against allowing divisive influences to creep into the side's make-up. "If there is any antagonism or issue in the team of someone being included, who is going to create any sort of problems within the team, that will be the main reason for leaving them out of the squad," he said. "That sort of thing will be very hard to tolerate especially during the World Cup because you need unity if you want to succeed. We can't have any divisions within the team."

Sri Lanka's lead-up to the World Cup has been strong, with victories in the Dambulla tri-series and in Australia, but weather dealt a setback to the final plans, forcing a postponement to the home series against West Indies.

"Missing those five ODIs against West Indies was very crucial because we were really looking at finding an ultimate combination before picking the final 15," de Silva said. "There were things which we wanted to try in the five ODIs. It was very unfortunate we missed out on it, but nevertheless we have a basic idea of what we are looking for. There are a couple of things we would have loved to have tried out and made sure before the World Cup.

"If we are unable to get some international fixtures we'll have to take the risk and go with our gut feeling in selecting the final 15. That is why we are here to take certain decisions on the experience we've had and what we seen. My co-selectors and the team management are quite confident we will put out a strong squad."

de Silva underplayed the notion that Sri Lanka would lose the home advantage because they haven't been able to familiarise themselves with the three Sri Lankan venues for the World Cup - Hambantota, Pallakele and R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. "When I saw the wickets and how they played I didn't see much of a difference from the past," he said. "It is all a mental game. Even when you play at a familiar venue on that particular day the conditions can defer. As international cricketers, there is no excuse to say that you haven't had enough cricket on a particular ground or a wicket. It's unfortunate the West Indies series had to be postponed but they will have enough practice under lights at these three venues."

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  • on December 21, 2010, 15:47 GMT

    Aravinda is 100% correct. he knows about wht we will do. and we would have a big chance for win this world cup. i think we can play good games

  • on December 21, 2010, 7:02 GMT

    Ive no idea about jaya.. Because there are plenty of batsman in form than jayasuriya.. but Vaas.... theres no any good fast bowler... Malinga, Dilhara, Mathews, Thissara... ok... But Others are not suer... i think vass should be in the team. he can do something than Kulasekara ,Mirando & Lakmal..

  • saradammi on December 21, 2010, 6:30 GMT

    it is useless to put sanath he may be added due to politics,but give a chance to vass he can do something,sanath u go to madama

  • on December 21, 2010, 4:35 GMT

    Sri Lanka have made the mistake on not playing Sanath and Vaas for the whole of 2010. As a result, I don't think they would be a viable choice for the 2011 Worldcup. We all know how devastating and superb all rounders both these classics are, but really they weren't given a chance to prove themselves in 2010, why would they be given a chance now? Sri Lanka have heaps of talent in the 30 man squad, it will be a tough choice, but I do feel Sanath and Vaas may not be in the 15 man squad.

  • on December 21, 2010, 2:49 GMT

    i thimk if we add vaas it will be good for us

  • shameerpvt on December 21, 2010, 2:30 GMT

    If Vaas & Jaya are included in the 2011 WC squad, why cant De Silva himself go on & play in the middle. The present SL team is a good team with good team spirit & energy. SL always have found short in the fast bowling department & a mix of 4-5 fast bowlers with effectiveness similar to Malinga, Vaas would do the job for the SL. Good luck SL, here is your cup to be swallowed.

  • laffa on December 20, 2010, 3:34 GMT

    The pair has done thier part and all know thier capabilities!!!.When are they going to quit??They should make way for the up and coming youngsters.If this is not understood please take laef from greats like Mc.Grath,Gilchrist,Flintoff and many more in the cricketing arena.Please get a move on.......lets try to win the glory once more and not throw it away with our sentiments and stalemate when it has arrived to our doorstep.Aravainda we hope you stick to your guns mark my words that if we play politics we are not going to win this time.

  • yasask on December 19, 2010, 21:03 GMT

    sanath and vass' time is over now...its time for the older, under performing players to step back and let the youngsters in. but older inform players like sanga, dilly, mahela, murali etc should be in because they are performing to the expectations of the team

  • hawkeye30 on December 19, 2010, 8:55 GMT

    Sanath J and Vaas should be amongst the WC 15 due to their experience and talent. These are two cricketers who can change the nature of a game by themselves. Its true that santh J has not performed enough to be in contention, yet we must not forget what great glory players like santh and vaas has brought to Sri Lankan cricket. These players deserve to play for Sri Lanka and prove all critics wrong. If sanath and Vaas clicks, the differance it would make is immense.

  • Mevan on December 19, 2010, 3:45 GMT

    Aravinda knows what it takes to win a World Cup. His comments on the need for unity are telling; implied in this comment is that the Captain must have team who will work with him. He also has worked with the under 19 teams and knows the amount of talent waiting in the wings. As Sri Lankans we are fortunate to have Aravinda as the Chairman of selectors and can place our full confidence on him and his Committee to select the best 15.

    Mevan

  • on December 21, 2010, 15:47 GMT

    Aravinda is 100% correct. he knows about wht we will do. and we would have a big chance for win this world cup. i think we can play good games

  • on December 21, 2010, 7:02 GMT

    Ive no idea about jaya.. Because there are plenty of batsman in form than jayasuriya.. but Vaas.... theres no any good fast bowler... Malinga, Dilhara, Mathews, Thissara... ok... But Others are not suer... i think vass should be in the team. he can do something than Kulasekara ,Mirando & Lakmal..

  • saradammi on December 21, 2010, 6:30 GMT

    it is useless to put sanath he may be added due to politics,but give a chance to vass he can do something,sanath u go to madama

  • on December 21, 2010, 4:35 GMT

    Sri Lanka have made the mistake on not playing Sanath and Vaas for the whole of 2010. As a result, I don't think they would be a viable choice for the 2011 Worldcup. We all know how devastating and superb all rounders both these classics are, but really they weren't given a chance to prove themselves in 2010, why would they be given a chance now? Sri Lanka have heaps of talent in the 30 man squad, it will be a tough choice, but I do feel Sanath and Vaas may not be in the 15 man squad.

  • on December 21, 2010, 2:49 GMT

    i thimk if we add vaas it will be good for us

  • shameerpvt on December 21, 2010, 2:30 GMT

    If Vaas & Jaya are included in the 2011 WC squad, why cant De Silva himself go on & play in the middle. The present SL team is a good team with good team spirit & energy. SL always have found short in the fast bowling department & a mix of 4-5 fast bowlers with effectiveness similar to Malinga, Vaas would do the job for the SL. Good luck SL, here is your cup to be swallowed.

  • laffa on December 20, 2010, 3:34 GMT

    The pair has done thier part and all know thier capabilities!!!.When are they going to quit??They should make way for the up and coming youngsters.If this is not understood please take laef from greats like Mc.Grath,Gilchrist,Flintoff and many more in the cricketing arena.Please get a move on.......lets try to win the glory once more and not throw it away with our sentiments and stalemate when it has arrived to our doorstep.Aravainda we hope you stick to your guns mark my words that if we play politics we are not going to win this time.

  • yasask on December 19, 2010, 21:03 GMT

    sanath and vass' time is over now...its time for the older, under performing players to step back and let the youngsters in. but older inform players like sanga, dilly, mahela, murali etc should be in because they are performing to the expectations of the team

  • hawkeye30 on December 19, 2010, 8:55 GMT

    Sanath J and Vaas should be amongst the WC 15 due to their experience and talent. These are two cricketers who can change the nature of a game by themselves. Its true that santh J has not performed enough to be in contention, yet we must not forget what great glory players like santh and vaas has brought to Sri Lankan cricket. These players deserve to play for Sri Lanka and prove all critics wrong. If sanath and Vaas clicks, the differance it would make is immense.

  • Mevan on December 19, 2010, 3:45 GMT

    Aravinda knows what it takes to win a World Cup. His comments on the need for unity are telling; implied in this comment is that the Captain must have team who will work with him. He also has worked with the under 19 teams and knows the amount of talent waiting in the wings. As Sri Lankans we are fortunate to have Aravinda as the Chairman of selectors and can place our full confidence on him and his Committee to select the best 15.

    Mevan

  • on December 18, 2010, 10:10 GMT

    Sanath and vass must be include in the 15 man squard, i think they are better than the new batsman or new bowlers and throughout their experiance, it is very useful to srilankan team for this big game. please remember about 2003 world cup team selection. specially bad selection of fast bowler eric upashantha.......

  • on December 17, 2010, 18:11 GMT

    jayasuriya and vass should be in the team.without them there wont be a good game.cos everyone knows that sri lanka is depending 75% on jaya,vass and murali..........

  • cricmm on December 17, 2010, 17:05 GMT

    Vass should get another chance due to his recent perfomance and team situation. But Sanath....NO........

  • on December 17, 2010, 14:11 GMT

    Jayasuriya`s timing has not been good for quite a while. He is struggling to time the ball against fast bowlers. At his age its difficult to face PACE attack really. He should quit himself before people request him to quit lolzz.. Good luck Srilankans though, they have a chance who knows, it is in their soil this time. They got the talent. They have advantage along with India because PAKISTAN is not hosting this cup so all venues will be away for pak. Vass has experience of IPL so he can continue and can play a vital role ahead.

  • on December 17, 2010, 10:35 GMT

    useless sanath. sri lanka can win WC if selectors giving what captian needs

  • Kalpika on December 17, 2010, 10:17 GMT

    Vaccy for ever.. He'll be the Valuable Player of the Tournament this time.......... Good Luck to you VASS

  • on December 17, 2010, 7:04 GMT

    Sanath & Vaas are legends in Sri Lankan Cricket but at the moment their performance are not good enough to face the top teams in current game. My suggestion is that they should retire from cricket and keep their Respect. As we know Gilli, Hayden, McGrath, still able to play for Aussies but they know what they should do.....

  • on December 17, 2010, 6:16 GMT

    vaas should play.he is an experienced campainer comparing other fast bowlers.malinga vaas combination defeinetly a hard time for other teams.vaas can produce early breaks. and a reasonable bat.without any doubt kapugedara shud be axed,and give chandimal or kandamby a chance.they can assured better than the former in the middle order.still feel no stabilty in the middle order.

  • on December 17, 2010, 3:54 GMT

    so Mr.de silva has proven him self for the spot again... good call.. its the time for youngsters and the inform players to cm in and do wat we did in 96.. cheers

  • raj.luba on December 17, 2010, 2:05 GMT

    enough is enough. Sanath should give away his place to a youngster . i feel tissara perera and Mathews should be preffered as alrounders to our playing 11. please consider Dinesh chandimal rather than thinking about some of our older guys!

  • Skool on December 17, 2010, 0:49 GMT

    It's not Master's Cricket sir!! Selection of Vaas and Jayasurya means that SL do not have good, reliable players in domestic cricket. Why are they going for players who are almost into their fifties now!! Is Arvinda playing too? Sangakkara is a really useless captain who always tries to be different and makes big mistakes. I think, SL should bring back Ranatunga as the captain!

  • on December 16, 2010, 13:58 GMT

    i think Vass should be in the team.........................

  • on December 16, 2010, 12:28 GMT

    Please no more kapugedara and dilhara..... there is no use playing these two proven non-performers

  • VijithJ on December 16, 2010, 11:27 GMT

    I prefer Vass 1000 times than Dilahara F. Tell me a single ODI game where Dilhara did not bowl a No ball or Wide. He bowls really bad in the Final overs where the oppostion take the opportunity and raise away from SL and put SL in a unwinnable position.

    Sanath is hard to predict. When he fires up SL loves him to death but when he fails he is the old useless fellow. Both Tharanga's are not consitent. I think Sana is much prefered than Chamara Silva as Sana hasgot good fielding and bowling skills to add.

  • chalindu on December 16, 2010, 0:48 GMT

    I think we must give another chance to dinesh chandimal because he has good talent. he scored a hundred against india in zimbabwe tour.And nuwan pradeep (pace ace) seems to be a handy bowler,and as afast bowler in think suranga lakmal is also good.

  • Susitha03 on December 15, 2010, 17:13 GMT

    Letting Sana & Vassy play in January against W.I. at least in 3 matches will be a good way to see if they are still in form.

  • on December 15, 2010, 17:06 GMT

    MP Sanath can play not only in this WC; but also the next. Yet SL will show its colours with a team of 10! Just as they did at the T20 WC! what JOY to include the 40+ yr old VETERAN who scored a Marvellous total of (less than) 20 during the whole T20 WC! Well Done Aravinda! We understand that everything's vested on our "GREAT LORDS" hands!

  • dhanusha_so on December 15, 2010, 12:35 GMT

    My World Cup SL XI: (1) Tharanga, (2) Dilshan, (3) Sangakkara (Capt), (4) Mahela, (5) Samaraweera, (6) Mathews, (7) Thisara, (8) Randiv, (9) Malinga, (10) Kulasekara, (11) Muralidaran.. Sub: (12) Dilhara, (13) Kapugedara, (14) Vaas, (15) Mendis..

  • anver777 on December 15, 2010, 10:16 GMT

    Surely little bit of experience with the youth will help SL team on sub continent pitches in the coming WC.....I wonder ARAVINDA with his past experiences will decide wisely!! SL fans have high hopes of winning this WC.......so BEST OF LUCK Sanga & co!!!!!!

  • vijayshankar2003 on December 15, 2010, 10:03 GMT

    I think sanath and vass should play in the upcoming odi series against westindies to show thier fitness level as well as their form.. both the players are the players of best calibers srilanka have ever produced..

    1. sanath 2.dilshan 3.sanga 4. jayawdene 5. silva/samaraweera 6.mathews 7.thisara/kapu 8. vass/kulasekara 9.murali 10. mendis/randiv 11.fernado

    new idea of jayawdene being opening is good but if it is the case, i think sanath will be playing the role of all-rounder at 5 or 6. thisara perara is good for powerplays as he hits huge sixers and bowls 5-6 overs too.

  • janakakads on December 15, 2010, 9:46 GMT

    if jayasuriya and vaas played again i will stop supporting and watching sri lanka cricket

  • on December 15, 2010, 8:28 GMT

    If Vaas still has the form he showed in England and IPL3, he is good enough to just walk into the team! Huge blunder is he is left out of the final 15 given we are playing in the subcontinent as well.

  • on December 15, 2010, 7:25 GMT

    SL playing XI - Dilshan, Tharanga, Sanga, Mahela, Samaraweera, Mathews, Thisara, Randiv, Kulasekara, Malinga, Murali Included in the 15 member squad - Vass, Dilhara, Chamara Silva, Mendis

  • pbrath on December 15, 2010, 6:19 GMT

    it is more important to maintain the spirit in the team at its highest level while picking best match winners who can perform well in sub continent conditions. i do hope this team is the best available 1.Dilshan&Mahela,3.Upultharanga/Chandimal,4.Sanga,5.Kapu/Samaraweera,6.Mathews,7.Tisara,8.Kulasekara/Vass,9.Malinga,10.Mendis/Randi,11.Murali.

  • Ashirwada on December 15, 2010, 5:33 GMT

    vass can bowl well in home.So kulasekara or vass be there

  • Joby_George on December 15, 2010, 4:49 GMT

    Vaas retired from international cricket (all 3 format) or he was out of team cze of form?. For no doubt he was the best seamer produced my SL. His presence to support Mallings will be a great advantage. Also got to say tht chamara silva is a stylish player, hope luck will also favour him this time. Anway WC 2011 will be tough, India, SA, SL, PAK, ENG, AUS..all these teams got chances to lift WC this time.

  • maxacrick on December 15, 2010, 4:41 GMT

    Rushing Chandimal into the squad will not be a great idea.. he badly need experience before play in the world cup team... he still got lot of time left to play cricket at least another 3 world cups so i don't think he should be in the world cup team right now.....he still lack of experience, patience so its all about how SLC manage his career.. My world cup team is Dilshan, Tharanga/Mahela, Sanga, Samaraweera/Silva, Mathews, Kapu, Randiv, Thisara, Malinga, Murali, Kulasekara... Kapu is the best sri lankan fielder at the moment so taking run out or saving some run worth a 100 runs.. :)

  • PHANTOM-X on December 15, 2010, 4:39 GMT

    Sri Lanka team for the World Cup 2011 : Sanath, Dilshan, Sanga, Mahela, Chandimal, Silva, Mathews, Thisara, Vaas/ Kulasekara, Malinga, Murali.

  • Swordfishmadk on December 15, 2010, 4:08 GMT

    My Playing XI: Tharanga,Dilshan, Jaywardene, Sangakkara, Matthews, Kapugedara, Tissera Perera, Randiv, Muralitharan, Malinga, Kulasekera *** Mendis,Chandimal,Vaas,Chamara Silva in the squad And i can't fina a reason to justify inclusion of Sanath in the line up...i do agree sana is one exceptional cricketer srilanka has ever produced but his lack of form in recent past was truly unacceptable...

  • on December 15, 2010, 2:05 GMT

    Vaas should given a chance .. he is in terrific form right now .. remember is awesome bowling in IPL 3 ????

  • on December 15, 2010, 1:36 GMT

    Vass = Young Kulasekara so NO worries :) :)

  • on December 15, 2010, 1:11 GMT

    win or lose but time for young stars

  • on December 14, 2010, 23:57 GMT

    vaas should be given a chance

  • on December 14, 2010, 23:36 GMT

    When it comes to world cup its a different ball game,you need showmen not Tharanga to win d cup wasting good/bad balls,and youngsters who doesn't have a clue,of winning the cup, its guys like Sana ,Vassy,kumar ,mahela ,dilscoop,murali,& maybe mali&kapu will do the team proud, the way the go about their job,(star Q) the rest can be replaced by any school boy cricketers,2nd grade.any given time, and for the future its onlyin kapu my be chandimal& randiv s hand , very scary,,,next world cup.

  • Lions1 on December 14, 2010, 20:19 GMT

    Hope they don't make the same mistakes they made for the 2003 world cup

  • stormy16 on December 14, 2010, 20:15 GMT

    Sana and Vaasy in the WC squad tells more of the troubles ahead than anything more. Yes they were great players but really folks if SL have to look to retired guys who dont play cricket something is seriously wrong with the talent pool or is it? Is it a talent issue or a selection issue? I think the selectors have a serios issue with using new talent but sticking with history which is detrimental to the system. My call is to make selections on current form and new talent which is safeguarding the future as opposed to sticking with the past which is not really investing in the future.

  • cricket_for_all on December 14, 2010, 20:08 GMT

    Aravina is doing good job. For the sake of respect Jajasuriya should retired from the cricket to keep his lagacy. Vass still have the potential to win the game.

  • on December 14, 2010, 19:40 GMT

    Jayasurya should be selected, he is the man to look for. I think any bowler would be just afraid to bowl to him regardless of his age or form. He can be sure cracker if he gets a nick.

  • on December 14, 2010, 19:20 GMT

    My Playing XI: Tharanga/Dilshan, Jaywardene, Chandimal, Sangakkara, Matthews, Kapugedara/Silva, Tissera Perera, Randiv, Mendis/Muralitharan, Malinga, Kulasekera.

  • BDKu on December 14, 2010, 17:16 GMT

    Aravinda can do a good job in selecting if he is given a free hand. Vaas can be justified to a certain extent because of his recent performances in England. But I see some other and behind Jayasuriya's inclusion. If it is so, I think Aravinda giving up this job may not be very far away.

  • REMIEN on December 14, 2010, 17:13 GMT

    This is my World Cup Team,

    1.Sanath 2.Dilshan 3.Sanga 4.Mahela 5.Chandimal 6.Kapugedara 7.Mathews 8.Thisara 9.Chaminda 10.Murali 11.Malinga

    12.Kulasekara 13.Randiv 14.Dilhara 15.Tharanga

  • on December 14, 2010, 16:51 GMT

    I think Vaas should have been included in the playing eleven as he is in a good form which he showed in the england county this year.

  • on December 14, 2010, 16:37 GMT

    Aravinda is correct in his gesture that not only experience but current form will also be taken into account. But to prove their current form, Jayasuriya and Vaas need to play matches where they can even show fitness level which is now a serious requirement. Jayasuriya has been suffering with injuries to his shoulder whereas Vaas has also had his share of niggles and twists. Dumping this veterans, without evidences of their current form, after being shortlisted in the 30-man squad would be quite rude. So Sri Lanka should try and give these guys a chance to show what they can contribute for the team at the twilight of their career. I wish my very best to Vaas and Sanath.

  • Migara on December 14, 2010, 15:53 GMT

    "but you also have to consider the current form" - Good Mr. de Silva. Then can you explain how Sachithra Senanayake and Dinesh Chandimal has been failing to make the playing XI? Can you explain how Chamara Kapugedara has been retaining his place after being the most inept player SL has ever seen? And do you know that Vaas had been the MVP for the 20-20 tournament in England. And lastly can you explain how Prasad gets the nod ahead of Vaas in ODI cricket and Jeewantha Kulatunga fails to make that 30?

  • stutidutta on December 14, 2010, 15:38 GMT

    good 30 man squad........but i dont think sanath will fit in the final 15 as he is struggling with the willow.......i am an indian n not quite sure bout the cricket selection in SL....but i hav complete faith on aravinda that he will produce an excellent final 15.....very nyc words by aravinda wen he says bout the mixture of youth n experience......i still think vaas has got a lot 2 deliver .but the question is in place of whom he will be playing? kulasekara n malinga r certains in playing 11.....lets see wat happens.Aravinda has got a good cricketing brain........i still remember 96 wc final.he played the gem of an innings.........

  • on December 14, 2010, 15:05 GMT

    Well said, no point of considering the experience, what matter is the recent form

  • LakmalPhysics on December 14, 2010, 15:02 GMT

    Sana must be given a chance in January to test his current form.

  • on December 14, 2010, 15:01 GMT

    Absolutely neither of them shouldn't be in the 15 man squad..

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  • on December 14, 2010, 15:01 GMT

    Absolutely neither of them shouldn't be in the 15 man squad..

  • LakmalPhysics on December 14, 2010, 15:02 GMT

    Sana must be given a chance in January to test his current form.

  • on December 14, 2010, 15:05 GMT

    Well said, no point of considering the experience, what matter is the recent form

  • stutidutta on December 14, 2010, 15:38 GMT

    good 30 man squad........but i dont think sanath will fit in the final 15 as he is struggling with the willow.......i am an indian n not quite sure bout the cricket selection in SL....but i hav complete faith on aravinda that he will produce an excellent final 15.....very nyc words by aravinda wen he says bout the mixture of youth n experience......i still think vaas has got a lot 2 deliver .but the question is in place of whom he will be playing? kulasekara n malinga r certains in playing 11.....lets see wat happens.Aravinda has got a good cricketing brain........i still remember 96 wc final.he played the gem of an innings.........

  • Migara on December 14, 2010, 15:53 GMT

    "but you also have to consider the current form" - Good Mr. de Silva. Then can you explain how Sachithra Senanayake and Dinesh Chandimal has been failing to make the playing XI? Can you explain how Chamara Kapugedara has been retaining his place after being the most inept player SL has ever seen? And do you know that Vaas had been the MVP for the 20-20 tournament in England. And lastly can you explain how Prasad gets the nod ahead of Vaas in ODI cricket and Jeewantha Kulatunga fails to make that 30?

  • on December 14, 2010, 16:37 GMT

    Aravinda is correct in his gesture that not only experience but current form will also be taken into account. But to prove their current form, Jayasuriya and Vaas need to play matches where they can even show fitness level which is now a serious requirement. Jayasuriya has been suffering with injuries to his shoulder whereas Vaas has also had his share of niggles and twists. Dumping this veterans, without evidences of their current form, after being shortlisted in the 30-man squad would be quite rude. So Sri Lanka should try and give these guys a chance to show what they can contribute for the team at the twilight of their career. I wish my very best to Vaas and Sanath.

  • on December 14, 2010, 16:51 GMT

    I think Vaas should have been included in the playing eleven as he is in a good form which he showed in the england county this year.

  • REMIEN on December 14, 2010, 17:13 GMT

    This is my World Cup Team,

    1.Sanath 2.Dilshan 3.Sanga 4.Mahela 5.Chandimal 6.Kapugedara 7.Mathews 8.Thisara 9.Chaminda 10.Murali 11.Malinga

    12.Kulasekara 13.Randiv 14.Dilhara 15.Tharanga

  • BDKu on December 14, 2010, 17:16 GMT

    Aravinda can do a good job in selecting if he is given a free hand. Vaas can be justified to a certain extent because of his recent performances in England. But I see some other and behind Jayasuriya's inclusion. If it is so, I think Aravinda giving up this job may not be very far away.

  • on December 14, 2010, 19:20 GMT

    My Playing XI: Tharanga/Dilshan, Jaywardene, Chandimal, Sangakkara, Matthews, Kapugedara/Silva, Tissera Perera, Randiv, Mendis/Muralitharan, Malinga, Kulasekera.