Sri Lanka news April 11, 2011

Sri Lanka selectors to look for new blood

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With Sri Lankan cricket undergoing a complete change at their helm, new head of selectors Duleep Mendis said there will be new blood in the team as well. Kumar Sangakkara, when quitting the captaincy, said it was because Sri Lanka needed to build a new team for the 2015 World Cup, and Mendis echoed those sentiments, saying the team needed to rebuild.

"Rebuilding is going to be the key in the coming months," Mendis said. "Some things may not work, some tactics may pay off." Mendis will head a panel that features four past cricketers: Brendon Kuruppu, Don Arunasiri, Ranjith Madurasinghe and Chaminda Mendis.

Muttiah Muralitharan, who had led Sri Lanka's bowling for more than a decade, is retired from all forms of the game, while some of their other key players are past thirty: Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene are both 33, while Tillakaratne Dilshan is 34. In addition, Lasith Malinga, though just 27, has had an injury-laden career and said he will not be around for the next World Cup.

Mendis said the 2015 World Cup was something Sri Lanka had to build towards from now, and that required looking for players from junior squads.

"Right now, the A team is the most important feeder mechanism for the main team. Our job in the months ahead is to scout for talent to replace some of the older players as we face several tours in the coming months.

"Our cricket calendar is full in the coming months, but our task is also to build a pool to face the 2015 World Cup to be played in Australia and New Zealand."

Sri Lanka will tour England in May, and Australia later in the year. They are also hosts for the World Twenty20 in 2012. Ahead of the England tour, the selectors will have to name a captain and vice-captain. Sangakkara has offered to captain the Test side in England, in order to give the selectors more time to choose a new one, but Mendis said nothing had been decided yet.

"We need at least a week to make the announcement," Mendis said. "I was very surprised with Kumar's resignaton. Very surprised he wanted to quit captaining the one-day side too."

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  • SLWATERBOY on April 14, 2011, 16:30 GMT

    Mahela should be re instated as captain in all three formats. He should be the captain for WC 2015 as well. He is 33 years old same as Sanga, but if you look into the past he is one of the players who had least injuries and kept him self fit throughout. Since he is not keeping wickets like Sanga, if he keep himself in good shape there is no reason why he should not carry the burden of captaincy till WC 2015. Appoint Angelo as Mahela's deputy immediately (in all three formats) and make him the captain immediately after the WC 2015. So Angelo will have four years to watch and learn and also by 2015 he will have a solid team (a team which is rebuild with youngsters) to lead. So he can lead the team for WC 2019 and beyond. Mahela is the best man that Angelo can look upon and learn the trade! Good luck!

  • Mexaman on April 14, 2011, 13:55 GMT

    For all Islam brethren who are worried they have 2 people in the team T M Dishan and Suraj Mohamad / Randiv. So cheer up......

  • Mexaman on April 14, 2011, 13:53 GMT

    I am surprised at some comments here. Herath-UK says Mathews has not found a place in the test team. Where was he all this time ? He was the permanent o 6 batter for SL team for the last 2 years with an average of over 35, he played the last 13 tests and missed only one due to injury. He made a match saving 99 against Dhoni's Indian in a test match.

    Upul Tharanga did not play a single test match during the last 3 years. Some people are blindly asking him to be made test captain.

    Mahela and Sanga have been pipped at the post by street smart captains in 2007 and 2011. Sanga was dis oriented in 2011 and Mahela could not bat well in 2007 and it effects his batting. Their leadership in IPL has also been questionable. So y are we pushing to try them again. Let's give a new captain a chance.

  • on April 14, 2011, 5:36 GMT

    Mahela should be given the job in all 3 forms of the game with Angelo as the VC for at least a year..

  • on April 14, 2011, 2:54 GMT

    Tharanga Captain? .... he is not in the Test Squad, and some people does not know it. He is yet to show any of his tactical ability even as a opener. Angeleo will be a better captain than Sanga or Mahela for certain. I remember when people were calling for Angelel's inclusion in the team some reporters were writing reports telling that others are much better. His leadership in match winning innings has silenced them I am sure his captaincy will also silence them pretty soon as he will lead from the front as Dhoni and will be a street smart cricketer like Arjuna Rantunge. he will not take defeat till the last run is scored or the last wicket is lost, he has done this Job of leading from the front for Sri Lanka under 19, Sri Lanka A team and his college as well. He was able to captain SL under 19 for 2 years as even as a youngster he was better than seniors in tactics, never say die attitude.

  • on April 14, 2011, 2:42 GMT

    Angelo is the best pick, Vice captain is the issue. Make him Captain for Tests as well immediately. We need him to have experience with Englishmen and Aussies as well. Tharanga has not captained any team, even his club I guess, where as Angel has captained SL Under 19 in so many overseas trips.

    Drop Kulasekara, Kapugedara and Chamara Silva immidiately and ask them to perform to come back. Kula will not be effective in aussy for sure. Train some young fast bowlers on yorkers and inswingers, send them to academies. Make Vass the fast bowling coach and Murali the spin coach. We need a foreign fielding coach , a Aussy or a NZ fellow.

    Also get Mahela and Sanga to the lower middle order 5-7 position are for them. Angelo can bat at 4, Chandimal 3. We need to sort the openers. Dilshan of course the first choice. We can groom Dinesh Chandimal ( former Anandian ), Dimuth Karunaratne ( former Josephian ), Banuka Rajapakse ( Royalist ) by including them in the team

  • AnasNZ on April 13, 2011, 6:19 GMT

    Well it's time for the new era players to take over the reigns. I suggest that some of the current school scene players should be included in the SL squad and groom them for the future. My SL team listing would be - Captain Angelo Mathews in all format of the game with a radical vice captain from the school scene Bhanuka Rajapaksa the make up of the team should be Dilshan, Ramit Rambukwella/Tissara Perera to open, one drop Angelo, Kumar, Mahela, Bhanuka, Upul Tharanga/Dinesh Chandimal, Chathura Peris(very important player for the future), Andri Berenger/Lahiru Thrimanne/Chamara Kapugathera, Randiv, Malinga, Mendis etc. Important to get the young guns exposed to international cricket very early.

  • on April 13, 2011, 1:10 GMT

    i really think tharanga should be the captain. y is everyone talking about mathews. we have tharanga but dont know his attitude. vice captain can be mathews. we have experienced guys like sanga,mahela n dilshan to guide. its sad we dont have an experienced bowler anymore.

  • Herath-UK on April 12, 2011, 22:37 GMT

    SL should not make another blunder here,do not send the team to England without Sanga/Mahela as the Test captain.It is not just cricket but the overall quality is paramount travelling to England and any novice as a captain will have egg on face!In the Test side Dilshan should be made the vice captain in the short term under Sanga/Mahela and Tharanga as the long term vice captain when Dilshan is made Captain of the team with a view to make Tharanga the permanent captain if he rises up well.Mathews has not yet found a place in the Test team and not certain yet whether he would succeed at that level,if so then could be made vice captain to Tharanga.Dilshan should be made captain of ODI team to England with Mathews as vice captain with Chandimal & Bhanuka who did well here with 19 team last yr. Fast bowlers should be tall guys to extract bounce not short speedsters. Ranil Herath Kent

  • athulajagoda on April 12, 2011, 18:11 GMT

    Definitely need young flood likes of Chandimal , Banuka & ... They need Sanga & mahela's share of experience for at least 2-3 years.They have to guide these youths. Sanga's resignation is not expectable unless he had political pressure.Any how Mahela should takeover the captaincy 4 two years with future captain as his deputy.. Good luck....

  • SLWATERBOY on April 14, 2011, 16:30 GMT

    Mahela should be re instated as captain in all three formats. He should be the captain for WC 2015 as well. He is 33 years old same as Sanga, but if you look into the past he is one of the players who had least injuries and kept him self fit throughout. Since he is not keeping wickets like Sanga, if he keep himself in good shape there is no reason why he should not carry the burden of captaincy till WC 2015. Appoint Angelo as Mahela's deputy immediately (in all three formats) and make him the captain immediately after the WC 2015. So Angelo will have four years to watch and learn and also by 2015 he will have a solid team (a team which is rebuild with youngsters) to lead. So he can lead the team for WC 2019 and beyond. Mahela is the best man that Angelo can look upon and learn the trade! Good luck!

  • Mexaman on April 14, 2011, 13:55 GMT

    For all Islam brethren who are worried they have 2 people in the team T M Dishan and Suraj Mohamad / Randiv. So cheer up......

  • Mexaman on April 14, 2011, 13:53 GMT

    I am surprised at some comments here. Herath-UK says Mathews has not found a place in the test team. Where was he all this time ? He was the permanent o 6 batter for SL team for the last 2 years with an average of over 35, he played the last 13 tests and missed only one due to injury. He made a match saving 99 against Dhoni's Indian in a test match.

    Upul Tharanga did not play a single test match during the last 3 years. Some people are blindly asking him to be made test captain.

    Mahela and Sanga have been pipped at the post by street smart captains in 2007 and 2011. Sanga was dis oriented in 2011 and Mahela could not bat well in 2007 and it effects his batting. Their leadership in IPL has also been questionable. So y are we pushing to try them again. Let's give a new captain a chance.

  • on April 14, 2011, 5:36 GMT

    Mahela should be given the job in all 3 forms of the game with Angelo as the VC for at least a year..

  • on April 14, 2011, 2:54 GMT

    Tharanga Captain? .... he is not in the Test Squad, and some people does not know it. He is yet to show any of his tactical ability even as a opener. Angeleo will be a better captain than Sanga or Mahela for certain. I remember when people were calling for Angelel's inclusion in the team some reporters were writing reports telling that others are much better. His leadership in match winning innings has silenced them I am sure his captaincy will also silence them pretty soon as he will lead from the front as Dhoni and will be a street smart cricketer like Arjuna Rantunge. he will not take defeat till the last run is scored or the last wicket is lost, he has done this Job of leading from the front for Sri Lanka under 19, Sri Lanka A team and his college as well. He was able to captain SL under 19 for 2 years as even as a youngster he was better than seniors in tactics, never say die attitude.

  • on April 14, 2011, 2:42 GMT

    Angelo is the best pick, Vice captain is the issue. Make him Captain for Tests as well immediately. We need him to have experience with Englishmen and Aussies as well. Tharanga has not captained any team, even his club I guess, where as Angel has captained SL Under 19 in so many overseas trips.

    Drop Kulasekara, Kapugedara and Chamara Silva immidiately and ask them to perform to come back. Kula will not be effective in aussy for sure. Train some young fast bowlers on yorkers and inswingers, send them to academies. Make Vass the fast bowling coach and Murali the spin coach. We need a foreign fielding coach , a Aussy or a NZ fellow.

    Also get Mahela and Sanga to the lower middle order 5-7 position are for them. Angelo can bat at 4, Chandimal 3. We need to sort the openers. Dilshan of course the first choice. We can groom Dinesh Chandimal ( former Anandian ), Dimuth Karunaratne ( former Josephian ), Banuka Rajapakse ( Royalist ) by including them in the team

  • AnasNZ on April 13, 2011, 6:19 GMT

    Well it's time for the new era players to take over the reigns. I suggest that some of the current school scene players should be included in the SL squad and groom them for the future. My SL team listing would be - Captain Angelo Mathews in all format of the game with a radical vice captain from the school scene Bhanuka Rajapaksa the make up of the team should be Dilshan, Ramit Rambukwella/Tissara Perera to open, one drop Angelo, Kumar, Mahela, Bhanuka, Upul Tharanga/Dinesh Chandimal, Chathura Peris(very important player for the future), Andri Berenger/Lahiru Thrimanne/Chamara Kapugathera, Randiv, Malinga, Mendis etc. Important to get the young guns exposed to international cricket very early.

  • on April 13, 2011, 1:10 GMT

    i really think tharanga should be the captain. y is everyone talking about mathews. we have tharanga but dont know his attitude. vice captain can be mathews. we have experienced guys like sanga,mahela n dilshan to guide. its sad we dont have an experienced bowler anymore.

  • Herath-UK on April 12, 2011, 22:37 GMT

    SL should not make another blunder here,do not send the team to England without Sanga/Mahela as the Test captain.It is not just cricket but the overall quality is paramount travelling to England and any novice as a captain will have egg on face!In the Test side Dilshan should be made the vice captain in the short term under Sanga/Mahela and Tharanga as the long term vice captain when Dilshan is made Captain of the team with a view to make Tharanga the permanent captain if he rises up well.Mathews has not yet found a place in the Test team and not certain yet whether he would succeed at that level,if so then could be made vice captain to Tharanga.Dilshan should be made captain of ODI team to England with Mathews as vice captain with Chandimal & Bhanuka who did well here with 19 team last yr. Fast bowlers should be tall guys to extract bounce not short speedsters. Ranil Herath Kent

  • athulajagoda on April 12, 2011, 18:11 GMT

    Definitely need young flood likes of Chandimal , Banuka & ... They need Sanga & mahela's share of experience for at least 2-3 years.They have to guide these youths. Sanga's resignation is not expectable unless he had political pressure.Any how Mahela should takeover the captaincy 4 two years with future captain as his deputy.. Good luck....

  • Deepfreezed on April 12, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    Get rid of Kulesekera, Chamara silva and kapugethera. These players have not done anything to be in the team. In fact they lost us the WC.

  • on April 12, 2011, 11:12 GMT

    i think better option upul tharanga. so vice captan should be angelwo , i think we have give chance upul. chnindimal. lihiru also test level. b zuse dilshan. mahela. kumar. thilan almost 30+ up nw.

  • on April 12, 2011, 9:40 GMT

    Come on, Bring on the talented youngster, Chandimal!

  • vajira1979 on April 12, 2011, 9:09 GMT

    Sure Angie is the right call But What about his fitness. All the years he carried out this injery problem. first SL Borad should send Mathew to Dr.Elite-Magical Doctor use sanga mahala & maling in reguler basic not for all the matches kept them in good touch while give players a rest. Corach Mood said Tharanga is the secerat wapen sure he is. all the batsmen sould rally round him bez he is the thinker of the team he so lot of reponsibel in this WC. I am not agreed the bating order eather mahel or sanga sould bat at No 6 or 7 Yes we can use Banuka at No 3 Main problem is not bating but bowling we need wicket takers to do that bowlers should try to ball as pair Use welagedara ,charith peries, Rabukwella & nuwan pradeep regulery

  • samlord on April 12, 2011, 6:26 GMT

    @ usman.Upul tharanga is not in SL test squad for few years now.How can he named as captain of ODIs when he is not a part of the test squad even.Angie is the best pick.Smith was only 21 when he became captain.Experience doesn't matter.Character ,attitude and calm headedness mattesr when it comes to captaincy.Angelo was captaincy material from his young days.

  • stormy16 on April 12, 2011, 5:21 GMT

    There is plenty of new blood around but nuturing it properly is the key. I am not sure what SL were doing with Chamara Silva for all these years when young blood coulfd have easily been groomed in that position. Mendis it seems has been around from the first test SL played so is an experienced and like his batting doesnt take too many backward steps and I really hope he is allowed to do his job for the game.

  • CricSare on April 12, 2011, 5:08 GMT

    sir, bring on Bhanuka R, Chandimal..Chandimal and Tharanga should be our 2015 openers..Bhanuka should play at number 3 like kholi for IND..this guy has more talent than anyone in the world...then Sanga,Mahela,Mathews and Dilshan more formidable middle order will do the best for our cricket.. Dilshan has to adjust to the finisher role hereafter..

  • usman4web on April 12, 2011, 4:40 GMT

    Why everyone is saying Mathews should be the captain. I think Upul Tharanga is the right man to go. He is very experienced and unlike Mathews he has permanent place in the side. Make Tharanga Captain and Mathews Vice Captain.

  • on April 12, 2011, 4:15 GMT

    What about give Chamara Silva as a (Capt) and Chamara Kapugedara as(Vice Capt) and include Dilhara Fernando.in all three teams incllude him on Hong Kong Six a side.do please include Kamran Akmal and Misba ul Huq. Ooops sorry they are from India right huh ???

  • on April 12, 2011, 4:11 GMT

    They hav no choice but Upul Tharanga......he is the only young guy to hava fixed,assured spot in the team...

  • howizzat on April 12, 2011, 4:02 GMT

    With the top three getting aged, there is definitely a captaincy crisis. Sangakkera should consider the situation and continue as the captain for 2 more years with the successor as his deputy. If not then Dilshan should take over as interim captain.

  • on April 12, 2011, 2:36 GMT

    Mathews is da best for captancy!!!!!!!!! But he needs some more experience. So some one should lead for another one year and should handover to mathews!!!!! And we should get the service of Chandimal & Jeewan Mendis to the side!!!!!

  • on April 12, 2011, 1:42 GMT

    PrinceOfSalem: Angelo Mathews has not yet clinched a permanent position in the test team. He is a very ordinary medium pacer in tests and needs to do much more if he wants to be in the test team as a batsman. For ODIs and T20s he is ok provided he remains injury free. There is no hurry to appoint 2015 WC captain right now as it is not clear who will be around and who will be not by that time. We need to identify weak areas in test and ODI teams and work on them separately. A lot of Sri Lankan cricket fans do not appreciate the value of test cricket.

  • Kasu_ on April 12, 2011, 1:38 GMT

    When Sri Lankans implement the strategy "right talent for right job" could achieve the goal win a CWC in Future. Otherwise let Sri Lankans be "Losers" all the time.

  • on April 12, 2011, 0:46 GMT

    SL did so good in this WC y all the changes and retirement....SL loss the final but it was one to remember ...u guys put up a show. Just play... it's not the end of the world. Ja-wardene plz come back u still have Cricket left in u.

  • on April 11, 2011, 23:48 GMT

    Prince: I agree about Chandimal, he is a future superstar for SL. But I don't know about Mathews as captain, he is already an all rounder with plenty on his plate. I think he needs to focus on his own game more. Even Tharanga may be a better option.

  • PrinceOfSalem on April 11, 2011, 21:37 GMT

    Make Angelo Mathews the captain. and also Sri Lanka needs to unearth quality middle-order players.. give more chances to C.Silva, Kandamby etc. I really want to see D.Chandimal in the set-up.. lets see if the new sel-committe makes a wise decision.

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  • PrinceOfSalem on April 11, 2011, 21:37 GMT

    Make Angelo Mathews the captain. and also Sri Lanka needs to unearth quality middle-order players.. give more chances to C.Silva, Kandamby etc. I really want to see D.Chandimal in the set-up.. lets see if the new sel-committe makes a wise decision.

  • on April 11, 2011, 23:48 GMT

    Prince: I agree about Chandimal, he is a future superstar for SL. But I don't know about Mathews as captain, he is already an all rounder with plenty on his plate. I think he needs to focus on his own game more. Even Tharanga may be a better option.

  • on April 12, 2011, 0:46 GMT

    SL did so good in this WC y all the changes and retirement....SL loss the final but it was one to remember ...u guys put up a show. Just play... it's not the end of the world. Ja-wardene plz come back u still have Cricket left in u.

  • Kasu_ on April 12, 2011, 1:38 GMT

    When Sri Lankans implement the strategy "right talent for right job" could achieve the goal win a CWC in Future. Otherwise let Sri Lankans be "Losers" all the time.

  • on April 12, 2011, 1:42 GMT

    PrinceOfSalem: Angelo Mathews has not yet clinched a permanent position in the test team. He is a very ordinary medium pacer in tests and needs to do much more if he wants to be in the test team as a batsman. For ODIs and T20s he is ok provided he remains injury free. There is no hurry to appoint 2015 WC captain right now as it is not clear who will be around and who will be not by that time. We need to identify weak areas in test and ODI teams and work on them separately. A lot of Sri Lankan cricket fans do not appreciate the value of test cricket.

  • on April 12, 2011, 2:36 GMT

    Mathews is da best for captancy!!!!!!!!! But he needs some more experience. So some one should lead for another one year and should handover to mathews!!!!! And we should get the service of Chandimal & Jeewan Mendis to the side!!!!!

  • howizzat on April 12, 2011, 4:02 GMT

    With the top three getting aged, there is definitely a captaincy crisis. Sangakkera should consider the situation and continue as the captain for 2 more years with the successor as his deputy. If not then Dilshan should take over as interim captain.

  • on April 12, 2011, 4:11 GMT

    They hav no choice but Upul Tharanga......he is the only young guy to hava fixed,assured spot in the team...

  • on April 12, 2011, 4:15 GMT

    What about give Chamara Silva as a (Capt) and Chamara Kapugedara as(Vice Capt) and include Dilhara Fernando.in all three teams incllude him on Hong Kong Six a side.do please include Kamran Akmal and Misba ul Huq. Ooops sorry they are from India right huh ???

  • usman4web on April 12, 2011, 4:40 GMT

    Why everyone is saying Mathews should be the captain. I think Upul Tharanga is the right man to go. He is very experienced and unlike Mathews he has permanent place in the side. Make Tharanga Captain and Mathews Vice Captain.