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SL has new selection panel, more changes likely

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January 19, 2012

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Mahela Jayawardene and Tillakaratne Dilshan do some work in the nets ahead of the first Test, Cardiff, May 25 2011
Mahela Jayawardene has said he will need some time to think about taking over as captain, if offered the job © Getty Images
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Ashantha de Mel, the former Sri Lanka fast bowler, has been named the chairman of the country's new selection panel, which replaced the one headed by Duleep Mendis. The appointment, made by the sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage, could be the first in a series of changes in Sri Lankan cricket, which could include the axeing of the coach Geoff Marsh and captain Tillakaratne Dilshan after the poor performance in South Africa.

Don Anurasiri, Amal Silva and Hemantha Wickramaratne are the other members of the new selection committee, which has a one-year term. Although the tenure of Mendis' panel was going to end in February, the appointment of the new panel will come into effect on January 20.

Anurasiri is the only member from the old committee, but de Mel and Silva have served as selectors before. Wickramaratne, a left-hand batsman who played in three ODIs in the early nineties, is new to the role.

Mahela Jayawardene is also likely to be asked to take over the captaincy from Dilshan after the South Africa tour. When asked in Kimberley, on the eve of the fourth ODI, whether he would accept the offer, Jayawardene said, "I will have to think about it. I will need some time."

The news about the selection committee came less than two hours after Aluthgamage denied a report in the Daily Mirror, a Sri Lanka newspaper, that changes to the committee, captain and national coach would be made. "No decision has been taken so far to replace or to change the selection committee and the management of Sri Lanka Cricket or the captaincy of the Sri Lankan cricket team," he had said in a statement.

Aluthgamage, however, said it was the "responsibility of the Sri Lankan government and the Sports Ministry" to take "stern and appropriate action" to ensure Sri Lanka becomes "the number one team in the world." Upali Dharmadasa, the president of Sri Lanka Cricket, has already been asked to submit a report to the ministry on the team's poor performances since the 2011 World Cup.

Sri Lanka struggled since the retirement of Muttiah Muralitharan in July 2010, winning just one Test over the last 18 months, though that was a historic maiden victory in South Africa. They have also lost one-day series against England, Australia, Pakistan and now South Africa after being runners-up in the World Cup.

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Posted by   on (January 21, 2012, 6:55 GMT)

I doubt this new appointments would work. Not the best selection. At least if they use the brain and select the proper players for the proper format, it would be somewhat OK.

Posted by WaldermaltCricketer on (January 21, 2012, 2:41 GMT)

Mahela is also struggling as a batsman. He finds it difficult to regain his normal form. I think captaincy will be an extra pressure for him. This is not a good option. Sanga is the most suitable guy for the captaincy..

Posted by   on (January 21, 2012, 1:08 GMT)

Make Ramesh Ratnayae and Chaminda Vas the fast bowling consultants. Champaka is a very good work horse and we appreciate that but he is not a good tactician and we all know that.

Posted by tennakoon63 on (January 20, 2012, 23:25 GMT)

This should have been done immediately after the Australia series.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2012, 22:45 GMT)

Not sure why the minister doesn't give the job to someone that breathes and lives cricket....like Sidath Wettimuny. Also Upul Tharanga should be considered for 1 day captaincy. He seems to have cool head. Samaraweera would not be bad choice for Test captain ...if Mahela doesn't want to do that. I can predict that Ashantha de Mel will try to oust Marvan as coach they did not seem to get on during Marvan's last series and Marvan called Ashantha a "joker". Can a "joker" turn into an ace and keep Marvan as batting coach ? Let's wait and see. I hope that the new selectors bring back Kapugedera from his extended honeymoon !

Posted by buncers on (January 20, 2012, 22:26 GMT)

I was right about Perera - the selectors woke up at last.

I'm available - but I need paying!

Posted by yorkslanka on (January 20, 2012, 21:47 GMT)

Sack the minister who can write his knowledge of cricket on the back of a postage stamp and I guarantee,our cricket will improve

Posted by   on (January 20, 2012, 12:11 GMT)

Mathew should remove from the captsincy wt is the use of him if he dosn't support captain he seems to be dosen't have any resposibilty and not supporting captain

Posted by   on (January 20, 2012, 11:33 GMT)

First they wanted to make a captain for next world cup now they want to put Mahela on course, this is the end of Mahela's career for sure.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2012, 11:21 GMT)

sports minister should leave this cricket board and let them make decision independently then only srilankan cricket future will be good..all the things are happening from his brain only...poor brain.

Posted by indyarox on (January 20, 2012, 10:36 GMT)

Both WC finalists have been struggling very badly since WC final 2011. India have had some success in ODIs and Tests at home but Srilanka have lost everything home and away. Always thought Dilshan wasnt captaincy material. Also loss of bowlings greats (Murali and Vaas) hasnt helped any bit. Ajantha Mendis has just evaporated from the scene.

Posted by asgtheone on (January 20, 2012, 10:06 GMT)

Mahela would be the ideal selection for captaincy not because he has the best success rate as a captain but he's batting was more consistences during his captaincy period. Also he's the most experience guy in the team. Also Angi can get lot of experience as his deputy.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2012, 8:21 GMT)

Mahela Jaywardhane is the right choice for captain and Dilshan's performance will improve after relenquishing captaincy. As for the coach I always thought Dav Whatmore was always the right person. He assesed them well and worked out strategies for world cup 1996 and 2003.

Posted by rushan811 on (January 20, 2012, 7:37 GMT)

i think the selectors must give the team to handle another one or two years,either mahela or sangakkara,then only we can get up.please filter the side well before the next big series.consider mahroof,kapugedara and one or two well young fast bowlers

Posted by   on (January 20, 2012, 4:14 GMT)

whatever may it be, i don't want a selector who wants samaraveera being dropped from test 11, atleast till 2013 end. He is such a class player.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2012, 4:05 GMT)

Sacking the Coach would be unfair.. And Aravinda would have been a better choice as the C.selector

Posted by SimonN on (January 20, 2012, 3:52 GMT)

Looks like the old years of India cricket board. Take a good player, make him captain and then screw his career.

Posted by jezza25 on (January 20, 2012, 3:44 GMT)

Jezza 25- I said it recently. Marsh appears to be too negative a person for the SL personality. We look at life with energy, flair, excitement etc. so getting rid of him will be a postive move. He proved this by the way he played, boring and somewhat negative. We need to go back to the basic SL way of life playing cricket by entertaining and hopefully the SLC board can appoint someone with a positive frame. Even look at Dilshan. He has ironically lost his natural style of play. Has to be coincidence this has happened since Marsh has been there. Pity Dav Whatmore - dashing and positive in his hay day - will not come back or be offered. He appears likely to be appt. by Pakistan. He sowed the roots for our success years ago, and added the W.C. win to his profile. Hope that Mahela can turn his form around and justify his position at the top. We could not do any worse and hopefully give him at least 2-3 yrs (as long as he wishes to play at the top) to nuture the young stars we have.

Posted by SriSanka on (January 20, 2012, 3:30 GMT)

Giving back the captaincy to Mahela is a great idea because he and Arjuna were the best cricket captains srilanka ever produced and Mahela is the only player in current team who can re- build it by getting the support from each and every player and officials in charge.Srilanka 's recent poor show was majorly due to the lack of team spirit and it was helped by Dilshan's poor captaincy. I think most of the players didn't support Dilshan and didn't accept his captaincy specially Sanga and Mathews. Also by giving the captaincy to him his batting performances were also badly affected and as the SL fans we have forgotten Dilshan's great and prolong batting performances which was lasted more than 2 years before giving him the captaincy. I think we missed such a good batsman during last 2 tours following WC.I don't know whether Mahela will accept it or not but if he accept the captaincy It would be a great booster for SL cricket and before accept it he should discuss with all the players

Posted by   on (January 20, 2012, 3:27 GMT)

Give Mathiew ODI Captain, Kapugadar T20 & Samaraweera test Captain. Give more opportunisties to young talent otherwise this tread will continue forever. Maharoof, Thesara, Kapugadara, Banuka , Chandimal should play for SL T20 & ODI every single match for at least 1-2 years, not the senior accumulation who don't have the technique(some seniors) to bat against quality fast bowing. Seniors get all the Credit when we play against teams that don't have quality fast bowlers(eg:.Zim, Bag, Canada, WI ,NW etc). Look what other countries doing, no rotation policy in SL seniors play ever single match for their reputation(for scoring heavily on flat pitches and weak bowling)some don't even suit for T20 .

Posted by   on (January 20, 2012, 2:18 GMT)

I'm really puzzled now. What was that one sided election held for? I thought the elected committee is going to be responsible for planning and carrying out SLC related affairs. These type of things only happen in.........

Posted by Decimus on (January 20, 2012, 1:52 GMT)

@Parth Naik, Mahela would become the greatest SL captain if he's given another chance. Mahela has much better cricket brain than Sanga. Mahela is the most tactical captain out of the two. And with added responsibility he performs better when he's captain.

Posted by world.cricketer on (January 19, 2012, 23:58 GMT)

@HimanshuKapoor axing dhoni id good why force seniors to retire even jaywardane and dilshan are not forced to retire

Posted by TYJAY on (January 19, 2012, 23:40 GMT)

I am not sure about Mahela. What he needs is the runs. He is having very poor run. He is very lucky to be playing for SL team.

I will give a node to Sanga or Thilan.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2012, 23:33 GMT)

dilshan unluky,,,no way noone can get bc too young player behind san and mahela

Posted by   on (January 19, 2012, 23:24 GMT)

mahela this is the good time to lead our team srilanka. we all need a change now. best of luck

Posted by bharath74 on (January 19, 2012, 22:44 GMT)

I think Angelo Mathews would be an ideal captain, he is a gud allrounder plus he is only 24, why would you offer Sangakara or Jayawardena who are in their 30's. Sangakara and Jaya along vt Dilshan should play an anchor role in guiding youngsters.

Posted by Nathan_123 on (January 19, 2012, 22:41 GMT)

Well said Onebump, I totally agree with your points. These administrators are coming again and again in turns. Now Asanth De Mel coming back as chairman of selectors to ruin SL crcket and the sports minister who does not have a clue about the game sack the entire committee in few months and Duleep Mendis will come back again to have another go. this will go in circle and these people never go away and they are there to fill their pockets. SL cricket administrators are become a laughing stock of world cricket. God help Srilanka cricket!!!!

Posted by applethief on (January 19, 2012, 22:36 GMT)

Why not just skip the middle-man and go back to Sangakkara? Assuming, of course, that he'd want the job again. Nobody seems to think it's worth taking... says a lot about the state of the administration in Sri Lanka that talented and competitive sportsmen are wary of the opportunity to lead their country.

Posted by Santhush-Perera on (January 19, 2012, 22:24 GMT)

Mr. Mayan, If they, didn't sack Ashantha de Mel, 3 months before the world cup, Malinga would have never got a chance to come out of his 3yrs long, continuously imposed "unfit-imprisonment"....Upul Tharanga would have been omitted for most of the matches! If not for Aravinda's brief appearance and making sense to selections with his ability and impartiallity, SL would have eliminated in the preliminary stage.!

Posted by TuanMohomedSr. on (January 19, 2012, 22:20 GMT)

When SL wins we are happy and when they lose we are happy too. We only can send the eleven whom we think are the best when compared to our own players. Today, we do not care, even the Minister himself can captain the the team. This is just a begining to the worse situation anyway !

Posted by   on (January 19, 2012, 21:54 GMT)

Oh...sad to Mr Arunasiri is still in.He is trhe first man to leave out.I do not understand why all thses sport ministers need this man...

Posted by   on (January 19, 2012, 21:36 GMT)

Sri Lanka had only success in this tour in Durban test because few batsmen did exceptionally well and few bowlers took lot of wickets. It had nothing to do with captaincy. If we are to win more matches we need more batsmen and bowlers collectively contributing. Offering captaincy to someone who has failed miserably in last three overseas tours is a ridiculous move. It was reported that senior players discussed and agreed to sent Thilan back home after test series in spite of his batting heorics against one of the most lethal pace attacks in the world. When two new balls are used ODIs are no different from tests in respect of challenges faced by batsmen against quality pace bowlers. When Thilan was uncremonily dumped after a handful of failures except for media no one really stood up for him. Thanks to his efforts we managed to salvage some pride out of this tour. But end result is someone who is mainly resposnible for miserable performance on this tour being offered the captaincy.

Posted by yorkslanka on (January 19, 2012, 21:25 GMT)

Problem is that we have no consistency and this is evident by constantly chopping and changing the administration?.minister has no place in interfering with the cricket.hasnt the ICC decided to outlaw political interference? So why is it still being allowed in our cricket..politics out !!

Posted by   on (January 19, 2012, 20:36 GMT)

i dont like ashatha the mell, but if we look at other selectors we had, ashantha de mell has done better than any1, i have a strong feeling if we didn't sack him before 3 months to worldcup, we could have won the wc

Posted by   on (January 19, 2012, 20:28 GMT)

kumar sangakara would be a great captain

Posted by bonaku on (January 19, 2012, 20:18 GMT)

Graham Ford might get the Job then. Jayawardena would be right candidate, but will he take the position in such a politically volatile cricket board ?

Posted by ARad on (January 19, 2012, 20:16 GMT)

Changing the selectors is good. Political interference is not that good. Doing something to improve the team is good. Doing it in the middle of a series and creating further rumors about the future of the team is not that good. Getting rid of Mendis is good. Bringing back De Mel is not that good. (Aravinda was refreshing as the chief selector not only for his selection decisions but in the clear and non-insulting manner in which he explained his selections to the press and players.) Mahela was an astute captain (something we can't say about Dilshan) but Mahela has not been in good form recently. Captaincy may make or break him. Marsh shd have a longer run but captains and coaches are only as good as the players in the team. In order to win Test matches, you need a good bowling attack and a clever captain. SL, under Dilshan, never looked like taking 20 wickets in a Test but how will Mahela perform without Murali and Vaas? Stay tuned.

Posted by Santhush-Perera on (January 19, 2012, 20:11 GMT)

This is a joke...as a selector, Ashantha de Mel has a destructive track record similar to Mendis..! Same old faces who ruined SL cricket, constantly playing "musical chairs" at the top spots..!!! Sri Lanka's best, most established opener, Upul Tharanga's ridiculous omission from 3 consecutive Test Series (against Eng, Pak and SA), while openers constantly failed to survive 5 overs is a prime example for the cruelty of this bunch. Thilan was overlooked while middle order was crumbling. SL cricket will fade away, unless they appoint proper people with genuine interest to the administration, starting from the minister of sports.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2012, 20:10 GMT)

@HimanshuKapoor.. you might not read the start of this article, they are making a senior player as captain.. not axing them... stop blaming the seniors, yes we need to have a different captain for test matches, also the coach has a very bad record in England and Australia.. may be he need to be replaced..

Posted by   on (January 19, 2012, 19:58 GMT)

finally, they got good decision,NOW mahela will handlle teamSRI-LANKA. as s sri lanken fan good news,good luck SRI LANKA CRICKET!!!

Posted by KingOwl on (January 19, 2012, 19:35 GMT)

Now what will happen to the batting coach, Marvan? I thought Marvan called De Mel a puppet, while in Aus a while back!!

Posted by onebump on (January 19, 2012, 19:33 GMT)

The problem with SL cricket is we recycle the same people all the time. The administrators and selectors tend to be the same people all the time. For as long as I can remember Don Anurasiri has been a selector on and off. Mendis has been in the system for ages and now he is being touted as the next manager. Asantha did one stint and was called a joker by Marvan (now batting coach.. will they work together?) Amal Silva and most of the administrators have also done the jobs over and over again. We have a 30 year history of test cricket. So there must be so many people who are good at administration, coaching and managing. Bring new ideas and fresh perspectives! Bring back Aravinda as chief selector. Get former test cricketers into the selection committee

Posted by Sam_k14 on (January 19, 2012, 19:07 GMT)

SL Cricket is better off without interferences from third grade ministers. t was this minister who wanted an explanation from Sanga over his speech. He had to put the tail between legs when Gotabhaya Rajapakse applauded Sanga's speech. Why is Geoff Marsh sacked? He was there only for two tours. This minister should consider some other ministry not the sports ministry. May be a Minister without portfolio?

Posted by HimanshuKapoor on (January 19, 2012, 19:00 GMT)

Indians should learn from Srilanka and axe Dhoni, Flether and force Sachin,Laxman and Dravid to retire.

Posted by anuradea on (January 19, 2012, 19:00 GMT)

The only thing missing in this team is leadership that will bring out the best out of these some world class and some good players. Mahila would be a great choice as he had done it before where SL had one of ite best times and he can do it again. Great choice of selectors now with 1 fast ?? bowler, 1 Spinner 1 WK batsman and a batsman which is a good mix. All of them are great motivators and will bring the best out of the players. I am glad Hemantha is finally getting the recognition he deserves for serving SL cricket for a long time although not at the highest level due no fault of his. Unfortunately he was competing for Arjuna's batting spot. All these selector's have served the country and has their Hearts in the right place. Back to Mahila who is also a great motivator and well respected by the younger players and he will definitely mould the person who is designated to take over from him for the future as he has absolutly NO EGO as a person and will do anything for his country.

Posted by samp1988 on (January 19, 2012, 18:26 GMT)

i would say mahela is the best person for captaincy. everyone who see his captaincy record will agree on that. see the SL team performances during the period 2005-2007. SL were at very best in overseas beating england 5-0 and world cup runners-up in west indies.It was a better WC performance in 2007 than 2011. Also SL had excellent home record too ,including highest ever test partnership against SA. one can argue we need a younger guy (like mathews) to lead the WC 2015. It is true but none of our younger guys having much of experience in international arena. that is the main reason why mahela should be given captaincy. GOOD LUCK SL in next series.

Posted by yorkslanka on (January 19, 2012, 18:20 GMT)

Superb decisions!maybe the minister could keep out too...not sure about sacking coach though,don't think he has had fair run yet...hopefully Sri lankan cricket can get back on the right tracks again Mahela will make a good captain (again) and provided there is not too much outside meddling,things should be good...good luck Sri lanka..dilshan,thanks for trying but you are not captain material but hope you continue playing..cric pls publish

Posted by   on (January 19, 2012, 18:05 GMT)

Keep playing in asia Jaya will do good....otherwise he has done nothing better than Dilshan

Posted by KosalaDeSilva on (January 19, 2012, 17:50 GMT)

well when it comes to captency there are lot of thigns to count..have to consider more than just perfomance. Of course performance count, but the personality, and many things. Once murali said he can't be a good captain.But he is the greatest bowler we have seen.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2012, 17:48 GMT)

Maiya is the best Captain SL produced. I am not undermine Sanga..Mahela & Sanga combination worked well for SL. Does not matter Sanga or Mahela as the Captain of SL. It will be the best for SL for sure... Cheers !!!!!

Posted by   on (January 19, 2012, 17:41 GMT)

I have been saying all the time that the selection pannel headed by dulip mendis have to be sacked

Posted by   on (January 19, 2012, 17:40 GMT)

Will Mahela manage to secure his place as a batsman first? I feel the most inteligent choice would be Sanga

Posted by Whip on (January 19, 2012, 17:37 GMT)

Just when the cricketing world was thinking that Mahela should be sacked, he is now considered to become their captain. What a joke? India and Sri Lanka, the world cup finalists are two teams, management, and cricket governing body made of jokers all around.

Posted by Mazharul on (January 19, 2012, 17:32 GMT)

Why Ashantha de Mel again? Can u remember his history with Marvan Atapattu and TM Dilshan in his previous time? So sad, SlC is replacing bad with another worse.

Posted by anilkp on (January 19, 2012, 17:17 GMT)

How many decades of playing cricket will be enough for Sri Lanka as a Nation to realize that chopping and head-rolling is NOT the solution to cricketing troubles? Why these brainless administrators learn a thing about the game they are so hell-bent to control? Why cannot they (well, not just they, but all cricket-playing Nations) let the game's greats to handle the game? Sri Lanka have been doing this maddening chopping for years now. They want the players to be world-beaters even when the players are unpaid for years! Wow! And, if the players lose a game, cull them! Awsome strategies this. I wonder if any of the Sri Lankan administrators has ever heard of something like "business administration" and "man management". Alas, I see no hope for the Sri Lankan fans in near future.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2012, 17:15 GMT)

cricaddict11, aruna.b.herath, How about Herath as captain for tests, Dhamika Prasad as captain for one dayers and Ajantha Mendis for T20s. LOL.

Posted by chandau on (January 19, 2012, 17:09 GMT)

HMMM INTERESTING isn't it? Marvan who called DeMel a joker is the batting coach. Historically this can be called a "inguru deela miris gaththa" (exchanging pepper for ginger - an old Sri Lankan saying). the only selection committee that worked was the one under Aravinda until the world cup. Before and after all have made big blunders - making Dilshan captain the biggest one of all. Samaraweera shud have been made skipper for a least test & ODI. T20 needs all to be captains a lot happens in a small time its hard for any one to be incharge. Anyway things will be the same coz Demel as said is infact a joker ; who knows nothing but shows off to be master of all. problem is Aravinda will not work with those in SLC, else he is the one guy who did a good job as a chief selector.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2012, 17:07 GMT)

dilshan looks very bad with his bat..so he has to wave his hand to all form of international cricket..and selectors should give the chance to thisira perera to come with tharanga to open the lankan innings..he will become a entertainer like jayasuriya..mahela is not a good option for captaincy..chandimal is the good option for captaincy..

Posted by   on (January 19, 2012, 17:07 GMT)

If mahela accepts the captaincy its very good thing for Srilankan cricket ,since we need to change somethings & recover Srilankan cricket, hopefuly we can make the way of glory,please mahela accept the captaincy &u can do it..Good luck Srilankan cricket team!!!

Posted by   on (January 19, 2012, 17:02 GMT)

May be we need Dilshan to sit back from the next two one dayers. Tharanga first needs to prove himself as a captain at Club level as he has not captained ever in school level, club level or provincial level. Same issue Dilshan has, he did not have captaincy experience though he is a great player.

Posted by Ajmalnumber1 on (January 19, 2012, 16:59 GMT)

i think in Asia...Pakistan number 1 team in asia........they have good captain,good coach as well and good management....forget about indiaa....

Posted by Vasum on (January 19, 2012, 16:54 GMT)

What a bad move, we have seen this selection panel in the past and the problems they had with players and board. Need new faces in the selection committee, so they will think differently. I personally think sports minister involvement should be less or not necessary. If Sri Lanka Cricket wants to improve, politic should not interfere.

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (January 19, 2012, 16:53 GMT)

Right decision. The axed selection committe is responsible for loss to pakistan by not selecting Smaraweera even when whole the nation wanted that and even when every one knew that he had always played big innings against pakistan. Even on tour to SA he was on replacement. His performance speak out against Duleep Mendis.

Posted by cric4life88 on (January 19, 2012, 16:51 GMT)

I agree with Kul Raj, let this management and the team figure out how to atleast survive this tour. Inspite of being an Indian I would say that India is vulnerable right now and hence there is a great chance for SL to bounce back. Those who are stoning at Dilshan, please take a moment and think about it. He is a great assest to the team, and I'm sure he wants the best for the team. All I could say is I feel for Dilshan and Shewag right now cuz they are going through a rough patch and they know what situation they are in. I hope they will bounce back. As we all know Mahela and Sanga are best friends and they kinda dont go along with Dilshan sometimes. I expect Mahela to pass the position and suggest to keep Dilshan the Captain because he should act a senior and minimize the changes in the team. In this tough times, there should be minimal changes. Parnavitana

Posted by   on (January 19, 2012, 16:49 GMT)

defo tharanga should be the captain

Posted by Chymera on (January 19, 2012, 16:43 GMT)

Saddens me to see the state of my second fav team. Wish you all the best during this rebuilding phase and hope to see you back to your competitive self soon. InshaAllah. best of luck from a Pakistani.

Posted by Lord.emsworth on (January 19, 2012, 16:41 GMT)

Sacking the selectors is a step in the right direction. Hope Marsh goes too. Good if Dilshan is retained as a player. Mahela as captain is a lame choice. He has been terrible with the bat for a long time now and will be 38 or so at the next WC. Better to have gone with Upul Tharanga. Sam could captain for a year and assist/groom Tharanga for this period until he is ready to take over. Mathews is unreliable - a cameo king who just plays short breezy innngs. In 61 ODI's no century! A T20 player really....

Posted by randikaayya on (January 19, 2012, 16:29 GMT)

Captaincy is not something to play around wit. mahela is a clever captain and captaincy gives him confidence to perform personally as well, so its a good move. But sackign Geoff Marsh??? Way too premature in my opinion. The system has been thoroughly politicised and not with Asantha, who is someone-someone of you-know-who is onyl going to enforce it. He isn't a bad administrator but this role will test him! Aravinda is still the best man for the job. Don Anurasiri is also politically correct beign from the South, so..

Posted by Mahaanama on (January 19, 2012, 16:22 GMT)

This is a really good move. Mahela is the best captain SL have ever produced. We need both Mahela & Sanga to play next world cup. Jayasuriya played till 42 & by next world cup both Mahela & Sanga will be only 37. So they can play without any problem. We also need new players but they still need seniors' support. Sanga, Mahela & Malinga are must for 2015 WC. They guided SL to 2 world cup finals. We need them to guide SL to another final. It's youngsters responsibility to win it.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2012, 16:19 GMT)

good choice, please let him do the job don't mess with him time

Posted by   on (January 19, 2012, 16:18 GMT)

As a Pakistani, I miss the gentlemen cricketers of yesteryears from Sril Lanka. People like Sangakara(cant forget his presentation speech in one of the matches where he didnt give any credit to Pakistan for winning the match) and Dilshan. These people are arrogant and cocky. I stayed in Sril Lanka for a month and a half, and can safely say that the Lankans have to be the most gentle, loveable and friendly people on earth. Criceters should reflect the national character as well. Cant forget people like Aravinda, Atapattu, Murali, Vaas etc. Mind you, as a Pakistani, some Pakistani cricketers have been guilty of ungentlemanly behavious too.

Welcome, Mahela.....

Posted by   on (January 19, 2012, 16:15 GMT)

I suggest Mahela to skip one series to back in form. Otherwise he will loose both Captaincy & the Position in the team. It had happened to many. 1st concentrate on his own form. If the board really need him, he should get a guarantee that he will not loose his place even he fails.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2012, 16:14 GMT)

I think all asain taking action after thier poor performance but Indina selection committee will never change even India go to the botom in ICC ranking

Posted by   on (January 19, 2012, 16:11 GMT)

MJcan bring the change we all want to see.He must be the leader till 2015 WC

Posted by indianzen on (January 19, 2012, 15:54 GMT)

he he he... put ajantha mendis as captain...

Posted by   on (January 19, 2012, 15:42 GMT)

It is a good move for the circumstances, even though now patient has been died but the belly has been cleaned. I f Mahela accept .. he is the best for the job no doubt at all. Samaraweera can be the 2nd best choice, he is so courageous, temparement who can lead from the front with consistency.I ti si too early to say anything about Mr. Asantha de Mel & the Team of Selectors. But one thing is clear...SL Cricket now on the Mat..... so there is no any other low point go down.... I nthat view point seems to be the best yet to come in 2012 onwards. Hopes SL CRICKET will be bounced back very quickly. So wish .. all the BEST.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2012, 15:39 GMT)

I think It's better to give some time to the Captain Dilshan and the coach Geoff Marsh.

Posted by honeyb on (January 19, 2012, 15:38 GMT)

Are they kidding? What has Hemantha Wickramaratne done to get that spot? Surely to select international cricketers, you have to have an idea of what it takes to be one! If my memory serves me right, De Mel was a nightmare the last time around he did the job. Why not go to past players such as Aravinda, Marvan and Mahanama? players who've achieved something? and knows what it takes to win? I haven't checked the stats but the combined number of test matches won by the new selection committee must be less than 5! Surely that has to count for something! If the sports minister wants to do something right, get some real cricketing people to run cricket.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2012, 15:34 GMT)

Good to see that something has been done in order to resurrect SL Cricket. but not satisfied with retaining Mendis and Atapattu. Aravinda for the head of selection committee would have been excellent, Asantha is a proven failure.

Posted by shajw on (January 19, 2012, 15:31 GMT)

I would reinstate Sanga as Test captain, Mahela as ODI captain for 12 months, Mathews as T20 captain with a development plan to take over the ODI captaincy in 12 months and continue on to the 2015 WC. Players like Thilan, Tharanga and Nuwan Kulasekara are excellent team-men but I cannot picture them as leaders...

I wouldn't axe Geoff Marsh just yet, either. It makes more sense to see how he manages the team with a proper captain installed in each format.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2012, 15:29 GMT)

I'm sure changes need to be made, but government intervention is never the answer. Politics and sport should be like church and state - separate. Government intervention is essentially the nationalisation of the country's team, and is a slippery slope to destruction. South Africa have just about managed to shrug it off - take a look at the quota debacle for example which hurt both the team and the players it tried to promote - but are still beholden to it.

Right move by Sri Lanka, but wrongly implemented in my opinion.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2012, 15:27 GMT)

Hope it will work for SL... we are waiting for lions to roar back

Posted by MENDIS_Forever on (January 19, 2012, 15:25 GMT)

All the very best to the new selection panel. please axe the non-performers such as mendis,dilshan,kosala,dilhara. bring new,but talented players like sachithra,bhanuka,chathura. please recall Malinda warnapura (or Vandort) in place of paranavithana.

Posted by money2504 on (January 19, 2012, 15:22 GMT)

its about time i guess. dilshan never showed qualities of a good captain. forget all about winning or losing, just the look in his face in the dressing room is enough. you can clearly see he cant cope up with it. he's a better off being just a batsman. we all know what a difference he can make to a match when he scores. i think captaincy was a burden for him. he can now concentrate on his batting purely. he's an asset to the team. on the other hand, mahela jayawardene is a different person. i think he's a batsman who does well with more responsibility. we all remember the 2006 England tour where he captained and played a gem in lords. then back in sri lanka 374. he gets better with responsibility. when it becomes tough, it brings the best out of him. 2007 WC semi final 100, 2011 WC final 100, this all speaks of his character. he is the correct person. and there is no need for us to bring a young captain saying for the world cup. what we need is a permenant captain.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2012, 15:21 GMT)

seriously why they can't make Mr. Arjuna ranathunge as selection committee chief ?? I could remember Mr.Mel had some problem with that time players ...as result of that Atapaththu retired bit early in his cricket carrier ... well Some new changes better than current situation... but this is not the best !!

Posted by   on (January 19, 2012, 15:12 GMT)

Upul Tharanga is the 2nd most successful batsmen in this ODI squad with a average of 35.16. Also he had a very very successful world cup last year with 395 runs in a average of 56.42. So why the hell this selection committee buggers not considering him to the Test Squad and to the captaincy, are they blind??? We need a captain who can be there till 2015..............

Posted by   on (January 19, 2012, 15:02 GMT)

This guy gave up captaincy. What's the point thrusting it again? Dearth of candidates.

Posted by Danksl on (January 19, 2012, 15:02 GMT)

Very good move, I don't see we have a new player who could take the captaincy. I think Mahela is the ideal person. Sanga did a good job but Mahela is the best when it comes to Captaincy. Good luck Mahiya please save our Cricket do it for the country "NEVER SAY NO" at this time the entire nation is looking up to you. Please give us what we deserve and accept the Captaincy

Posted by Bilbo on (January 19, 2012, 15:00 GMT)

Maybe the Sri Lankan authorities should worry about paying the players before they have any right to do anything else!

Posted by   on (January 19, 2012, 14:53 GMT)

Another poor choice as captain. How can someone who has failed miserably in last 3 overseas tours and with a highest score of only 31 in 9 innings in South Africa can hold on to his place in the team? Mahela was a great captain but those were days he was leading by example and scoring runs heavily. If he continues to fail we will have another liability in the team as captain. We do not need a captain just to lead the team but we need a captain who can lead by example. We might find two liabilities in the team soon Mahela and Dilshan. It is only lot of talk and no action by Mahela. Thilan should lead in both ODIs and tests and although he might not be around by 2015 world cup while he is captaining ODI team Angelo can gradually take over by leading in on and off matches and certain series against weaker opposition (if there is any!!).

Posted by qpsk123 on (January 19, 2012, 14:52 GMT)

Dilshan might get dropped once he loses the captaincy. He has to perform well. Mahela also not performing. Why made him the captain. Tharanga is good and seniors should help him in the initial stage. Angelo has more to prove as a player before offer captaincy. i think with this thing SL going backwards. It seems sri lankan political situation will be visible in the team in near future.

Posted by buncers on (January 19, 2012, 14:51 GMT)

We need to change tactics a little. Why doesn't Sanga open. He should do this in both ODI and Tests. Dilshan can drop down to 3 for ODI and Para to 3 in Tests.

England have a stopper (Trot) at 3 in tests which usually works very well.

Also Herath needs to get a bat (above Malinga at least).

What is Kosala still doing in the team - is he related to some politician or something - he's done nothing so far - drop him (there is only room for one Kula and it has to be Nuwan). Thisara should have been in some time ago - he adds another dimension to the bowling - how can he be picked for tests but not ODI - his batting is made for ODI lower order and his bowling can be superb at times - he is quicker than Prasad.

WHAT GOES DOWN WITH THESE SELECTORS

Posted by PDilE on (January 19, 2012, 14:51 GMT)

Going back to Mahela is good,but not ideal looking @ the future. It should be as this Tests - Thilan/Mahela/Sanga as Captain & Upul Tharanga as V.Captain ODIs - Upul Tharanga as Captain & Mathews as V.Captain T20s - Mathews as Captain & Chandimal as V.Captain

Posted by   on (January 19, 2012, 14:44 GMT)

He's nor performing well even without the captaincy. I don't trust that he will do with the captaincy. Although he played 360 ODI's look how often he out cheaply. I doubt where his experience gone.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2012, 14:42 GMT)

maiya is best captain...... he can do well... LIONS ARE BACK...............

Posted by   on (January 19, 2012, 14:42 GMT)

Really good move for the best of the future of the srilankan cricket. There are good cricketers like Tharanga, Kulasekara, but they dont have leadership skills. captain should have the talent to guide other 10. Mathews will be later. but till 2015, Mahela has to take the responsibility. wish u the best Mahela...

Posted by jrben on (January 19, 2012, 14:39 GMT)

Agree that Dilshan along with the selectors have to go. In my view Geoff Marsh needs an extended run. Appointing Mahela as captaion would be a backward step. Moreover, do you really want to burden someone whose batting form has dropped like a stone in the past six months? Thilan for Tests and Angelo for ODI and T20 would be my choice.

Posted by aruna.b.herath on (January 19, 2012, 14:27 GMT)

tharanga should be the captain. what the hell. we need a captain in the next wc.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2012, 14:22 GMT)

Good Luck !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Maiya.

Take this challenge with true spirits, you can bring back the glory to SLC again.

May Triple Gems Bless you and SLC !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Balumekka on (January 19, 2012, 14:16 GMT)

Gooooood move!!!!!! Hope everything happen for the best of Sri Lankan cricket!!!!

Posted by   on (January 19, 2012, 13:58 GMT)

3rd ODI-1.U Tharanga 2.TM Dilshan(If he dosent look good,drop him for 4th ODI)3.Kumar Sangakkara(wk) 4.Mahela Jawardene(c) 5.Angelo Mathews 6.Dinesh Chandimal 7.Thisara Perera 8.Kosala Kulasekra 9.Rangana Herath 10.Nuwan Kulasekra 11.Lasith Malinga_____________SA-1.G smith/ 2.A petersen/H Amla 3.C Ingram/J Kallis 4.AB de Villiers 5.Faf Du Plessis 6.David Miller 7.JP Duminy 8.D Steyn 9.Robin Peterson 10.Morne Morkel 11.Lonwabo Tsotsobe

Posted by   on (January 19, 2012, 13:57 GMT)

Sri Lanka should not worry till they are done with a series with India this year. If India does not change the guard they will surely lose the Test Series in SL and if they do ... they still might lose it. SL batsman will have a great chance to come back in form as Indian bowlers do that to all the out of form batsman.

Posted by cricaddict11 on (January 19, 2012, 13:53 GMT)

i think its the time to test new blood in the side with captaincy such as tharanga or Kulasekara in odis. Samaraweera can captain the side in Tests and malinga can do it in T20 s or Dilshan can be kept as T20 captain.

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