Sri Lanka news May 14, 2012

Ajantha Mendis named in Sri Lanka provisional squad

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Sri Lanka spinner Ajantha Mendis and fast bowler Dilhara Fernando have been named in the 30-man provisional squad for the upcoming tours by Pakistan and India. The squad has no new faces.

Mendis and Fernando last played for Sri Lanka during the tour of South Africa last year. Mendis, who suffered a back injury, hasn't played a competitive match since January. Nuwan Pradeep, the fast bowler, is also returning from injury. Pradeep suffered a hamstring tear in the tour match against the South African Invitation XI in Benoni and had to return home. He has since played just one first-class match for Bloomfield Cricket and Athletic Club, picking up four wickets.

Another notable inclusion is the legspinner Kaushal Lokuarachchi, who last played for Sri Lanka in 2007.

Pakistan arrive at the end of this month for a series of two T20Is, five ODIs and three Tests in June-July. India are expected to play a shorter series, comprising five ODIs and one T20, starting July 22.

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  • KiwiRocker- on May 16, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    I do not understand logic behind including Mendis in the squad. This is well known fact that Pakistani batsmen play Mendis very well. Pakistan was the first team that had unlocked Mendis's mystery. Even when Mendis had mesmarized Indian batsmen, Pakistanis played him comfortably. Mendis does not turn the bowl and bowls flat. This is a bread and butter stuff for Pakistanis. This is not a well informed decision by SL selectors...SL should save Mendis to play against India as they are still hopeless against him..especially likes of YouvRaj Singh and Suresh Raina..

  • on May 15, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    youngsters can't perform well in International level.so pls consider experienced players.all youngsters failed to perform in practice matches.but our pace bowling attack is not match with International level.only malinga is up to the standerd.selectors pls search from villages.you cant find only from colombo.

  • asithaSL on May 15, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    @first_slip , Yes friend. I guess, he is capable player in T20 squad. He is really bowling well n good No7, 8 batsmen to make some quick runs..

  • sajhera on May 15, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    Why CU Jayasinghe who hit 40 sixes with strike rate 115 and batting avarege 57,, scored 740 runs not in the squad and nobody from best five bowlers in Premier League Tournament Tier A too. its a shame, selection committee favour dilhara, kapu selecting for ??????. they must think Bhanuka, Kusal janith, Anjelo perera like young talents too.

  • shash24 on May 15, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    Angelow Perera is good option. good all round young cricketer & useful hitter down the order. Its good to give him a experience before the t20 wc. may be he is giving a opportunity to act a senior role in SL A which is touring to SA. But im hardly believing he should be in t20 wc Squad!

  • on May 15, 2012, 1:06 GMT

    @am5786...V know how chinthaka played in inter provintiol tounemnets and ODI tounement.plz check status of domestic league stats...he is far better player than C.Kapugedara...A.Perera is the highest scorer in this season..Sri Lanka gna do same mistake if they think 2 play t-20 with Silva,Tharanga n kapudedara n ODI too

  • Meety on May 15, 2012, 0:40 GMT

    The problem as I see it (being not from SL), is that SLs pace options (without Malinga), are threadbare at best. I really like Eranga, but other than him, there are no other Test quality PACE bowlers atm. SLs domestic comp is dominated by spinners, there is only one PACE bowler in the top 10 wicket takers in either division! IMO, pace is essential to success outside SL, (shame about Malinga), but given there is a young 23yo in Premaratne (a leftie) who has a career S/R in the low 40s, I think he is a must to get in the squad. Until SL get some decent frontline seamers, they will struggle away from home. SL only need to find TWO pacers, with Matthews being a solid 3rd pace option, with two spinners, SL would have a well balanced attack, the spinners are okay. I think SL need to beef up their pitches!

  • on May 14, 2012, 22:35 GMT

    Ajantha Mendis has barely played since last year's World Cup. He injured his back in the first game after it (probably from over-worked preparation) and it hadn't recovered. Hopefully he has recovered - if he has watch out!

  • on May 14, 2012, 22:18 GMT

    Sri Lanka playing India and Pakistan again? Same repeated series keeps getting boring because not even 1 year the last time Sri Lanka toured UAE to face Pakistan in a full scheduled series, a series which they lost miserably and at the beginning of 2012, Sri Lanka played India in the CB Series. I'd rather see an Ireland v Sri Lanka/Pakistan series than that. No wonder Cricket is not liked and played by most countries.

  • trienta on May 14, 2012, 20:35 GMT

    Bhanuka Rajapaksa,Angelo Perera,kushal Janith Perera,Sohan Boralessa,Sachithra Serasinghe and Ashen Silva all are slected for Srilankan A team Tour to south Africa.I hope best performers of this tour will be added to the Final SL Squad before World Cup.

  • KiwiRocker- on May 16, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    I do not understand logic behind including Mendis in the squad. This is well known fact that Pakistani batsmen play Mendis very well. Pakistan was the first team that had unlocked Mendis's mystery. Even when Mendis had mesmarized Indian batsmen, Pakistanis played him comfortably. Mendis does not turn the bowl and bowls flat. This is a bread and butter stuff for Pakistanis. This is not a well informed decision by SL selectors...SL should save Mendis to play against India as they are still hopeless against him..especially likes of YouvRaj Singh and Suresh Raina..

  • on May 15, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    youngsters can't perform well in International level.so pls consider experienced players.all youngsters failed to perform in practice matches.but our pace bowling attack is not match with International level.only malinga is up to the standerd.selectors pls search from villages.you cant find only from colombo.

  • asithaSL on May 15, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    @first_slip , Yes friend. I guess, he is capable player in T20 squad. He is really bowling well n good No7, 8 batsmen to make some quick runs..

  • sajhera on May 15, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    Why CU Jayasinghe who hit 40 sixes with strike rate 115 and batting avarege 57,, scored 740 runs not in the squad and nobody from best five bowlers in Premier League Tournament Tier A too. its a shame, selection committee favour dilhara, kapu selecting for ??????. they must think Bhanuka, Kusal janith, Anjelo perera like young talents too.

  • shash24 on May 15, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    Angelow Perera is good option. good all round young cricketer & useful hitter down the order. Its good to give him a experience before the t20 wc. may be he is giving a opportunity to act a senior role in SL A which is touring to SA. But im hardly believing he should be in t20 wc Squad!

  • on May 15, 2012, 1:06 GMT

    @am5786...V know how chinthaka played in inter provintiol tounemnets and ODI tounement.plz check status of domestic league stats...he is far better player than C.Kapugedara...A.Perera is the highest scorer in this season..Sri Lanka gna do same mistake if they think 2 play t-20 with Silva,Tharanga n kapudedara n ODI too

  • Meety on May 15, 2012, 0:40 GMT

    The problem as I see it (being not from SL), is that SLs pace options (without Malinga), are threadbare at best. I really like Eranga, but other than him, there are no other Test quality PACE bowlers atm. SLs domestic comp is dominated by spinners, there is only one PACE bowler in the top 10 wicket takers in either division! IMO, pace is essential to success outside SL, (shame about Malinga), but given there is a young 23yo in Premaratne (a leftie) who has a career S/R in the low 40s, I think he is a must to get in the squad. Until SL get some decent frontline seamers, they will struggle away from home. SL only need to find TWO pacers, with Matthews being a solid 3rd pace option, with two spinners, SL would have a well balanced attack, the spinners are okay. I think SL need to beef up their pitches!

  • on May 14, 2012, 22:35 GMT

    Ajantha Mendis has barely played since last year's World Cup. He injured his back in the first game after it (probably from over-worked preparation) and it hadn't recovered. Hopefully he has recovered - if he has watch out!

  • on May 14, 2012, 22:18 GMT

    Sri Lanka playing India and Pakistan again? Same repeated series keeps getting boring because not even 1 year the last time Sri Lanka toured UAE to face Pakistan in a full scheduled series, a series which they lost miserably and at the beginning of 2012, Sri Lanka played India in the CB Series. I'd rather see an Ireland v Sri Lanka/Pakistan series than that. No wonder Cricket is not liked and played by most countries.

  • trienta on May 14, 2012, 20:35 GMT

    Bhanuka Rajapaksa,Angelo Perera,kushal Janith Perera,Sohan Boralessa,Sachithra Serasinghe and Ashen Silva all are slected for Srilankan A team Tour to south Africa.I hope best performers of this tour will be added to the Final SL Squad before World Cup.

  • am5786 on May 14, 2012, 19:42 GMT

    I think selection committee has done a decent job. I don't get some of the comments, Vinod Villa Pudasun mentioned Chinthaka Jayasinghe with comments that he is the most powerful player after the performance of last 4 matches I looked his record he has taken 1/88 and scored 13 runs also he is 33 years old. There are some other names mentioned too, I must add this let the selection leave to selection committee. Even though I am from Pakistan but Sri Lanka is my second favorite team. I am waiting anxiously for the upcoming series.

  • on May 14, 2012, 19:05 GMT

    another freakn JOKE by SL Cricekt selection comittee..

  • on May 14, 2012, 18:40 GMT

    This not the squad to sri lanka cricket forward. same bunch of overrated overage players. dilhara and chamara ??? sri lanka cricket in real danger.

  • 3rd_man on May 14, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    I thought they will give chance new players who did well in domestic cricket. but its same old bunch of players who failed to perform yet given another chance. I would like to ask selection panel where is Angelo perera, sachithra serasighe, ARA silva , Boralassa who really perform ??

  • Sageleaf on May 14, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    I think SL should go with a young talent for T20 format. They Should rest Mahela, Sanga who did not have a good seiris in IPL Dilshan is ok and give the captancy to Angelo Mathews now that he can bowl 4 overs without any problem. Its time for SL to think different. Where is Bhanuka Rajapakse, Angelo Perera?

  • Head_gear on May 14, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    Isn't there Chathura Peiris.I cnt believe it He's the best Left arm Pace bowler in sri lanka by now as I know.THe whole bowling unit must be re-established.Eventhough the Selection board has kept faith on Lakmal and Wela in tests they hvnt done what they needed to be.So give a chance to a young bowling combination to open Chathura peiris won't be a bad Idea to open the bowling he has a genuine line in bowling and uses continuos pace too.I guess the other man should be Shaminda bcs he has got a natural swing in his bowling. And Matthews need a big promotion in the battin order let him bat at 3 or 4 or otherwise he won't be kept only as a difficult situation specialist. My test XI:1.chandimal 2.Dilshan 3.sanga 4.Mahela 5.Samaraweera 6.Matthews 7.Prasanna 8.Peiris 9.Herath 10.Eranga 11.Mendis ODI XI:1)Mahela 2)Dilshan 3)Sanga 4)Chandimal 5)thirimanne 6)Matthews 7)Tharanga 8)Perera 9)Kule 10)Malinga 11)Mendis

  • on May 14, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    ohhh what the hell SL selectors doing? Are they gonna play 20/20 with out of form dilshan,sanga,mahela,mathewss.....lolz with C.Silva n Kapugedara score will be 110/6 in 20 overs....why don't they include CHINTHAKA JAYASINGHE @lst 4 t20's.he is the most powerfull player in domestic cricket.....SL selectors not have strategic plans..they are traditional alwaysss..V love SL cricket but...... Lokuarachchi n Eranga is only gud signs

  • thegaffoor on May 14, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    Any failed seniors should go back to domestic and perform, just like Andrew Strauss playing for Middlesex. That is why they are no 1 test playing nation in the world. Give the youngster like Bhanuka a chance to play. Of course our fast bowling dept has to improve drastically.

  • ashangamage on May 14, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    where is Angelo Perera,dimuth,kushal janith,bhanuka rajapaksha, serasinghe? these youngestors must given a chance.good to see kaushal lokuarachchi back n the side.

  • on May 14, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    why why dilhara fernando pls pls no no to him.

  • first_slip on May 14, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    @asithaSL, Chathura Pieris? Are you kidding?

  • stormy16 on May 14, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    Few things jump out, Firstly the squad has no new faces - interesting strategy for rebuilding! Is this a test, one day or a general mix of every possibility - seems strange. Lastly Pradeep has only played ONE game since his last injury - one sure way to injure him again would be to play him in competitive cricket without a work load.

  • on May 14, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    This is the right time selectors go with younger players like Banuka, angelo perera, etc, like pakistan. they select three different squad in all format for SL tour, SL selectors must learn from Pakistani Selectors

  • MDCP on May 14, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    where is Angelo Perera!!! he scored 80+ in both innings against England in the warm up game....and hw about kusal janith??? the youngsters shud be added atleast for the T20's.... Dimuth shud be selected ahead of Thirimanna for tests!!!

  • on May 14, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    ars silwa,s serasinghe.d karunarathna where are they???????

  • ---lasitha--- on May 14, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    why isn't thilina kandamby given a chance

  • Perera32 on May 14, 2012, 8:51 GMT

    Oh no not Jaramara Silva and Kapugedara again. I hope Shaminda Eranga and Nuwan Pradeep get a go. My SL Test XI: 1.Paranavitana 2.Dilshan 3.Sanga 4.Mahela 5.Samaraweera 6.P Jayawardene 7.Matthews 8.Jeevan Mendis 9. Herath 10. Eranga 11. N Pradeep. 12 (Sub) Welagedara

  • on May 14, 2012, 8:43 GMT

    all capable players are there.give them a reasonable chance to perform.specially give a chance to two chamaras. recently they came to the form.

  • CricketMaan on May 14, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    Good news for SL fans is that Kumar, Angelo, Thisara will have rest for a 10 days due to early exit from IPL, may be Kulasekara, Dinesh will join them leaving only Mahela, Dilshan and Malinga a late arrival???

  • asithaSL on May 14, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    now it's the time for give some maches to Bhanuka , Chathura Peris like young guyz, their perfomance r really well in domestic level. Also, if Shaminda Eranga is free from injuries, he must come head of Dilhara , Isuru , Suranga n Dhammika. two "Chamaras" , specially Chamara Silva, what d hell dese two doing in squad..??

  • on May 14, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    where is Bhanuka, Angelo and Kusal janith

  • RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on May 14, 2012, 6:01 GMT

    Do not understand what is the need to name a 30-man provisional squad for bilateral series at home!!!

  • Meety on May 14, 2012, 5:51 GMT

    They may of picked a 30 man squad, but IMO, Ernaga is a must to PLAY against Pakistan. SLs new ball attack is barely better than Bangladesh, & so they must give young blokes like Eranga a go.

  • ikmal--syd on May 14, 2012, 5:51 GMT

    Everyone we expected is there, but i don't see how Fernando and A.Mendis can be included, what have they done, why not give some youngsters who are performing a go, as a result, i am starting to lose faith in Sri Lankan cricket adiministration and in Sri Lankan cricket but hopefully they pick Senanayke and Eranga in the different squads as well as Chamara Silva for the limited overs games as he has been averaging more than 80 this season. C'mon lanka

  • Udendra on May 14, 2012, 5:44 GMT

    aiyoo.. not the 2 Chamaras again.

  • ameen85 on May 14, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    Dilhara,Chamara double, and again the old players into the squad.... very funny SLC selection. Give chance tot the youngsters pls

  • on May 14, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    good to see kaushi back, all the best mate!

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  • on May 14, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    good to see kaushi back, all the best mate!

  • ameen85 on May 14, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    Dilhara,Chamara double, and again the old players into the squad.... very funny SLC selection. Give chance tot the youngsters pls

  • Udendra on May 14, 2012, 5:44 GMT

    aiyoo.. not the 2 Chamaras again.

  • ikmal--syd on May 14, 2012, 5:51 GMT

    Everyone we expected is there, but i don't see how Fernando and A.Mendis can be included, what have they done, why not give some youngsters who are performing a go, as a result, i am starting to lose faith in Sri Lankan cricket adiministration and in Sri Lankan cricket but hopefully they pick Senanayke and Eranga in the different squads as well as Chamara Silva for the limited overs games as he has been averaging more than 80 this season. C'mon lanka

  • Meety on May 14, 2012, 5:51 GMT

    They may of picked a 30 man squad, but IMO, Ernaga is a must to PLAY against Pakistan. SLs new ball attack is barely better than Bangladesh, & so they must give young blokes like Eranga a go.

  • RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on May 14, 2012, 6:01 GMT

    Do not understand what is the need to name a 30-man provisional squad for bilateral series at home!!!

  • on May 14, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    where is Bhanuka, Angelo and Kusal janith

  • asithaSL on May 14, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    now it's the time for give some maches to Bhanuka , Chathura Peris like young guyz, their perfomance r really well in domestic level. Also, if Shaminda Eranga is free from injuries, he must come head of Dilhara , Isuru , Suranga n Dhammika. two "Chamaras" , specially Chamara Silva, what d hell dese two doing in squad..??

  • CricketMaan on May 14, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    Good news for SL fans is that Kumar, Angelo, Thisara will have rest for a 10 days due to early exit from IPL, may be Kulasekara, Dinesh will join them leaving only Mahela, Dilshan and Malinga a late arrival???

  • on May 14, 2012, 8:43 GMT

    all capable players are there.give them a reasonable chance to perform.specially give a chance to two chamaras. recently they came to the form.