Pakistan in Sri Lanka 2012

Sri Lanka recall Jeevan Mendis, Fernando

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May 24, 2012

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Sri Lanka have recalled allrounder Jeevan Mendis and seamer Dilhara Fernando to their ODI squad for the home series against Pakistan starting in June. Also included in the squad is fast bowler Nuwan Pradeep, who toured South Africa late last year with the national team but had to head back home due to a hamstring tear. Rangana Herath, who didn't play in the Asia Cup, is back as well while allrounder Farveez Maharoof and Ajantha Mendis do not find a place.

Sri Lanka's limited-overs squads

  • ODI squad
  • Mahela Jayawardene (captain), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews, Lahiru Thirimanne, Jeevan Mendis, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekera, Sachithra Senanayake, Lasith Malinga, Rangana Herath, Upul Tharanga, Nuwan Pradeep, Dilhara Fernando
  • T20 squad
  • Mahela Jayawardene (captain), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara (wk),Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kaushalya Lokuarachchi, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekera, Sachithra Senanayake, Lasith Malinga, Chamara Kapugedera, Upul Tharanga, Isuru Udana

Jeevan Mendis, who also bowls leg-spin, has played 19 ODIs for Sri Lanka, picking up 14 wickets and averaging 19.18 with the bat. He last played for them in the ODI series against Pakistan in the UAE in November 2011. Since then he's played on the domestic circuit, representing Tamil Union, chipping in with handy contributions in the middle order and taking wickets in all three formats.

Pradeep hasn't played an ODI for Sri Lanka but went wicketless in his only Test, against Pakistan last year. After having to leave from the tour of South Africa, he had a three-month lay-off. Returning to domestic cricket in March this year, he's played a first-class game and three Twenty20s.

Fernando played two Tests and an ODI on the tour of South Africa and was named in the provisional squad of 30 for the upcoming series against Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Ajantha Mendis, who was part of that squad, has also been left out. Ajantha Mendis hasn't played competitive cricket since January following a back injury.

Sri Lanka play two Twenty20 internationals, five ODIs and three Tests against Pakistan. For the Twenty20s, they brought back left-arm seamer Isuru Udana - who last played for the national team in the 2009 World Twenty20 - and legspinner Kaushal Lokuarachchi, who hasn't played for the national side since 2007.

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Posted by   on (May 27, 2012, 14:08 GMT)

im a srilankan..bt still sure dat they are goning 2 lose..,.... very poor selection maharoof who was consistent in the CB series...ho was the best bowler after malinga in australia...is dropped.And wheres suraj randiv...1 of the main future spinner 4 SL...kapugedara should be in the odi squad

Posted by ameen85 on (May 27, 2012, 7:29 GMT)

Another comedy peice from SLC selection... No reason to drop Maharoof who did well in CB series. Why not Ajantha and Randiv who should can be in all 3 formats if possible. We can win all matches if both chamaras and Dilhara are in all 3 formats.. I still cant understnad why on this earth they play cricket still.... God saves SLC

Posted by RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on (May 27, 2012, 7:24 GMT)

cant believe that lakmal is not in the team. he is sl's next fast bowling star in the making. he has not set the world on fire . but neither have the other bowlers. at least he is a penetrative bowler

Posted by   on (May 26, 2012, 15:23 GMT)

good Luck Pakistani team....our prayers are with you....hope Misbah and Co will show gud performance there....and good luck to Srilankan team also

Posted by ---lasitha--- on (May 26, 2012, 12:24 GMT)

they would have given a chance thilina kandamby for odis and jeewantha kulathunge for t20s who is a great stoke maker, a mush better player than dilshan

Posted by ---lasitha--- on (May 26, 2012, 12:21 GMT)

@Priyantha Gunaratna- very true mate, he should have played in the south african odis, but this dilshan guy definitely had something against him

Posted by Srimal11 on (May 26, 2012, 12:18 GMT)

Maharoof should have been picked instead of Dilhara...

Posted by   on (May 26, 2012, 8:49 GMT)

If you select truly on merits final 15 would be Mahela Jayawardene, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara, Lahiru Thirimanne, Upul Tharanga, Dinesh Chandimal Chamara Silva ,Angelo Mathews, Lasith Malinga, Dhammika Prasad, Rangana Herath, Sachitra Senanayake, Ajantha Mendis, Jeevan Mendis, Thisara Perera

Posted by   on (May 26, 2012, 8:34 GMT)

This will be a disaster for Sri Lankan cricket selecting again Dilhara Fenando SL compensate 2007 world cup final because of him now aging going to lose the Pakinstan series.Other point could not understand is inclusion of Kapugedara ahead of Chamara Silva I believe the final 15 should include Ajantha Mendis, Dammika Presad and inform Chamara Silva

Posted by Kyle_Jones235 on (May 26, 2012, 6:57 GMT)

Why would they bring back Dilhara Fernando? Do they want Sri lanka to fail? Shaminda Eranga was easily the best choice, the only excuse for not picking him would be injury. If not Eranga, Maharoof should have been picked... What happened to Randiv? Overall bowling in both squads looks very weak.

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