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Sri Lanka selectors ponder separate Twenty20 team

Sa'adi Thawfeeq

October 15, 2012

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Dilshan Munaweera opened the innings in his debut match, Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe, Group C, World T20 2012, Hambantota, September 18, 2012
Dilshan Munaweera is a batsman who can clear the boundary, Ashantha de Mel said. © AFP
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Sri Lanka chief selector Ashantha de Mel has said that the national selection committee may streamline the selection of teams, and have a separate Twenty20 squad, following Sri Lanka's 36-run loss to West Indies in the World Twenty20 final in Colombo.

The changes are likely to be introduced in the one-off T20 international against New Zealand to be played at Pallekele on October 30.

Vice captain Angelo Mathews is expected to take the reins for the game against New Zealand, with Mahela Jayawardene having resigned from the captaincy following the World Twenty20 final.

"We will have to go with Mathews for the moment but we will assess the captaincy. The team should be captained by a player who has a permanent place in the side," de Mel said. "We need to separate the Test and ODI players from the T20 players and pick a squad that will fulfill the requirements of T20 cricket.

"We will pick a young side with players who can make a clean strike of the ball," he said. Sri Lanka hit the least sixes of the four semi-finalists in the World Twenty20 and managed only one six to West Indies' seven in the final. "We really have to assess the situation and start building a team of T20 cricketers for the next World T20 in Bangladesh in 2014," said de Mel.

"We need to find some strong hitters who can clear the boundary successfully. Players like Mahela Jayawardene and Angelo Mathews don't have the power so they adopt different methods to score runs like the scoop and the reverse sweep. Even playing those strokes you need the strength to clear the fielders," he said.

Mathews exposed his stumps and was bowled attempting to play the scoop shot against Darren Sammy and Jayawardene failed to clear the short third man fielder when he reverse swept Sunil Narine. De Mel said that Dilshan Munaweera, who was unused after the group stages of the World Twenty20, was a player who could hit sixes.

"Chamara Kapugedera is another batsman who could easily clear the boundary but he has been under so much pressure from all quarters for failing to contribute big scores that he was eventually dropped," de Mel said.

Kapugedera hit 13 sixes in six matches for NCC in the Premier club T20 tournament and had a strike rate of 179.64.

De Mel also said Sri Lanka paid the penalty for not being aggressive enough chasing a West Indies total of 137 for victory. Sri Lanka's batsmen were circumspect after the dismissal of Tillakaratne Dilshan in the second over, and struggled to score at the require run rate throughout the innings. They were eventually dismissed for 101.

"I don't know what went wrong with our batting, for in the earlier matches we used to score at least 50 runs in the first six overs of Powerplay. Here they managed only 30 runs which put the fielding side on top.

"I think we also panicked during our innings when there was a slight drizzle and threw away wickets rather unnecessarily trying to up the score, the two run outs of Thisara Perera and Jeevan Mendis didn't help either. Everything seemed to go against us."

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Posted by miles100 on (October 18, 2012, 16:21 GMT)

Dear Mr.De Mel & the rest of the selection committee,I cannot stress this any more how you can make the best cricket team in the world if you do this for many years to come.Please bring the best young school boy batsmen as the debutantes not older(mid twenties) club heroes as debutantes.Why young players because older club players have less confidence because our club contests is weaker than western cricket nations eventhough we are more talented than western cricket nations.However best under23 club bowlers & all rounders should be considered because bowlers should be brought in carefully.Also always appoint a long term captain who can do the job for at least 10 years (Ideally Mathews based on the current setup).He should start taking the job ASAP & he shouldnt say he is not ready as it's unfair to expect him to win matches the next day. But when you give him the captaincy teach him to be aggressive,tactical & calm.Hire one of the most inspirational sports physiologists in the world.

Posted by ashani_sl on (October 18, 2012, 13:04 GMT)

SL are NOT Chokers! Chokers were teams like South Africa which won every single league game and crashed in important games. SL, on the other hand, have been on a 'losing streak' ever since the WC final in Mumbai. In AUS, Lanka were hammered, in Asia cup Sri Lanka did not win one game. Recent Micromax cup SL were bullied at home. So how on earth can they say chokers? It has become very fashionable to say chokers without understanding the meaning behind it.

Posted by miles100 on (October 18, 2012, 12:01 GMT)

Asantha's analysis is correct in many cases except for saying that Angelo Mathews doesn't have the power to hit big shots.I have seen Angelo hitting massive but calculated sixes.I believe Angelo & Dinesh Chandimal are the only technically sound & recognized batsmen in this side who can hit straight sixes as well as playing long innings to finish a game. Our problem was 3 senior players(sanga,Mahela,Dilshan)were occupying the No1,2 and 3 batting spots where youngsters should be batting at 1 & 2 positions & seniors must bat in the middle order.Youngsters could be good pinch hitters. Why seniors trying to be pinch hitters and weakening the middle order????.These 3 seniors' ignorance & lack of coolness as well as defensive fielding set & poor bowler utilization by them caused crucial matches such as finals & series deciders to be gifted away to countries like India,SA,AU,ENG,WI & Pakistan. Mr. De Mel please bring the best U19 players as debutantes & not over23 club batsmen as debutantes.

Posted by ashani_sl on (October 18, 2012, 7:33 GMT)

From an SL fan point of view it seems like our current team is loaded with media-hype players. Take Lasith Malinga for example. The only reason he gets the publicity he gets is because of his 'unique' bowling action, his funny hairdo and the fact that he plays for Mumbai. If one looks at his stats over the last two years one can see that he has been bullied by most opposition teams, especially the Indians. But still our fans and commentators like to hype him up. Some commentators even praise him to the point of sounding condescending. Our SL is not the SL of before. Just because you 'praise' our smile and country does not mean we are going to happily agree with what you say. Show us the facts!

Posted by cravin on (October 18, 2012, 5:40 GMT)

@Mahaanama: Mahela, Dilsha & Sag are the 3 batsmen who bat on top in the t20 and used most of the overs including power playing overs . Do you expect some one who bat low down the order to score 150+ ? Players like Perea & Mathew most of the time bat last one or two overs in a t20 match, still make impact on most of the games. So no need the parse specially Mahela & Sag, we have seen enough. Just look at the SA & WI match how these two play when we need quick runs. The main reason we came to the finals because we have world class bowlers. Bowlers win matches and accumulators get credit. That's very common in SL (ODI & T20.) In the final Mahela & Sag bat 10.2 overs and scored 55 runs that create pressure. If we had talented batsmen in our team maintain a run rate of 8+ its not a big deal. Players like Mahela, Sag & J Mendis incapable of maintain a healthy run rate. For sure they can maintain in the first 6 overs against weaker bowling sides.

Posted by Sinhaya on (October 17, 2012, 16:43 GMT)

@johnathonjosephs, I fully agree with you. Mahela has never sent Thisara up the order. Recall how Dilshan sent Thisara up the order in Kimberley early this year and he hammered 69? He takes about 15 to 20 balls to settle in an ODI and may be 10 balls in a T20. So yes by sending him up the order he can be made to be our future Sanath Jayasuriya. Thisara can be even our Stuart Broad because he can take wickets if he gets the zip off the surface. I think he will be extremely useful in Australia when we go there in December.

Posted by   on (October 17, 2012, 15:34 GMT)

With all due respect, I think the first thing we should do is to send you home Mr.Ashantha de Mel. SL cricket would do well without selectors like you. If not for Mahela, SL wouldn't even make it to the finals and all our players did well to reach the finals...So why panic like a small child?

Posted by Danksl on (October 17, 2012, 15:13 GMT)

This is the best news from SL Cricket for sometime, Should bring back Kapu and make a young team with out Seniors. it will boost their confidence playing games taking responsibilities. We might lose initially but future is good.

Posted by   on (October 17, 2012, 11:36 GMT)

you don't need sloggers to win T20 matches. what you really need is proper batsmen who can hit the gaps, play sensibly and adapt to the situation. Any way "eternal bridesmaid of world cup finals" will never learn and SL cricket is on the slope downwards

Posted by randikaayya on (October 17, 2012, 9:51 GMT)

For me Mathews has a long way to go. He sould certainly be at the center of our future plans but its time he matures. He has failed consistently with the bat for a while now. if Kapugedara was dropped for that, mathews too should be. For the future though, Kapu Mathews too are both vital. If Asantha looks as Kapu as a slogger he's doing the same mistake the previous team managers did. Play Kapu as a pure batsman and see the youngster flourish. Don't waste that rare talent in a pinch hitter role. He's also a decent seemer in the Mathews mould

Posted by Mahaanama on (October 17, 2012, 8:04 GMT)

It seems De Mel proves again what Atapattu has said. Of course youngesters should be given opportinities. Rotating seniors can be a good option. Anyway it doesn't make any sense when De Mel said Mahela has no power to hit sixes and that might have caused SL to lose finals. Because WI lost both super8 match & warm up match against SL though WI had more big hitters. All India, Pakistan, Aus, NZ, SA, have more big hitters than SL. So De Mel how come those teams didn't even reach finals? Including only big hitters in the team won't give you anything. The biggest problem we have is except Mahela, Dilshan and Sanga we don't have any other consistent reliable batsmen who can take the game forward even though Mathews does it once in a blue moon.(Mathews' policy of always blocking first 15 balls to score 5 runs builds a big pressure to the team) Once 3 seniors get out it seems everything is over for SL. Pls don't send Jeeavan(who can hardly play a proper shot in every 20 balls) ahead of Thisara

Posted by ChangoFreez on (October 17, 2012, 6:39 GMT)

??? CHinthaka Jayashigha , Janaka Gunarathne , Mahela Udawatthe and hasantha fernando who can hit sixers still out there hope will they have some chance to prove they can hit sixers.. this gys could be the next big thing in world cricket.they were very stong enougf to hit over the rope.

Posted by   on (October 17, 2012, 5:57 GMT)

I personally think that having a seperate team for T20 is a good idea but we should have thoughtabout it few years earlier.We cannot be really happy that we reached the final since SL won matches when Mahela scored more than 40 & did any other SL batsman score than 150 for the whole tournament??SL has only 3 match winners in their team in the ranks of Mahela,Dilshan & Malinga(unfortunately Malinga did not perform to his potentials in the tournament)but sides like West Indies & India has more than 6-7 players who can win matches single handedly.it was very surprising that Munaweera was given only 1 game & Chandimal did not get a single match as these youngters should have given more chances to win games for SL.Lets hope the new move of De Mel will add some spice to our T20 game.

Posted by asirigamage on (October 17, 2012, 4:56 GMT)

idea to make a differnnt t 20 team is very good. we have to make a real change in t 20's. Sanga and Mahela Are world class players they should play in odi's and test.But in t 20's they should give the chance to youngsters True that only few players in our team hitting sixers. my openion is thisara perera should bat open or no. 3 at least according to some situations. Also I Suggest Include Fervees Maharoof As A Batsman In to the t 20. He will be a good selection. he can hit sixers, can anchor a innings as well, please consider

Posted by Danufur on (October 17, 2012, 2:52 GMT)

Congratulations! Mati Mola!

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (October 17, 2012, 2:35 GMT)

People might call me crazy, but Thissara Perera NEEDS to be promoted up the order to opener. People may make fun of me, but this man can bat. I know he is in the team primarily for his bowling, but his bowling can be wayward some matches and what interest me is his raw batting talent. If some batting coach can point this lad in the right direction (I would prefer an unorthodox batsman like Jayasuriya), this man could be the next big thing in world cricket

Posted by Maduwantha on (October 17, 2012, 1:51 GMT)

Do not panic for just one match. It is just WI day. You all praise Sri Lanka upto the final. If you play or watch cricket you know in one match any team may loose. Do not forget we are still number one team in T20 ranking. Do not ruin Sri Lanka like hedging agreement.

Posted by miles100 on (October 17, 2012, 1:15 GMT)

Some say importing big hitters.Big hitters were originated in SL as as I have seen long time ago 13/14 year olds in our schools scoring 4/5 sixes to the road in an over & fast centuries in school matches.Even we have seen good ones in the 90s like Kalu,Aravinda & Sanath.However after Sanath, Arjuna, Aravinda and Kauwithrana left,our game evolved towards a game similar to an English game which works up to an extent while other countries adapted a game that we used to play in the 90's.Santh was the inspiration to many big hitters in the world today& We do have some good big hitters in the U19 SL team who can even play long careful innings &why don't they bring them rather than bringing club players like Munaweera with confidence at the international arena but he is a club hero.Our club batsmen were never match finishers at international level. They just score 30-35 runs in a match that we loose to impress the selectors. Pl bring best U19 batsmen who have better chances being confidence

Posted by Mahaanama on (October 17, 2012, 0:36 GMT)

It's so funny that De Mel counts players' ability by number of sixes hit in the finals. Don't forget that two fours give you more runs than hitting a six and blocking the next ball. Though SL lost the finals SL is still world number one T20 team according to ICC rankings. So De Mel thinks that players who brought SL to number 1 possition in ICC rankings are not capable of playing T20 format? (& the captain of ICC world T20 team is not good enough to play T20 cricket? LOL) Tell me how come other teams who hit more sixes than SL couldn't even make finals?It's not all about hitting sixes. In case SL won the finals (without hitting even a single six) De Mel would still think that being semifinalists with more sixes is better than winning the cup with less sixes. If De Mel selects a team only depending on the ability of hitting sixes that team might score 200+ runs today but get bowed out for 25 runs tommorow. We still need players like Mahela and Sanga who can hang around.

Posted by donbanda on (October 16, 2012, 23:59 GMT)

Crazy article and even crazier comments. Just one game where things went wrong and everything must change. Why? What about those teams that did not even reach the semi-finals. What should they do? We should just focus on the 50-over game and test cricket and continue team building and leadership training using Mahela as the best example.

Posted by nda_lax on (October 16, 2012, 16:56 GMT)

Since long time I was thinking Sanga is not fit to this format though he manages...

I agree that SL need a different team with more power with the ability to clear the ropes over the field when it is difficult to really work it out along the ground.

But one should not forget great players like sanath and aravinda who were capable of playing big shots and at any time when needed..

Sanath was someone who simply devastated bowlers be it fast or spin.

I believe clearing a spinner all the way is difficult than a fast blower...

Posted by cravin on (October 16, 2012, 16:31 GMT)

Not just for T20, young team should represent ODI as well. Dilshan still a dangerous player in t20 & ODI. Other seniors can play meaningless test and that will help them to increase their personal record on dead pitches.

Also Dilshan ,Mahela & Sang should not allowed to play every ODI. Need to rotate players. We can see one or two frailer youngsters out in the team but seniors get into the team automatically plus bat 1,2,3 and blocks youngster. Specially against weaker team seniors bat through all 50 overs and YOUNGSTER never get opportunities to bat against weaker teams. 1.Dilshan Munaweera 2.Thilakaratn Dilshan 3 Banuka Rajapaksa 4.Chamara Kapugedara 5.Dinesh Chandimal 6.Angel Mathews 7.Thisara Perera 8.Maharoof 9 Nuwan Kulasekara 10.Ajantha Mendis 11.Lasith Malinga 12. Angelo Perara .We don't need too many accumulators in our team. THE reason we are Ranked No 1 in T20 because of our grate bowling plus we have lot of quality all rounders in our team

Posted by LeoE on (October 16, 2012, 16:12 GMT)

We are no losers. we are Runners up. So no need to panic and bring about collosal changes. Just let Tissara Perera bat at No.3 as a pinch hitter. Drop Sanga and make Chandimal keep wickets and bat at No.7. My Order would be Dilshan and Mahela, Perera,Jeewan, Angelo, Munaweera, Chandimal Kulasekera, Malinga, , Mendis and Kulasekera.

Posted by RASIKAROX on (October 16, 2012, 15:33 GMT)

We can import some big hitters from WI and AUS. LoL. Why this fellow cannot understand the strategy and the strength of SL team? They have won many matches without hitting big sixers. T20 is all about play smart cricket and only including six hitters in the team will not save the day for you.

Posted by RASIKAROX on (October 16, 2012, 15:28 GMT)

The new captain will be Kapugedara as captaincy is the only chance to him to be in the team.LOL

Posted by miles100 on (October 16, 2012, 14:22 GMT)

Hope a selector can read this, Bringing players to the national squad after the age of 22/23 does not help countries like SL but works well for countries like AU and ENG because of their solid club structure. SL must bring under19 players especially batsmen as debutantes not 25 to 30 year old club players and calling them youngsters. This is why our middle order batting suffered for many years hugely as none of those over 24/25 superstar club batsmen who scored double centuries or big hitters in local club matches cannot do a thing at the international arena because they have less confidence than young nurtured batsman. But if they bring a young batsmen to the side at the age of 18/19 and most importantly mentally prepare them, success rate of producing classy batsmen will be 9 out of 10. This is how we(SL) produced classy batsmen in the past(80/90s) not mainly through clubs. Bowlers and bowling all rounders may come from clubs however still must be under 22/23/24 years of age.

Posted by Sinhaya on (October 16, 2012, 14:12 GMT)

@bravetigersmustwin, unorthodox bowling of Ajantha Mendis? He has hardly played for us in the last many months. He is of no use as he is too injury prone. We are not cunning. All teams which formulate strategies must be shrewd. Strategies are formulated to succeed and nothing is cunning at all as long as you stick to the rules and spirit of the game.

Posted by miles100 on (October 16, 2012, 13:40 GMT)

Our biggest issue was selfish Sanga, Dilshan and Mahela as seniors playing in the top order and getting out without finishing it off. SL has only one middle order batsman who can do something at the end, that is Mathews. Even he is relying on tale-enders to be there because Mahela, Dilshan & Sanga never be there to finish a game 95% of the time. Mahela and Dilshan used to be excellent middle order batsmen 6 years ago as I have seen them winning many matches. These 3 players are responsible for not winning all the crucial matches. Hopefully after these 3 are gone, the next senior batsmen like Chandimal and Mathews will continue to play in the middle order while I believe selectors will bring a few fighting,patient and power hitting school players to the middle order who will continue to play in the middle order. Finding opening batsmen is not hard. Many batsmen have the capability to open the batting.They must seriously bring some young real fighters to the middle order.

Posted by suryakumar99 on (October 16, 2012, 13:39 GMT)

i am very happy to see WI win the final. To srilanka some modifications needs to be done, better remove all three oldies and put fresh people

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 12:35 GMT)

If Sri Lanka wants to really improve their team they will have to rotate Sangakara, Dilshan and Jayawardene. Cannot play all three or drop all three all are over 35 yet are the best players in Sri Lanka in 20/20. Keep them and play young players with them so they can be groomed with the top 3 . It will mean some defeats but also means some young players will get to develop by not only playing but playing with experienced skilled players. If Sri Lanka does this they will be a top team in 2-3 yrs. Remember for next world cup there will be none of the big 3 and no Malinga either. Angelo Matthews as well may not be playing remember he is injury prone and will eventually have to retire relatively young due to injuries. You have to develop players.

Posted by Sampath_KCS on (October 16, 2012, 12:21 GMT)

Is this the guy whom Marvan Atapattu described as a joker some time back ! The puppet show is about to begin !! Just check who is the highest boundary hitter in WT20. Mahela is there on top 3 ! The curse is back in SL cricket ! We need gentlemen in the likes of Aravinda , Punchihewa & Wettimuny to run SL cricket !!

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 12:18 GMT)

At last Mr.De mel,realized the reason for the loss,In the sl squad each bats has found new ways to hit boundaries,mahela revers sweep,mendis reverse sweep,other than that in the pressure situation if they want a boundaries they cant provide it and going for unorthodox shots which always fails.Getting some player like the caliber of kholi(i hate that guy,love his game),Play proper cricket shots to get boundaries .W e need some proper clean hitters of the ball .

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 12:01 GMT)

De Mel's remarks have been taken out of context. He is making a very valid point. We are lacking in top order big hitters who can clear the boundary with ease. A couple of sixes in an over has more demoralizing effect on the opposition than same number of runs scored by other means. We lost the rain curtailed South Africa match due to this deficiency. Our batsmen could hardly effect a big hit in that match. Without hitting big sixes there was no way we were going to win that match. All batsmen need not be big hitters but we need couple of them in our lineup. Angelo Matthews can take over T20 captaincy and may be in ODIs too little later. But I am not sure of test captaincy. He needs to stabilize his position more as a batsman before that.

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 11:54 GMT)

yes its good selection for T20 squed

Posted by bravetigersmustwin on (October 16, 2012, 11:47 GMT)

@colombo_sl ... yeah Chris gayle failed in finals but samuels clicked..... SL hyenas got beaten by Samuel LION instead of GAyle Lion.... so wats the big difference .... SL hyenas COLLECTIVILY choked like school boys ....

Posted by bravetigersmustwin on (October 16, 2012, 11:43 GMT)

@colombo_sl .... i dont know whom you are referring in CL2012... in my prev comment i actually referred WI or Aussies or whoever hard hitters.... yeah every country has its own style of playing cricket and proved successful..... SL strength is their unorthodex bowling (malinga and mendis), their cunning strategy... thats why i referred them as hyenas... and SL board is trying to find or groom Lions and tigers in hyenas jungle.... u can find powerful hitters mostly in WI, SA, Aus....

Posted by stormy16 on (October 16, 2012, 11:41 GMT)

There are some worrying comments from the chief here and one is that Mathews doesnt have the power to clear the bondary! He is usually known as a strong hitter and has proved that time and again. Next is he seems reluctant about handing over the captaincy to Mathews refering the captain should be a permanent member of the team. I would imagine Mathews is one of the first picked!! Another is the fantacy of winning games by hitting 6's.He falls back on Kapugedera - a tried, tested, failed, reacalled and failed again batter as the answer. Not sure what is so complicated to understand how the current number 1 ranked T20 team got there and it was not by hitting 6's.

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 11:40 GMT)

All the people around the cricket world now talking about Marlon Samuels. of course, he has a brilliant year with all three formats for the West Indies. but samuels had really ordinary record before 2012. result of that he recognized as a underdog. but he came back strongly. I think Chamara Kapugedera is that kind of player. he is a natural batsman and destructive batsman. selection committee should be keep trust on this man and it is really pleasure mr. de mel's optimism about this man.Players Like Marlon Samuels, Andrew Symonds, TM Dilshan took little bit time more than others to settle down in the international arena. but all know how destructive all of them when they fired. T20 Exactly need players like them. Vote to Asantha de mel's choice. thanks

Posted by Sinhaya on (October 16, 2012, 11:25 GMT)

@bravetigersmustwin. seriously are you generalizing Sri Lankans as cunning? Looking at players' built dont you think Angelo, Thisara Perera, Dilhara Fernando, Nuwan Zoysa etc go on to show that we have people who are over 180 cm tall? All teams are good (except Bangladesh and Zimbabwe) when conditions favor them by and large. Remember all teams have had a fair share of wins and losses in the past 2 years except Australia and South Africa who have done quite well in test matches throughout.

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

@satish619chandar, you are right and you are great Indian fan and thanks. We have to give ample exposure to Chandimal and Thirimanne to tackle pressure situations. We must also mould Munaweera in too. By the way I am eager to see Sehwag in attacking form asap.

Posted by nileththi on (October 16, 2012, 11:16 GMT)

I did not agree with all actions taken by De Mel so far but I have to agree with this, not sure why Mahela was opening through out the T20 without giving a chance to Munaweera, he (Mahela) and few other players are on the edge of retirement, SL team should have given a chance to most young players, unfortunately it did not happen during last few years and all depend on the old players, they are great but cricket can't always depend on them.

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 11:13 GMT)

I propose new selection committee for winning . Why didnt they recognize this before .

Posted by kaztheman on (October 16, 2012, 11:11 GMT)

I don't think SL needs too many changes they have most areas covered i think it is just the presure of keep losing the final playing in thier mind makes them lose. Best of luck in the future from Pk fan.

Posted by Sanga2014 on (October 16, 2012, 11:10 GMT)

My dear De Mel, You dont know who Mahela Jayawardena is You dont know who Kumar Sangakkara is You dont know who Thilakaratne Dilshan is THESE THREE ARE WORLD CLASS PALAYERS

Posted by colombo_SL on (October 16, 2012, 10:44 GMT)

Even Chris Gayle failed poorly in the final. Should he dropped from their T20 squad?

Posted by satish619chandar on (October 16, 2012, 10:39 GMT)

One biggest problem for SL is, their reliance on big three. Initially it was only Sanga and Mahela and Dilshan became a force after he started to open the innings. Had Dilshan been somewhere around 27-28, it would have been apt but he is in 35+ category. All the three are in good nick these days but still, you never know when the age will catch up with you. Sachin and Dravid were immovable till last 1.5 years but one is gone now and other soon to go. It might happen any time. At present, in limited overs, they got decent batters in Chandimal, Thirimanne and Angelo to handle the batting but it will hurt them in longer formats after the big 3 goes. More chances to new players in every format will only bring them up.

Posted by colombo_SL on (October 16, 2012, 10:37 GMT)

@bravetigersmustwin; We have seen how your tigers are roaring in CL2012. What a way to roar. TIGERS ARE LAMENTING OUT OF DEN.

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 9:47 GMT)

Srilankan Team aaccording my suggestions for twenty twenty team

Dilshan Munaweera, Upul Tharanga, Dilshan, Chandimal (Wk), chamara Silva, jeevan Mendis, Mathews (cpt), NLTC perera, Kulesakra, Malinga, A mendis.

Subsitutes: Kapugedara, Herath, Thirimaane, Maharoof

Posted by Alexk400 on (October 16, 2012, 9:40 GMT)

Srilanka need to implement MLB baseball style scouting system. Yes you pay scout who finds the talent and skipping all the brokers in between. That is fastest way to find best talent. If you pay people they will find it for you. Some % or just like how MLB pays the scouts. It works. They find pitchers and hitters very easy. I think you need motivation for people to find talent. Some has knack of finding who has the skills and physical ability. BCCI won't do it because its the system issue. SL can do it because the society is not divided.

Posted by colombo_SL on (October 16, 2012, 9:20 GMT)

My feeling is T20 is not only a game for big big big hitters. It will develop further to find its own identity in future. It is true in the sub continent, big hitters are necessary since flat tracks & fast outfields. Next WC is to be held in Bangladesh. So, it is important to have two or three big hitters. Hitting hard is not the only method of winning T20. For an example, take the performance of CL2012.

Posted by bravetigersmustwin on (October 16, 2012, 9:02 GMT)

are the SL selectors trying to groom T20 similar to WI..? haha ... very funny ... power and physique is genetical... i would agree if pakistan is trying to build such hard powerfull hitters.... because of the gene ... they are definitely well built ... considering Srilanka and bangladesh it is really funny.... their strength is their strategy and cunningness .... YOU cant convert cunning SL hyenas to roaring Roaring TIGERS in months... Im not saying SL is useless .... they are good in their arena and whne the conditions are favouring them

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 8:44 GMT)

cant we have one teem upto semi finals and another team for the finals after the 2007,2011, 50 over world cup and the last T20 world cup that will be a good idea

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 8:42 GMT)

I totally and strongly agree with de Mel's comments throughout this article. There is nothing to oppose. Yes Mahela and Anji are not muich ok for plenty of sixes. Yes, Munaweera was not used in most of the matches. Please, again please do not bring Kapu and Chamara Silva into T20 team. Anji is ideal for the captaincy and he should be guided by Mahela until he is getting matured for the next T20 W/cup in 2014. Suggerst Munaweera with TM Dilshan to open the T20 and Mahela to come one down. Sanga is ideal for 2 down while Jeevan comes next. Thisara, Chandimal/Lahiru with Ajantha and Akila are essential contributors of the team. Though Malinga the superstar of T20, he picks wickets and turns the matches when his fortune works only but this is unfair. T20 W/Cup final was indeed turned by Malinga while Mahela and Jeevan/Thisra too are responsible for the loss. Lapshot, Scoop and Reverse made the main reverse of the victory due to unnecessary panics when TM got out. Chris Dharmararne

Posted by Shridharan.S on (October 16, 2012, 8:41 GMT)

Sri Lanka need good players who can hit the ball out of the park and be electric in the field.It's time for revamp of Sri Lanka's T20 squad and senior players like Jayawardene,Sangakkara,Dilshan can be allowed to concentrate on Tests and ODIs only.My Eleven for T20s will be:

1.Dilshan Munaweera 2.Dinesh Chandimal(wk) 3.Lahiru Thirimanne 4.Angelo Mathews(c) 5.Chamara Kapugedara 6.Jeevan Mendis 7.Thisara Perera 8.Nuwan Kulasekara 9.Lasith Malinga 10.Ajantha Mendis 11.Rangana Herath

Posted by Lord.emsworth on (October 16, 2012, 8:36 GMT)

Agree that SL need to find 'super hitters' who can clear the ropes in abundance. Disagree that MJ is not T20 material. He gets the scoreboard going briskly with his orthodox and unorthodox ground strokes. De Mel should also consider the age factor. Dilshan,MJ and Sangakarra are old. The last named athough a great test player, should never have been included in the super quick T20 format.

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 8:35 GMT)

Mr. De mel, there was nothing wrong with our batting Line-up during da WC Finals..Its just that the pitch was getting tougher 4 us 2 chase their total... And mahela and mathews can play big shots... Mahela did play well against the same side during Super 8s... So its the pitch.. Thats y even big hitters like Gayle failed in their innings despite of our good bowling, irrespective of Samuel's brilliant knock' ...

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 8:04 GMT)

please sri lanka selectors you should not include kapugedara, chamara silva, dilhara fernando in any format of cricket these guys have been given enough chances and not proven yet in any level.i like malinga but needs to re think his role only in 50 over cricket.sri lanka needs power hitters in the t 20 forma.,Sanga ,Mahela,Dilshan and kulasekara are the only guys that can play all formats of cricket for sri lanka.

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 7:31 GMT)

There we see a crack in the sri lankan line up

Posted by buncers on (October 16, 2012, 7:21 GMT)

The main reason we lost the match was Malinga's poor bowling. He got lashed. We should have been chasing 115 or 120 not 137.

Matthews used to be a big hitter when he first started playing internationally - so he can do it, it's just in the mind and his new role.

Posted by TopPlot on (October 16, 2012, 7:21 GMT)

Chamara Kapugedara...Please not again. I am still recovering from WC 2011...Look for new players doesnt mean that you recall players of past...build a brand new team...hve a look at those SA & IND kids who cleared the rope in their first major tournaments against world class bowlers...thats the kind we need

Posted by Advanced_Donkeys on (October 16, 2012, 7:05 GMT)

go and look for a "Gayle like" big men in remote areas.once you found them,bring them to colombo and give a good training.within 1 year SL will be filled with Gayles.

Posted by yorkslanka on (October 16, 2012, 6:35 GMT)

all these people calling for wholesale changes, would yo be doing the same if we won the T20WC, no you wouldn't..let's face it people are over reacting to the fact we lodt our nerve in the final and lost a game that we should have won if we played the same way as we did in the rest of the competition..that is no disrespect to WI, they desereved to win that final but we did not play to our ptoential...the problem for us is in our minds, we need to mentally strengthen ourselves and all will come..we have the natural ability...

Posted by dariuscorny on (October 16, 2012, 6:33 GMT)

yes i do feel mathews lacks big hitting ability,even in ipl he tends to get exhausted if he hits 1 or 2 fours,he can be mould into a kallis mode,but dont expect him to clear ropes at will,i see thisara as a hitter not mathews,bat around mathews with 2-3 hitters

Posted by SlowYorker on (October 16, 2012, 6:31 GMT)

It's really funny. For last 7 - 8 years SL cricket is all about Chamara Kapu and Chamara Silva. Every single fan in SL knows these 2 can't bat. These 2 guys proved it over the years. But still SL cricket thinks otherwise. I don't think t20 team need overhaul. Current team is pretty good. Don't forget they reached finals in last 2 t20 world cups. So how can you say team is bad? All we need is 2 or 3 changes. We need couple of power hitters to replace Lahiru / Sanga and decent quick bowler to replace Kula. MJ must be in the team. Have a look his strike rate. It's close to 150. I am not sure about Munaweera though. He may be able to hit sixes. But he needs to learn how to rotate strike. What's the point if he blocks 5 balls and hitting a 6 / 4 in next ball? Also SL doesn't have depth to bring in new players like Aus, Eng & India. We got a good schools structure. But club level is very poor. There are too many clubs. What SL need is, have 5 - 6 top tier clubs and build a strong competition

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 6:19 GMT)

We need young to take over and Yes, we need strong hitters also. But the game is not about power only. It's about power controlled by brain. Speaking of the brain, Mahela & Sanga having the best of it.

I think it's not wise to look at the final and get decisions. Final is something we really need to forget. We can't technically analyze & explain it. It's just bad luck faced by the best consistent cricket team being Runner-Up in all previous World Cups for the last 4 years. Technically speaking, it's THE FINAL, but it's also another cricket match.

In the tournament, we only lost 2 matches. To SA (6 overs, troubled by rain) & WI. We won all other matches, all backed by the strong start from Mahela & Dilshan and the strong bowling department. So like I said, consider the entire tournament to get decisions. The final did not represent the team we had at all.

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 6:10 GMT)

not a wise decision this. T 20 or what ever format its quality cricket that matters in big tournaments ..not slogging cricket ..u dont need power full sloggars to chase a target like 130-140..if they didnt panik under pressure and used their brain would be a easy chase..ans Mathews is the BEst of SL team to clear boundary with ease but unfortunately stupid shot selection..can clear the rope or not MJ sholud open batting FOr SL in any format ..its good to have power hitters with good technique not sloggars

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 6:09 GMT)

for goodness sake not Kapugedara again! but to have a specialised T20 team is something I agree.

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 6:01 GMT)

chamara kapugedera is the best t20 player in sri lanka...slc waste his 8 years..but he still 25...beacause he always batted at no 7,8,9..if you saw he way he batted in slpl???all the sixers he hit more than 90 meeters...he is the only player to do that in sri lanka..look @ rohith sharma..he just scored 13 runs durind his 5 innings in tour of sri lanka..he still in the indian side..dont give kapu to only one match of the series and give him to bat top of the order..dfntly will it make the differnce..

Posted by hasi333 on (October 16, 2012, 5:54 GMT)

m not agree for the de mel said. mahela is good world class captain.the only prpblm is sl team not have a pinch hitters. my new sl t20 team is 1.munaweera 2.dilshan 3.kapugedara 4.mahela (cap) 5.angelo 6.maharoof 7.tissera 8.kulasekara 9.ajantha mendis 10.malinga 11. sanga/chandimal (wk)

Posted by ndmm on (October 16, 2012, 5:53 GMT)

ashguru123 T perera is not an opening batsman. playing kapugedar & munaweera will help sri lanka.They can handle presure,only thing they must get matches like others.munaweera has got only 2 international matches what about the others they have played ???????????hey guy watch no 5 6 positioned what they did nothing playing 7 innings

Posted by anver777 on (October 16, 2012, 5:52 GMT)

Good move !!! we have to test some young blood before the 2014 WCT20 !!!!

Posted by S.Jagernath on (October 16, 2012, 5:50 GMT)

This is a good move from the Sri Lankan Cricket Board.The more senior players are vital to Sri Lanka's success in the longer formats,especially test cricket.Sri Lanka really would not want Sangakkara suddenly becoming injury prone due to a lack of rest or T20 diluting his technique as he gets closer to retirement.

Posted by solankibhavesh on (October 16, 2012, 5:40 GMT)

This the time to take some serious step for srilanka cricket this good for team if they have different captain in each three format. that dose'n means Dilshan and Mahila are not good for T20 matches they have ability to clear the fence. De Mel said " We need to find some strong hitters who can clear the boundary successfully" so de Mel think Mahila is not storng enough to clear the boundary so Kapugedera and chamara silva both are well enough stronger than Mahila. Everybody know what a batsman mahila is?

Posted by shantiratnamaj on (October 16, 2012, 5:14 GMT)

Trust me Angelo is not the best captain for T20! Leadership is not coming from a Colombo school, making an easy chase difficult till the last over and then wack 3 sixers and win the match! If you ask me Jeevan mendis is the best candidate to lead the T20 team! His personality is just about rght for T20. He can do batting, fielding and bowling so he is the man who can lead from the front! He has done it consistantly in every chance he has been given. Angelo should be our capatin for for ODI and Test..he can take it slow and steady there. Mahela should play all 3 formats untill he retire...there is no better batsman who can score runs fast and reliable than Mahela..yes we all like to have a Gayle but pls don't create a Gayle in Munaweera and have him there for the sake of havin him. Mahela can win matches more than Munaweera.

Posted by classicvijay on (October 16, 2012, 5:03 GMT)

The present srilankan team itself is a good team. Without being a good team, how they could have reached the finals. The thing is they are mentally weak. They tag the team of chokers after South Africa. So, their mental toughness should be increased by means of meditation like stuffs. If u guys keep on changing the team, i am 100% sure u can never win any tournaments. Should learn from Dhoni. If India is in finals, Dhoni 90% of the time make sure that India win the tournament. Srilankan players seemed were tensed and panicked in the finals, which they slowly should overcome.

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 4:36 GMT)

"Players like Mahela Jayawardene and Angelo Mathews don't have the power so they adopt different methods to score runs like the scoop and the reverse sweep". What about Dilshan? His Dilscoop is not working . Why dont the chief selector misses his name in the probables to leave T20.

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 4:35 GMT)

Good Move.. Mr. Mel should drop Malinga as well who not taking national game in serious... without seniors we can make a good winning team...

Posted by MH19 on (October 16, 2012, 4:09 GMT)

The best T20 Captain meterial would be Dinesh Chandimal as Wicket Keeper Batsman.Try him mark my word he will do better than most others than we all think.

Posted by Naushad79 on (October 16, 2012, 3:54 GMT)

I agree with Ashantha De Mel, but still we need experience, players like Mahela need to be in the side at lease for another 2 years, introducing new players is a good thing, will be happy to see Kapugedara, Munaweera, Rajapaksha in the squad, let them play together, SL will lose few matches initially but end of the day we will be developing a team with good confidence, don't do the mistake that your'll did it in the past, saying that you will bring the new players and for the match again will see the old team and only one new player, and he gets the chance in pressure situation and he fails, then he will be dropped from the side, this is what happen to Kapugedara..... I am a die hard fan of SL cricket... hope to see a SL win the next T20 WC with some young guys and WIN the Champions Trophy... ALL THE BEST TO SRI LANKA CRICKET

Posted by Sri_Lankan_pride_50 on (October 16, 2012, 3:45 GMT)

The team Sri Lanka played in the final is possibly the strongest line up they have in the T20 format. I do agree with De Mel's view that Sri Lanka lack power hitters, however, T20 is not all about scoring sixes. For Sri Lanka to reach the finals is a major achievement and shows that the team is going in the right direction and that only a few minor tweaks should be done in order for the team to go one better in the next World Cup. There a few hitters in the Sri Lankan domestic cricket, however, their consistency is a major issue. Munaweera should be given an extended run till the next World Cup since he is probably the biggest hitter outside of the Sri Lankan XI. Amal Athulathmudali and Gihan Rupasinghe are names that come to mind as well as Kapugedera (even though he has been tried before) that can fulfill the role of a power hitter in the middle/end overs and help the likes of Mathews and Perera.

Posted by miles100 on (October 16, 2012, 3:12 GMT)

SL team can be unbeatable in any format and win many world cups if authorities do the following,No1: improve school cricket standards especially physically and mentally(provide nutrition's, strength training,techniques, limitless motivation to young fast bowlers and batsmen with a lot of endurance & power hitting).Arjuna/Aravinda used to score double centuries for their schools at the age 13/14. No2:Nurture and gradually introduce players at the of 18 to the national team when they are doing well for their school not clubs as SL club system will not improve like the Aussie clubs any soon.Please don't bring club players to the national side as most of our superstar club players cannot do a thing at the international level (No confidence).3:Get the best foreign/local coaches who knows sports psychology also a true motivator/interesting speaker who travels with the team and change the mentality of players at the best. No4:Cool captain with a strong backbone showing positive body language.

Posted by Sinhaya on (October 16, 2012, 3:05 GMT)

@jithoosin, you are right about Kulasekara, but not Thisara who is young and will be handy on livelier pitches. Kula is more a run stopper. We must use Eranga and Nuwan Pradeep as our pace bowling options but sadly it is not the case. We are yet to find a real replacement for Sanath Jayasuriya.

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 2:54 GMT)

I am agreeable to De Mel's suggestion. We lacked big hitters who were able to bring the team back on track in the WC finals. One or two big overs would have done it. We saw how WI panicked over Kulasekara assault.

I also feel there is plenty of talent already around and it is not a big task to compose a winning combination.

It is also important as Lucky has pointed out to have the services of a sports psychiatrist on full time basis. We lacked mental strength where it needed.

I think three seniors (Mahela, Sanga and Dilshan) need to manage in such a way that helps grooming the young team.

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 2:14 GMT)

It's really funny how SL cricket works. Asantha de Mel says Mahela not the person... But ICC thinks he should lead the world T20... I think ICC understand what is leadership than Assantha do...

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 2:09 GMT)

Mathews is certainly over-rated. People only remember his partnership with Malinga In Australia. Apart from a couple of occasions he has failed every time to close out the game for SL. He dragged what could have been a comfortable win for SL over NZ in the T20 WC to a Super Over. He was involved in the drama of Chandimal's maiden century at Lords. He made a dram of his own maiden Test century. In the T20 final his promotion ahead of Jeewan made us suffer as he failed to get a single off 3 consecutive deliveries and finally played his own version of the SCOOP right on to his stumps. And being a 25 year old it really is annoying to see him panting after he runs a couple. So is he suited to lead a T20 side, let alone any side

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 1:59 GMT)

My Team 1. D Munaweera 2.L Thirimanne 3.C Kapugedara 4.D Chandimal 5.J Mendis 6.A Mathews 7.T Perera 8.D Perera 9.N Kulasekara 10.S Eranga/L malinga 11.A Dananjaya/A Mendis

Posted by jithoosin on (October 16, 2012, 1:44 GMT)

1. SL fans seems to have taken Thisara and Kula as their fast medium bowling options. Accepting that they are good lower order bats. But these 50-50 bowlers are not going win you matches with ball. Find some proper fast medium bowlers if you like to win 2. Angelo Mathews can clear ropes. Period. 3. MJ is good enough to be in T20 team even if he can't clear ropes.

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 1:35 GMT)

De Mel, doesn't Mathews have power?? For Mahela its true, because that's not his style of play.. but not Mathews. yes, Kapugedara should be seen as a T20 specialist - lot of past greats have spoken highly about him like Aravinda, Mahela - so they can't be wrong. Thisara needs to learn how to play offside also. Chandimal also can strike the ball pretty decently is he not? What SL needs is set of batsmen who can strike/ loft clean and straight - not just over the line but clearing the ropes by many meters.

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 1:14 GMT)

Sri Lanka nearly got there with the current squad of players who did not have their best game on the day. The team weakness is that we lacked pinch hitters when we needed them. We do have quality pinch hitters but we have not used them appropriately so far. As soon as the required run rate goes above 7 to 8 introduce the pinch hitters and then the rest of the batting line up bats around them, which is what we did not do in the world cup. Thisara Perera should be first pick pinch hitter and Nuwan Kulasekara has shown when given the opportunity that he can smash them to all parts against quality bowling. Angelo Mathews needs to take his time and settle in as a batsman and is capable of scoring at better than 8 runs an over. He should bat at no. 4 in the current line-up. Finally Swap Lahiru Thirimanne for Dinesh Chandimal. Changes required are 1. Change in mentality to the batting line-up by introducing pinch hitters when required 2. Decide who will be the two pinch hitters in the team.

Posted by caromball on (October 16, 2012, 0:41 GMT)

Mr.De Mel,Is Sri Lanka cricket is all about this Chamara Kapugedera and Chamara Silva?Kapugedera has to score singles before he clear the ropes over.These two guys have given enough chances to prove them self.They have failed to do that.We Lankan fans are hate and sicken to see these two guys inclusion again in to the side.

Posted by Htc-Android on (October 16, 2012, 0:37 GMT)

This is an excellent move from SLCB. within two or three years we r going to struggle without sanga,mahela and dilshan anyways. so should get to the habit winning matches without having these three. but i still want mahela to play for the next t20 world cup. he is an excelent t20 player. infact he is one of the best in t20 cricket. he may not hit sixes, but he got shots all around the wicket.he can up the scoring rate by playing well controlled riskfree shots. if we had two more mahelas in our side we could have easily won the t20 world cup final.

Posted by Mas_Putha on (October 16, 2012, 0:16 GMT)

Another knee jerk reaction by the selectors and the media. Mahela and Sanga have been performing on the big stage in big games for years. Maybe the selectors need to think of building a team around their most stable players. Angelo Mathews comes with a big reputation is yet to prove his worth in any format. Sa'adi Thawfeeq please stop writing one sided mediocre articles!! You along with few other Sri Lankan "sport journalists" (for want of a better word) really need to do a bit more research before putting pen to paper

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 23:46 GMT)

Anyone but Kapugedara.chamara Silva. and Dilhara fernanado.train a fresh team including bamuna rajapakse. dhananjaya and please take Malinga out as well as Lahiru thisrimanne.

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 23:00 GMT)

Good thinking Ashantha. You are being proactive. A separate team , the services of a sports psychologist which you mentioned earlier and the right blend of youth and experience will definitely help.

Posted by Sanga2014 on (October 15, 2012, 21:47 GMT)

My team 1.Dilshan Munaweera 2.Thilakaratne Dilshan 3.Mahela Jayawardena 4.Dinesh Chandimal 5.Chamara Kapugedara 6.Angel Mathews 7.Thisara Perera 8.Nuwan Kulasekara 9.Ajantha Mendis 10.Akila Dananjaya 11.Lasith Malinga/ Shaminda Eranga

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 21:42 GMT)

It would be such a disaster with the new look team consisting the imaginary young "big hitters"(coz there aren't any in our domestic circuit) and lack of quality batsmen in the team, who keep proving the fact that quality batsman-ship is quality batsman-ship no matter what format it is. Living proof are the our top three, there one of the main reasons we are ranked no.1 right now. Going back to the paradigm of 2007s (when T20is first took off) of packing your batting lineup with inexperienced pinch hitters is foolishness.

Posted by Sanga2014 on (October 15, 2012, 21:40 GMT)

Agree with cricketman123. Mahela is the sri lanka's best T20 batsman ( One of best in the world ). We won semi final because of Mahela's captaincy. So U can drop him from team. Still I think Dilshan is one of most dangerous opener in world cricket today. He is bit oe out of form like shewag. I know he will come back to his rythem

Posted by shanepe2003 on (October 15, 2012, 21:30 GMT)

Mathews to captain... ? End of the story! How many matches he has played? & how many times he has delivered for S/L ( it's only two times) & how many he has mucked up like T20 finales. My bet is not only he's gona fail he ll make other players life miserable, not to mention Test match against Australia one of the most selfish innings I ve ever seen.

Posted by SamAsh07 on (October 15, 2012, 20:41 GMT)

YOung Players? Lol please SL! Your seniors scord most of the runs! They are perfect for T20, stop rehashing your teams mindlessly, SL did great in World T20!! it's just that they were up against a better team in the Finals. God SL and Pak teams....they just never learn, both did well but still cry for changes.

Posted by jackthelad on (October 15, 2012, 20:22 GMT)

Correct decision. The SL T20 squad showed it was not really able to move up a gear and Mahela didn't use his bowlers effectively on the night - a specialist squad, with a specialist captain, seems clearly the way to go, as this form of international cricket is only going to grow and grow (think of it what you will - and I don't think it's really proper cricket - but the market is there, and SL need to adapt to that).

Posted by bestofluckindia on (October 15, 2012, 20:10 GMT)

Whats the point? Even if they manage to assemble a new generation of Players on the field its only the mental toughness that is required to carry them over the final hurdle. I guess Sri-lanka need mental tweak rather than changing the mix of seniors and juniors.

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 19:53 GMT)

Horses for courses as the saying goes . This is a great move by SL . Do hope the WI folow siut soon and put the BEST players on the park for the correct format of the modern gane .

Posted by om.pani on (October 15, 2012, 19:48 GMT)

i just notice Mahela Jayawardane the one who scored most runs and boundaries in t20 world cups since 2007 to 2012. he is my favorite t20 player after Chris Gayle.

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 19:45 GMT)

SL needs someone like sanath !!!

Posted by anton1234 on (October 15, 2012, 19:37 GMT)

"We need to find some strong hitters who can clear the boundary successfully. Players like Mahela Jayawardene and Angelo Mathews don't have the power so they adopt different methods to score runs like the scoop and the reverse sweep. Even playing those strokes you need the strength to clear the fielders," he said.

Angelo Matthews clearly has power. He is a strongly built man and is known to hit sixes hence was one of the reasons why his signing was sought after in the auction in the first IPL.

Posted by Yoker111 on (October 15, 2012, 19:33 GMT)

SL has one of the best teams now, Asantha Demel criticizes Mahela of been weak for I find it unjust to criticize the SL captain who has scored the most number of boundries in T20's specially in this WC. I also think SL needs to groom Thisara Perera to open battting not only in T20's but in ODI's too.. he has the Brutal strenght of Jayasuriya although the skill is yet to be prooven. Sanga is more a test player, he does not fall in the T20 caliber therefore SL needs NOT a Kapugedara who hits a six from 10 balls but more players like Jayasuriya and Aravinda.

Posted by DixT on (October 15, 2012, 19:06 GMT)

It makes no sense because when facing a really good team, what's going to happen? It's all good to be able to put the ball over the ropes, but what if the opposing team has really good bowlers, are you going to blame your team for not being able to get the required runs or credit the opponent for having a good bowling and fielding team. You need depth and chemistry in a team where everyone works as a well oiled engine, the team also need experience of meshing together. Putting together a bunch of younger is not going to improve anything but a trial and error until the right sequence is found .

Posted by tdslbuwa on (October 15, 2012, 18:51 GMT)

I cant understand what is in DE MEL's mind.How could he say MATHEWES cant clear the ropes...ha ha... he is one of the cleanest strikers of the cricket ball Sri Lanka have ever produced.. these comments from chief selector tells that he dont watch SL cricket matches.....what about Thirimanne???

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 18:44 GMT)

good decision to have a completely different team... but time to find new talent to fit in to the requirement of big hitters.. at the moment I only see Dilshan Munaweera, Angelo Mathews, Thisara Perera and to an extent Nuwan Kulasekara being able to do so.. May be it would be ok to remove Sanga, TM Dilshan, Malinga and even Mahela from the T20 team in order to build a young team for the future.. Angelo Perera might be a good inclusion.. not sure about Bhanuka yet.. Ajantha, Shaminda Eranga and Akila Dhananjaya must be given a long run.. So time for the selectors to go to club cricket matches and identify real hitting talent..

Posted by Harmony111 on (October 15, 2012, 18:44 GMT)

Oh yeah, the player who played the ugliest shot of the tournament will be made the new captain and then they hope this will bring in some change? Did SL lose the Final for not being able to hit 6s? Did SL hit 25 6s in WC 96 Final? I fear that SL will become even worse than what they already are if they allow this wise man to take decisions like these. Angelo has been blossoming for years now and still no signs of the flowers being fructified. May be this is why KS, MJ and TD keep playing musical chairs wrt Captaincy.

Posted by DilumSL on (October 15, 2012, 18:33 GMT)

This is a good decision but the problem is will the seniors like this??? I don't think so.. they need to keep in touch with international T20 to get IPL contracts. anyway my squad is 1)munaweera 2)thirimanne 3)chandimal(kp) 4)kapu 5)mathews 6)jeewan(c) 7)thisara 8)kula 9)ajantha 10)malinga 11)akila 12)eranga/chathuranga kumara 13)s.prasanna/sachithra 14)a.perera 15)k.withanage/g.rupasinghe

thera some other youngsters with good talent but i think this team will do it

Posted by cricketman123 on (October 15, 2012, 18:02 GMT)

what the hell is this. is de mel. saying mahela cant play T20. He's Sri Lankas best t20 player. adopt scoops and reverser sweeps. lol. that just adds to the skill of the player. Sri Lanka are no.1 T20 team in the ranks. they just need to make 1 or 2 changes in their middle order. everything's sorted.

Posted by cravin on (October 15, 2012, 18:01 GMT)

Mr De Mel, you should have pick the best T20 players before the T20 WC. No need to comment after the losses. You must be blind not selecting Kapugadera for this T20 WC. He is the most talented and best hitter along with Perera & Mathew in the country. We had one of the best bowling attack for the past few WCs but lack of power hitters cost the WCs. Unfortunately most greedy senior accumulators want to bat on the top even those they are not suitable for this format. Munaweera should have open the innings with Dishan, and Kapugadare should come next when a wicket fall, Not pathetic Sagakara, Mendis etc . Its time to give more talented young players a chance in T20, specially Banuka, Kapugadara, etc. Its not just T20, we should give more opportunities for young player for TEST and ODI as well. We are playing meaningless test matches why not give opportunities young players to show what they are capable of if we want to build strong ODI and T20 team

Posted by suve on (October 15, 2012, 17:21 GMT)

Sri lanka are NO:1 in the world in T20's, what else do the selectors want?. Sri lanka didn't win the final because they were outplayed in the end.

Posted by Perera32 on (October 15, 2012, 17:18 GMT)

@chamil111: I think you have chosen a really good team, I would replace Tharanga with Thirimanne though. T20 cricket is not about experience, its just playing smart cricket for 40 overs. Sri lanka had all the experience they needed in the WC final vs WI with Mahela, Sanga, Dilshan, Malinga and Mathews but they still lost. This is a good move by SLC. 1)dilshan munaweera, 2)lahiru thirimanne, 3)dinesh chandimal(wk), 4)chamara kapugedara, 5)anjelo mathews(c), 6)thisara perera, 7)jeewan mendis, 8)nuwan kulasekara, 9)ajantha mendis, 10)akila dhananjaya, 11)lasith malinga - this is a good team for T20's.

Posted by 3rd_man on (October 15, 2012, 17:13 GMT)

Well we think Angelo is the best choice for captaining the SL side, who can play all 3 formats. But strangely I get this feeling , he is not confident enough for that job.Its strange cos he has captain the under 19 side for SL. Kapugedara is one option in my mind, that 's why selectors want to keep him in the side. problem is he failed to keep his spot . I think going forward, Kapugedara should included in T20 side, and see how is he perform. I can tell you one thing guys, I am not surprised if selector include kapugedara in upcoming matches and make him captain of the side. But they also knows if he fails then they will be under so much criticism. But I cant see why he cant play all 3 formats. guy got good technique. I think Kapu needs bit of confidence. he should bat No 4 and give him more opportunity to build an innings. we all saw once he is in he can hit out. upcoming T20 is very important for SL to try out these things, and seniors definitely should rested.

Posted by FRRR on (October 15, 2012, 17:12 GMT)

Srilanka is going down under the captaincy of Angela ,,,, Srilanka has reached its peak ... Now only fall will come.

Posted by IndianROCKstars_2011_ODIchamps on (October 15, 2012, 16:41 GMT)

Well SL will still choke in finals

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 16:32 GMT)

angelo matthews will prove to a terrific all rounder.Kapugadera too like rohit is waste of talent even though rohit score in t20's, kapugadera fails every now and then.But a rare talented potential. He is must come good for lanka 2 years down the line....

Posted by chamil111 on (October 15, 2012, 15:48 GMT)

Possible t20 team after mahela, sanga and dilshan got retired. 1)dilshan munaweera, 2)upul tharanga, 3)dinesh chandimal(wk), 4)chamara kapugedara, 5)anjelo mathews(c), 6)thisara perera, 7)jeewan mendis, 8)nuwan kulasekara, 9)ajantha mendis, 10)akila dhananjaya, 11)lasith malinga, extra- 12)shaminda eranga, 13)lahiru thirimanna, 14)farveez maharoof, 15)kaushalya lokuaarachi/dilruwan perera

If goes with this squad team have many options. They can decide according to playing condition go with two specialist spinner or go with a extra batsman. If a allrounder get injured or according to pitch they can go for maharoof or kaushalya/dilruwan. Chandimal also can play as a opener if needed.

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 15:46 GMT)

Mahela is the best T20 batsman going around, even Sanga is good. they may not hit 6's but playing 5 dot balls and hitting a six is not good batting. Good batsman are good batsman in whatever format. and if anything it was the Senior Batsman who tool SL to the finals. Oldies are golden still. yes we need to give chances to some players like Munaweera, Bhanuka etc

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 15:36 GMT)

There were ten overs remaining in the T20 WC final when Mathews arrived at the crease, with two of our 3 top batsmen already out. Did Mathews bat responsibly? If he could not handle the heat on that important day, does he deserve or, more importantly, can he handle the captaincy? Or does he need more time to mature?

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 15:33 GMT)

I think it is an excellent move to have a separate T20 team. Actually all nations need to look at that. Glad that a S.Asian nation has realized the difference and taking steps. Key to success is to score 40-50 runs in 15-20 balls by some of the players and capability, not 24 in 20 balls.

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 15:32 GMT)

Yeah this sounds good, but it would be a futile experiment to put in an entirely new team all of a sudden. Having Mahela and Sanga in the team for some time until the new guys gets acquainted to the international conditions will definitely work out. Trust me, Mahela is a very well talented captain and player too...

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 15:28 GMT)

well fact is were we so poor in hitting sixes became a big problem in the T20 world cup even though due to luck some instances we were able to brush it off,the fact that our middle order is so poor was witnessed in the NZ game where we struggled so much in the mid overs and nearly gave away the match,in the final our top order struggled so much they virtually left no room for the middle order to win the match increasing the r/r/r to 9.00,fact is we are always a team that has to maintain a very good run rate in the first 10 overs,and if our top order for some reason act the way they did in the finals,we have no chance of increasing it.its time we realized and accepted our weakness.

Posted by shameerpvt on (October 15, 2012, 15:27 GMT)

Not all the pitches you get are batting friendly & you will get tough pitches for batting too. Then the hitting skills will not be much useful, but sound technical skills will be useful. Asantha calling Mahela cant hit sixes is insulting & then he should prove what he says, by bringing in the cup.

Posted by sajhera on (October 15, 2012, 15:14 GMT)

Maharoof is a really good T20 player but his performance in Premier club T20 tournament never take into consider. Thinking of kapu into the side again again. Please think of Kusal janith too.Good luck for SL Younger cricketers.

Posted by PrasadGunawardane on (October 15, 2012, 15:08 GMT)

T20 Cricket is not al-about hitting sixes. Mr. Asantha has taken Mahela as the example of an incapable player in T20 format. Mind you, he was the overall best batsman for SL in the T20 WC with his innovative shots. He is not an incapable player to hit 6s even at his will. However there are players in the side to be surely omitted from T20 side. Sangakkara is a real waste in the format as he hasn't improvising shots like Mahela & Jeevan. Sangakkara is way below par when it comes to clearing the rope. Nevertheless the idea is correct that SL need a special team for T20 including not only power hitters, but also improvising players. Asantha de Mel's justification of WC final is also incorrect. Windies dont have improvising players; as a result they struggled till the pace comes to hit sixes. So 6 sixes hit by WI could have been neglected, if SL played sensibly with no pressure and still SL could have gone over the line easily,even with no sixes as they did against WI in Pallekele.

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 15:08 GMT)

clearing rope is not enough for winning T20 cricket.Sri lankans hit less no of sixes in this tournament compared to others.Mahela is good T20 player and thinking captain, although he and his team hit less number of sixes.Mahela and Sanga should be given opportunity to play for Country until next world cup in 2014.Kapugedara and Munaweera should be given opportunity to play freely in next two years.Good alternatives should be discovered for Malinga.I don't know why Shaminda Eranda did not have any chance in this tournament.Kosala Kulasekara can be trained as good all rounder in T20 s to my mind.I belive that SLPL brought us to Final match, as we were not in this position before the start of SLPL 2012.

Posted by Sageleaf on (October 15, 2012, 15:05 GMT)

Well I hope the selectors would have a new team...If I'm to pick the line up would be...Dilshan Munaweera and Tissara Perera to open...then Bhanuka Rajapakse, Dinesh Chandimal, Chamara Kapugedara, Angele Mathews, Jeewan Mendis, Angelo Perera, Nuwan Kulasekera, Ajantha Mendis, Akhila Danajaya, Suranga Lakmal or Nuwan Pradeep...also can try Rangana Herath, Lahiru Thirimanne and Welagedara, Sachthra Senanayake. It about time SL cricket move on and match the Australians...well if you want to be negative keep on playing the the most seniors.

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 15:01 GMT)

Jon3sy2. Great suggestion. Would love to see that team playing for Australia in T-20.

Posted by SL_kamal on (October 15, 2012, 14:55 GMT)

Why only Chamara Kapugedara? Bring on Chamara Silva too. And Dilhara Fernando?

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 14:44 GMT)

Sounds a bit hasty to me, with the disappointment of the World T20 in mind!

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 14:42 GMT)

ANGELO MATHEWS NOT A BIG HITTER???? ARE YOU KIDDING ME DE MEL????? SLPL finals.. 72 runs from 27 balls.. and not to mention number of occasions where he guided us home while hitting the big shots.... If there are two players who can utilize the long handle in the SL team.. it's MATHEWS and Perera!!!!

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 14:40 GMT)

LOL - Thank you chairman of selectors - Please drop Mahela and Angelo and look at the glee on the opponent's faces!

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 14:39 GMT)

Jeewan Mendis is a much experience captaincy material in the domestic curcuit....Try out him with Angelo Mathews....

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 14:36 GMT)

Dear Chairman of selectors.....Try out Angelo perera ,Andy Solomans and Kusal Janith perera......The best young big hitters...These players not have given proper chance in SLPL ....Specialy Andy Solamans the man of the series in domestic 20-20...not even given a single match for Nagenahaira team......

Posted by Sinhaya on (October 15, 2012, 14:34 GMT)

Well Angelo does not have the power?? That is wrong! Once he settles he hits indeed. This is what our T20 team should be. Munaweera, Dimuth Karunaratne, Angelo Mathews, Angelo Perera, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kula, Dhananjaya, Sachithra Senanayake, Shaminda Eranga and Roshan Jayatissa.

Posted by SL_Boy on (October 15, 2012, 14:33 GMT)

Exactly this what we need, this will allow young guys to get into ODI & TEST also. Look Mahela Drop Munavira and carry Thirimanna does not make senc, If Muna. Opens our inning he wont take the presser like Mahela and Sanga took. ( have you guys seen there faces at the time of batting) I see it is stupid idea to play those reverse shorts any time with high risk.

Posted by DilumSL on (October 15, 2012, 14:31 GMT)

agree with u Mr. Mel for saying that youngsters should be given a chance. and including them in T20 squad is a good thing. but it is not the best option. youngsters should given a opportunities in test squad cause test cricket gives them the maturity. Can't really agree with you saying Mahela n Sanga not suitable for T20. their stats speaks for that. But I personally liked the decision of excluding them in T20 squad. Cause It's better for the senior players to concentrate on longer formats. As Mel speaks of Kapu I also believe that he is a very good player and team management and captaincy (both Mahela n Sanga) should take half of the blame for his failures. Kapu should have give an chance to play in T20 WC instead of Thirimanne or Chandimal. And why didn't they give him a chance to play in test cricket??? he stats are good in test cricket.

Posted by mensan on (October 15, 2012, 14:29 GMT)

De Mel has echoed my words. I have been saying the same thing. T20 is the game of 6 hitters. 1s, 2s, even 4s are useless when you can't hit 6s.

Posted by timohyj on (October 15, 2012, 14:15 GMT)

the basic idea is good but you can't take it too far. It looks like he is saying mathews and mahela are going to be dropped for T20. Virat kohli showed that plays who play proper cricket will be very succesfull in T20's. That is why Mahela should not have been trying to play so many reverse sweeps and scoops and just played his natural game. Don't understand his comments about mathews as he is a big six hitter. India however should have done something like this. They did not have enough big hitters and should have put yusuf in the squad

Posted by ashguru123 on (October 15, 2012, 14:14 GMT)

crazy stuf...is he a cricketer??seperate is good..bt we need to find good hitters...if we take kapugedara or munawera they have plenty of presure...they can play club level match very well..but they can't bat in pressure situation...we need to find good openers..i suggest upul tharanga to t20 shud and we use dinesh chandimal..and give chance to T perera to open the batting....plz do it one time..we will successive

Posted by 3rd_man on (October 15, 2012, 14:10 GMT)

De Mel seems to be mixed up with his players when we see statements like Mathews don't have power" etc etc.. I admit we see something wrong with his approach sometimes.he is bit late going for his big shots, sometime it did hurt SL. its not that he cant hit the ball,he sometimes dragging the game to the last over unnecessarily.Sometimes I feel like he don't have the confidence he can hit the ball for 6.It's just a metal thing, but I have seen power hitting from Mathews. I agree with leaving out Mahela, Sangakkara & Dilshan,to open up opportunities for youngsters. T20 is a grate platform to identify young talent. guys like Angelo Perera, Bhanuka , Kapugedara, Chandimal, Munaweera, Jeewan Mendis, Lokuarachchi, Senanayake kind of guys who should play this game going forward. Experienced guys want to hang on to International T20 for the sake of winning good IPL contracts.selectors need to take some brave decisions to give these youngsters to gain some international experience

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 14:09 GMT)

yes we have to rebuild the team .kapu has no place in the team.one match fail no reason change mathews,keep sanga ,drop dil,mahela,amd milenga.

Posted by ashguru123 on (October 15, 2012, 14:04 GMT)

OHH MY GOD...don't give mathews to captain C..he is not good all time!

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 14:03 GMT)

Mahela is the 2nd highest run scorer of the tournament with 243 runs and the batsman who has scored most number of boundaries.... In the same time Sanga is the 9th highest run getter in the tournament and the 2nd in the list of wicket keepers who has taken most dismissles...... Don't know what the Chairman of selector in SL is talking about.......!!!!!

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 13:57 GMT)

its good to rest sanga,mahela,dlishan for t20's,but saying mahela,mathews are not suitable to t20's is stupid thing.in t20's hitting is not only key getting runs is main aim. mahela played so brilliantly and he has good strike rate also and mathews is a good batsman and he can hit the ball also

Posted by yorkslanka on (October 15, 2012, 13:51 GMT)

i cant believe I am reading this...good players are good players IRRESPECTIVE of the format they play. Yes some players are better suited to certain formats but that doesnt mean that experience and skill should go out of the window...Mathews would make a good captain- not as good as mahela but he has now ruled himself out..these selectors need to realise that there is a huge difference in playing in our domestic cricket and international cricket...

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 13:51 GMT)

bitter but the truth!

Posted by JontyG on (October 15, 2012, 13:47 GMT)

Its a good deal to have a seperate T20 Internation Sides especially for sides like India and Sri Lanka, the reason being the amount of International Matches they play. Though its the same game, the requirements of each format is different. T20 Cricket needs young, athletic, strong arms etc. Ofcourse all the formats needs modern day smart players but as the amount of cricket played is huge so different players should be used. Being India, I also love the Sri Lankan Cricket - Sanga, Mahela, Dilshan, Malinga are treat to watch while players like Chandimal, Thirmanne, Jeevan Mendis, Angelo and Thisara are exciting and with these guys the SL Cricket is in safe hands. Just that thay have to raise to the occassion. No doubt these guys are talented. New Generation stars like Chandimal,Angelo, Thirmanne, Mendis, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Manoj n Saurabh Tiwary, these player shud learn from Virat !

Posted by spas on (October 15, 2012, 13:39 GMT)

I dont get this, is t20 all about hitting sixes? Good players like Mahela and Sanga will adopt to the situations and play accordingly. I understand that they cannot play forever and SL need to build a team. But it should not comprise of bunch of "big hitters" who will be confused when they cannot adopt to the difficult situations like 2012 t20 final.

Posted by jonesy2 on (October 15, 2012, 13:28 GMT)

i actually have wanted australia to do this. have players only selected for t20s out of the best performers in the BBL. guys like travis birt, d hussey, coulter-nile, faulkner, mckay, henriques, steve smith, o'keefe, tait, ferguson, dan harris, christian. and maybe add stars that play other forms like warner, marsh, lyon, and bowlers

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 13:23 GMT)

T20 is not only playing 6s. Yesterday's match between MI & LIONS is a good example how Neil Macenzie played with placements. Mahela is the best example for it from our team.

Posted by CricketMaan on (October 15, 2012, 13:20 GMT)

Its not about clearing boundaries. The idea to moot a seperate T20 is good, but to call Mahela not adaptable is a joke. Yes likes of Mahela, Sanga and even Mathews should be reserved to play ODIs (with 2015 WC in mind) and Tests (as there is no immediate replacement) which is wise thought, but dont say they are not suited for this format. That is rubbish. I thought Jeevan Medins had a good attitude and may even be a surprise pick for T20 captaincy.

Posted by 94Colombo on (October 15, 2012, 13:16 GMT)

Angelo Mathews not a big hitter???? How on earth can he say this? Of course you need big hitters in T20 but that doesn't mean you can leave out guys like Mahela and Sanga. However much big hitters you may have but you need to have class to anchor the innings. I guess Munaweera and Kapugedara must come in to the team for Thirimanne and a bowler posible Dananjaya.

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 13:13 GMT)

"Angelo Mathews Dont have power".. Hmmmm.. I guess our chairman of selectors doesnt watch too many cricket matches and makes his selections based on misguided preconceptions. I cant understand why we keep persisting with this de mel guy who has a track record of being a shady character.

Posted by ProdigyA on (October 15, 2012, 13:11 GMT)

What the point, you r either going to get knocked over by the Indians or lose the finals anyway.

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 13:08 GMT)

Amal athulathmudali also a powerful batsman but he needs to improve

Posted by u.t.k.a.l on (October 15, 2012, 13:05 GMT)

Its a good move to pick a new & young team for t20 world cup 2014 by sri lanka team selectors but i am completely disagree with few comments of Del Mel. His comment about Angelo Mathews is utter rubbish. I think Mr Del Mel hasn't watched the final match of SPL where Mathwes easily cleared the boundaries. Angelo is one of the cleanest striker of the ball, and i needn't remind Mr Del Mel that t20 matches not only win by sixes :p He has commented about Mahela doesn't have power to hit the ball ha ha ha i think Mr Del Mel is only selcting the team but watching them playing or else how can he say that mahela don't have the power so he adopts different methods to score runs like the scoop and the reverse sweep. Mahela is the most intelligent and gifted player srilanka ever produced who can score at will. Mr Del Mel please watch Angelo and Mahela playing thn comment. These 2 guyz are the most fav player of mine form current sri lanka squad. I am from india. Cric info plz publish...

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 13:05 GMT)

LOL...won't help...you will still CHOKE

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 13:05 GMT)

I have little respect for our chief selector, but what the guy says here appears to correctly sum up the debacle that was the T20 Finals.

Posted by shyamsunder1045 on (October 15, 2012, 13:02 GMT)

no ways sanga and mahela are still without them its waste

Posted by Fareen on (October 15, 2012, 12:58 GMT)

Playing Kapugedera & Munaweera won't help Sri Lanka. They Need Mahela Sanga & Dilshan to continue playing for them in the WC because there isn't many alternatives. But it would be good if SL find a bunch of T-20 players as it well enable their primary players to play ODI's and Tests more freely.

Posted by Nmiduna on (October 15, 2012, 12:53 GMT)

T20 is not just a slugger's game mr. mel. its just we failed under pressure.it'd be gud to have a pollard or a samuels, but mahela still has a vital role to play in T20.he has da ability, and mathews, u r thinking of not including mathews? outrageous to say the least!

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