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Chinthaka Jayasinghe quits cricket in Sri Lanka

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November 8, 2012

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Chinthaka Jayasinghe pulls during his unbeaten 69, Basnahira North v Kandurata, Sri Lanka Cricket Inter-Provincial Limited Over Tournament, Colombo, February 6, 2010
Chinthaka Jayasinghe played five T20s for Sri Lanka © ESPNcricinfo Ltd
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Sri Lanka Twenty20 cricketer Chinthaka Jayasinghe has retired from first-class cricket in Sri Lanka, citing frustration with continued non-selection for the national team as a major reason. Jayasinghe, 34, played in five T20 matches from December 2009 to May 2010, making a high score of 38 from three innings in the lower-middle order. He played as a fast-bowling allrounder for his domestic sides, and has 104 wickets at 24.48, but did not bowl in internationals.

Jayasinghe said he has a contract to play domestic cricket in Australia during the southern summer, and another six-month contract to play in England next year. He was not among the 60 players offered an SLC contract in 2012 and he said this was central to his decision to move on.

"I have played 14 years of first-class cricket in Sri Lanka and it's saddening to see the SLC selectors favouring certain players who are proven failures," Jayasinghe said. "The way things are going, I feel like Sri Lanka cricket is not moving forward, especially after the seniors in the national team retire."

Jayasinghe played for the Uva Next franchise in the Sri Lanka Premier League, and last played first class-cricket for Bloomfield Cricket and Athletic club, having previously represented Burgher Recreation Club and Nondescripts Cricket Club.

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Posted by DJyash on (November 10, 2012, 8:01 GMT)

first of all he should understand first class cricket is not international cricket,first class cricket you only will face maximum 20 international players that is also in may be 10 different teams so it can't speak your talent very much but up to some extent yes you are talented.i mean no offence by saying this i saw all the international matches you played you have the worst foot movement i ever saw you good good hand and eye coordination but to tell you the truth that is not good enough for test cricket or even 50-50 as it need some technique as the game is i think that is why you didn't get a chance in the longer version of the game and also when you got the opportunity you never show your talent in 20-20 so how can they promote you to longer version,longer version of cricket is so much to do with technique but sorry brother you have the worst technique i saw from srilankan batsman so i wish you all the very best in those seaming and bouncy tracks in aussy and eng

Posted by   on (November 10, 2012, 3:00 GMT)

some timesi cannot understand players like pradeep hewage, duminda perera(ananda), nimesh perera ,rohan weekoody, anjana jayasooriya, muthumudalige pushpaumara, nisal fernando who didnt even seen in final 11 in any form of cricket .really unfortunate.they were likely playing in national 11 in school days. also upul chandana, sumithra warnakulasooriya, anura anasinghe,niroshan bandarathilaka, suresh perera hang on national team along with chinthaka time to time but did not get any permanent place. all likes to see their heroes on play. but only 11 can play. if we think in India 1001 players are on show per year . but very few get selected.what to do. but it is great for the players who appeared in national teams at least to give some remembereance at departure of international cricket in formal way...

Posted by   on (November 10, 2012, 2:18 GMT)

not good time for CJs. really talented player . but i feel he got right opportunities and not performed at those . there were some players like him peeped into team like dilruwan perera, nishantha ranathunga, etc.. well only 11 can play...!!

Posted by   on (November 9, 2012, 15:55 GMT)

He should have been an automatic choice for ODi in early 2000. It is hard to think why he was not selected

Posted by PadMarley on (November 9, 2012, 9:45 GMT)

Its a bit sad .... but in the last few years, I doubted Chinthaka would have performed better than Tisara or Mathews... those are two tough places to do better and fill.... its tough luck my son!

Posted by   on (November 9, 2012, 9:25 GMT)

Well he has only scored 50 runs in his past 7 T20 matches, so that is probly why he is not getting selected

Posted by denwarlo70 on (November 9, 2012, 9:06 GMT)

Fortune favours the brave and this my friend is a brave decision you've taken. Wish you all the best down under and in England. I hope you will not be in an opposing team when our boys tour these two countries in the future, ha ha ha,

Posted by   on (November 9, 2012, 8:12 GMT)

Chinthaka is a fairly good domestic cricketer at most, going by his record. If his record is anything to go by, the Sri Lankan team will have to be expanded beyond eleven players to include him and so many other players who are better than he is. Any cricketer who has played domestic cricket for so long with national aspirations would be disappointed and frustrated but that alone cannot justify inclusion in the national team. The criteria should be abilities and potential and NOT frustration and disappointment ! I wish Chinthaka a successful and prosperous professional career in Australia and England. It is good to see Sri Lankan cricketers doing well in leagues in countries like Australia and England.

Posted by HLANGL on (November 9, 2012, 8:10 GMT)

This guy hit twin hundreds in a game against Royal College, Colombo, one of those came in just 40+ deliveries, during his school days in '90s. He had been a gifted batsman from his early days, had been good enough to bat at no. 03 in Sri Lanka U-19 sides. If properly nurtured, he could have turned out to be a quality top order attacking batsman. The biggest mistake had been that he had been converted to one of those 50-50 half allrounders by the domestic club circuit in Sri Lanka, his bowling was never his stronger aspect even during his school days. He should have been developed into a top order attacking batsman who may bowl a bit as the situation demands. That's the role he should have been given. A genuine tallent which has been mishandled & simply wasted, to say the least.

Posted by anver777 on (November 9, 2012, 6:43 GMT)

An emotional ending for this talented SL allrounder.... I wish him good luck in Aus & Eng !!!!

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