West Indies tri-series June 21, 2013

Injured Dilshan out of West Indies tri-series

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Upul Tharanga will replace the injured Tillakaratne Dilshan in Sri Lanka's squad for the tri-series in West Indies, while Ajantha Mendis also got a recall at Thisara Perera's expense. Scans after Thursday's Champions Trophy semi-final against India showed Dilshan had suffered a second-degree tear to his right medial calf muscle and will be in recovery for four to six weeks. The injury also put him in doubt for South Africa's limited-overs tour of Sri Lanka, which begins on July 20.

Mendis has been increasingly regarded a Twenty20 specialist, and has not played an ODI for Sri Lanka since January. His inclusion strengthened Sri Lanka's spin resources on tour, with Rangana Herath, Sachithra Senanayake and Jeevan Mendis also traveling. Perera's exclusion was a surprise, though, and Dilhara Lokuhettige, who has been with the team in the UK without having played a match, will remain in the squad as they head to the Caribbean.

Perera has been a fixture of Sri Lanka's limited-overs sides in the last 18 months, but made only 15 runs in two innings in the Champions Trophy, and bowled eight overs for no wicket. Tharanga has also been out of the side since January, but had an encouraging season of first-class cricket, in which he averaged 66.66 in 14 innings.

Dilshan tore his calf in the fourth over of Sri Lanka's innings, after he had struck Umesh Yadav for two boundaries. Though he took painkillers, he was unable to continue batting and retired hurt in the next over. He returned in the penultimate over of the innings, but hobbled between the wickets during his stay, and did not take the field as Sri Lanka failed in their attempt to defend 181.

The tri-series in the West Indies will feature India, as well as the hosts, and begins on June 28.

Squad: Angelo Mathews (capt), Kusal Perera, Upul Tharanga, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Dinesh Chandimal (vc), Lahiru Thirimanne, Jeevan Mendis, Lasith Malinga, Shaminda Eranga, Nuwan Kulasekara, Dilhara Lokuhettige, Rangana Herath, Sachithra Senanayake, Ajantha Mendis.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • on June 22, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    WI tri series is going to be tough for the lankans without the services of Dilshan who is no doubt an impact player.He does give the impetus for Srilanka.Most of the matches where Dilshan made 30+ have been won by SL.He has been a successful ODI opener for SL.He is sometimes underestimated because of his nature hitting every ball he faces.When is watchful,he leaves certain ball that are unplayable behind.It is indeed a treat to watch him when he is on fire.The last CB series was fabulous ans spectacular taking him to the man of series of the tournament..

  • on June 26, 2013, 10:14 GMT

    Jeewan Mendis is the new Chamara Silva of Sri Lankan cricket and is always viewed favourably by the selectors irrespective of his form which is indifferent to say the least. It will be apt to quote Warney here viz: Can't bat. Can't bowl, and Can't field. SO WHY IS HE IN THE TEAM ?????????????????

  • sdharma on June 26, 2013, 2:07 GMT

    Jeewan Mendis does not justify his position and there is no rationale why the selectors are insiting on him. They should have batted an extra Batsmen or specialist bowler like Senanayake in his position. Experiment of Thisara as opner is a good attempt. Resting the seniors on low profile series like this and giving an opportuity to youngsters should be a policy in buiding the team. It was a suprise that they neglected high performing A team memebers already atapted to Carribean style.

  • dilu.sanjay on June 25, 2013, 6:49 GMT

    thisara perera should be in...more then anjalo mathews.dilhara should be out..dimuth should be recoll for team.sanga mahela should be rest.last 4 years same team been loosing to india team doing nothing we need new sl team also mathews should play 6 bata and 5 bowlers he has no guts to do that..tisara kula malnga herath,ajantha or senanayaka need to be play with kushal dilshan sanga mahela mathews chandimal or thirimanna need balance side rather then 7 bata plaing 7 bata still loosing so what the point no runs no body take wickets.sl need wicket taking bowlers sl dont have which india pakistan have part time bowlers most of them bata still they dont get runs still play 7 bata what a joke

  • on June 25, 2013, 4:05 GMT

    Why is Dimuth Karunaratne not in as an opener he had an amazing time in the resent tour of west indies what is the point of having competitive domestic competitions if you don't pick people who do well in them. Mystery spin is overrated what we need is to give someone who can control their line a length a chance. Why am i even posting this at this point LOL

  • kevepere on June 25, 2013, 1:08 GMT

    Please bring in more young players . Unfortunately we dont have quality fast bowlers. Recent match showed how vulnerable is thirimanne for the short ball. Once he pulled and got out.. Next match he defended the short balls.. ended up 7 off 30 balls against India. Dono whether marvan is helping them o not.. may be playing only off side

  • SLMaster on June 24, 2013, 17:35 GMT

    Instead of dropping Perera he should have promoted to opening. His drop resulted in not because of talent because of the batting place. He is like Dilshan in his earlier days. Perera's presence brings false sense of security. It is a nagging position which Dilshan dealt with for years. His presence also makes team selection hard because should there be an extra batsmen or bowler. In a way Perera's drop is good. He needs to move away from being a batsman.

  • lions_rule on June 24, 2013, 14:01 GMT

    Thisara Perera has been rather inconsistent in his performances. He maybe a wicket taker but he needs to justify his place as a genuine all-rounder. He needs to be more consistent in his batting at the end. It is true he has played some great cameos to put Sri Lanka in the driving seat but he needs to be more reliable especially in his batting. He just needs to play more domestic cricket during this break get his technique right and he should be in the squad for the South African series. It is not the end of his career and Sri Lanka needs player of this caliber in the future when the big guns are out.

  • on June 24, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    Thisara should be in for Dilhara. I really don't know how they can leave a player inform. Recent team selections were very poor & that costs us the champion trophy too. why don't they try out Anjelo Perera, Dimuth Karunarathne or Kithruwan Vithanage. Kusal is given another opportunity.Is it because he plays like sanath??? This is absurd. Hope there's no politics behind the Thisara's case.

  • Grasian on June 24, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    Fred Karunaratne is one of three young top order batsmen, along with Chandimal and Thirimanne, with the technique and temperament to be a long term internationals. He has been in form in the first class and now one day matches for the A team in the West Indies, but has been overlooked in favour of Tharanga whose footwork has been persistently caught out by better bowlers outside of Asia. Kusal Perera did enough in Australia to suggest he should be groomed as a long term keeper in all forms of the game - Chandimal should be left to focus on his batting.

  • on June 22, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    WI tri series is going to be tough for the lankans without the services of Dilshan who is no doubt an impact player.He does give the impetus for Srilanka.Most of the matches where Dilshan made 30+ have been won by SL.He has been a successful ODI opener for SL.He is sometimes underestimated because of his nature hitting every ball he faces.When is watchful,he leaves certain ball that are unplayable behind.It is indeed a treat to watch him when he is on fire.The last CB series was fabulous ans spectacular taking him to the man of series of the tournament..

  • on June 26, 2013, 10:14 GMT

    Jeewan Mendis is the new Chamara Silva of Sri Lankan cricket and is always viewed favourably by the selectors irrespective of his form which is indifferent to say the least. It will be apt to quote Warney here viz: Can't bat. Can't bowl, and Can't field. SO WHY IS HE IN THE TEAM ?????????????????

  • sdharma on June 26, 2013, 2:07 GMT

    Jeewan Mendis does not justify his position and there is no rationale why the selectors are insiting on him. They should have batted an extra Batsmen or specialist bowler like Senanayake in his position. Experiment of Thisara as opner is a good attempt. Resting the seniors on low profile series like this and giving an opportuity to youngsters should be a policy in buiding the team. It was a suprise that they neglected high performing A team memebers already atapted to Carribean style.

  • dilu.sanjay on June 25, 2013, 6:49 GMT

    thisara perera should be in...more then anjalo mathews.dilhara should be out..dimuth should be recoll for team.sanga mahela should be rest.last 4 years same team been loosing to india team doing nothing we need new sl team also mathews should play 6 bata and 5 bowlers he has no guts to do that..tisara kula malnga herath,ajantha or senanayaka need to be play with kushal dilshan sanga mahela mathews chandimal or thirimanna need balance side rather then 7 bata plaing 7 bata still loosing so what the point no runs no body take wickets.sl need wicket taking bowlers sl dont have which india pakistan have part time bowlers most of them bata still they dont get runs still play 7 bata what a joke

  • on June 25, 2013, 4:05 GMT

    Why is Dimuth Karunaratne not in as an opener he had an amazing time in the resent tour of west indies what is the point of having competitive domestic competitions if you don't pick people who do well in them. Mystery spin is overrated what we need is to give someone who can control their line a length a chance. Why am i even posting this at this point LOL

  • kevepere on June 25, 2013, 1:08 GMT

    Please bring in more young players . Unfortunately we dont have quality fast bowlers. Recent match showed how vulnerable is thirimanne for the short ball. Once he pulled and got out.. Next match he defended the short balls.. ended up 7 off 30 balls against India. Dono whether marvan is helping them o not.. may be playing only off side

  • SLMaster on June 24, 2013, 17:35 GMT

    Instead of dropping Perera he should have promoted to opening. His drop resulted in not because of talent because of the batting place. He is like Dilshan in his earlier days. Perera's presence brings false sense of security. It is a nagging position which Dilshan dealt with for years. His presence also makes team selection hard because should there be an extra batsmen or bowler. In a way Perera's drop is good. He needs to move away from being a batsman.

  • lions_rule on June 24, 2013, 14:01 GMT

    Thisara Perera has been rather inconsistent in his performances. He maybe a wicket taker but he needs to justify his place as a genuine all-rounder. He needs to be more consistent in his batting at the end. It is true he has played some great cameos to put Sri Lanka in the driving seat but he needs to be more reliable especially in his batting. He just needs to play more domestic cricket during this break get his technique right and he should be in the squad for the South African series. It is not the end of his career and Sri Lanka needs player of this caliber in the future when the big guns are out.

  • on June 24, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    Thisara should be in for Dilhara. I really don't know how they can leave a player inform. Recent team selections were very poor & that costs us the champion trophy too. why don't they try out Anjelo Perera, Dimuth Karunarathne or Kithruwan Vithanage. Kusal is given another opportunity.Is it because he plays like sanath??? This is absurd. Hope there's no politics behind the Thisara's case.

  • Grasian on June 24, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    Fred Karunaratne is one of three young top order batsmen, along with Chandimal and Thirimanne, with the technique and temperament to be a long term internationals. He has been in form in the first class and now one day matches for the A team in the West Indies, but has been overlooked in favour of Tharanga whose footwork has been persistently caught out by better bowlers outside of Asia. Kusal Perera did enough in Australia to suggest he should be groomed as a long term keeper in all forms of the game - Chandimal should be left to focus on his batting.

  • Udendra on June 24, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    Thisara Perera should be in the squad instead of Dilahara Lokuhettige.

  • ajithabey on June 24, 2013, 5:52 GMT

    It would have been wiser to rest Mahela, Sanga, Dilshan, Malinga & Herath and give an opportunity to some of the A team players who are already in the Carribean and performing well. Leaving Thisara is not a good idea as he has been consistent for the team except in the last tournament. Lokuhettige should have been replaced by a younger and more promising player. Wonder why the selectors are not focusing in grooming the next crop of International players.

  • sajhera on June 24, 2013, 3:36 GMT

    Matthews captaincy is very poor. We must find a good leader very soon.Why the informed Thisara left out.its a very funny. I think this selection committee will become a SHADOW OF PREVIOUS ONE. I thing they are try to give a chance to Ramitha rambuckwella by using political power. he already selected to Sri Lanka A. I don't know he can play cricket in national level. Its a shame for Sri Lanka Cricket again.

  • on June 24, 2013, 0:53 GMT

    I don't really know why Thisara is Left out, The only all rounder that has been performing well during the past matches, Also he would do a better job than Shaminda Eranga even as an opening bowler. Lokuhettige in, that's fine. Should have had Thisara instead of Eranga, at least

  • ChrisPerera on June 24, 2013, 0:44 GMT

    Very poor selection. Kusal Perera should have been left out. Before touring West Indies all players must improve fielding especially Mathews.

  • Prabhash1985 on June 23, 2013, 11:20 GMT

    These matches are lost even before the tournament begins. Sri Lanka should think about giving opportunity to Dimuth Karunaratne? He is a far better Test batsman than those younger players. Had Dimuth played in this tournament, we would have played today in finals. Swap players after give enough opportunity, and continue swapping when required. This will build a better line up. We have enough matches now.

  • cricfan100 on June 23, 2013, 11:03 GMT

    I don't know whether sanath picked this batting lineup to win this tournament or to lose it. Now he knows that we have lost to india in the recent past quite heavily playing this same batting lineup again and again. All these top 7 batsmen played against india except for kusal, during last three years. Apparently the main weakness was our batting compared to indian batting. Our batsmen were not attacking enough to exert any major threat on indians. Now here again he plays the same set of batsmen. Does that make it difficult for us to predict the winner? Players like KITHRUWAN VITHANAGE, ANGELO PERERA, CHATHURANGA DE SILVA should have been given chances. When something is going wrong for a long period of time you have to make changes, rather than sticking with the same plan and hoping for the best. For this tournament i think winner is already decided, It's just a matter of whether we will be able to play the final alongside india or not.

  • on June 23, 2013, 10:02 GMT

    Yes its didn't make any sense drop of Thisara coz he did his best last matches all the failure come from opening Kusal last four inning make maximum 4 runs, we all knew we have to give time and chance for new comer but not in the big matches like Champion trophy??? Even Sanath Know Upul Tharanga Record in England both have record partnership fist wicket how Sanath forget that????????????? this game of sport or indirect politic........................ what Thisar did to drop him from side Vetharan Sanath should answer this...........

  • cricfan100 on June 23, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    I don't know whether sanath picked this batting lineup to win this tournament or to lose it. Now he knows that we have lost to india in the recent past quite heavily playing this same batting lineup again and again. All these top 7 batsmen played against india except for kusal, during last three years. Apparently the main weakness was our batting compared to indian batting. Our batsmen were not attacking enough to exert any major threat on indians. Now here again he plays the same set of batsmen. Does that make it difficult for us to predict the winner? Players like KITHRUWAN VITHANAGE, ANGELO PERERA, CHATHURANGA DE SILVA should have been given chances. When something is going wrong for a long period of time you have to make changes, rather than sticking with the same plan and hoping for the best. For this tournament i think winner is already decided, It's just a matter of whether we will be able to play the final alongside india or not.

  • on June 23, 2013, 7:34 GMT

    Though Sanga and Mahela scores Centuries time to time they are not real Match winners or POSITIVE batsmans. They play only to save their slot in the team, not the way to win matches..they are always defensive..Compare their batting style to great match winners like Aravinda, Arjuna and Sanath.. At the moment real positive batsman is Dilshan...so it's good time to drop Sanga and Mahela from the team and bring young TALENTS..

  • on June 23, 2013, 7:28 GMT

    He he funny isn't it. Lokuhettige in Thisara out. Now that's what you call a laugh.

  • melupa on June 23, 2013, 6:20 GMT

    Its quite clear Ramitha rambuckwella will be in the team soon. His main competitor is Thisara. This is the first step.

  • lakshan_king on June 23, 2013, 4:33 GMT

    whats sanath is thinking left out thisara perera & retaing lokuhettige, thisara is the most valubale player for sri lanka more than mathewsin ODIS & once again Upul Tharanga oh my god so we dont have any yonger batsmens , we have such like angelo perera, shehan jayasundara, may where is banuka rajapaksha.

  • JamesSmithee on June 23, 2013, 4:23 GMT

    Thisara may had poor performance in match against NewZealand. But with India he didn't get fair opportunity. SL were 145 (45) and TP was asked to hit without giving him a settling time. What I can't understand is SL drop best cricketers after failing a single match , but for some players ( Jeevan Mendis, Mathews, Eranda) they gives lot of opportunities. I can remember how he won matches in Australia and in SA.

  • SL_Boy on June 23, 2013, 2:58 GMT

    Excellent Tissara need to learn play responsibly, he played two matches without any impact. We need to get Tharanga in maybe he will be our long term player and Caption too... Chandimal should not have a place in T20.

    bad luck SL if we would have won the toss that would have been a different game ... anyway good run.

  • Htc-Android on June 22, 2013, 23:35 GMT

    I am very disappointed with Thissara dropped from the squad. Whats Jeevan and lokuhettige doing in the team anyways? What have they done for the team? Another question is why dint they bring Dimuth as a replacement for Dilshan. Dimuth is already playing in WI for the a team and scored a couple of 1st class hundreds. Tharanga is a vulnerable player against swing. Even after playing 160 ODIs he doesnt know how to play the swinging ball outside the offstump. With kushal poor form, I can surely say we will lose both openers within the 1st 3 overs. But, I think KUSAL should be given a few more chances before we make a decision. He still young and he can still work on his weakness.

  • on June 22, 2013, 21:01 GMT

    Looks Jayasuriya is trying to bring in Ramitrh Rambukwella slowly in to first eleven by dropping competitors like Thisara Perera. You can see now Ramith is plaing for Sri Lanka A ahead of many other talented players.

  • PrasadGunawardane on June 22, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    Some harsh and every poor selection indeed!!! When the oppositions were real vulnerable against spin, no Ajantha was included to the Champions Trophy. Now when a tri-nation series is set with the inclusion of India (which plays very well to spin), Ajantha is picked. When Thisara became the Sri Lanka's real key all-rounder against any opposition in any limited over formats, now he has been dropped by keeping a guy who has no mark in the international cricket for good 7/6 years. By giving a vice captaincy for a real TEST batsman, SLC is gambling with players rather than selecting the best resources for the specific format..Angelo Perera and Chathuranga de Silva could have been easily replaced for Chandimal and Herath respectively.

  • on June 22, 2013, 16:46 GMT

    Malinda pushpakumara is the highest wicket taker in the domestic tournament! he should have given chance instead Herath! Herath is not a ODI bowler! he will bowl economical spell but not wicket taking! kusal,thirimanna,sanga/mahela,chandi,A.perera,mathews,thisara,malinda pushpakumara,senanayake,kula,V.perera would have been idial

  • Sageleaf on June 22, 2013, 16:34 GMT

    Not sure why people compare Keith Miller, Dhawan and David Miller. What I can't understand is why SL has dropped Tissara Perera? It does not make any sense as Dilhara Lokuhettige is going on the tour instead of Tissara. Dhoni's interview clearly says he needs only 15minutes with his players as they have figured the SL cricket team so well. But what have the Sri Lankan cricketers done? I guess nothing. They still cannot get Kohli out and keep on losing to India. On the other hand they can defeat any other team in the world but India. Angelo Mathews couldn't captain his IPL side and good enough to captain a nation. I think for me Angelo is still not the right choice. He still does not have an ODI century after playing almost 100 ODI's. Don't get me wrong he is a classy cricketer with lot of talent. But look at Kohli few more ODI's than Angelo but has 13 centuries in ODI's. I think Angelo is highly over rated. SL gets the final 11 wrong in every big game they have played so far.

  • on June 22, 2013, 16:29 GMT

    Kusal,dilshan,sanga,chandimal.mahela,mathews,serasinghe,herath,kua,V.perera,Malinga this is the best possible team Sri lanka can have! they must given a chances for V.perera,S.Serasinghe,Milinda Sandaruwan Our problem is bowling! batting not that much bad

  • vsssarma on June 22, 2013, 14:46 GMT

    But for Keith Miller, Australia always had specialist batsmen and specialist bowlers. And they are a number 1 side, all time basis. Recently, Shane Watson may be performing as an all rounder but he enters the team on his batting performance alone; bowling being secondary.

    Unless Sri Lanka finds a Keith Miller, I wish that they have specialist bowlers and specialist batsmen.

    As for Thisara Perera's IPL performance, let us understand that club-cricket is totally different stuff compared to International cricket. But for Shikhar Dhawan, which player played well in IPL as well as the subsequent ODI tournament ? Look at David Miller. He was a great performer in IPL but he could not perform in the ODI tournament.

  • on June 22, 2013, 14:05 GMT

    Oh my god! what happening with Sri Lankan Cricket. Thisara Perara was one of the best allrounders the country has produced, far better than Mathews... Perara was the key behind Sunrisers success this year... Good talent with allround skills, every team wants to keep a player like him in the Playing 11... Hope he will be back soon in the Team.

  • sea620 on June 22, 2013, 13:52 GMT

    thank you sanath and Mathews for dropping thisara.now I don't have to waste my time watching the tri series.selecting tharanga is great.I hope you will select dilhara fernando for next tournament.

  • Cricket_Man on June 22, 2013, 13:16 GMT

    How can a dangerous cricketer like Thisara Perara be left out? I think Angelo Matthews is probably insecure of Perara for that allrounder's spot so he may have an influence on Perar's omission. I like Matthews as a cricketer but I think that for the past 18 months or so Perara has performed better than Matthews as an allrounder. Therefore, choice to make Matthews as the captain seems absurd to me when I think he should be replaced by Perara with the allrounder's spot. If Sangakara or Jayawerdena can't be captain then make Malinga or Kulasekra the captain.

  • RiznyF on June 22, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    Sri Lanka already has a squad with a good mix of young and experienced players. They should build around this squad for the next world cup. However, dropping Thisara Perera, who has been their most promising player in the recent past is unfathomable. Whats worse is he is a very young player who has been in the XI for a sometime. He has also produced results constantly in the last few tournaments.

    Many individuals in this forum suggest certain young players who are in the Sri Lanka A and development squads, but have not excelled in those teams yet. I'm sure they find their way into the lankan XI, if they do well. But the current squad seems a very formidable one.

    The absence of Dilshan would allow players like Kushal Perera, who is an opener and Jeevan Mendis, who is a batting all rounde,r a great opportunity to prove themselves.

    Hope Lanka wins tournament and prove that they have what it take to win tournaments!

  • Surajdon9 on June 22, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    Really frustrating selection..I would give Both Sanga and Mahela.We need to groom plenty of young batting firepower.Bowling still looks good.I hope mahela and Kausal will open and rest of batting line up should be Sanga, Mathews, Chandimal, Thirimane,Kula,Jeeven, Ajantha, Malinga, Herath

  • MDCP on June 22, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    whats the point of having lokuhettige? didnt even play a game in CT. Would have prefered to see sanga or mahela rested too. wheres angelo perera? he is our most promising middle order batsman. he shud be given a chance ahead of jeevan. jeevan has been given so many chances but he is still to prove himself. Angelo can bowl too. even herath should be rested and youngsters should have been given the chance in this useless tri series.

  • on June 22, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    greatt choice dropping thissara hatts off sana i cant thank you enough.why would you have a player who player who plays the same old slog no matter what the situation the team is in...there were 3 fielders covering leg side match against india..still he went for the same old leg side slog.he should learn more shots during this time otherwise there wont be any future for him sorry!!!!

  • on June 22, 2013, 10:07 GMT

    @hyder: Openers is not who is capable to play long innings & thisara is not at all fulfill dat criteria.

  • palis123 on June 22, 2013, 10:03 GMT

    Very poor selection this by Sanath and co. I thought their purpose was to groom young players. This is a nothing tournament and what they do is bring in all the tried and failed players in the past. I'm really disappointed. I hope we lose all the matches so that they will understand their mistakes. I hope sanga and mahela will at least be generous to drop their positions and let thiri and chandi bat high up. May be mahela can open.

  • on June 22, 2013, 10:00 GMT

    no point of doing such things. if sri lanka want to be a good side in world cricket they must change thier attitude. they play too much dot balls when they lost a wicket. must play attacking cricket. when they fielding they allows easy singles to the other teams. they will have to find a good spiner that can spin the ball shraply(like ashwin, swan,ajmal...) also a fast baller that can ball 140-150 and good hitters up in the order and in the middle. selectors must think about this otherwise i'ts too late. find new talented players and give them a chance like india. we must prepare our team for the world cup 2015. good luck for sanath and the team. will hope to see a good lankan team in the future.

  • Prem2248 on June 22, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    (3batters& bowler) sooner than later from the Team and include quality promising youngsters in the Country that have maintained consistency from their young age. A player of 1st Cl Ba 37.84 is definitely not the best replacement at a time the other 2 seniors should also be removed. There are far better players than them in the Country in Angelo Perera (the best Schoolboy Bat 2009), Bhanuka Rajapaksha (the best Schoolboy bat 2010 & 2011 & one of the top batters in Youth WC 2010) Niroshan Dicwella (the best Schoolboy Bat 2012), Kusal Mendis (the best Schoolboy Bat 2013). Give them their deserving place in the Team at the time their self-confidence at its peak, if not they may lose interest of the Game, since they're the most under paid youngsters among all Test playing countries(these stats can be verified at local newspaper websites). Experience can do nothing as exhibited by the overvalued 4. The Left-armer (very ordinary performer in all 3 departments) has no business in this Team.

  • warneshane on June 22, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    Thanks to Warne that he had groomed many IND players like Jadeja, Rahane in IPL while playing for Rajasthan Royals. People talk about MS but it was faith showed by Warne and gave international exposure. You know in this tournament but these players are playing since 6 years. You SL have good win records in 2010 against IND under Moody I believe. SL players(new comers) I believe do not get that kind of International exposure as IND players get. This is right opportunity to give exposure no matter you loose. People talk about drubbing 8-0 of IND but they don't know sudden collapse of openers & middle orders make things worst if they stick to the same. One has to look for the future and MS found difficult with selectors but he remained calm. People don't talk about drubbing of ENG 3-0 from PAK and many more. Each country has to go through this. The Current IND bowlers are young promising but not weak.

    Just try youngsters & then you will get another SRILANKA may be better than 1996.

  • Prem2248 on June 22, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    such tough situations by employing controlled strokes, as the quality players I mentioned above have been adopting. The other the most over valued has only very few scoring strokes in his bag, when a batter find it hard to force the ball all along the ground on the leg side, he'll definitely be a burden to the side. The joker thinks it is his type of batters (whose success rate is 1 out of 5 innings played) are the most wanted at this level, similar to the Jokers, before him had thought.The local media too is very much ignorant of the Game as much as the J&Ps, otherwise they won't cry to keep these useless, self-centered (with no concern for the Future of the Country's Cricket) players till the next WCin2015.The Country badly need officials and media personnel who know and can comprehend the value of employing Schoolboy Cricketers that have maintained consistency from the young age at this Top-Level by removing under-performing over-hyped seniors.They should remove the4 seniors2BCNTD

  • Prem2248 on June 22, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    The J&Ps of the past, should be blamed for inconsistency of SLan batters of last decade, as the J&Ps have been very much ignorant of the value of employing batsmen with proper controlled stroke play as front-line batters , at least they should try to employ the batters, the quality of our own Aravinda's, Attapattu's, Samaraweera's class who have had consistent brilliant School and Domestic careers and also the way, the present day Kholis', Cooks', Trotts' , Roots',…have been performing.When the going is tough one should have proper technique to survive under such tough conditions a thing which is missing in all 3 senior over-hyped batters (they have been given too many opportunities in spite of being continuously failing outside the Country, at the cost of brilliant schoolboy Cricketers of last 2 decades, any person can verify their early ODI careers, in this VERY WEBSITE and he would learn why I labelled these persons as Jokers). Two of them do not know how to overcome 2BCNTD

  • warneshane on June 22, 2013, 9:30 GMT

    @Mohamed Rafee SL had strong players like sanath, Kalu, Attapatu, Arvinda, My favourite cool Arjuna, Vaas, Murali, Dharmasena in 1996 to 1998 which enable them to beat India in that period. Only Manoj Prabhakar changed his style in 1 match of wc 1996 and then he disappeared. When Saurav took charge after Azhar left, IND again was top on SL. SL's record was good in 1996 to 1998 only. Because openers handed to middle order with good start and middle orders gained that momentum. People like sanath & Arvinda gave dual role as bowlers to support Vaas's extra ordinary seam control & Murali's spin though IND played better him. I am looking this type of team effort from SL's current team which they showed in 1996 to hand over start to middle & capitalized there after. In today's game of modern cricket, it is impossible to stop single of opposition if you don't have extra ordinary bowler. An IPL gave exposure to talent of IND with internationals & we have results.......continues.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on June 22, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    I think SL should rest Sanga, Mahela, Dilshan,Malinga and Kula. Give young guns more opportunities to play in these useless try series. I am surprised by dropping Tissara.

  • UndertheGrill on June 22, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    Think they dropped the wrong Perera.

  • on June 22, 2013, 8:55 GMT

    Kusal Perera was a walking wicket in the Champions Trophy. So when Dilshan is gone we had already lost both openers. Regarding moving Chandimal up the order, neither Mahela nor Sanga started their careers batting in their current positions. They were batting higher up in the order and gradually through performance earned their right to bat in the top order. I agree we could rest either Sanga or Mahela for the series in WI. But with Dilshan not available selectors could not afford to do that. Kusal Perera should not only improve his batting technique but should also improve his fielding. The fact that Thisara did well in IPL is not a reason to include him. IPL and ODIs are miles apart. Still he should have been preferred ahead of Lokuhettige. Malinga should invent a different way of bowling against Indians. They have learnt to come to terms with his usual bag of tricks. Angelo became captain before he could fully establish himself as a player in the team, that is another big problem.

  • TZ9383 on June 22, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    Poor selection Dimuth, Anjelo Perera, Asahn Priyanjan are in very good touch plese include these yongsters to the team

  • murli_227 on June 22, 2013, 8:45 GMT

    Thisara is the MVP of SL team , still they keep dropping him. Can't understand the reason behind dropping such a talented guy. He is very young , you need to encourage them by giving more and more chances to come good. You will only dent their confidence by dropping !

  • on June 22, 2013, 8:41 GMT

    I still wonder why their leaving Angelo Perera apart. he is good one day material also handy with the bowl in middle overs. WC is not far way and they need pick young players while giving them considerable experience.

  • cricfan100 on June 22, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    I have no doubt sri lanka is gonna lose against india in all their matches. There is no logic behind selection of tharanga, when your team is full of accumulators such as sanga, thirimanne, chandimal, jeewan mendis, Mathews. None of these players are stroke makers. Even though you would love to call mathews a big hitter, he is not. His shots are so limited, most of the times fails to deliver when his team needs him the most (Just like the CT semi final, having being set threw it away. Showing his in ability to strike the ball). Just imagine how we can compete against a mighty indian batting lineup like india by having these kind of batsman that fall under the same category. Rather than playing this side and losing we could have played few youngsters who are willing to play their strokes at any cost. Even if we lost it wouldn't have mattered a lot.

    I just can't see any logic behind these selections. "opener replacing an opener" these are old theories. we have to move on.

  • on June 22, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    sandy7823 -- I totally agree with your comments.Srilanka's concept of allowing singles should be stopped if they are to be competitive in big tournaments.The current squad should sit together & watch the SL1996 squad world cup matches where singles were hardly allowed.That was the reason why they emerged winners of the 1996 world cup.This has been the most important factor that contributed to Srilanka's 4 consecutive world cup debacles.I don't know why this issue is not evident and addressed.We had players like Roshan ,Hashan,and sanath who were the Jonty Rhodes of Srilanka.Kusal perera should be taken to nets and corrected on his repeated mistakes.There were days where India never wanted to take on Srilanka.Many fast bowlers were forced to change their bowling style,eg,Venkatesh Prasad,Manoj Prabahar and many other indian and england bowlers,but it is,thesedays, quite easy for India to beat Srilanka.Indian bowling is weak while their fielding is improved which helps them to win..

  • cricfan100 on June 22, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    The entire world is saying sri lankan batting is solely dependent on two big guns mahela and sanga, The reason behind sri lanka cricket going this low itself is sanga and mahela. They never wanted to groom youngsters when they were captains. When chandimal hit two centuries and a fifty within his first six one day internationals batting at number three, We were talking about another batting sensation, what did sanga do, he wanted his number three position back applying the theory "Best batsman bats at number three". Mahela wanted his number four, chandimal was pushed back to number five from where he never recovered, his batting style never suited batting at 5. After 50 plus ODIs he still has two centuries. Where is he now, batting at number seven. That is how he was groomed, job well done. Records of sanga and mahela speak for themslves but whether they chased records more than the team success is there to be decided.

  • on June 22, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    Only two srilankans performed in the IPL who lasith and thisara respectively .. Thisara was in the top 5 of the pepsi 's most valuable player..Thisara should be included in the top 11

  • andrew27994 on June 22, 2013, 7:13 GMT

    Dilshan's absence will be a huge loss for SL. He would've made a big impact on slow wickets in WI especially against India. Probably Angelo Perera should've got an opportunity as he has a very good List A and T20 record. I think the inclusion of Ajantha Mendis is especially because of his improvement in batting. He got a FC 100 recently, I believe.

  • cricfan100 on June 22, 2013, 7:08 GMT

    These kind of tournaments you remember only for a week or two and then you never talk about them. We are playing These tournaments as if it was world cup. Even when bangladesh toured sri lanka angelo mathews didn't include any one of the two selected youngsters in the squad at that time into the playing eleven saying most important thing was to win the tournament. I doubt it. I think mathews is more concerned about his place in the team, he knows giving chances to youngsters could result in his omission from the side.

    This is one reason why i respect dhoni. In the last CB series in austrailia, he sticked with his rotational policy, leaving out one of big three at every game. Even though media was critizing him, never did he change his stance. It resulted in a first round exit. But the foresight of the man was such that results are to be seen a year later in CT 2013.

    Wish sri lankan think tank could do the same. Even though it looks as if asking for too much.

  • Sri1967 on June 22, 2013, 7:06 GMT

    agree with sandy7823, why not Mahela and Sanga take a break and keep Thisara in? This is an additional series and Sanga and Mahela should be there for SA series and provide yougsters a chance to groom. Seems like Sanath too going as per previous selectors i.e no say when it comes to resting / dropping seniors?

  • cricfan100 on June 22, 2013, 6:48 GMT

    I have no doubt sri lanka is gonna lose against india in all their matches. There is no logic behind selection of tharanga, when your team is full of accumulators such as sanga, thirimanne, chandimal, jeewan mendis, Mathews. None of these players are stroke makers. Even though you would love to call mathews a big hitter, he is not. His shots are so limited, most of the times fails to deliver when his team needs him the most (Just like the CT semi final, having being set threw it away. Showing his in ability to strike the ball). Just imagine how we can compete against a mighty indian batting lineup like india by having these kind of batsman that fall under the same category. Rather than playing this side and losing we could have played few youngsters who are willing to play their strokes at any cost. Even if we lost it wouldn't have mattered a lot.

    I just can't see any logic behind these selections. "opener replacing an opener" these are old theories. we have to move on.

  • hyderalikhawaja on June 22, 2013, 6:46 GMT

    Dropping Thisara is definitely a poor selection. Why people like Lokuhettige is in team. Is he better than Thisara? It was a golden opportunity for Srilanka to test Thisara as an opener with free license or changed role, where he would have asked to bat through the innings. Remember his test innings of 75 against Pakistan, where he spent time in the middle. He can bat, bowl and field. We need to utilise him properly. In future i expect to see three pereras in team, Kusal J. Perera, Thisara Perera and Tharindu Kaushal Perera.

  • melupa on June 22, 2013, 6:33 GMT

    keep test players out of ODI,T20 team like Sanga,Mahela,Thirimanna,Rangana. In modern game we don't need class. Look at Dhoni no class but average over 50 and strike rate near 90. they are match winners. we have to find young talents like him.

  • warneshane on June 22, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    I am shocked to see SL squad for Celkon mobile cup. This is the best chance for SL to groom talented newcomers for international experience. Thisara P. was bowling from heart against IND and he was much better than Lasith. SL selectors doing same mistakes that IND had done. Thisara must be in & it is totally unfair to drop him without testing in the squad. Sanath might be looking him in K. Parera but he has lack of temperament. He must go to nets to solve his "outside the off stump problem". Trying Sanga & Mahela all the time will result in fatigue and they should be used carefully. By listening post match comments of Angello, it seems that he is not a listening captain searching excuses in TOSS. There are gaps between Openers, Middle order & Slog hitters which need to be filled. With the change in rules, Slinga looks off color. I don't see 2 good fast bowlers backup by 2 good spinners with support of all rounder as like Vaas & Murali combination. I agree with almost SL posts.

  • melupa on June 22, 2013, 6:12 GMT

    Srilankan ODI batting line up needs a change. they need to practice how to take singles instead of sixes. If one wicket goes down the next batsman take hours to settle down and left more to the end overs. in modern game you cant waste balls.

  • hisham_ansar on June 22, 2013, 5:54 GMT

    I think that Sanga and Mahela should be there to guide the juniors. Mathews, Chandimal or Thirimana doesn't have the maturity to understand the situation and bat accordingly and Mathews has to learn a lot on his captaincy.

    Kushal looks a good opening batsman he needs more opportunities. We need give him the freedom to play his shots. Hopefully he will come through similar chances were given to Sanath and Kalu and they came through for Sri Lanka.

    Can not see herath as the spin bowler in ODI's for future Sri Lankan team. We need to groom a good spinner and stop giving herath opportunities in ODI. By 2015 we need to have a good confidence spinner.

    Tissera is a good all-rounder but its good that he has been dropped. In recent times his shot selections have been very poor. This will be good opportunity to understand his role and bat accordingly. It's always about power hitting and clearing the boundary.

  • kevepere on June 22, 2013, 5:54 GMT

    No great batsman coming through our system. I dont know why guys like thirimanne sometimes gets into the shell often rather than scoring. Often i see thirimanne edging the ball . He does not play a good pull or hook shot, rather defense the ball in odis. No fast bowlers either. And please dont play malinga against India. If everyone tries to play him like India does its very well be over for malinga. thanks to IPL. Sad to say but you cannot compare dhawan, kohli , raina and rohit to our younsgters. they are easily ahead. Lack of money , motivation , no proper SLPL , various reasons have caused us only to be second to India almost all the time

  • on June 22, 2013, 5:21 GMT

    I say D Lokuhettige should get a chance instead of Tharanga? Kusal n Lokuhettige can open?

  • Sinhaya on June 22, 2013, 5:11 GMT

    @gnanzcupid, haha as usual comment from you so no surprise. Surely you cant acknowledge how Thirimanne scored a fifty against Australia on a slow pitch when under pressure?? You really need to undergo lobotomy. In that match Chandimal scored 31 when time was limited. He batted well. No way can you belittle Chandimal and Thirimanne. Yes Kushal Perera had an awful Champions trophy but he can come fine just like how Rohit Sharma has come about after a horror year last year. You seriously have a problem with Sri Lanka doing well. I remember you saying how Sri Lanka will not make it to round 2 of the Champions Trophy and that our group was easy because of Sri Lanka before the tournament started, but it all went against your wish and will.

  • melupa on June 22, 2013, 5:03 GMT

    Srilankan ODI batting line up- hit or miss (kusa,dilshan) Test specialist (mahela,kumar) sleepy , ball eating (thirimanna, mendis, mathews) its pretty poor to me. we need a change.

  • on June 22, 2013, 4:47 GMT

    Bad Selection SLC cricket committee should give more chances to the youngsters but they are doing nothing, I think Rangana Shoudn't be in this squad.Its really poor selection at least they should give opportunities for people like Dimuth Karunarathne,Angelo Perera,Kithruwan Vithanage but theres no room for them at all its a shame.

  • on June 22, 2013, 3:59 GMT

    thisira is talented.we need him.but it is a good decision to leave him out so that he can improve his shot selection and patience.

    but wat the hell is matthews doin in the team.highly overrated came in to replace maharoof.till th present day he has not lived up to expectations.

  • ChandraPrince on June 22, 2013, 3:49 GMT

    THISARA PERERA is a young player who's always exciting to watch in action. He adds so much drama to Sri Lanka's One Day game. He could be a devastating batsman, intimidating bowler and always a fantastic fielder. I don't understand the logic of the SL selectors. I find it's baffling why that he's left behind! There are other players who are included in the team--far more inconsistent and far less useful, and their performance demonstrate that! But it seems to me Thisara Perera is being held to some other standard by those mystifying bunch of SL selectors; some unknown, far fetched standard --which seems to me beyond reason. What's wrong with Sri Lanka's selectors?

  • Ryanspencer on June 22, 2013, 3:49 GMT

    Thisara should take it as a positive and go back to the nets with the bowling and batting coaches. He should improve his range of shots instead of having only the slog over mid on and mid wicket. He also should develop a good bouncer, slow ball and a Yorker. He is still young and has a long way to go. Even the great Sanga was dropped early in his career and now see the results. This boy has great potential to be a very good all rounder. So we should support him mentally as well.

  • melupa on June 22, 2013, 3:24 GMT

    Thisara was the only in form cricketer after IPL. but he got no chance in CT and suddenly he is out of the troops what is selectors doing?

  • Sachit1979 on June 22, 2013, 3:07 GMT

    I think ESPNCricInfo should confirm. Whether SL selectors have dropped Thisara Perera aur Kusal Janith Perera. I believe later should have been dropped as he could not reach even to double figures in any of the matches. There pace attack still looks fragile. Only Kula and Malinga has experience at highest level. Batting, still dependent on veterans Sanga and Jayawardene, others still need to show their metal.

  • Dan1977 on June 22, 2013, 2:58 GMT

    It's really a surprise? Dilhara Lokuhettige keeping inside and left our Tissera Perera!!!!its worth to take Tissera as a passenger to WI's rather Dilhara who not even near to Tissera's average performance, Chief Selector Mr.Jayasuria....what's going on your mind? Look at IPL, Perera is only success story of Sri Lankan player in the tournament, 2 matches underperformance too little to make this big decision on him, then what about Kusal Perera? Mathews? Didn't do anything much to remiss in the side, but agree they can come out well in West Indian pitches, specially Kusal...not sure of Anjelo still! My worry is why they select Dilhara in the expense of Tissera Perera.... Will see why when tournament progress......

  • on June 22, 2013, 2:58 GMT

    Why 4 times failed Kushal Perera in the squad? Selectors should know some other opening batsman should be given a chance until Kushal corrects his mistakes

  • on June 22, 2013, 2:55 GMT

    i tell you this time upul tharanga going to stay forever in the team.... in fact i believe he should stay........ 1.mahela 2.sanga 3.dilshan 4.taranga 5.malinga 6.kulasekara 7.ajantha 8.mattews are the real seniors in this team.

  • Aashi_sl on June 22, 2013, 2:48 GMT

    Lokuhettige in place of Thisara is really a poor decision i think selectors want to make the statement that we dont consider IPL form and tharanga's inclusion raises the issue of whats the point of sending players on A team tours. last month Srilanka A team toured westindies, if tharanga was the next batting option we had, he should have been included in that team and should have given the chance to play all matches. i have nothing against tharanga but the players who performed well on that tour has been ignored raises the point of having such tours. No logic from selectors and the new selectors have made their 1st blunder, hope it will be the last.

  • gnanzcupid on June 22, 2013, 2:37 GMT

    Ajanta mendis is not a good selection for this series especially against the sides which play spin fairly well. Feel lanka has no replacements for sanga and mahela. Lankan fans should be logical and stop advertising their players like chandimal,thirimanne and kusal as world's best. Whole world knows that each of these 3 have huge weaknesses. I doubt if they can stand the toughness of the standards of international cricket for long. Lankan cricketing future is bleak.

  • vsssarma on June 22, 2013, 2:32 GMT

    In the last couple of years, outside of Sri Lanka, how well did the bowlers bowl ? My computer shows the following ranking on a 0-1,000 scale.

    Suraj Randiv 1,000; Herath 939; Prasad 889; Kulasekara 888; Senanayake 878; Malinga 836; Maharoof 787; Ajantha Mendis 741; Lakmal 590; Fernando 584; Eranga 484; Matthews 437; Thisara Perera 421; Dilshan 350; Jeevan Mendis 282; CKB Kulasekara 248; Thirimannae 24; Kandamby 13.

    I feel that Randiv and Prasad should have been there.

  • thilina213 on June 22, 2013, 2:24 GMT

    This seems to be one of the worst decision made by the sri lankan selecting committee not to rest senior players(snga,mahela,malinga).......shows where sri lankan cricket is going...... disappointing.....

  • vsssarma on June 22, 2013, 2:18 GMT

    Lanka should have picked Karunaratne for batting; Randiv and KTGD Prasad for bowling. Thisara Perera has some good average because he comes late; remains not out. An all-rounder should be either an excellent batsman (like Gary Sobers) or an excellent bowler (like Imran Khan, Kapil Dev, Richard Hadlee) but a little bit of this and a little bit of that is not OK. I don't think that Thisara Perera can enter the team purely as a bowler or as a batsman. So, he should be out of the team.

  • Rocketman1 on June 22, 2013, 1:55 GMT

    It's time for Sanga, Mahela, Malinga and Herath to take a break. They deserve it. The youngsters also deserve a chance to be slowly edged into the team. There are exceptional young players coming through although they may lack the experience required at the level. Blood players to international cricket young. Just give them a taste of a few games. If they do well let them stay, if not send them back to domestic and if they are hungry enough, they will come back charging and go on to be something really special e.g. Kulasekera, Hayden, Marvan etc. Why not send out a young team to fend for themselves? Throw them in the deep end and see if they sink or swim. This is the best time. By 2015 WC there will be an experienced pool of players to pick from.

  • Prem2248 on June 22, 2013, 1:18 GMT

    than later from the Team and include quality promising youngsters in the Country that have maintained consistency from their young age. A player of 1st Cl Ba 37.84 is definitely not the best replacement at a time the other 2 seniors should also be removed. There are far better players than them in the Country in Angelo Perera (the best Schoolboy Bat 2009), Bhanuka Rajapaksha (the best Schoolboy bat 2010 & 2011 & one of the top batters in Youth WC 2010) Niroshan Dicwella (the best Schoolboy Bat 2012), Kusal Mendis (the best Schoolboy Bat 2013).(these stats can be verified at local newspaper websites) The so called experience can do nothing as exhibited by the overvalued 4. I would also like to state here that aging Left-arm bowler (very ordinary performer in all 3 departments) has no business in this Team.

  • Prem2248 on June 22, 2013, 1:18 GMT

    by employing controlled strokes, as the quality players I mentioned above have done, and the other has only very few scoring strokes in his bag, when a batter find it unable to force the ball all along the ground on the leg side, he'll definitely be a burden to the side. The joker thinks it is his type of batters (whose success rate is 1 out of 5 innings played) are the most wanted at this level, similar to the Jokers, before him had thought.The local media too is very much ignorant of the Game as much as the J&Ps, otherwise they want cry to keep these useless, self-centered (with no concern for the Future of Country's Cricket) players till the next WC in2015.The Country badly need officials and media personnel who know and can comprehend the value of employing Schoolboy Cricketers that have maintained consistency from their young age at this Top-Level by removing under-performing over-hyped seniors.They should remove all 4 aging senior players (3 batters & the bowler) sooner 2B CNTD

  • Cric-Aus-SL on June 22, 2013, 0:36 GMT

    dropping thisara is insane.. u can't expect the consistency from a batsman who bats low down the order.. he doesn't have time what so ever to settle in.. btw, wat is the role of jeevan mendis in the team ?

  • on June 22, 2013, 0:27 GMT

    Its time to take a look at all the Sri Lankan players get rid of all the old guns bring in fresh blood to the side there is alot of talant in Sri Lanka who have not given international exporture because some old players are only in for the benifits. and not to perform,its time for Dilshan Herath malinga mendis (both)mattews,and even sanga and mahela should only play the longer verson of the game,thanks to the selectors who got rid of both chamaras it took awhile for them to realize that one.

  • Baseball--Sucks on June 22, 2013, 0:15 GMT

    They should have selected Akila in place of A Mendis Remember he was spotted by our Mahela J . Also Sanga and dilly are speaking abt under 18 player vijaya kumaranatunga . He shud hav been selected in place of upul.

  • on June 21, 2013, 21:51 GMT

    I agree with Lion Rule. Thisara shud be dropped to learn a lesson. He thinks evry ball needs to be hit. I am often critical of selectiomns and for once am not. At lastMathews palyed well. Hope Kushal is not going to be impatienr like Thisara Ranjan Rodrigo

  • lions_rule on June 21, 2013, 20:15 GMT

    Thisara Perera has been rather inconsistent in his performances. He maybe a wicket taker but he needs to justify his place as a genuine all-rounder. He needs to be more consistent in his batting at the end. It is true he has played some great cameos to put Sri Lanka in the driving seat but he needs to be more reliable especially in his batting. He just needs to play more domestic cricket during this break get his technique right and he should be in the squad for the South African series. It is not the end of his career and Sri Lanka needs player of this caliber in the future when the big guns are out.

  • on June 21, 2013, 20:11 GMT

    This is what all the cricket lovers across the world cannot understand "why dropping Thisara"? I say he single-handedly won matches against Pak and was the man of the match more often than not throughout that series and afterwards. If moving SL cricket forward away from seniors then this isn't what it is.

    I wonder is it possible for a cricket to pick out a country where he would like to continue playing cricket when he dropped for no reason? Ex: Thisara is interested in playing for IND and so is BCCI in recruiting him. Why not allow players to switch countries like Tony Grieg did, and mark my world it will be as fun as ever... An innocent thought.

  • RAJ18 on June 21, 2013, 19:42 GMT

    I think they should have left out Matthews too, what did he do in CT? He is just a passenger in the team.He comes & bowls 3-4 overs of lollipop overs, as a filling bowler and rarely contributes with bat.His negative captaincy nearly cost SL a SF birth in CT.If he had been more proactive in the last match with AUS.when they were 8 down for 130 odd and restricted them for 164 or below, we would't have faced IND in SF.And IND would have faced ENG.He is a poor fielder add to all this and drops imp.catches in crucial times.But still he is the SL Cap.....?, even,when he was dropped from PWI.

  • on June 21, 2013, 18:46 GMT

    Thisara left out? Really poor selection.

  • on June 21, 2013, 18:11 GMT

    A little surprised, but he had it coming. He needs to widen his range of shots, without constantly swinging between deep midwicket and long on... And he needs to learn patience and getting singles.

  • dil1986 on June 21, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    oh c"mon, what the hell is wrong with the sri lankan selectors????? what is Eranga doing in the squad again???? he was struggling against every team. leaving Thisara Perera is a big dissapointment since he is an allrounder. may be he failed for 2 matches, but why cant they give him another chance????? he will surely perform at any given chance.

  • yorkslanka on June 21, 2013, 18:02 GMT

    like DilumSL, i saw the squad after getting a chance to read the article properly and am really surpised and disappointed that the seniors have been left in and also that thisara has been dropped..does not make sense and more importantly, does move our cricket forward..not happy..

  • on June 21, 2013, 17:53 GMT

    Good luck no matter what. It is odd to remove Thisara. I hope people don't put labels and call kids like Kushal stars until they prove themselves . Real stars like our seniors and Mr Sanath Jayasuriya and Mr. Aravinda DeSilva earned their credentials with sheer performances against the best in the world over many years across many continents. To hail a young kid before he has proven himself as the media did with a few of these young untested lads is simply unfair and totally premature. Let their records speak through dedication and performances before they are annointed as "stars" . Why set they up for failure by boosting their egos before they earn the titles through hard work?

  • Perera32 on June 21, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    Thisara Perera the 2nd highest ODI wicket taker in 2012, has been left out?, Forget his powerful batting, his fielding and bowling alone is better than Jeevan Mendis, Eranga and Lokuhettige. Silly from the selectors.

  • DilumSL on June 21, 2013, 17:08 GMT

    Oh now I saw the selected squad and it makes me disappointed. What was these selectors thinking??? our seniors are not immortal. Sooner or later their time will come. Deciding that is up to them but if they retire before 2015 WC we will be in a deep trouble. How are we going to find players of that quality??? We must learn from India. They took a brave decision to drop players like Sehwag, Gambir, Yuvi and Zak and we all know the results. I'm quite sure that fans won't mind another lost if we include some new faces to the squad.

  • asithaSL on June 21, 2013, 17:08 GMT

    Oh.. Poor decision to left out Thisara Perera, since he still is da best all-rounder we have. Don't know, why...? Sachithra , Kusal deserve more chances. It's time to Rangana Herath to step down as ODI player, coz SL must go for long-term answer like Sachithra or young Tharindu Kaushal...

  • loke_cricfan on June 21, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    Poor team selection by SL cricket, they should have rested either Jaya or Sanga if not both. Both are 35+ players, chances of both playing in the next world cup is very slim. Welcome the decision of bringing back Ajantha Mendis, he should have played more matches, but do not know the reason why they dropped him for so long. T.Perara should have been in the team, I think he is better than the captain Angelo..... Ind fan...

  • GihanW on June 21, 2013, 16:55 GMT

    i just cant believe this decision to leave out thisara, he is the best all rounder in SL and he's much better than lokuhettige nd Shaminda

  • paapam on June 21, 2013, 16:53 GMT

    Would like to see Pujara in the one day squad, playing a Trott kind of role. May be at the expense of Murali Vijay who would actually be unlucky to miss out. With Rohit Sharma opening in the foreseeable future we need Pujara on the bench not Vijay

  • on June 21, 2013, 16:51 GMT

    Thissara Perera dropped? is this a nightmare or a joke.the only player who has been winning matches for us consistently

  • yorkslanka on June 21, 2013, 16:37 GMT

    second attempt at this post...we shoudl rest our senior players in this tri series..not really looking forward to yet another encounter with India again...we should use this series to try youngsters. i would like to see tharanga open with perera, and team comprised of mathews,chandimal, angelo perera , jeevan mendis, senanayake , dhananjaya , eranga, thisara .no need to play sanga,mahela,herath,malinga..if we come last, so what, the important thing is that we learn about the future of SL cricket..

  • kc69 on June 21, 2013, 16:18 GMT

    Well i believe Dilshan's injury became this serious because of him batting for a while especially at the end of the innings despite of his injury(and had to painfully run between wickets). Exclusion of Thisara was a shocker because if it is due to performance then clearly there are others in current team that are worse than him. but Upul Tharanga as a replacement !!!! Are there no one in Sri Lanka who is younger and a future prospect(even a failure is ok but some experiment is needed) as an opener.

  • soumyas on June 21, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    SL should try Jeevan mendis as an opener instead of Kusal perera who failed in all the games i have seen. and upul tharanga in place of Dilshan. Thisara perera will always find place in my SL team, he is the best all rounder, many times he has saved a match for Sunrisers hyderabaad in IPL. he should be used as pinch hitter ahead of kulasekara. also senanayake and mendis should get some more chances.

  • on June 21, 2013, 15:10 GMT

    How could Thisara Perera be left out and Lokuhettige who did not even play be in the team. How the hell has Shaminda Eranga managed to edge out Thisara? Eranga almost cost us the Eng match by his last over heroics.. this is unbelievable

  • on June 21, 2013, 14:03 GMT

    India's strength is in batting. They have hungry younger guys who are determined to cement their place in the national side. The selectors have to say goodbye to Sehwag and Gambhir etc. Their time in the sun is over and India has very promising replacements. The bowling is still weak though and far from being world class.

  • DilumSL on June 21, 2013, 13:53 GMT

    Sad news. probably the most valuable player SL have at the moment. Always try to do his part to the team and most importantly this guy never give up. We saw that in the last game he played with one leg and still played positively than others. Because of his attitudes I would always pick him ahead os Sanga or Mahela. Get well soon Dilli. For SL they should really try some youngsters who are consistent. Problem with SL players are that they highly unpredictable. Players Like A Perera, N Dikwella, D Karunarathne, C de Silva etc.. have a good potential to become international level cricketers

  • TheShawshankRedemption on June 21, 2013, 13:50 GMT

    Im an Inian fan but always have high regards for SL an NZ because they always reach SF / Finals of big tournaments. I think SL should rest Sanga/Mahela or both and Malinga. Heard Tharindu Kaushal, Akila Dananjeya, Senanayake, Roshen silva, Dimuth Karunaratne, Shehan Jayasuriya, Sachithra Serasinghe are all great future. Can anyone tell me more.

    Need to really know who is after Vaas?

  • ProdigyA on June 21, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    I think this is the end of Dillu. These types of injuries take a lot of time and cannot promise the same come back. He is too old and I dont think SLC have him in mind for 2015 WC. No more dilscoop.

  • on June 21, 2013, 13:03 GMT

    I believe this is the best tournament to try a few youngsters. Rest Sanga, Mahela, Mali and Herath and try few guys from the domestic season. we might lose all or most matches, but we are already too late. so we should try our best.

  • on June 21, 2013, 13:01 GMT

    Upul Tharanga shuld add to the team now!!

  • venkatesh018 on June 21, 2013, 12:49 GMT

    Kushal Perera and Thirimanne will be a good pair to open...

  • on June 21, 2013, 12:48 GMT

    probably a good thing , give a chance to blood sone new openers . what is wrong with kusal janith ?

  • rshan1994 on June 21, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    Sad news. Angelo perera will be the best replacement.

  • on June 21, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    Well, its sad 2 see SL exit but well played thru the tournamant....ICC must think their funny rules DL/Rain/Toss ect...ect.Whatever the team or the country ICC rules on many parts of the game seems really stupid....That's why the Olimpic never regognize this game...

  • lakshitha.jayakody on June 21, 2013, 11:53 GMT

    As a Sri Lankan, I'm very disappointed with the way Sri Lanka team played; especially in the batting department. It's the semi-final and I didn't see any intensity & die hard desire to win it. As a captain, Angelo Mathews has to seriously think about his role & style. On the other hand, full credit goes to Indians for moving forward with youngsters. In my personal opinion, it's the high time for Dilshan, Sanga & Mahela to think about retirement. They are wonderful players but If they plan to stay till end of 2015 world cup, they will do more harm [for younger generation to groom] than playing.

  • on June 21, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    Good player but unfortunate, he/sanga/jeya has to play till world cup'15

  • IndianCoolGuy on June 21, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    SL will be more weaker now. Tough Tri-series ahead. Good luck

  • prikam on June 21, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    bad luck...hope to see u soon..

  • Shasharankin on June 21, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    Angelo Mathews is really not good enough to lead SL

  • on June 21, 2013, 11:13 GMT

    sad news to sri lanka......

  • CricketMaan on June 21, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    Me thinking Dilly, Sanga, Mahela, Mali will go on till 2015 WC, one last try to win a WC, but if Lanka doesnt find thier replacements they might see what is happening to Aus today. SL should try to blood youngsters in Windies no matter what the result is and tell them they will play all the games irrespective of results. India in that sense did better at least with batsmen. They kept experimenting with youngsters even when RD, SRT, VS were at their best. In the end when RD, SRT announced retirements the replacements in Kholi, Raina etc had already played substantial ODIs. The same is now being done with Jadeja trying to do a Yuvi and management backing him coz Yuvi though the champion he is won't play for long. Ashwin too was pitched in along with Bhajji. Zak is now out of ODIs as slowly others took his place as replacements in low profile games.

  • on June 21, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    poor guy played as well as he could with all that pain...hats off to his courage!!!

  • on June 21, 2013, 10:46 GMT

    India have a mentel edge over Lanka,Sri Lanka have to change this.

  • Baseball-Sucks on June 21, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    Pls bring Angelo Perera...

  • on June 21, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    Its best time to get retire Dilshan

  • on June 21, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    Its best time to get retire Dilshan

  • Baseball-Sucks on June 21, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    Pls bring Angelo Perera...

  • on June 21, 2013, 10:46 GMT

    India have a mentel edge over Lanka,Sri Lanka have to change this.

  • on June 21, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    poor guy played as well as he could with all that pain...hats off to his courage!!!

  • CricketMaan on June 21, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    Me thinking Dilly, Sanga, Mahela, Mali will go on till 2015 WC, one last try to win a WC, but if Lanka doesnt find thier replacements they might see what is happening to Aus today. SL should try to blood youngsters in Windies no matter what the result is and tell them they will play all the games irrespective of results. India in that sense did better at least with batsmen. They kept experimenting with youngsters even when RD, SRT, VS were at their best. In the end when RD, SRT announced retirements the replacements in Kholi, Raina etc had already played substantial ODIs. The same is now being done with Jadeja trying to do a Yuvi and management backing him coz Yuvi though the champion he is won't play for long. Ashwin too was pitched in along with Bhajji. Zak is now out of ODIs as slowly others took his place as replacements in low profile games.

  • on June 21, 2013, 11:13 GMT

    sad news to sri lanka......

  • Shasharankin on June 21, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    Angelo Mathews is really not good enough to lead SL

  • prikam on June 21, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    bad luck...hope to see u soon..

  • IndianCoolGuy on June 21, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    SL will be more weaker now. Tough Tri-series ahead. Good luck

  • on June 21, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    Good player but unfortunate, he/sanga/jeya has to play till world cup'15