Sri Lanka news August 7, 2013

SLC confirms provincial T20 tournament

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The four-team provincial Twenty20 tournament that replaces this year's Sri Lanka Premier League will run from August 10 to 17, Sri Lanka Cricket has confirmed. All seven matches in the league will take place at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, and the winning side will earn a trip to India for the Champions League qualifiers in September.

The tournament will also give Sri Lanka's young batting group further leadership experience. Angelo Mathews will captain the Basnahira Greens, Dinesh Chandimal the Uthura Yellows, Lahiru Thirimanne the Kandurata Maroons and Lasith Malinga will lead the Ruhuna Reds. Each team plays each other once, before the two top sides qualify for the final.

The selectors have chosen preliminary squads of 17-18 players for each team, with the final 15-man squads to be named in the next two days.

The SLPL had been scheduled to be played from August 10 to September 7, but was called off after all eight franchises refused to pay their tournament fee, and also failed to guarantee player payments.

Preliminary Squads
Basnahira Greens: Angelo Mathews (capt), Udara Jayasundara, Dilshan Munaweera, Kithuruwan Vithanage, Sachithra Senanayake, Chaturanga de Silva, Kosala Kulasekara, Kanishka Alvitigala, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Gamage, Isuru Udana, Janaka Gunaratne, Dimuth Karunaratne, Sameera Soyza, Gihan Rupasinghe, Kaushal Silva
Coach: Marvan Atapattu
Uthura Yellows: Dinesh Chandimal (capt), Mahela Udawatte, Chamara Kapugedera, Ashan Priyanjan, Mahela Jayawardene, Jeevan Mendis, Thisara Perera, Shaminda Eranga, Vimukthi Perera, Ramith Rambukwella, Rangana Herath, Akila Dananjaya, Rumesh Buddika, Chathura Peiris, Alankara Asanka, Madushanka Ekanayake, Chaminda Vidanapathirana
Coach: Ruwan Kalpage
Kandurata Maroons: Lahiru Thirimanne (capt), Upul Tharanga, Shehan Jayasuriya, Kumar Sangakkara, Chamara Silva, Thilina Kandamby, Milinda Siriwardene, Nuwan Kulasekara, Dilhara Lokuhettige, Dhammika Prasad, Lahiru Jayaratne, Ajantha Mendis, Suraj Randiv, Kaushal Lokuarachchi, Dananjaya de Silva, Dasun Chanaka, Malinga Bandara
Coach: Chaminda Vaas
Ruhuna Reds: Lasith Malinga (capt), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kusal Perera, Danushka Gunathilaka, Angelo Perera, Jehan Mubarak, Niroshan Dickwella, Dilruwan Perera, Seekkuge Prasanna, Ishan Jayaratne, Farveez Maharoof, Madura Lakmal, Binara Fernando, Yashoda Lanka, Sadun Weerakkody, Kaushalya Weeraratne, Thilina Thushara
Coach: Romesh Kaluwitharana

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

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  • kevepere on August 9, 2013, 3:40 GMT

    I think the Indians are becoming and building their youngsters while we are struggling with money and organizers. If only SL government related powerful people also pushes to support cricket like rugby. Indians are playing plenty of first class test cricket. we should rebuild are school system which has been praised by many in the past. Now are school system is not producing results.

  • on August 8, 2013, 16:44 GMT

    I guess DOmingo(SA Head Coach)preparing SA team for 2015.No tsobe untill he is on good shape.They are gonna take him to standard to beat the any batsman..Look at dumb SLC.What they do is making malinga(one of the key striker from 2 pace bowlers that could take wicket),is captaining one side for CPL and t20(Domestic).Who gonna claim for another WC lost?What SLC players need is not matches,is to brush their self and groom youngsters to perfection.Instead of that,poor management(who failed to organised SLPL for twice out of three occasion) is making all available resources to win CPL?I dont think neither team do that either.ANyway god speed to SL Players who trying hard to win the game

  • Karnain on August 8, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    Only 9 games in total (6 league games, 2 semis and the final). Is this has something to do with lack of sponsors? By the way why not Thisara Perera has been given a chance to captain a side? In T20 format his place in the 11 is more secured than the likes of Chandi, Thiri and Anji

  • Udendra on August 8, 2013, 10:05 GMT

    Where is the Negenahira team? and why only four teams? have we got no more 'captains'?

  • on August 8, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    This is poor from SLC.Sri lanka team should groom for the World cup not for champions league..Where are these youngsters gonna get good pratice session..I dont think sri lanka can effort to loose tallents like dinesh and thirimanna even they didnt perform well in intl.they need some pratice and time with coaches.As well as other players to rest and correct their running repairs on their techniques..ANyway good to see youngsters captaining but i dont need tournament without planing atleast 30 players for good traning session with consistatent rest.Without rest and fittness lasith maling will bowl at speed of 120kmh in world cup.likely to get beaten. For well of Sl team,I like to see 50 man squad,training atleast for one month with superior coaches.Then only even we can watch good quality cricket in t20 league as well as good team to promote to CPL.

    Anyway..lack of mind set again shown by SLC

  • sicri15 on August 8, 2013, 9:13 GMT

    Good team selections.Basnahira haven't big names.But i think they have the best team.01.Dimuth 02.Dilshan 03.Kaushal 04.Kithruwan 05.Angelo 06.Janaka 07.Kosala 08.Sachithra 09.Udana 10.Alvitigala 11.Suranga

    I think they will win the tournament.

  • on August 8, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    well one thing for sure JAHAN MUBARAK AND RAMITH RABUKWELL will be in this squads . doesn,t matter what ever the runs they have got.. srilankan cricket just become with lots off jokes, than real good players. when mahela ,sanga, and dilshan leave forget about it.

  • on August 8, 2013, 8:38 GMT

    It's always good to give the opportunity for young talent than who are in the end of their careers. Kandamby, Mahroof and Kapu are talented players but it's better if they give the opportunity to the young starts. That's when SL Cricket will get a bright future. Chandimal, Thirimanne and Kusal Janith must be failing but you should not take them off from the national side or doubt them. Because they will be the next Mahela, Sanga and Sana.

  • on August 8, 2013, 7:56 GMT

    Bad Team Selected for Basnahira Greens, U cannot see any Seniors other thane Anji.... Chandi has a Good Team and Even Lahiru has a Good Team...

  • DiamondSoul on August 8, 2013, 7:22 GMT

    Sana is doing a a great job according to me. He has a good vision and sense about what;s going around and what it is going to be. Hats off buddy! Just ignore the odd comments.

  • kevepere on August 9, 2013, 3:40 GMT

    I think the Indians are becoming and building their youngsters while we are struggling with money and organizers. If only SL government related powerful people also pushes to support cricket like rugby. Indians are playing plenty of first class test cricket. we should rebuild are school system which has been praised by many in the past. Now are school system is not producing results.

  • on August 8, 2013, 16:44 GMT

    I guess DOmingo(SA Head Coach)preparing SA team for 2015.No tsobe untill he is on good shape.They are gonna take him to standard to beat the any batsman..Look at dumb SLC.What they do is making malinga(one of the key striker from 2 pace bowlers that could take wicket),is captaining one side for CPL and t20(Domestic).Who gonna claim for another WC lost?What SLC players need is not matches,is to brush their self and groom youngsters to perfection.Instead of that,poor management(who failed to organised SLPL for twice out of three occasion) is making all available resources to win CPL?I dont think neither team do that either.ANyway god speed to SL Players who trying hard to win the game

  • Karnain on August 8, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    Only 9 games in total (6 league games, 2 semis and the final). Is this has something to do with lack of sponsors? By the way why not Thisara Perera has been given a chance to captain a side? In T20 format his place in the 11 is more secured than the likes of Chandi, Thiri and Anji

  • Udendra on August 8, 2013, 10:05 GMT

    Where is the Negenahira team? and why only four teams? have we got no more 'captains'?

  • on August 8, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    This is poor from SLC.Sri lanka team should groom for the World cup not for champions league..Where are these youngsters gonna get good pratice session..I dont think sri lanka can effort to loose tallents like dinesh and thirimanna even they didnt perform well in intl.they need some pratice and time with coaches.As well as other players to rest and correct their running repairs on their techniques..ANyway good to see youngsters captaining but i dont need tournament without planing atleast 30 players for good traning session with consistatent rest.Without rest and fittness lasith maling will bowl at speed of 120kmh in world cup.likely to get beaten. For well of Sl team,I like to see 50 man squad,training atleast for one month with superior coaches.Then only even we can watch good quality cricket in t20 league as well as good team to promote to CPL.

    Anyway..lack of mind set again shown by SLC

  • sicri15 on August 8, 2013, 9:13 GMT

    Good team selections.Basnahira haven't big names.But i think they have the best team.01.Dimuth 02.Dilshan 03.Kaushal 04.Kithruwan 05.Angelo 06.Janaka 07.Kosala 08.Sachithra 09.Udana 10.Alvitigala 11.Suranga

    I think they will win the tournament.

  • on August 8, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    well one thing for sure JAHAN MUBARAK AND RAMITH RABUKWELL will be in this squads . doesn,t matter what ever the runs they have got.. srilankan cricket just become with lots off jokes, than real good players. when mahela ,sanga, and dilshan leave forget about it.

  • on August 8, 2013, 8:38 GMT

    It's always good to give the opportunity for young talent than who are in the end of their careers. Kandamby, Mahroof and Kapu are talented players but it's better if they give the opportunity to the young starts. That's when SL Cricket will get a bright future. Chandimal, Thirimanne and Kusal Janith must be failing but you should not take them off from the national side or doubt them. Because they will be the next Mahela, Sanga and Sana.

  • on August 8, 2013, 7:56 GMT

    Bad Team Selected for Basnahira Greens, U cannot see any Seniors other thane Anji.... Chandi has a Good Team and Even Lahiru has a Good Team...

  • DiamondSoul on August 8, 2013, 7:22 GMT

    Sana is doing a a great job according to me. He has a good vision and sense about what;s going around and what it is going to be. Hats off buddy! Just ignore the odd comments.

  • on August 8, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    hope kapugedara will perform well and come back to the national team....although he performed damn well in the last slpl too.he wasn't selected don't know why...y chandimal when he is failing this much...kapu is a hard hitter...can hit sixers any time....hope he will get back soon.badly hoping.

  • Superman121 on August 8, 2013, 5:55 GMT

    Kandurata Maroons seems to have the squad suited to this format in SL conditions despite having Thirimanna as the captain... I believe they will fly to India in September.

  • thilanka5x on August 8, 2013, 4:02 GMT

    Kusal janith perera Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct Twenty20 38 36 3 479 64 14.51 446 107.39 0 2 37 21 Lahiru Thirimanne Twenty20 34 28 3 505 70 20.20 454 111.23 0 1 43 7 Dimuth Karunarathna Twenty20 17 16 0 195 50 12.18 172 113.37 0 1 30 1 tharanga paranavithana Twenty20 29 29 2 642 67* 23.77 496 129.43 0 5 72 19

  • thilanka5x on August 8, 2013, 3:46 GMT

    Why you did not add Traranga Paranavithana to any side, Give him to chance he has good T20 career Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct Twenty20 29 29 2 642 67* 23.77 496 129.43 0 5 72 19 12

    Did you see, how you did not select him

  • on August 8, 2013, 2:22 GMT

    at least they have organsie some thing after slpl fall. i think i be hard give all young player a go. any way good to have this , we must find the money organsie another slpl in future..

  • on August 7, 2013, 20:03 GMT

    since there are only 4 teams of 15, we wont see any no-talents un just to fill in empty slots. this will fish out sl's best young talents.

  • on August 7, 2013, 18:50 GMT

    Dinesh Chandimal and Lahiru Thirimanna maintain poor averages inT20 but promoted as Captains

  • on August 7, 2013, 18:25 GMT

    this will be good competition! uthura wil rock..mahela and chandi

  • on August 7, 2013, 18:14 GMT

    This is a joke of great sanath Jayasuriya.last year players who performed well were dropped and who failed to performed were selected.one of them is T20 captain Dinesh Chandimal. Chamara Kapugedara and Dilshan Munaweera had the highest aggregates were dropped from T20 squad. well done Sanath. Kieth Miller said "Great Don Never a good selector"

  • Karnain on August 7, 2013, 17:40 GMT

    For me Ruhuna & Uthura (despite having Dinesh Chandimal) seems to be the strongest teams and I'm afraid Kadura seems to be the weakest even though they have Sanga

  • on August 7, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    Dear Selectors..Last week Bhanuka Rajapakse scored 151 runs in a under 23 match....Do you know that...Accept he was in out of form...Everybody is facing a lean patch in their cricketing career... .So,why not given him another go...Please remember that he was the star batsman in under 19 level and do not destroy the cricketing career of such a talented young man...,,,If these type of selectors were in the past...Cricketing world would not seen the name of great Marven Atapattu .....

  • Falew on August 7, 2013, 16:31 GMT

    This concept is a good chance for our youngsters to show their colors.Also a good news for the prema1948.

  • FLIPPER_99 on August 7, 2013, 16:22 GMT

    no sanath jayasuriya? well i thought he could turn up atleast as a bowler

  • P.BIPULKUMAR on August 7, 2013, 15:04 GMT

    good decision taken by SLC.such decision should also taken by BCB, to maintain country`s image . but the league should be at least 5 team affair.

  • slcoold on August 7, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    Can someone tell me why Bhanuka Rajapaksa is not in any of the teams? Is he injured or out of form?

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  • slcoold on August 7, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    Can someone tell me why Bhanuka Rajapaksa is not in any of the teams? Is he injured or out of form?

  • P.BIPULKUMAR on August 7, 2013, 15:04 GMT

    good decision taken by SLC.such decision should also taken by BCB, to maintain country`s image . but the league should be at least 5 team affair.

  • FLIPPER_99 on August 7, 2013, 16:22 GMT

    no sanath jayasuriya? well i thought he could turn up atleast as a bowler

  • Falew on August 7, 2013, 16:31 GMT

    This concept is a good chance for our youngsters to show their colors.Also a good news for the prema1948.

  • on August 7, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    Dear Selectors..Last week Bhanuka Rajapakse scored 151 runs in a under 23 match....Do you know that...Accept he was in out of form...Everybody is facing a lean patch in their cricketing career... .So,why not given him another go...Please remember that he was the star batsman in under 19 level and do not destroy the cricketing career of such a talented young man...,,,If these type of selectors were in the past...Cricketing world would not seen the name of great Marven Atapattu .....

  • Karnain on August 7, 2013, 17:40 GMT

    For me Ruhuna & Uthura (despite having Dinesh Chandimal) seems to be the strongest teams and I'm afraid Kadura seems to be the weakest even though they have Sanga

  • on August 7, 2013, 18:14 GMT

    This is a joke of great sanath Jayasuriya.last year players who performed well were dropped and who failed to performed were selected.one of them is T20 captain Dinesh Chandimal. Chamara Kapugedara and Dilshan Munaweera had the highest aggregates were dropped from T20 squad. well done Sanath. Kieth Miller said "Great Don Never a good selector"

  • on August 7, 2013, 18:25 GMT

    this will be good competition! uthura wil rock..mahela and chandi

  • on August 7, 2013, 18:50 GMT

    Dinesh Chandimal and Lahiru Thirimanna maintain poor averages inT20 but promoted as Captains

  • on August 7, 2013, 20:03 GMT

    since there are only 4 teams of 15, we wont see any no-talents un just to fill in empty slots. this will fish out sl's best young talents.