Sri Lanka cricket August 8, 2013

Selectors must manage Chandimal's captaincy workload

Sri Lanka's selectors must decide whether the burden of captaincy and high expectations are hampering Dinesh Chandimal's growth as a batsman
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When Dinesh Chandimal was named Sri Lanka's Twenty20 captain in February, chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya justified his decision with these words: "We thought that it would be too much for Angelo Mathews, to give him the Twenty20 captaincy as well. We wanted to allow him to concentrate on the Tests and ODIs." At the time, the irony in his statement eluded many. After Sri Lanka's 2-1 home loss to South Africa, it has become clearer. In relieving Mathews of the Twenty20 reins, the selectors have overburdened another young talent, whose value to Sri Lanka lies primarily in the other formats.

Chandimal has long been spoken of as Sri Lanka's next great batting hope. An ODI hundred at Lord's in 2011 announced his potential on the big stage and this was underscored by the two fifties in his Test debut in Durban. He has since made encouraging enough gains in Test cricket to satisfy a steep set of expectations.

Yet it is the Twenty20 side he leads. Power has never been integral to his game, nor has finding the boundary at rapid rate. In 16 international T20 innings, he averages 13.18 and has a strike rate below 100. Unlike in ODI cricket, he can hardly claim he does not bat in positions that suit him. Half of his innings have been at no. 3 and a fourth of them at 4. Yet his average does not climb above 15 in either position.

Both he and Lahiru Thirimanne have recently spoken of the immense challenges they face in their attempts to establish themselves in the game. They are tasked with producing their best domestic form at a much more demanding level and, in ODIs, have routinely gone to work in high-pressure situations to which they are unaccustomed. Chandimal's stroke range remains limited, and though his technique is more polished than when he first appeared, the best bowlers will still feel encouraged by its enduring raw aesthetic and they will think they are capable of locating its flaws. Given that Chandimal has not crossed 50 in 15 limited-overs innings, perhaps some bowlers already have.

There is a logic to the selectors' thinking, that is sound, perhaps even commendable. In his brief stints at the helm, Chandimal has proved himself creative and attuned to the game's heartbeat. His team-mates also seem to relish playing for him, feeding off the boyish enthusiasm with which he approaches all aspects of cricket. The school record for most outright wins in a season still belongs to the Ananda College side that Chandimal led at 18.

But the task ahead for him is a monumental one. He averages 58.30 in Tests, and if he is to provide any confidence that Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene and Tillakaratne Dilshan will not be missed, he cannot allow that figure to drop significantly. Chandimal was asked to take the gloves in Sri Lanka's most recent Test series, and might eventually inherit them in ODIs as well, when Sangakkara hangs his up.

His fine one-day returns in Australia, England and South Africa marked him out as a special talent early on in his career, but his inability to make big runs in the subcontinent, has yet to be rectified. His technique against spin on turning tracks can hardly have had a more thorough inspection than Sri Lanka's first-class competition, but in ODIs, slow bowlers have succeeded in denying him early runs, and felling him when he seeks to attack. Chandimal has said he far prefers faster foreign tracks to the slow, dry ones at home, but as he plays most of his cricket in Asia, that is not an outlook he can allow to go unchecked at length.

Sri Lanka have also now begun to set sights on the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh next March. Having so far retained the top ranking they have had since the last global event, they will feel they are among the leading contenders to win the trophy, in conditions they should like.

But they will not be doing justice to their chances if they do not embark on that campaign with their best XI men. Chandimal, and to some extent Thirimanne, occupy places that befit more natural strikers of the ball. The provincial tournament that is about to begin may provide apt replacements and give an indication of players' form, but if Sri Lanka are to arrive in Bangladesh with their best possible combination, the selectors must act quickly. Sri Lanka have only three Twenty20 internationals confirmed for the seven months before the tournament.

The side's senior batsmen carried them through the home series against South Africa, as they have done for some years now. All three are yet to taste major tournament glory, and now may only have two more opportunities remaining to them before the years begin to weary their game. The selectors' quest for regeneration is meritorious, but if they seek to develop young talent only in the formats that suit each individual, for now, both the team and its youngsters stand to reap better benefits.

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

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  • Cannuck on August 10, 2013, 3:52 GMT

    T20 is a fairly new format that even the best ODI, Test captains haven't mastered. It has different needs, strategies to ODIs. So for Chandimal who has no ODI or Test Captaincy experience to lead SL T20 team, is bonkers to say the least. It was the wrong move. An experience player should lead the T20, not someone who's still figuring out his batting. Like someone said before, SL has almost the same team for ODI & T20. So why 2 different captains? If Mahela or Sanga so not want to take it (mostly due to political interference) give it to Dilly. He has proven he could do it before & I am sure he is closer to the SL political brass also. Then take Chandi & Thiri out of T20. Let them concentrate on Test & ODI & get experience. Keep the 3 seniors + Slinga, Kula, Thisara. That leaves 5 spots to be rotated for NEW players, till we get the right ones. With Dilly bowling we only need 1 more bowler, leaving 4 spots for good Batsmen or allrounders. Note, that I didn't include Mathews either!

  • KingOwl on August 8, 2013, 19:48 GMT

    "If they seek to develop young talent only in the formats that suit each individual, for now, both the team and its youngsters stand to reap better benefits.": Well said, Andrew. I do not understand why Chandimal is the T20 captain. May be he could be made the One day captain and Angelo takes the test and T20 captaincy. Angelo can play all three versions. He can clear the boundaries easily. He fits T20 much better. Chandimal should focus on tests and one days. Thirimanna can also play all three forms, in my view. But Thiri has to bat at number three, if he is to make any contribution to the team in T20's. Lower down and he will waste deliveries. If he is to come one down, the openers have to be fluent stroke players who score more than a run a ball, however. So, I say Thiri can play T20 with the above caveats. I think it is still worth having him play because he is part of the future.

  • on August 11, 2013, 21:10 GMT

    First of all it need to be said that Chandimal is not a natural striker of the cricket ball. Same goes for thirimanne. Yet the major issue is both just cannot rotate the strike when they come out to bat. This is a big problem given they cannot hit big as well. Making Chandimal captain is just plain ridiculous given he has no credentials to be a permanent member of the squad let alone be a captain of a sri lankan team. Also imagine a case where SL top 4 fires and SL is on 240 or something in the 40th over or so. If then a wicket falls SL never use Chandimal or Thirimanne instead they have to promote lights of thirsara or kule. So that suggest there inability to get on with the game which is a must have quality for a middle order/ late middle order batter. So SLC should seriously consider taking Thirmanne and Chandimal out of T20 and ODIs ( may be thiri can stay in the ODI team but defa not Chandimal) and use them in tests and bring new suited talent to the limited overs squads asap.

  • on August 11, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    Selector Should Give t20 Captaincy to Angelo Mathews

  • CricketChat on August 10, 2013, 12:39 GMT

    Based on performances alone, Chandimal and Thirimanne, do not deserve a place in T20 team. Making Chandimal captain doesn't help either. Let these players first establish themselves in tests where they are more suited.

  • on August 10, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    Having two captains in different formats who are playing in all the formats is not a good decision for SL team. It is not wise to rush Chandimal into captaincy so early. As he is a batsman he should perform consistently with the bat before taking such responsibility.

  • yohandf on August 10, 2013, 7:26 GMT

    Sri Lankan selectors got this wrong . Test s and ODI s are the main components of game while T20 is played lesser no of matches . So if we wanted 2 captains , it would have been one for test and another for ODI S & T20 . Angelo Mathews is ideal for shorter format and he himself is an automatic pick as all rounder . But Mathews does not guarant a place in test . So somebody senior would have been fine as a test captain ( Sanga -Mahela - Dilshan - P Jayawardene ) . By doing that Angelo could have been forced to bat well to cement his place in test while Chandimal could have been dropped in T20 as a warning . Now you can t drop captains and we are struggling . This dilemma started in 2011 when they sacked Dilshan . At least they could have retained him as test captain . He brought our first test win in SA .

  • AltafPatel on August 10, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    It seems SL admin is not sure about what to do ? Few days back, after winning first 2 ODIs, they call him suitable, talented captain and after losing first two in T20s, they started to think reverse ! They don't know but same holds for Methews whose bowling and batting are much affected by captaincy role. When trio are on the edge to exit, they realized about mistake not stabilizing team in at-least last 2-3 years by continuously rotating the team, and that's why except 1-2, no player has played more than 100 ODI matches. That's only about ODIs, Tests will be nightmare for them and that's why they omitted Test series against SA...!

  • mark2011 on August 9, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    Clearly its high time to change Sl's batting coach..Marvan has doing for a so long and now we see it has come to climax and no more cards he has to play. Aravinda should be the next batting coach, he is a attacking batsmen who guided Sl U19 team to WC final.. Marvan is more conservating type of player.. same thing we can see in our batting approach...we need to change this approach with T20 coming and changes in ODI rules...so approach has to be changed for that one need to change the old mechine and replace with new i.e Aravinda the best batsman SL ever produce no matter what his Averages...he was the master of SL batting..

  • mark2011 on August 9, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    I think Chandi & Thiri do not suit for T20, for that even Thiri for ODIs....we need to get rid of finding similar player like Sanga...we shuld not look at personwise, instead the role wise..#3 position in ODI shld be forgood stroke players with good technique,strike rate etc...not accumilators who cant score runs and up the rate when required. Mathews shuld bat up in the oder.. they have not got chance to bat long inning even though they have played som many matches, once they start playing few long inning coming up in the bating position they will learn and buld confidence much better than doing cameo inning at the low order. so its unfair and unfortunate to put these talented players in a inappropriate positions which would kill their real talent..

  • Cannuck on August 10, 2013, 3:52 GMT

    T20 is a fairly new format that even the best ODI, Test captains haven't mastered. It has different needs, strategies to ODIs. So for Chandimal who has no ODI or Test Captaincy experience to lead SL T20 team, is bonkers to say the least. It was the wrong move. An experience player should lead the T20, not someone who's still figuring out his batting. Like someone said before, SL has almost the same team for ODI & T20. So why 2 different captains? If Mahela or Sanga so not want to take it (mostly due to political interference) give it to Dilly. He has proven he could do it before & I am sure he is closer to the SL political brass also. Then take Chandi & Thiri out of T20. Let them concentrate on Test & ODI & get experience. Keep the 3 seniors + Slinga, Kula, Thisara. That leaves 5 spots to be rotated for NEW players, till we get the right ones. With Dilly bowling we only need 1 more bowler, leaving 4 spots for good Batsmen or allrounders. Note, that I didn't include Mathews either!

  • KingOwl on August 8, 2013, 19:48 GMT

    "If they seek to develop young talent only in the formats that suit each individual, for now, both the team and its youngsters stand to reap better benefits.": Well said, Andrew. I do not understand why Chandimal is the T20 captain. May be he could be made the One day captain and Angelo takes the test and T20 captaincy. Angelo can play all three versions. He can clear the boundaries easily. He fits T20 much better. Chandimal should focus on tests and one days. Thirimanna can also play all three forms, in my view. But Thiri has to bat at number three, if he is to make any contribution to the team in T20's. Lower down and he will waste deliveries. If he is to come one down, the openers have to be fluent stroke players who score more than a run a ball, however. So, I say Thiri can play T20 with the above caveats. I think it is still worth having him play because he is part of the future.

  • on August 11, 2013, 21:10 GMT

    First of all it need to be said that Chandimal is not a natural striker of the cricket ball. Same goes for thirimanne. Yet the major issue is both just cannot rotate the strike when they come out to bat. This is a big problem given they cannot hit big as well. Making Chandimal captain is just plain ridiculous given he has no credentials to be a permanent member of the squad let alone be a captain of a sri lankan team. Also imagine a case where SL top 4 fires and SL is on 240 or something in the 40th over or so. If then a wicket falls SL never use Chandimal or Thirimanne instead they have to promote lights of thirsara or kule. So that suggest there inability to get on with the game which is a must have quality for a middle order/ late middle order batter. So SLC should seriously consider taking Thirmanne and Chandimal out of T20 and ODIs ( may be thiri can stay in the ODI team but defa not Chandimal) and use them in tests and bring new suited talent to the limited overs squads asap.

  • on August 11, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    Selector Should Give t20 Captaincy to Angelo Mathews

  • CricketChat on August 10, 2013, 12:39 GMT

    Based on performances alone, Chandimal and Thirimanne, do not deserve a place in T20 team. Making Chandimal captain doesn't help either. Let these players first establish themselves in tests where they are more suited.

  • on August 10, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    Having two captains in different formats who are playing in all the formats is not a good decision for SL team. It is not wise to rush Chandimal into captaincy so early. As he is a batsman he should perform consistently with the bat before taking such responsibility.

  • yohandf on August 10, 2013, 7:26 GMT

    Sri Lankan selectors got this wrong . Test s and ODI s are the main components of game while T20 is played lesser no of matches . So if we wanted 2 captains , it would have been one for test and another for ODI S & T20 . Angelo Mathews is ideal for shorter format and he himself is an automatic pick as all rounder . But Mathews does not guarant a place in test . So somebody senior would have been fine as a test captain ( Sanga -Mahela - Dilshan - P Jayawardene ) . By doing that Angelo could have been forced to bat well to cement his place in test while Chandimal could have been dropped in T20 as a warning . Now you can t drop captains and we are struggling . This dilemma started in 2011 when they sacked Dilshan . At least they could have retained him as test captain . He brought our first test win in SA .

  • AltafPatel on August 10, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    It seems SL admin is not sure about what to do ? Few days back, after winning first 2 ODIs, they call him suitable, talented captain and after losing first two in T20s, they started to think reverse ! They don't know but same holds for Methews whose bowling and batting are much affected by captaincy role. When trio are on the edge to exit, they realized about mistake not stabilizing team in at-least last 2-3 years by continuously rotating the team, and that's why except 1-2, no player has played more than 100 ODI matches. That's only about ODIs, Tests will be nightmare for them and that's why they omitted Test series against SA...!

  • mark2011 on August 9, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    Clearly its high time to change Sl's batting coach..Marvan has doing for a so long and now we see it has come to climax and no more cards he has to play. Aravinda should be the next batting coach, he is a attacking batsmen who guided Sl U19 team to WC final.. Marvan is more conservating type of player.. same thing we can see in our batting approach...we need to change this approach with T20 coming and changes in ODI rules...so approach has to be changed for that one need to change the old mechine and replace with new i.e Aravinda the best batsman SL ever produce no matter what his Averages...he was the master of SL batting..

  • mark2011 on August 9, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    I think Chandi & Thiri do not suit for T20, for that even Thiri for ODIs....we need to get rid of finding similar player like Sanga...we shuld not look at personwise, instead the role wise..#3 position in ODI shld be forgood stroke players with good technique,strike rate etc...not accumilators who cant score runs and up the rate when required. Mathews shuld bat up in the oder.. they have not got chance to bat long inning even though they have played som many matches, once they start playing few long inning coming up in the bating position they will learn and buld confidence much better than doing cameo inning at the low order. so its unfair and unfortunate to put these talented players in a inappropriate positions which would kill their real talent..

  • on August 9, 2013, 12:20 GMT

    THE NEW BIG 3 will be Mathews, Chandimal and Thirimanne for certain.

  • on August 9, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    RamanSilva - Check on Mathews on top T20 and ODI alrounders, he is in the worlds top 10. Also check his Test batting average it is 40 and much better than Aravinda, Arjuna, Mahanama, Gurusinghe, Arjuna etc and this batting at 6 or 7 for most of the matches. He will improve this for sure when he goes up the batting line. Do not forget how he helped Chandimal to get his century at lords.

  • on August 9, 2013, 12:08 GMT

    I believe we need to preserve Chandimal by giving him only batting responsibilities and vice captaincy. He is needed for the future and now as well. He needs to come back to form. About Angelo Mathews he was the captain of all time best SL schoolboy team at St. Joseph's which set a all time record of winning almost all matches they played against major schools not unknown schools. He captained SL U19 in WC and many tours.

  • mumtaz78 on August 9, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    I think we should stick to one captain for the sake of the game.In the 90,s Aravinda was good vice captain even his performance was better than Ranathunga.we need a good leader who has the guts. Simply Mathews should be Captain in all formats.

  • michealvaruna on August 9, 2013, 8:33 GMT

    also chandimal as T20 captain may be to get hinm groomed but its not the right move. For me he can not get the boundlries with his curent form . I would leave him from the T20 form for a while till he gets sorted in oDIs. He is the best talent what we got by a longway but with our ways we are killing his talents. Marven has played a big role in killing him alive. sad to say. T20 i think the big boys need to slowly get our of it. and give the youngsteres to get self confidences atleast from short inings. we need batsman pure batsman atleast 7 in the pool which we can rotate apart from the big 3. we can not consider angelo as batsman he can make his 40 -60 but we want people who can do it time an again. I think tharaga should be their in the pool, if you take last wrolcup torunament he was the most consistent. Marven need to work on him. If he is good he can take even India ooon as we saw. we need to have him back. we need proper 7 batman in the squad.

  • swingstowin on August 9, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    I Just checked his statistics,and frankly quite shocked to see his one day and t20 averages. Not good numbers there. Can't say the same about his test average though. Anyways, my point is can you make someone a captain if he has got an average of 13 in that particular format. No better alternatives in SL cricket?

  • michealvaruna on August 9, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    I think most of the comments in the forum is absolutly spot on. Further i want to talk about the surprise inclusion of jehan mubarak suddenly to the squad. this is stupid to say the least. he has proven time an again that is not international quality and we coukd have given angelo perera a go in that situation.

    I think the influence of Marven had backfired really badly on manny people. especially chandimal. he is out of sorts by long way. he had so much talent and i think his position would be one drop, above thirimanna. as he is a more attacking batsman and if you see the record he had sored more runs in top of the order. I think we need a batting coach like aravinda to show us the way as the modern game is same as how aravinda played long years back. He coached the under 19 side to worldcup finals and we almost won it. why since he showed how to attack. even from bowling percepectivw. Also i feel that if dilshan and mahela is opening the next two slots should be youngeters

  • on August 9, 2013, 6:51 GMT

    Take Bangladesh out and Chandimal's AVG drops to 39 and Thirmanne's to 23.

  • Srini_Indian on August 9, 2013, 6:47 GMT

    DC's last 12 ODI innings. Runs-167, Ave-16.7. His T20I career: Mat:18, runs:211, Ave:13.1, SR:91.73. He is not a batsman, isn't he? Is he the "next big thing" for SL? LOL!

  • satisarnold on August 9, 2013, 5:43 GMT

    Mathews should captain all formats because 1 continuity of captain across formats is a plus, 2 captaining T20 does not distract from Angelo's work leading ODIs and Tests, 3 Chandimal captained Ananda well, he was given the chance at national level, but it has not worked. Watch his body language at post match interviews. Best to let Chandimal focus on his batting, he has talent. Strategy and tactics are lacking at present, master of these arts, Arjuna should be asked to help. Thisara batted at 8 in 1st T20 (with 3 overs left) and at 7 in 2nd T20 (5.2 overs left). If he batted higher, SL may have won at least one of them and the series. In the 1st T20, Thirimanne came in at 7 with 6.1 overs left and scored 5 runs in 9 balls. It wasn't rocket science to send Thisara instead of Thirimanne or Mendis, what were team leaders, coaches and managers thinking? Thisara is 3rd in batting averages behind Kumar-1 and Dilshan-2 in both ODI and T20 series against SA.

  • SL_rockz on August 9, 2013, 5:01 GMT

    I believe new players like chandi and thiri and many others should be given a more exposure in test cricket. It is the best format which will nurture them. Any player who succeeds in test cricket will definitely be able to survive in ODI and T20 format as well. Test cricket is the hardest format because of the mental game.One should have his pure concentration over every bowl he face.So in scoring 200's or playing out a whole day needs a hell of mental strength and focus. It is hard,but it is the best way to learn cricket and mature. Those hard moments and experience that test cricket gives somebody will never be forgotten and that lesson cant be re-educated in nets or ODI's or T20's. Sanga ,Mahela, Dilshan etc all learnt at the early stages of their game from playing test cricket ,that made them heroics in the latter and middle part of their careers to SL.

  • Ramansilva on August 9, 2013, 4:27 GMT

    I do agree that he should not be the captain of T20 team and perhaps not even in the team. However, I think he should be groomed for captaincy for test and ODIs in the future. He is an asset for SL cricket given our limited talent pool. But the question is who will groom him. Mathews??. I doubt. He himself is mediocre. What is his speciality. Nothing. Taking 1-2 wickets in a match and 20 runs does not make him an all rounder like Kallis. He is a captain now because there are no choices for SLC Anybody cannot be a leader. They are born, not made.

  • gsamiru on August 9, 2013, 4:06 GMT

    On one hand, it was good that SL lost the T20 series against SA, so that selectors can review their decisions. I'm sure majority of Sri Lankans would not vote in favor of selecting Chandimal as the T20 captain, it's simply a wrong decision to make. He's just 22 and haven't established himself at all (avg 13+ / sr 100-). You can't have a player who plays in the playing XI because he is THE CAPTAIN. Captain should lead the team in front, otherwise how can he asks for performance from others....... Dear Selectors, please revise the decision to make Chandimal as Captain and let him unleash his talents. Don't let the unnecessary burden of captaincy ruins a young talent. Make Mathews the captain for all three formats, if cannot restore the captaincy of T20 with Mahela at least by the end of T20 world cup next March ...... ! May Selectors read all these comments ... !

  • on August 9, 2013, 4:01 GMT

    This is bad judgement by the selectors. Chandimal should not take the gloves instead Kusal should take the gloves and bat lower where he normally does rather than wasting his talent by trying to make him an opener.

    Remember: Kusal is better than sanga or chandimal when it comes to keeping....

  • sarangsrk on August 9, 2013, 2:38 GMT

    HAHAHA..this must be a joke. Heavy workload on chandimal who is not even regular in the team..I was surprised that he was chosen a captain over Mathews. He is too young n in experienced for any captaincy right now. SL cricket has not produced youngsters in last 10 years who have performed well for a period of 3-4 years so that they can be groomed for captaincy. Players like Chandimal, Thirimane, Kapugedera,Chamara Silva etc have all performed in short patches. SLC needs to find such youngsters first who perform and then, think about captaincy rather than other way around.

  • Beyond-the-Boundary on August 9, 2013, 1:44 GMT

    Thank you for being there for SL Cricket.

    At one level it seems the solution for SL must be in picking the right players and putting them trough the paces, hence this situation of trying the best combination, etc. The problem is NOT at this level.

    The problem is structural. To be brutally honest, cricket has become a political tool and so money has been wasted on grandiose schemes. To pay off the debts the politicians have resorted to instant cricket (20/20 and ODIs).

    As a direct result key players are not exposed to Tests, where they can spend hours in the middle against quality bowling. That is where Sanga, Mahela and others matured: on the test cricket arena.

    They should have played S. Africa in 3 tests in 2013. More tests with other nations. It would have given the key young players time in the middle to properly build an an innings and the space to develop their mental game, etc. A small country must develop talent carefully, not blaming young men when they were setup to fail.

  • on August 9, 2013, 0:41 GMT

    How can you say he is overworked or burdened by captaincy when his T20 stats were already pathetic prior to commencing captaincy. Here the selectors made a blunder. He is a good, talented prospect for Test cricket and ODIs. He should be kept away from T20. The ridiculous thing is people use split captains when one captain barely plays that form of the game, or is overworked. Mathews plays all 3 formats, and Sri Lanka plays a lot less International cricket (I refer in particular to Tests) that some other nations so I doesn't make sense. Grooming him as potential future skipper in role of VC, I can understand but the split captaincy is bizarre. What I will add is that is captaincy in Mathews absence was probably a lot better and more positive in the 2 ODIs against the Proteas, but a T20 batsman he is not, and its hard to see that changing in the short term. Let him focus on the other formats, and hopefully become one of Sri Lanka's great Test batsmen!

  • ex-Srilankan on August 8, 2013, 23:43 GMT

    The appointment of Chandimal as T20 captain was more political rather than strategic from a cricketing sense. He is being groomed to take over the captaincy in all formats, soon.

  • on August 8, 2013, 20:17 GMT

    To have any kind of success with the SLC we must strip politicians from the board and run SLC independently. Their interference has indeed paid a higher price to the SLC followers. if it includes to strip even Sana we must do it. So far all his decision have failed with the young grooming talents.

  • KingOwl on August 8, 2013, 20:00 GMT

    @ ThyrSaadam: Does Mathews walk in to the test, one day and T20 teams as a player alone? Have you seen his record? He averages over 40 in tests. He has good batting and bowling averages in One day cricket and he is a handy T20 player too. Do you think the IPL would have made meg bucks if he was a nothing sort of T20 player? The question is not about Mathews but about Chandimal. He is the weak link.

  • ThyrSaadam on August 8, 2013, 18:39 GMT

    SL have handeled this transition phase very badly. It seems they have the players to get the job done but management is letting them down. The only big question is does Angelo walk into ODI / test team just as a player? I highly doubt that! You need to make sure that a player earns his spot into the team as a performer based on batting / bowling skills, and not captaining.....

  • Karnain on August 8, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    @3rd_man: You are spot on and Upul Tharanga also falls into that category. Btw Chandimal's first goal should be to increase his T20 average above 16.50 some how. Lol!

  • on August 8, 2013, 18:01 GMT

    It was a too early decision to hand over the T20 captaincy to Chandimal. First a player should be able to establish a stable position within the playing 11 (So it is an extra burden for the player). Also when it comes to T20, i think its a good idea to let Thissara bat at 4 or 5 (He played really well at IPL when he was promoted up the order). Both Chandimal and Thirimanne are talented players but they need to adjust themself according to the situation but for T20 they are not yet suited. The other major issue is the role played by Marvan Attapatu (the batting coach), we had seen this batting issue with Young Players of Sri Lanka for a long time. He should either correct these issues that troubles these talented youngsters sooner or SL Cricket should find a proper batting coach..

  • on August 8, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    i think batting coach resonsible for chandimal's failure.marvan overcoach chandimal .

  • SandipManjrekar on August 8, 2013, 17:45 GMT

    It was clueless to appoint Captain Dinesh Chandimal as against Matthews. Both are younger & capable of playing T20. Matthews is a better player than Chandimal & have more skills set. I don't understand the logic behind this but he should be restored to the captaincy as early as possible. There is no time to taste anymore before T20 world cup & SL selectors weren't in position to take risk to rest 5 seniors. The best way for SL is to go ahead with all seniors under Matthews to the T20 world cup in BD as well as down in under CWC 2015. This is the best option remained and sees where it could work up to. Till then just wait & watch.........

  • on August 8, 2013, 17:15 GMT

    Atleast organize some 3days matches among best 30 players of SL to see who could bat 50 overs.This is the worst SLC panel of all time.players who are playing now are the unluckiest players

  • Sobat on August 8, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    I think still we must back this team and captain ........... let it go on and sure u cannot hide talent coming out. and when it comes im sure all the comments we will see is different...........

  • satisarnold on August 8, 2013, 16:28 GMT

    Pl use this version: Mathews should captain all formats because 1 there is continuity for him and the team, 2 Sanath's reason that Andrew Fernando quotes is not convincing, captaining T20 does not distract from Angelo's work leading ODIs and Tests, 3 Chandimal captained Ananda well, so he was given the chance but it has not worked. He is out of his depth as T20 captain. If Angelo captained instead, both his and Chandimal's batting averages might have been better than 6.3 and 8 respectively. Best to let Chandimal focus on his batting. Thisara batted at 8 in 1st T20 (with 3 overs left) and at 7 in 2nd T20 (5.2 overs left). If he batted higher, SL may have won at least one of them and the series. In the 1st T20, Thirimanne came in at 7 with 6.1 overs left and scored 5 runs in 9 balls. It wasn't rocket science to send Thisara instead of Thirimanne or Mendis, what was Chandimal thinking? Thisara is 3rd in batting averages behind Kumar-1 and Dilshan-2 in both ODI and T20 series against SA.

  • satisarnold on August 8, 2013, 16:19 GMT

    Mathews, as Ajith above says, should captain all formats because 1 there is continuity for him and the team, 2 Sanath's reason that Andrew Fernando quotes is not convincing, captaining T20 does not distract from Angelo's work leading ODIs and Tests, 3 Chandimal captained Ananda well, so he was given the chance but it has not worked. He is out of his depth as T20 captain. If Angelo captained instead, both his and Chandimal's batting averages might have been better than 6.3 and 8 respectively. Best to let Chandimal focus on his batting. Thisara batted at 8 in 1st T20 (with 5.2 overs left) and at 7 in 2nd T20 (3 overs left). If he batted higher, SL may have won at least one of them and the series. In the 1st T20, Thirimanne came in at 7 with 6.1 overs left and scored 5 runs in 9 balls. It wasn't rocket science to send Thisara instead of Thirimanne or Mendis, what was Chandimal thinking? Thisara is 3rd in batting averages behind Kumar-1 and Dilshan-2 in both ODI and T20 series against SA.

  • Herath-UK on August 8, 2013, 13:13 GMT

    The selectors cannot be faulted trying a young captain with an eye to the future but unfortunately it hasn't worked this time around. We cannot go to a WC in BD with a young guy who is not performing as a WC campaign is not a mere BL series. I do not think there is enough time or matches to try another one, therefore SHOULD restore it on Sanga/Mahela or Dilshan if the selectors are serious with winning the WC at least this time. Any other measure is doomed to fail definitely and Chandimal again or another should be tried after the BD cup. We won the 3rd match because they sent Thisara before Thrimanne which they should have done in the previous matches too to give him a little breather before launching. Try two others instead of Thrimanne & Chandimal and though Mathew is not performing now he has the capability to hit out. He too looks under the stress of the captaincy. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • 3rd_man on August 8, 2013, 11:59 GMT

    Guys, in my opinion chandimal, thirimanne even guy like Kapugedara falls in to same category of players. problem these guys have they don't know how to build an innings. all these guys have got talent. specially in ODI's you have to get going soon after coming to the wicket, otherwise you cant keep pace with the run rate. I have been watching these guys, they play too much dot balls and failing to rotate the strike. this one goes to Mathews as well. then they try to hit that big shot, get them self out. also these youngsters not playing spin well. therefore in short, lack of ability to find singles, lack of ability to find boundaries at critical time and also poor against spin bowling cause too much problem for these youngsters. I am not sure why a guy like Marvan cannot address these issues. this problem going for some time and its very obvious where the problem is.

  • on August 8, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    well chandimal can,t play t20 cricket . he be o.k for the test and odis,, what we are hoping he play and play and final he make some runs.. but srilanka has lot off plays . so chandimal we don,t need you.. give a had hitter a go . and i don,t think he a good captain in any way.. i think we have to look for new players . even mathaws have not done in t20 . my chose is thisara to be captain . and give him some young plays and may he look to open the batting..

  • CricketMaan on August 8, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    SL's strength today are 3 stalwarts and 2 street smart bowlers in Malinga and Herath. They will ahve a lean period like most teams when these hang thier boots especially in Tests. The problem is their young seem to be attracted to T20 more than anything. How else will you explain lack of A tours to let thier batters blossom?

  • roywood on August 8, 2013, 7:48 GMT

    Yes in fact, we must blame Sanath Jayasuriya, because he is the one who take all this decision,without consulting others, cos I think he is also still not matured like the others officials in the board. so therefore, let him take up bllame for taking a haze decesion

  • Lord.emsworth on August 8, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    Chandimal has not been spoken of as the next great batting hope by any past international player of fame, or highbrow cricket journalist. He is out of his depth in T20's as a player, let alone being captain! Even in ODI's he simply cant force the pace. He fits into the middle order in the Test team, that's all. SL have still to unearth their next great batting hope...

  • DiamondSoul on August 8, 2013, 7:16 GMT

    Chandimal is one of the best of talent going around no doubt! And even the selectors can't be blamed about any fact.For me Jayasooriya is doing a superman job as the chief selector with his colleagues. But the problem arises when runs does not count for chandimal and he builds pressure inside him.Captaincy again becomes a burden and ruins the player himself.I guess the T20 captaincy should have a change.Probably some one like Kandambi at the middle will be proliferic. though he is not a clever t20 option.Or otherwise trying someone like Tharanga at the middle.cz he has done consistantly well as a middle order batsman.why not to give a try! According to me the SL team management is not taking the proper use of the amount of resources they have got. Mathews and Perera(unique) are brilliant strikers of the ball bt use them at 5 and 7 even by now.Better trying Mathews at 3 and perera at 5. Chandimal should be given some time to adjust.if this continues he;ll ruin his test career as well

  • RyjuDilna on August 8, 2013, 6:19 GMT

    Forget about captaincy, Chandimal is lacking in technique for sure , send him back to the domestic arena let him work on his technique with the coaches and come back... i cant even consider him as a T20 player end of story ....

  • Sugath on August 8, 2013, 5:16 GMT

    I am not sure whether it is all about understanding the workload of T 20 captain. Everyone has a certain workload at different levels and as you go up the hierarchy then the type of work changes to more of strategic approach and strategic tactical as opposed to more of tactical things. One thong about leadership is the need to strengthen the sphere of influence and not delve too much into sphere of concern. Looking at his demeanor during the three games, one can clearly see more of concern. For example Ajantha kept bowling over the wicket to left hand batters and they milked him because he got prone to keep the ball more to leg side. That was where the captain should have intervened and looked to new strategic tactical ploys. I firmly believe that the way out is to give both Mathews and Dinesh leadership training and how to build your power through character ethic. It is all to do with leadership skills and not just about workload. Thisara seems better to lead the T 20 side now.

  • on August 8, 2013, 5:10 GMT

    Sri Lanka has identical ODI team and T20 team, yet we have two captains. cant understand the logic behind.

  • my_comments on August 8, 2013, 4:41 GMT

    Mathews is the best allrounder that SL has, no doubt! Just that he is out of form. when he is on form, he is sometimes called one of the best finishes along side MSD. although MSD is the best finisher. Chandimal and thirimanna should only play test and ODIs. but after some experience and strength even they could be able to play t20s. look at JP duminy, he is not that big and strong looking but he clears the boundary easily. JP said he is more concentrating on timing of the shot.

    The main thing that all (senior and junior) batsman should remember and improve is rotating the strike - no dot balls what so ever.

  • on August 8, 2013, 4:35 GMT

    Mathews should be captaining all formats of the game and Chandimal should focus on his batting and should be persisted with, in all matches as Mahela, Sanga & Dilshan took around 10 years of their international careers to reach their peak. We cannot expect these youngsters to perform miracles as they are in International cricket for only around 3 years. I strongly believe that selectors without tinkering too much with the present combination of players should give them the maximum exposure playing alongside Mahela, Dilshan, Herath & Sanga to sharpen their skills and gain valuable experience at International level. Sri Lanka's objective will be to reach their peak as a team in time for the next world cup unlike some international teams who have already peaked much earlier and will only decline in the next year or so.

  • Ramansilva on August 8, 2013, 4:18 GMT

    I can understand that Chandimal is not suitable for the T20 team even as a playing member. I think he has to be groomed to be a player like Marvan Atapattu, Roshan Mahanama, to play in test matches and some ODI matches. I do not understand the suggestions to make Mathews the captain of T20 team. He is just mediocre and over-hyped. Thisara and Kulasekera are better all rounders than him. He won't find a place if he is in any other top 8 national teams.

  • on August 8, 2013, 4:10 GMT

    Both Chandimal and Thirimanne should concentrate on establishing themselves well and truly in test cricket as Sri Lanka's best batsmen in the next generation. That is how Alastir Cook of England who was not in ODI line up could enjoy success once he was made captain. As of now they are not T20 material. So for someone who does not merit selection based on performance, there should not be any captaincy claim. Under Chandimal Sri Lanka might even go on to win coming T20 World Cup if the senior players do well consistently. But by including him as well as Thirimanne in the playing XI selectors are blocking two important batting positions. We need to have a playing XI where any batsman can be a match winner regardless of the batting position. The best batsman in the team who can bat through the inning should bat at No. 3. The openers should be explosive but dependable. Kusal Perera is well below international class. He should go back to domestic cricket and rectify his technical flaws.

  • DilumSL on August 8, 2013, 3:59 GMT

    there isn't any doubt about Chandimal's talent. But the thing is he is not a t20 type player. Of course he should be there in ODI & test teams. But in t20's what we need is hitters who can clear the rope. It is proven in last game against SA. At the moment we have only Thisara who can change the game. Kula is also that type of player but we can't rely on him. Selectors must understand this. If it is hard for Mathews to captain in all 3 formats then the solution is giving Sanga, Mahela or Dilshan the captaincy in tests and giving Chandimal vise captaincy at least for a year. & Chandimal should be drop from t20 and give the captaincy to Mathews. This is good for the Chandimal himself as now he is in a huge pressure which he doesn't deserve.

  • DilumSL on August 8, 2013, 3:59 GMT

    there isn't any doubt about Chandimal's talent. But the thing is he is not a t20 type player. Of course he should be there in ODI & test teams. But in t20's what we need is hitters who can clear the rope. It is proven in last game against SA. At the moment we have only Thisara who can change the game. Kula is also that type of player but we can't rely on him. Selectors must understand this. If it is hard for Mathews to captain in all 3 formats then the solution is giving Sanga, Mahela or Dilshan the captaincy in tests and giving Chandimal vise captaincy at least for a year. & Chandimal should be drop from t20 and give the captaincy to Mathews. This is good for the Chandimal himself as now he is in a huge pressure which he doesn't deserve.

  • on August 8, 2013, 4:10 GMT

    Both Chandimal and Thirimanne should concentrate on establishing themselves well and truly in test cricket as Sri Lanka's best batsmen in the next generation. That is how Alastir Cook of England who was not in ODI line up could enjoy success once he was made captain. As of now they are not T20 material. So for someone who does not merit selection based on performance, there should not be any captaincy claim. Under Chandimal Sri Lanka might even go on to win coming T20 World Cup if the senior players do well consistently. But by including him as well as Thirimanne in the playing XI selectors are blocking two important batting positions. We need to have a playing XI where any batsman can be a match winner regardless of the batting position. The best batsman in the team who can bat through the inning should bat at No. 3. The openers should be explosive but dependable. Kusal Perera is well below international class. He should go back to domestic cricket and rectify his technical flaws.

  • Ramansilva on August 8, 2013, 4:18 GMT

    I can understand that Chandimal is not suitable for the T20 team even as a playing member. I think he has to be groomed to be a player like Marvan Atapattu, Roshan Mahanama, to play in test matches and some ODI matches. I do not understand the suggestions to make Mathews the captain of T20 team. He is just mediocre and over-hyped. Thisara and Kulasekera are better all rounders than him. He won't find a place if he is in any other top 8 national teams.

  • on August 8, 2013, 4:35 GMT

    Mathews should be captaining all formats of the game and Chandimal should focus on his batting and should be persisted with, in all matches as Mahela, Sanga & Dilshan took around 10 years of their international careers to reach their peak. We cannot expect these youngsters to perform miracles as they are in International cricket for only around 3 years. I strongly believe that selectors without tinkering too much with the present combination of players should give them the maximum exposure playing alongside Mahela, Dilshan, Herath & Sanga to sharpen their skills and gain valuable experience at International level. Sri Lanka's objective will be to reach their peak as a team in time for the next world cup unlike some international teams who have already peaked much earlier and will only decline in the next year or so.

  • my_comments on August 8, 2013, 4:41 GMT

    Mathews is the best allrounder that SL has, no doubt! Just that he is out of form. when he is on form, he is sometimes called one of the best finishes along side MSD. although MSD is the best finisher. Chandimal and thirimanna should only play test and ODIs. but after some experience and strength even they could be able to play t20s. look at JP duminy, he is not that big and strong looking but he clears the boundary easily. JP said he is more concentrating on timing of the shot.

    The main thing that all (senior and junior) batsman should remember and improve is rotating the strike - no dot balls what so ever.

  • on August 8, 2013, 5:10 GMT

    Sri Lanka has identical ODI team and T20 team, yet we have two captains. cant understand the logic behind.

  • Sugath on August 8, 2013, 5:16 GMT

    I am not sure whether it is all about understanding the workload of T 20 captain. Everyone has a certain workload at different levels and as you go up the hierarchy then the type of work changes to more of strategic approach and strategic tactical as opposed to more of tactical things. One thong about leadership is the need to strengthen the sphere of influence and not delve too much into sphere of concern. Looking at his demeanor during the three games, one can clearly see more of concern. For example Ajantha kept bowling over the wicket to left hand batters and they milked him because he got prone to keep the ball more to leg side. That was where the captain should have intervened and looked to new strategic tactical ploys. I firmly believe that the way out is to give both Mathews and Dinesh leadership training and how to build your power through character ethic. It is all to do with leadership skills and not just about workload. Thisara seems better to lead the T 20 side now.

  • RyjuDilna on August 8, 2013, 6:19 GMT

    Forget about captaincy, Chandimal is lacking in technique for sure , send him back to the domestic arena let him work on his technique with the coaches and come back... i cant even consider him as a T20 player end of story ....

  • DiamondSoul on August 8, 2013, 7:16 GMT

    Chandimal is one of the best of talent going around no doubt! And even the selectors can't be blamed about any fact.For me Jayasooriya is doing a superman job as the chief selector with his colleagues. But the problem arises when runs does not count for chandimal and he builds pressure inside him.Captaincy again becomes a burden and ruins the player himself.I guess the T20 captaincy should have a change.Probably some one like Kandambi at the middle will be proliferic. though he is not a clever t20 option.Or otherwise trying someone like Tharanga at the middle.cz he has done consistantly well as a middle order batsman.why not to give a try! According to me the SL team management is not taking the proper use of the amount of resources they have got. Mathews and Perera(unique) are brilliant strikers of the ball bt use them at 5 and 7 even by now.Better trying Mathews at 3 and perera at 5. Chandimal should be given some time to adjust.if this continues he;ll ruin his test career as well

  • Lord.emsworth on August 8, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    Chandimal has not been spoken of as the next great batting hope by any past international player of fame, or highbrow cricket journalist. He is out of his depth in T20's as a player, let alone being captain! Even in ODI's he simply cant force the pace. He fits into the middle order in the Test team, that's all. SL have still to unearth their next great batting hope...