Sri Lanka news October 3, 2013

SLC domestic tournament replaces Zimbabwe tour

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Sri Lanka Cricket has announced a triangular four-day tournament to begin on October 8, which effectively replaces the postponed Test tour of Zimbabwe. The tournament features Sri Lanka's Test side and its best first-class talent. Two of the matches will be played at the Sinhalese Sports Club grounds and the third at the P Saravanamuttu Oval.

The Board XI - which largely comprises Sri Lanka's Test players - will play a Sri Lanka A team and a Development team, with those teams also playing a match against each other. The Board XI is led by Test captain Angelo Mathews, while Dinesh Chandimal and Lahiru Thirimanne - both of whom are also being groomed for leadership - will captain the other teams.

"We want to give those youngsters a chance for the future," chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya said. "Chandimal and Thirimanne are good prospects for the future, and we wanted to give some responsibility to these two youngsters also."

Prasanna Jayawardene will keep wickets for the Board XI, suggesting he may remain in the selectors' plans for Tests. Shaminda Eranga is a notable exclusion from the Board XI, but Jayasuriya said he had only been selected in another team because it would provide each of the cricketers in Sri Lanka's fast-bowling battery with match practice.

"We just picked the teams in a way in which everyone can play," he said. "We put some important players in other teams to do that. Eranga is there so he can play every game and bowl a lot. This will allow us to give them experience and make use of everybody."

The tournament will have first-class status and will be the only domestic four-day tournament played this year, with Premier League matches having been contested over three days. Forty-six players have been named in the squads in total.

Board XI: Angelo Mathews (capt), TM Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Dimuth Karunaratne*, Angelo Perera, Prasanna Jayawardene (wk), Nuwan Kulasekara, Sachithra Senanayake, Rangana Herath, Suranga Lakmal, Thisara Perera, Ajantha Mendis, Lahiru Jayaratne, T Priyashankar

Sri Lanka A: Dinesh Chandimal (capt & wk), Mahela Udawatte, Pabasara Waduge, Kaushal Silva, Kithuruwan Vithanage, Ashan Priyanjan, Chaturanga de Silva, Ishan Jayaratne, Dilruwan Perera, Nuwan Pradeep, Vimukthi Perera, Madura Lakmal, Chathura Randunu, Ramith Rambukwella, Bhanuka Rajapaksa

Development Team: Lahiru Thirimanne (capt), Shehan Jayasuriya, Kusal Perera (wk), Rumesh Buddika, Sachithra Serasinghe, Roshen Silva, Dhanushka Gunathilaka, Madawa Warnapura, Tharindu Kaushal, Malinda Pushpakumara, Vishwa Fernando, Kanishka Alvitigala, Lahiru Gamage, Shaminda Eranga, Niroshan Dickwella, Seekkuge Prasanna

*Dimuth Karunaratne was added to the Board XI squad after his name had been mistakenly omitted

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

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  • Cpt.Meanster on October 4, 2013, 1:43 GMT

    I think this is a good move by Sri Lanka cricket. This is something that is already happening in India and it has improved our domestic talent by a long shot. This will help young Sri Lankan players to develop their skills when they play against international class players. It will also provide a good platform for some of these youngsters to be noticed by the selectors to play for SL in the future.

  • Ayaan007 on October 7, 2013, 16:32 GMT

    I completely agree with Sampath. Roshen (24yrs) & Bhanuka (21yrs) are really young & have a great career ahead. They need to be looked after carefully. Selectors need to give them opportunities when they are performing, not when they are out of form. Both of them are in great form in the Dhaka league & they are in the top 4 highest run getters surpassing all BD & SL players. They should be tried out now & groomed properly. One or two bad patches should not decide the fate of a great player.

  • thilanka5x on October 7, 2013, 12:02 GMT

    Please give chance to Tharanga Paranavithana

  • wewage on October 7, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    why you did not select Tharanga Paranavithana

  • on October 5, 2013, 19:38 GMT

    Where is kapu, mubarak and few others who are Talent. like seriously i really dnt understand why kapu has been left out. Still there is a question mark that we are finding a solid middle order. When there is someone high talented why dont they give him a another chance. He is not that bad as a batsmen. Remember how he played in the 2008 asia cup and some other matches against Australia. Yes he is down and out but that doesnt mean he cannot play anymore. Players like rohit sharma in India, he failed big time and all knows what can he do if he is form. Kapu is also facing same thing here. He truely deserves a another chance and he too can hit a long ball can attack anytime he wants. players like kapugedera,mubarak,maharoof. Anyways. Let see what can chandimal and thirumanna can do for us in the future!!!!!!!

  • on October 5, 2013, 19:17 GMT

    Forgotten two young star players Roshen Silva and Bhanuka Rajapakse recalled after sometime....these two players are playing superbly in the current Dhaka premier legue. Dear selectors,,, Please give them an opportunity to show their talent...Please do not bench them...If so it is so unfair to them since they will miss the both tournaments.......

  • PadMarley on October 5, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    One other thing you can do is, make three local teams, and invite a foreign team to make it 4. Then you can play 2 games at the same time in two different venues. You could have invited the Zimbabweans, Irish or Afghans! Or an 'A' team from a more recognized test nation with some good fast bowlers.

  • PadMarley on October 5, 2013, 9:57 GMT

    Good initiative!! You have to appreciate good things. I have only one request. Make seeming, fast and bouncy wickets!!!! At least mix those pitch characteristics from game to game.

  • Chandima.Ceylon on October 5, 2013, 8:09 GMT

    This is very good thinking by SLC even after droping their test rank in to 7th.They have good long term cricketers but have not enough experience in playing 4-5 days. Ian daniel,Paranawithana,Udara Jayasundara bright opening batsmens missed their way to great future.SLC should practice recast of pitches with bounce and phase at least first 2 days, so fast bawlers and seamers can improve their confidence in wicket taking ability.SLC should try to continue this series anually and asign few foreign cricketers to the tournerment.

  • on October 5, 2013, 5:12 GMT

    @Manojin I don't think we are lacking in fast bowling. we are just not giving a change to the fast bowlers that deserve the changed like Kasun Madushanka, Saliya Saman, Charith Jayampathi just to name a few. Yet somehow Nuwan Pradeep get in the squad because he can bowl with an unorthodox action.

  • Cpt.Meanster on October 4, 2013, 1:43 GMT

    I think this is a good move by Sri Lanka cricket. This is something that is already happening in India and it has improved our domestic talent by a long shot. This will help young Sri Lankan players to develop their skills when they play against international class players. It will also provide a good platform for some of these youngsters to be noticed by the selectors to play for SL in the future.

  • Ayaan007 on October 7, 2013, 16:32 GMT

    I completely agree with Sampath. Roshen (24yrs) & Bhanuka (21yrs) are really young & have a great career ahead. They need to be looked after carefully. Selectors need to give them opportunities when they are performing, not when they are out of form. Both of them are in great form in the Dhaka league & they are in the top 4 highest run getters surpassing all BD & SL players. They should be tried out now & groomed properly. One or two bad patches should not decide the fate of a great player.

  • thilanka5x on October 7, 2013, 12:02 GMT

    Please give chance to Tharanga Paranavithana

  • wewage on October 7, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    why you did not select Tharanga Paranavithana

  • on October 5, 2013, 19:38 GMT

    Where is kapu, mubarak and few others who are Talent. like seriously i really dnt understand why kapu has been left out. Still there is a question mark that we are finding a solid middle order. When there is someone high talented why dont they give him a another chance. He is not that bad as a batsmen. Remember how he played in the 2008 asia cup and some other matches against Australia. Yes he is down and out but that doesnt mean he cannot play anymore. Players like rohit sharma in India, he failed big time and all knows what can he do if he is form. Kapu is also facing same thing here. He truely deserves a another chance and he too can hit a long ball can attack anytime he wants. players like kapugedera,mubarak,maharoof. Anyways. Let see what can chandimal and thirumanna can do for us in the future!!!!!!!

  • on October 5, 2013, 19:17 GMT

    Forgotten two young star players Roshen Silva and Bhanuka Rajapakse recalled after sometime....these two players are playing superbly in the current Dhaka premier legue. Dear selectors,,, Please give them an opportunity to show their talent...Please do not bench them...If so it is so unfair to them since they will miss the both tournaments.......

  • PadMarley on October 5, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    One other thing you can do is, make three local teams, and invite a foreign team to make it 4. Then you can play 2 games at the same time in two different venues. You could have invited the Zimbabweans, Irish or Afghans! Or an 'A' team from a more recognized test nation with some good fast bowlers.

  • PadMarley on October 5, 2013, 9:57 GMT

    Good initiative!! You have to appreciate good things. I have only one request. Make seeming, fast and bouncy wickets!!!! At least mix those pitch characteristics from game to game.

  • Chandima.Ceylon on October 5, 2013, 8:09 GMT

    This is very good thinking by SLC even after droping their test rank in to 7th.They have good long term cricketers but have not enough experience in playing 4-5 days. Ian daniel,Paranawithana,Udara Jayasundara bright opening batsmens missed their way to great future.SLC should practice recast of pitches with bounce and phase at least first 2 days, so fast bawlers and seamers can improve their confidence in wicket taking ability.SLC should try to continue this series anually and asign few foreign cricketers to the tournerment.

  • on October 5, 2013, 5:12 GMT

    @Manojin I don't think we are lacking in fast bowling. we are just not giving a change to the fast bowlers that deserve the changed like Kasun Madushanka, Saliya Saman, Charith Jayampathi just to name a few. Yet somehow Nuwan Pradeep get in the squad because he can bowl with an unorthodox action.

  • MichaelBurton on October 5, 2013, 3:39 GMT

    @Jadejafan: Your analysis is wrong. Check the stats of recently concluded NZ A tour. http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/series/650113.html SL A players won both the tests and ODIs quite comprehensively without old horses, test discards or contribution of Chandimal and Thirimanna which is a great achievement. Even Ind A team couldn't do that in tests. Players like Dimuth Karunarathna, Kaushal Silva, Kusal Perera, Chathuranga Silva, Kithruwan Withanage, Ashan Priyanjana performed really well. I accept the fact that we are still lacking in fast bowling.

  • on October 5, 2013, 1:49 GMT

    @Jadejafan: go and check the stats of the recenly concluded NZ A series. Then you will reslize how good is SL youngsters. They won both Tests & ODI series comprehensively without test discards, old horses. Even strong Ind A team failed to win the tests against same NZ A. Get the facts rights before commenting. Our A teams always perform better even in SA, WI and Eng fast pitches. I accept there is a problem in incorporating them in the national team correctly.

  • on October 4, 2013, 22:12 GMT

    Dimuth is the 3rd best young batsman in SL after chandimal and THiri along with kusal..He will play..Its a mistake by writer to not to include his name

  • on October 4, 2013, 22:06 GMT

    most people who comment here have no idea about what they are talking..Chandimal and thirimanne are the two best young players we`ve got followed by Kusla and Dimuth..every one who follows SL cricket properly know this..look at chandimal`s track record..He averages 60 in 1st class cricket more than sanga and mahela..Test average is 58 and ODIs is 32 (better than 23 yr old sanga).at school level he holds the sri lankan record for a season with 1700 runs in 2009..also the 1st player to score 1000 in 1st class cricket in 12 years (2010)...he was the best under 19 player ever for SL.(100s against India,Aus,Ban,NZ )he was the best batsman in last domestic T20..In this match scored 48..the one before last he scored 68..80 before that..people say he is still out of form !

  • ARad on October 4, 2013, 16:43 GMT

    This is better than nothing but the fact remains that SLC has not done enough to increase the number of Tests for its players. Even Bangladesh competed well in their last tour to Sri Lanka so two four-day games against local players who were so-so against even Bangladesh is not going to make much of a difference. There should be more concentration should be on structural changes and on the lack of long-term thinking in the leadership of SLC.

  • SLMaster on October 4, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    Also, where is Dimuth Karunaratne - Player of the NZ A match series

  • on October 4, 2013, 13:35 GMT

    where is Munaweera, Kapugedara & Mubarak What happened to them????????

  • SLMaster on October 4, 2013, 13:34 GMT

    This is great. One thing...instead of 4 days better 5 days.

  • RuwanFer on October 4, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    Surely it must be a mistake not to include Dimuth's name in these teams. He'll open with Dilshan for the board XI. Udara Jayasundara another promising opener is injured (Sanath mentioned in a tv program). Rambukwella although shows some improvement in his bowing for limited-over matches, it's a joke to pick him for 4-day cricket.

  • nalin.d on October 4, 2013, 8:45 GMT

    According to local papers,Dimuth Karunarathna is in the Board XI.

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on October 4, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    @shanepe2003 sana may think players under 40 are youngsters because he played until 42 no that's y he included Mubarak(32),Lokuhettige(33) and told we given chance to youngsters but they are not performing well and he has a funny hobbit of axing best player of tournaments earlier it happened to roshen silva now dimuth and kaushal simply say he is worst selector ever born in SL

  • Jadejafan on October 4, 2013, 7:56 GMT

    Its good to see Sri Lanka doing something about the long form but the fact remains Sri Lanka will struggle badly without their experience trio against all teams even the weakest. The young players most of them are just not good enough in my view and don't have the skill like past Sri Lanka legends. Their youngsters all lack experience at the highest level. Their bowling attack is also unthreatening and again rely on their experience Malinga and Herath again whom aren't exactly youngsters but good luck!!! :) :P

  • Prema1948 on October 4, 2013, 5:43 GMT

    consistency but, totally due to the huge scores they have gathered on flat tracks and bowling on helpful conditions, from time to time. I would also like to state here the young all-rounders the likes of UmeshKarunarathna (the Best Schoolboy Cricketer 2008), Geeth deAlwis, ChathurangaKumara,ChathuraPeiris,CharithJayampathi,... should also be included. Without encouraging youngsters there is no way the Country can go forward, the responsible persons in office, consider the giving of incentives to youngsters (rather future players) as a burden, in contrast to all other countries. The tournaments held, in the Country too, in the past 2-3 years were negligible (the matches too were limited to a small number in those tournaments) compared to countries like England. These persons feel that looking after the welfare of senior player is the only way forward, as far as Country is concerned.

  • Prema1948 on October 4, 2013, 5:42 GMT

    J&Ps have yet again, very clearly exhibited their ignorance over the duties entrusted to them by omitting teenagers that have excelled well in the last School seasons after maintaining consistency throughout their Cricket Careers. The Best Schoolboy Cricketers the likes of: Kusal Mendis,Yohan,deSilva,RameshMendis,PavanDevinda,ChalanaDeSilva,RaminduKumarasinghe ,AKTyrone,...;should be included instead of all the aging henchmen picked for these squads. The fans would like to see performances of their future players rather than the 4 over- hyped players. The Country would gain nothing in playing these white Elephants that have always found it difficult to deliver when the Team needed it (we have hardly won a tournament with these four since 2007, if we had any that was mostly due to our truly talented bowlers and young batters. Their (3bats&bowler) averages look OK on the card, but scrutinizing those stats, one would learn, they have got reasonable averages not maintaining 2bCNTD

  • on October 4, 2013, 5:38 GMT

    it is funny they expel kaushal silva from one dayers when he averages over 100 and scoring rate over 70.then expel dimuth karunarathne from best 42 players when he has become the man of the series in one dayers who was first used as next test opener. what do they meant by "grooming"? why no place from upul tharanga n chamara kapugedara who are still having at least 10 more years in cricket who were early named as next prospects .just feel ramith is doing something these days n has become MoM in the last match. he should be used more as a spinner.all the best young chaps.for me they had to include 3 senior players one each in each team n appoint as senior mentor of team . that is what this sort of tour can do.

  • goonerholic653 on October 4, 2013, 4:45 GMT

    i think dimuth is defintely playing for the national team, he's probably been given a rest, he's played a lot lately, and we have a lot of cricket coming from november onwards. Also, the probably wanted to give a younger guy a try instead of giving a go to a somewhat proven player.

  • asithaSL on October 4, 2013, 3:45 GMT

    No Dimuth No Tharanga... U r kidding.... Dimuth should be there...

  • shanepe2003 on October 4, 2013, 2:08 GMT

    "We want to give those youngsters a chance for the future," chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya said.... I guess this mean giving much needed chances to almost 40yrsYOUNG upcoming young super stars like Mahela, Sanga, Dili, Etc. not for the 25yrsOLD senior pensioners like Dimuth, Tharanga, A Dhananajaya, Etc…wonder why can't we include Aravinda, Arjuna,Gurusinghe for this tournament (maybe there're still in infant stage) to young to play?.. perhaps 2017WC!

  • on October 3, 2013, 22:32 GMT

    Mr.Andrew Fernando....You have not commented on the exclusion of inform batsman Dimuth Karunarathne..Is it a mistake by you or SJ and the clan.....

  • on October 3, 2013, 22:26 GMT

    Hey Mr SJ..Surprise.....what happened to our man series in New zealand tour Dimuth Karunarathe........Lol..have you forgotten his name...and wer is Udara jayasundara,Upul tharanga,Thranga Paranawithana and Chamara Kapugedara...However appriciate finally you gave a chance to forgotten young stars Bhanuka Rajapakse and Roshen Silva,,,,,

  • on October 3, 2013, 20:49 GMT

    Again Ramith for 4 days? Why Dimuth not in? Upul T and Chamara Silva and Kapu Smacks influence R Rodrigo

  • on October 3, 2013, 19:01 GMT

    Selectors should look for a solid replacement for Dilshan (I guess who is retiring from Test cricket after the UAE tour) Maybe Kusal perera or Shehan Jayasuriya or maybe even Upul Tharanga Since He has alot of experience to Partner Dimuth

  • on October 3, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    WOW Kasun Madushanka, Saliya Saman is missing but Ramith Rambukwella is in. This is a really good idea at least they got most of the up coming inform batsmen, however, Sri Lanka still cant see a quality fast bowlers even though there right in front of them.

  • Ashen on October 3, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    Very easy question, who's going to win this tournament. With the board XI team so strong, like to see all our national players get into form by thrashing the other two minnow teams led by Chandimal & Thirimanne. Good luck Angi!!!

    No problems with Thirimanne's batting, but there are some concerns regarding Chandimal's form. His T20 batting average is very poor, but he's the captain of the side. Not sure whether the selectors have made the right decision in giving him T20 captaincy in so early in his career. But having said that,no doubt he's a good talented player. But his drought of runs at international level, especially in the shorter formats, is a concern. Hope he regains his form.

  • on October 3, 2013, 17:37 GMT

    No place for grooming opener Dimuth Karunaratne.....but Rambukwella to play 4 day cricket ??

  • Htc-Android on October 3, 2013, 17:29 GMT

    What a shame Rambukwella is in the squad, but the man in form Dimuth is not in the form.

  • on October 3, 2013, 17:22 GMT

    what about Dimuth qkarunarathne... U.tharanga.. A.dhananjaya.. Tharidu kaushal... Suraj Randiv

  • Htc-Android on October 3, 2013, 17:07 GMT

    I think our domestic tournaments should be changed into 4-day games instead of 3 day games. With the 3 day games, you dont get a fair evaluation of those bowlers. They often end up taking wickets,because batsman try to score runs quickly. Also our batsman will improve their defence and strike rotating ability as well. Normally our batsman are excellent stroke makers, but poor in rotating the strike.

  • Htc-Android on October 3, 2013, 17:07 GMT

    I think our domestic tournaments should be changed into 4-day games instead of 3 day games. With the 3 day games, you dont get a fair evaluation of those bowlers. They often end up taking wickets,because batsman try to score runs quickly. Also our batsman will improve their defence and strike rotating ability as well. Normally our batsman are excellent stroke makers, but poor in rotating the strike.

  • on October 3, 2013, 17:22 GMT

    what about Dimuth qkarunarathne... U.tharanga.. A.dhananjaya.. Tharidu kaushal... Suraj Randiv

  • Htc-Android on October 3, 2013, 17:29 GMT

    What a shame Rambukwella is in the squad, but the man in form Dimuth is not in the form.

  • on October 3, 2013, 17:37 GMT

    No place for grooming opener Dimuth Karunaratne.....but Rambukwella to play 4 day cricket ??

  • Ashen on October 3, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    Very easy question, who's going to win this tournament. With the board XI team so strong, like to see all our national players get into form by thrashing the other two minnow teams led by Chandimal & Thirimanne. Good luck Angi!!!

    No problems with Thirimanne's batting, but there are some concerns regarding Chandimal's form. His T20 batting average is very poor, but he's the captain of the side. Not sure whether the selectors have made the right decision in giving him T20 captaincy in so early in his career. But having said that,no doubt he's a good talented player. But his drought of runs at international level, especially in the shorter formats, is a concern. Hope he regains his form.

  • on October 3, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    WOW Kasun Madushanka, Saliya Saman is missing but Ramith Rambukwella is in. This is a really good idea at least they got most of the up coming inform batsmen, however, Sri Lanka still cant see a quality fast bowlers even though there right in front of them.

  • on October 3, 2013, 19:01 GMT

    Selectors should look for a solid replacement for Dilshan (I guess who is retiring from Test cricket after the UAE tour) Maybe Kusal perera or Shehan Jayasuriya or maybe even Upul Tharanga Since He has alot of experience to Partner Dimuth

  • on October 3, 2013, 20:49 GMT

    Again Ramith for 4 days? Why Dimuth not in? Upul T and Chamara Silva and Kapu Smacks influence R Rodrigo

  • on October 3, 2013, 22:26 GMT

    Hey Mr SJ..Surprise.....what happened to our man series in New zealand tour Dimuth Karunarathe........Lol..have you forgotten his name...and wer is Udara jayasundara,Upul tharanga,Thranga Paranawithana and Chamara Kapugedara...However appriciate finally you gave a chance to forgotten young stars Bhanuka Rajapakse and Roshen Silva,,,,,

  • on October 3, 2013, 22:32 GMT

    Mr.Andrew Fernando....You have not commented on the exclusion of inform batsman Dimuth Karunarathne..Is it a mistake by you or SJ and the clan.....