Sri Lanka news January 3, 2014

Jayasuriya questions Perera's work ethic


Sanath Jayasuriya, the Sri Lanka chief selector, has questioned Thisara Perera's work ethic and asked him to work harder as the board moved to deny the allrounder permission to participate in the Big Bash League. Perera had applied for the no-objection certificate required by players to take part in a foreign league, but Sri Lanka Cricket refused to provide it, largely on the recommendation of Jayasuriya's selection panel.

"We are not giving him permission to play in the Big Bash. He has to work and stay in Sri Lanka," Jayasuriya told ESPNcricinfo. "The reason is poor form. He's been in very poor form with his bowling and batting. He needs to work on some things with the coaches in Sri Lanka.

"Before he thinks of playing for Big Bash and all these things, he needs to do the work in Sri Lanka, if he wants to become a good allrounder. That's what the selectors think."

Perera was in Sri Lanka's limited-overs squad for the December series against Pakistan in the UAE, but was dropped after the third ODI. He hit only 13 runs in the three one-dayers and was wayward with the ball, though he did take six wickets in five matches, including the two Twenty20 internationals.

Jayasuriya's selection panel had already sent Perera a message about his work ethic when it omitted him from the squad for the ODI tri-series in the West Indies in June. Although he made significant gains in the home series against South Africa that followed, he has allowed his game to slip again, Jayasuriya said.

"After dropping him from that West Indies series, he played really well. He worked hard on his bowling and batting and everything. But now, he needs to work hard again."

Jayasuriya has designs for Perera to become a Test allrounder, particularly as the selectors do not want to overburden Angelo Mathews with the third seamer's job in addition to his roles as captain and batsman. Jayasuriya said Perera's path to regaining form should begin with England Lions' tour of Sri Lanka in February. Perera has been asked to train with the Sri Lanka A team in the interim.

"He doesn't need BBL match practice," Jayasuriya said. "If he wants match practice, he can get it during the England A series. I want him to play Tests for Sri Lanka, not just ODIs and T20s. He has that potential, but he needs to work hard."

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

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  • Dummy4 on January 6, 2014, 3:37 GMT

    Jayasuriya has become a real joke now. exposure in overease always giving players confidence to come back. I could remember Jayasuiriya also had the same issue but came back very strongly after playing for IPL. I am sure T. Perera also will come back same way after playing for Big Bash.

  • chami on January 6, 2014, 3:31 GMT

    good move ... if he goes Aus with this form, he will be a bench warmer ... better stay home and get your self fix, look at Chandimal did not play IPL fix his loop holes.

  • Dummy4 on January 5, 2014, 22:54 GMT

    With the world cup in the horizon in Australia, any match practice in Aussie pitches is a bonus.. Stupid move from Jaya..

  • Sunil on January 5, 2014, 20:49 GMT

    Jaya was the darling of the 90's, not entirely to his smacking prowess but the way he lifted the morale of the average village folk during that transitional times of SL cricket & society. Unfortunately politics or rather politicians got to him and obviously tarnished his image. Now as a political leader, if his intention is to groom the youngsters in the right direction, he will one day RIP as a champion.Time will tell.

  • Nuwan on January 5, 2014, 6:44 GMT

    Jayasuriya was fortunate to not to have a selector like him at his time to question his work ethic.... He played for IPL,county cricket etc at his own wish and did not retire or get dropped due to his political powers. May be the correct decision for country, but from a wrong man. But its injustice for Perera as cricket is his profession where he makes money for living, and he should be given freedom for his decision. Board should try to make more capable players, so that there would be competition for Perera's place. So that Perera will have to decide whether he goes to BBL losing his place in SL side.

  • salim on January 5, 2014, 1:17 GMT

    great move by jayasuriya if some of the other countries follow his move we will not have these players who are only interested playing in these big money leagues .former west indies player jeffery dujon made the same point recently

  • Dummy4 on January 5, 2014, 0:47 GMT

    West Indies selectors should take note !

  • Steve on January 4, 2014, 17:28 GMT

    I am afraid Perera is turning out to be another Chris Gayle (WI) who is interested only in international and domestic T20 leagues where he can do least amount of work for a big payday. I feel he can't be highly successful in tests and ODIs because of his technique and attitude. SL selectors should realize this and select him on horses for courses basis for national team. Denying him opportunity to play in BBL smacks of jealousy rather than help him. Once someone reaches international level, they pretty much know what they want and how to get there.

  • Dummy4 on January 4, 2014, 15:22 GMT

    How can Perera play more test cricket when Jayasooriya and the team cancel test series to accommodate limited over events? And how can he play more test cricket when he is dropped from the team? Don't be surprised if Angelo Mathew and Dinesh Chandimal find themselves dropped from the team after doing very good against Pakistan. We know how Sri Lanka treat its cricketers. For some them must do firework from the first match and for some even if they maintain consistency it still not good. We have one of the best Test wicketkeepers (Prasanna Jayawardena) and see the treatment he was meted out. Only now he is back in the team after a long time in the wilderness. As a selector Sanath Jayasooriya is losing his well earned reputation as a batsmen.

  • manjula on January 4, 2014, 15:11 GMT

    There are mixed reations. But looking at the comments, all fans seems to agree that Perera lacking deciplines and he can do better. Malinga didn't play well either. But Perera was the worse. Those who support Perera at this moment don't like him to improve. I agree with Sanath. We need support for Mathews. Cannot overwhlem Mathews becuase Perera not playing well. To help Mathews, Perera needs to be there. Mathews is important than Perera.

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