Sri Lanka news January 3, 2014

Jayasuriya questions Perera's work ethic

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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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  • 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.

  • SL_Boy 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.

  • 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..

  • gahapanmachan 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.

  • NuwanAK 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.

  • johnal 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

  • on January 5, 2014, 0:47 GMT

    West Indies selectors should take note !

  • CricketChat 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.

  • 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.

  • SLMaster 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.

  • 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.

  • SL_Boy 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.

  • 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..

  • gahapanmachan 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.

  • NuwanAK 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.

  • johnal 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

  • on January 5, 2014, 0:47 GMT

    West Indies selectors should take note !

  • CricketChat 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.

  • 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.

  • SLMaster 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.

  • priceless1 on January 4, 2014, 11:36 GMT

    now let see him say "No "to the IPL as well :D

  • wijeya on January 4, 2014, 8:11 GMT

    jayasuriya is a joke now. If it wasn't bad enough him coming back for a farewell tour when he never merited the place at that stage in his career. He know is using his position to take pot shots at the youngsters. I suggest he look at his fellow minsters son who he has selected who is not fit enough to get into a club team in england let alone a international team yet he selected him!

  • on January 4, 2014, 8:01 GMT

    @SriLankanYoungBlood,completely agree with you, sl are really missing the services of kapugedara,maharoof, and tharanga. And with sl's lack of decent spinners, they are wasting the talents of dananjaya, tharindu kaushal etc. Poor decisions as selector from jayasuriya.

  • Greatest_Game on January 4, 2014, 6:14 GMT

    Jayasuriya might find a much stronger work ethic from players who get paid, and on time too! Besides, what id the big deal about tests? Sri Lanka don't play them. They cancelled their tests against WI & South Africa.

    s the world supposed to take this guy seriously?

  • SL234 on January 4, 2014, 5:22 GMT

    Yes this is a completely hypocritical move on Sanath's part as he himself took the later stages of his career in various other pursuits of politics and as such but it his words here are spurned by truth. At the moment Thisara Perera is nothing more than a tail end slogger and a decently quick seamer. How will BBL change this and make him a better player? Jayasuriya is in my opinion is entirely correct in the potential of Perera in the way of offering a 3rd seamer who can bowl better pace than all of the current backups other than Dhammika Prasad who should also be considered and is also a nice driver of the ball when he applies himself. Assuming that one day and test cricket IS the highest form of the game and not the hype driven 20 over form I'd say Jayasuriya here has taken the right option and is absolutely not a 'denial of human rights' as Perera acknowledges this right when he signed his contract for Sri Lanka. This is a move for the long run.

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on January 4, 2014, 4:23 GMT

    Poor decision from Poor selector. Interesting thing is Malinga and Dilshan who has been poor form like Thisara allowed to play BBL. Sanath Treated Seniors in one way Juniors in another way. If he played BBL it's be hugh boost to 2015 WC and he can improve his Bowling and Batting in Fast Tracks. And could work with Internationl Players and Coaches. But what could he do in Sri Lanka in Flat Dead Tracks. Because of Santh we lost lot of Experienced Players and Young Players. eg:Upul Tharanga,Chamara Kapugedara,Akila Dhanajaya,Jeewan Mendis,Farveez Maharoof,Dilshan Munaweera next one will be "Thisara Perera". Cric Info Please Publish.............................

  • on January 4, 2014, 4:04 GMT

    Playing Test should be the ultimate target for a cricketer , so i dont see any thing wrong in Sana's decision , Perera is too good of a player too just let him play T20 , let him work on his batting and bowling and groom him more of a Test player that just a T20 bully , but sorry to say i dont know wht the hell is Marvan doing as a batting coach i dont see any improvements in youngsters , chase away all the supporting coaches and keep one good coach that should help .....

  • on January 4, 2014, 3:44 GMT

    Pereira should take the selectors to the CAS court for denial of freedom of movement for work

  • on January 4, 2014, 3:41 GMT

    yes i am nt totally agree with sanath...beacause he dropped thisara was in form in tri series...he is the only the match winner in dat time after sanga...and plz sanath tell some thing about mahela,lasith....(i am not like to critizes them...but the real thing is mahela should limit for t20 and maling should rested)(and u should do same thing for ipl..i think its better do dat to ipl

  • on January 4, 2014, 2:32 GMT

    But why only Thisara?? Once Sanath dropped Thisara when he was in form..

    Why not stoping Malinga?? Wht he did past few months??

    Why not Dilahan? Dilshan is just scoring runs for himself... not like b4 play for the team

  • m0se on January 4, 2014, 1:58 GMT

    The reason cited doesn't matter. Jayasurya didn't want Perrera to play BBL and he went and found some reasons for it. Has there ever been an instance that a board has refused no objection like this?

  • on January 3, 2014, 23:08 GMT

    These words come from Sanath Jayasuriya? Absolutely hypocritical, I would say! He went into politics and still wanted to keep his place in the team. Sri Lanka went out of the way, on strong recommendation from the man at the top, to get a charity spot in the team that traveled England. He created a lot of problems for Kumara and Mahela when they tried to get the best from the team. When other people stayed home and worked on their skills and fitness, Jayasuriya was traveling to India to serve as a judge in beauty pageants and to participate in dancing with the stars. How much of time does this chap spend at the nets and to travel around to identify and develop new cricketers for Sri Lanka? Jayasuriya cannot even stand up against Keheliya Rambukwela, who is keen to put his son in the team (the guy who tried to open the cabin door). Who is Jayasuriya's 'find' from the Sri Lankan talent pool?

  • Mahaanama on January 3, 2014, 23:02 GMT

    Good move by Sanath. Thisara should practise under Chaminda Vaas' and Champaka Ramanayaka's supervision to improve his bowling rather than playing for T20 league tournaments that don't seem helped him to improve his bowling or batting.Although Mathews came to our national team as a bowler he has improved a lot as a batsman but still his bowling his better than Thisara's bowling. If Thisara improved as Mathews did it would be a huge advantage for SL in all formats. First Thisara should learn how to bowl an over without giving a boundary. Then he should learn how to play offside shots as a batsman. Probably Sanath can help him to improve his batting. Sanath should also think about dropping Mahela from test side and giving his place to a youngster like Thirimanna. Sanga should be allowed to play in all formats as long as he wants since he's still fit and also more aggressive than many of our young batsmen. It's also appreciated if Sanath is concerned about our tailenders batting skills.

  • diyagama on January 3, 2014, 20:24 GMT

    This is actually violation of human rights. Tissara is a very good t20 player, he could have got good match parctice by playing in BBL. Sanath' shows the jealousy that he has against up and coming players who can make some money by playing t20 leagues. What match practise he can get by playing in sri lankan pitches? Jayasuriya is not a good selector, he has a low temerament. SL needs people with mature minded who can think wisely. He must step down and carry on with his other jobs.

  • class9ryan on January 3, 2014, 17:37 GMT

    Perfect Godfatherly stuff from Jayasuriya. Love u Sanath, hope Perera meets your expectations.

  • uday.dharanidhar on January 3, 2014, 16:12 GMT

    Well done sanath.. Groomed two future captains for lankans in the form of mathews n chandi.. Now slowly paying dividends.. They are now a much responsible pair .. Support you in this decision also..

  • SLMaster on January 3, 2014, 16:08 GMT

    Why are some fans think Perera is a good prospect for 2015 WC in AUS the way play now. It is pathetic way Perera bowl & bat these days. If he is going be better because of gong to AUS then those PAK bowlers going to be 1000 times better. Perera should take Sanath's advice and rethink his game and come back hard. Lakmal is bowling well and improving. If Lakmal improve well, Perera will be out of the squad. If another bowler comes around the corner well, then Malinga is out too.

  • mshyder on January 3, 2014, 16:03 GMT

    Jayasuriya seems to have forgotten that the T20 WC s just round the corner and Thisara would have gained better practice by playing BBL than playing for the A team. As far as test cricket is concerned SL hardly plays tests and with no tests in near future what good would the A team matches do to Thisara. I donot see much logic in this argument.

  • Nickoshot on January 3, 2014, 15:58 GMT

    Interesting move seems like reverse logic to me surely a player out of form with a poor work ethic should be dropped from the international side not prevented from playing domestic cricket.

    Jayasuriya says he wants Perera to play test cricket but does Perera? I don't think its helps Sri Lanka that there board doesn't seem to want to play test cricket so few matches.

  • rsurex on January 3, 2014, 14:17 GMT

    Perera still young can be like South Africa's Vernon Pilander with the ball especially in Test side his big hitting, fielding skills will add more to his potential as an International player give more confidence to play prolong career.

  • Nmiduna on January 3, 2014, 14:14 GMT

    This will only destroy his trust on the administrators. first be exemplary and then take such tough decisions. this will do no good to anyone! he is denied the freedom and the opportunity to earn some decent money his board can't even afford. after all, all these guys played for months without being paid! such a hypocritical and shameful decision!

  • on January 3, 2014, 14:08 GMT

    Doesn't Sanath remember next World Cup is in Australia and its better for Thissara and any youngster to play more matches in Australia to get used to the conditions. Bad move by Sanath and SLC

  • SLMaster on January 3, 2014, 13:47 GMT

    As most of commented I agree to the same for Malinga. Both Malinga and Perera had poor disciplines and principles during PAK series. It is not lack of form.

  • SLMaster on January 3, 2014, 13:42 GMT

    Sanath is correct. Perera needs to work hard. We all saw how he played during the PAK series. So bad...and we all know how good he can be. If Perera doesn't want to play for SL so be it. But end of the day, Perera going to be the looser because he had great capabilities than BBL, IPL. There are no legends in BBL or IPLs. We support Sanath for this decision.

  • allthegoodnamesaretaken on January 3, 2014, 13:17 GMT

    Jayasuriya should just step down, I am losing more and more respect, to someone who I considered a legend. It is a stupid and selfish decision, if they really wanted to progress in test cricket and make Thisara a test cricketer, why did they cancel the south african tour, in place of SLPL,

  • gandabhai on January 3, 2014, 12:49 GMT

    You were a great batsmen Sanath, but this is wrong. In the long run you will lose the respect of the players.

  • Perera32 on January 3, 2014, 12:45 GMT

    Thisara Perera is an outstanding all round cricketer, who lost his form during the last couple of months. He was the 2nd highest wicket taker in ODI's in 2012 and didn't have a good 2013 with the ball. His batting can be devastating if he gets it right. So Sanath was probably right with this move. Cricketers should get better and better, so decent move by Jayasuriya.

  • Easygoing.Joe on January 3, 2014, 12:44 GMT

    Thisara Perera - next Sri Lankan bowler to quit tests?

  • on January 3, 2014, 12:32 GMT

    Not often I agree with SL cricket administrators, but Sana has got it spot on. Perera looks unfit and that is usually when players stop working hard. On current form, he'd struggle in the BBL anyway.

  • on January 3, 2014, 12:04 GMT

    Jayasuriya would never ban a player from the IPL! Why Perera is being singled out is somewhat of a mystery. If you MUST reprimand a player, do so behind the scenes. What does this accomplish?

    Treated Perera like an errant schoolboy will accomplish nothing. Sri Lanka Cricket Board is clueless when it comes to running the game as well as player management.

  • on January 3, 2014, 11:39 GMT

    On the surface it's a seemingly logical move by Sanath. Keep in mind what happened when Mitchell Johnson played a season in the IPL. Found his form, and the rest is history. Playing in the BBL might just allow him the freedom and take the pressure and seriousness off to allow Thisara to find this form that SL are so eager for. Whether personal rifts between the two or something else, a trick missed by the board on this one.

  • Cric-Aus-SL on January 3, 2014, 11:28 GMT

    treat your cricketers as professionals, if he was representing SL in U.A.E, obviously no chance of playing BBL. but this is way too much..

  • on January 3, 2014, 11:12 GMT

    I wonder what Sanath would have done if he were in Thisara's shoes! Memories are always short.

  • on January 3, 2014, 11:10 GMT

    Excellent work Sannath. Somebody should have said the same to Mallinga. He is not the bowler he used to be and not as fearful a bowler when he plays for the country. These guys need to put country before their clubs. They have already accumulated enough dosh!

  • Charith99 on January 3, 2014, 10:48 GMT

    Finally sanath has done something correct. Thisara must realize his true potentiol

  • on January 3, 2014, 10:45 GMT

    Very poor from Sanath... SLC reducing the player's contract money and now this

  • ajithabey on January 3, 2014, 10:12 GMT

    Laudable move by Sanath and the selectors. Getting out of form players into the correct frame of mind and attitude is their prime objective. Players should always not go behind money if they want to represent the country in the long term. Of course it is also their choice as no one indispensable as there many deserving youngsters knocking on the door of representative cricket.

  • siddhartha87 on January 3, 2014, 10:09 GMT

    he should have allowed to play in BBL keeping an eye in 2015 wc.

  • Blade-Runner on January 3, 2014, 9:42 GMT

    Well done Sana boy !! He really means business this time. Malinga is also gonna be dropped from BD tour due to lack of commitment. I hope these players will truly realize whats at stake here. Thisara is just 24 yrs old n has got a long career ahead of him. He better gets his acts together before its too late.

  • yorkslanka on January 3, 2014, 9:35 GMT

    I can see Sanath's logic but if he wants Thisara to become a test player, why does he always leave him out of test squads? Surely with the 2015 WC in mind, it would have been better to give thisara more exposure to australian wickets as he will be a key player for us in the WC. Its a dangerous tactic to not issue NOC as it can tempt players to turn their back on their country and play year round T20's..

  • on January 3, 2014, 9:34 GMT

    it seems unfair.. there should be specific rules and policies by each cricket board for out of form players or specufic requurments for Noc.(for any league

  • ARJa on January 3, 2014, 9:23 GMT

    Excellent. This is how each board should work. Make sure their players are willing to perform for their country before being heroes for clubs across the world. Unfortunately, doubt the same stand will be taken against the IPL who is the source of all these problemts of commitments and lack of unity which teams like Sri Lanka and WI are experiencing.

  • on January 3, 2014, 9:20 GMT

    Its so obvious that perera hasnt worked on his bowling or batting.. wel done Sanath. Wish they would do the same with malinga. i mean make him work hard on this fitness as well as line n length.

  • kasifdotinfo on January 3, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    Thisara Perera must have done a lot to rub Sanath Jayasuriya the wrong way, for Jayasuriya to both publicly reprimand him and deny him substantial earnings. Jayasuriya's bold approach is risky, given that a player with Perera's T20-oriented skill set has incentive to cut his international career short in order to make himself available for the entirety of every T20 league and maximize his earnings. Jayasuriya might be right to take disciplinary action as necessary, but he ought to keep in mind that players might not feel as much of an obligation to country and countryman as in the past.

    From a strictly practical standpoint, keeping Perera out of the BBL makes little sense. The experience and practice he would get there would almost certainly be superior to that he will get in Sri Lanka (where he has been for quite some time already) or even with Sri Lanka A. The World T20 isn't so far away, and the BBL would seem to be ideal preparation for that.

  • Prabhash1985 on January 3, 2014, 9:08 GMT

    Man! This is awesome! Love it! "He has the potential, but he needs to work hard!". This is the creation of an excellent cricketer. Thank you Sanath!

  • on January 3, 2014, 9:07 GMT

    Malinga and Gayle from WI should not be allowed to play in any of those money making leagues. They are miserable when they play for their country especially last few years.

  • CricketFever11 on January 3, 2014, 8:50 GMT

    In form Thisara Perera is definitely a must for SL's T20 world cup hopes. But the Board could have given the opportunity to Perera to play against International players.

  • ZeeshanAdeel on January 3, 2014, 8:48 GMT

    I think, he should have granted the NOC letter with this warning.... Refusing NOC is not a good idea, it can de-motivate the players..

  • on January 3, 2014, 8:48 GMT

    @Jee1 - #IPL is always an exception. But a good idea to put pressure on the player.

  • PadMarley on January 3, 2014, 8:47 GMT

    I'm sure with you Jayasuriya on this!! But I think you should be consistent in your approach; and my point is, how come Malinga is excluded from these kind of decisions from SLC? SLC has given-up on him?

  • on January 3, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    Good move .... Country First then others. that how it works

  • Jerryraj on January 3, 2014, 8:43 GMT

    Finally we have seen Sanath on action , (First time after the appointment). but dont know why only targetting Thisara!!!!!!!!! better if Sanath continute this approach on youngsters.

  • Sekhar_S on January 3, 2014, 8:38 GMT

    Let's see if the same logic is maintained for IPL participation.

  • on January 3, 2014, 8:38 GMT

    Finally Really Good Decision by Jayasuriya,and Thisara is always suitable for T20 matches,anyway He should make his consistency than now to be in T20 playing 11 regularly.

  • on January 3, 2014, 8:33 GMT

    well said Sanath

  • on January 3, 2014, 8:32 GMT

    well said Sanath.. it was very clear that perera should get his form back to become successful as a sri Lankan player..

  • IshanH on January 3, 2014, 8:29 GMT

    Mixed feelings about the decision. He indeed needed a kick on the back-side for the poor performances. Then again the 2015 world cup is in Australia and NZ. So the exposure in BBL might have helped Thisara. But it's a good long term decision i guess.

  • on January 3, 2014, 8:27 GMT

    That's fair enough. good decision under the prevailing circumstances. But I think Malinga also should have been held. his performances in UAE were not up to expectations. dropped that dolly of hafeez and repeatedly conceded over 60 off his 10 overs despite of some wickets.

  • ramli on January 3, 2014, 8:25 GMT

    Poor Perera ... lost out on good-earning ... many SL players now want to earn more than desire to play in all formats for SL??

  • Lakmalnj on January 3, 2014, 8:25 GMT

    Good Decision. Warning for Malinga as well.

  • CRIC_FAN94 on January 3, 2014, 8:24 GMT

    It is better becoming a freelance cricketer and play in some foreign leagues when you are frequently dropped from your international team. Jayasuriya must understand that perera cant feed his family playing some practise games in SL or else they should promise to pay him some money

  • jee1 on January 3, 2014, 8:12 GMT

    Finally!!someone sees sense..Kudos to Jayasurya..But I wonder if he can follow the same rule for IPL as well,if Perera's form does not improve at the time of IPL??

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  • jee1 on January 3, 2014, 8:12 GMT

    Finally!!someone sees sense..Kudos to Jayasurya..But I wonder if he can follow the same rule for IPL as well,if Perera's form does not improve at the time of IPL??

  • CRIC_FAN94 on January 3, 2014, 8:24 GMT

    It is better becoming a freelance cricketer and play in some foreign leagues when you are frequently dropped from your international team. Jayasuriya must understand that perera cant feed his family playing some practise games in SL or else they should promise to pay him some money

  • Lakmalnj on January 3, 2014, 8:25 GMT

    Good Decision. Warning for Malinga as well.

  • ramli on January 3, 2014, 8:25 GMT

    Poor Perera ... lost out on good-earning ... many SL players now want to earn more than desire to play in all formats for SL??

  • on January 3, 2014, 8:27 GMT

    That's fair enough. good decision under the prevailing circumstances. But I think Malinga also should have been held. his performances in UAE were not up to expectations. dropped that dolly of hafeez and repeatedly conceded over 60 off his 10 overs despite of some wickets.

  • IshanH on January 3, 2014, 8:29 GMT

    Mixed feelings about the decision. He indeed needed a kick on the back-side for the poor performances. Then again the 2015 world cup is in Australia and NZ. So the exposure in BBL might have helped Thisara. But it's a good long term decision i guess.

  • on January 3, 2014, 8:32 GMT

    well said Sanath.. it was very clear that perera should get his form back to become successful as a sri Lankan player..

  • on January 3, 2014, 8:33 GMT

    well said Sanath

  • on January 3, 2014, 8:38 GMT

    Finally Really Good Decision by Jayasuriya,and Thisara is always suitable for T20 matches,anyway He should make his consistency than now to be in T20 playing 11 regularly.

  • Sekhar_S on January 3, 2014, 8:38 GMT

    Let's see if the same logic is maintained for IPL participation.