Sri Lanka news February 17, 2014

No surprises in SL World T20 squad

ESPNcricinfo staff
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Sri Lanka have announced a tried-and-tested squad for next month's World Twenty20 in Bangladesh. The only selection resembling something of a surprise was the inclusion of batting allrounder Chaturanga de Silva as a standby in case Rangana Herath doesn't recover in time for the tournament.

Chaturanga also features in Sri Lanka's Asia Cup squad, though as a confirmed member and not a back-up. The 15-man squad for the 50-over Asia Cup had only one change from the World Twenty20 side, batsman Ashan Priyanjan taking the place of spinner Seekkuge Prasanna. Mahela Jayawardene, who picked up a finger injury last week was selected in both squads.

Sri Lanka would have had an extended taste of Bangladesh conditions before the World Twenty20, arriving in the country in late January for a full series. They won the Test series 1-0, the Twenty20s 2-0 (both victories came off the last ball) and are currently playing the first of three ODIs. The Asia Cup, also in Bangladesh, starts later this month and leads up to the warm-up matches for the World Twenty20.

Chaturanga, 24, plays for Moors Sports Club, and has been part of Sri Lanka's A team over the past year. He has put in consistent performances in the ongoing home series against England Lions. He had previously been picked in the national squad for an ODI against South Africa last year.

World Twenty20 squad: Dinesh Chandimal (capt), Lasith Malinga (vice-capt), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kusal Perera, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Mahela Jayawardena, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Suranga Lakmal, Rangana Herath / Chaturanga De Silva, Sachithra Senanayake, Ajantha Mendis, Seekuge Prasanna

Asia Cup squad: Angelo Mathews (capt), Dinesh Chandimal (vice- capt), Lasith Malinga, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kusal Perera, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Mahela Jayawardena, Lahiru Thirimanne, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Suranga Lakmal, Chaturanga De Silva, Sachithra Senanayake, Ajantha Mendis, Ashan Priyanjan

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  • KEVINSL on February 23, 2014, 4:11 GMT

    right, all the critics, less confidence.This is ideal situation for a fighter like Dinesh Chandimal. Now he can show his skills and rewrite the cricket history like Iker Casillas did it for spain in soccer

  • dummy4fb on February 21, 2014, 3:38 GMT

    Well for those who wanting a selection match before selecting this is the last time sri lanka had a domestic T20 competition with all International players.

    http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/records/batting/most_runs_career.html?id=8419;type=tournament

  • dummy4fb on February 21, 2014, 2:03 GMT

    Where is Akila Dhananjaya , who had average of 13.58 and econ of 6.58 in last T20 world cup... ....? Mean time though Chandimal is the captain he should be rested for couple of series till he recovers him self..

  • dummy4fb on February 20, 2014, 17:26 GMT

    why everyone blaming tirimanne?? he played well in tough times.. he should play in Asia cup not low down the order. in the middle. he can do what ashan did today.. but better than ashan's SR I'm sure..

  • dummy4fb on February 19, 2014, 7:53 GMT

    Senior players like sangakkara , dlishan , jayawardene no need for them to play all the three formats blocking the youngsters. They all gonna retire in a same period between one or two years. Then what will happen?? Team will struggle. Better give chance to youngsters and so they can be groomed in the future. Old guards must retire from t20s. No point of playing

  • sujeemuller on February 19, 2014, 6:34 GMT

    Little disappointed over Sri Lankan team selection.. specially for T20 s as a captains Sri Lankan captain strike rate less than 100 in all format.. why he in the first place selected as a captain.. He is a good player in test and ODI so still not late and wish cricket board will open thire eyes sooner.. so please don't block all other talented players also chances to prove what they capable for.. good luck for Sri lanka

  • spellbinder76 on February 18, 2014, 19:02 GMT

    PCB has requested for series in Australia and NA before the 2015 WC. While PCB was struggling with internal strife India will be touring England this summer and Australia next winter before the 2015WC. Sri-Lanka is also set to play India, Astralia and England with 60 million dollars revenuw guranteed. Bangladesh, NewZeland and WI have been promised series by India, England and Australia. SA has settled its dispute with India and its chief will be visiting India to discuss bilateral series. So that leaves Pakistan with only one series against Australia [ already cut short] in 2014 plus the ICC events like t-20, ODI and CT till 2023. Pakistan at the moment is isolated and let's see what Najm Sethi can do to get some cricket series for Pakistan in the near future.

  • DwightR on February 18, 2014, 15:46 GMT

    would like to see Kusal Silva in the squad n akila return

  • jerryman on February 18, 2014, 14:56 GMT

    for the Asia cup squad would have been better to drop Chandimal and give Kaushal Silva a go and hoping Thirimanne is not in the starting eleven .thiris place should have gone to Vithanage it is good to see Chaturanga added to the squad .Tharindua kaushal the other spinner should also be on the radar as he is very good too.

  • dummy4fb on February 18, 2014, 14:26 GMT

    If really look at it. Upul Tharanga should be in the squad instead chandimal

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