Sri Lanka news April 23, 2014

Chandimal relieved of T20I captaincy

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Sri Lanka's selectors have relieved Dinesh Chandimal of all his leadership positions, appointing Lasith Malinga as the T20I captain and Lahiru Thirimanne as vice-captain across all formats untill March 2015.

Chandimal had had a poor run in limited-overs cricket, particularly in Asian conditions, but had maintained a good record in Tests, averaging 63.75 in 10 innings, since being named vice-captain in February last year. His across-the-board demotion, however, is a strong indication the selectors feel Chandimal must devote himself solely to improving his batting.

Though his on-field leadership had reaped positive results, Chandimal has shown little batting promise in T20 cricket, in which he averages 13.30 after 20 innings. He had initially impressed in the ODI team, but his returns even in that format have subsided after he had been named vice-captain. Since Februrary 2013, Chandimal has averaged 25.55, with a strike rate of 72, largely batting from lower in the order than he prefers.

Chandimal had chosen to leave himself out of the XI for the semi-final and final of the recent World T20, leaving Malinga to lead the team to victory, and had been replaced in the XI by Thirimanne, who struck an important 44 in the semi-final.

The selectors had made Chandimal the youngest Sri Lanka captain in any format, at 23, following largely impressive returns in Australia in January last year. Chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya had said at the time that Sri Lanka sought to develop a young leadership core, in preparation for the looming retirements of former captains Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara and Tillakaratne Dilshan. Jayawardene and Sangakkara had in any case indicated they would not accept leadership roles in the twilight of their careers.

Thirimanne has impressed with the bat in recent months, picking up a Player-of-the-Tournament award for top-scoring at the Asia Cup. His tournament aggregate of 279 included a century in the final. Averaging 49 from 14 innings in the top three, he has been a more reliable ODI selection than Chandimal, particularly in the past year.

Sri Lanka embark on a full away tour of England next month, before full home tours against South Africa and Pakistan follow in July and August. They have six Tests, eleven ODIs and at least two T20 internationals scheduled for the next four months.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. @andrewffernando

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  • on April 25, 2014, 9:35 GMT

    All the best Chandi. You will definitely come back

  • Dhushan on April 24, 2014, 17:43 GMT

    I think this is a good move. I blame the selectors for making him the captain in the 1st place. His potential is there for all to see, but he had not proved it consistently. Now I hope he puts his head down & works on his batting, because he's got a long way to go, as long as he bats well. Fight on Chandimal.

  • CricketPissek on April 24, 2014, 17:09 GMT

    Chandimal need not be disheartened. I remember after the 1999 WC, Sanath was appointed captain and a young Mahela Jayawardena his deputy. After months of bad form, not dissimilar to Chandi's, MJ lost his VC post. By 2006 he had matured to be a great leader and outstanding batsman. By 2009 he was the world's best tactician and along with Arjuna Ranatunga, SL's greatest captain. Chandimal is still very young. Those who know cricket a lot better than armchair critics see great potential in him. It is up to him to prove his doubters wrong and shut the short sighted fans up. Good luck to Angie and Lasith, and congratulations to Lahiru.

  • SLC-2020 on April 24, 2014, 15:09 GMT

    I heard(Chat & Music program) Malinga's explanation of winning strategy that he used in T20 cricket, and it made perfect sense! He clearly showed how capable he is to lead the side in this shorter format using his experience! Malinga proved that an experienced strike bowler can find more effective ways to curtail opponents' batting, than a Batsmen skipper... I think that is the most important aspect of T20 - Since this format is all about leather lashing... winning is somehow limiting it..! That is exactly what our boys did this time in those last 4 overs as planned & well-executed by Malinga with his fellow bowlers! He also answered to the people who were unable to understand the situations of the game & unfairly accused him when failed. Now, at-least no one can question about his Loyalty to SL :))

  • SLC-2020 on April 24, 2014, 14:08 GMT

    Some fans seem to be ludicrous to question the inclusion of Upul Tharanga- (161 innings -5228 Runs- 33.94 Av - 100x12 - 50x28) at least for the Ireland ODIs. They are questioning about his technique/ability on fast-tracks! What a joke… when you consider the flash-in-a-pan t20 technique of the lucky guy who robbed his place! I have a question for them, can you name any other young SL player who had scored 13 CENTURIES (just two short of Mahela) & 28 FIFTY++ scores all around the world against all Leading sides? Just 29 yrs , he has already proved his abilities as an opener , being the 8th Highest All Time Run-getter for SL & the youngest to get more than 5000 Runs among the 9 SL players done that! He is the most unfortunate player in SL Cricket history (apart from Upul Chandana) to be at the receiving end of the SLC's AXE , not to have his place stabilized after serving SL , establishing such an astonishing career record.! BTW he had scored 2x100's in Eng (120-Lord's, 109-Leeds)!

  • Rooohan on April 24, 2014, 14:01 GMT

    By the time we will play WC, SL will have 10 past captains in the team.

  • latnadu on April 24, 2014, 11:08 GMT

    @ Laxmi Narayan Reddy It is what we called learning. under mahela, sanga, dilshan, angelo and chandimal , he will learn it soon, catch it soon. i would like to see kula leads the team for at least 1 match. coz kula silently did lots to Sri Lanka team..

  • on April 24, 2014, 10:30 GMT

    I think during wt20 jayawardane lead the side.... Without him Malinga can't lead.....

  • on April 24, 2014, 9:38 GMT

    In T20 spot decision has to be taken.The total time is available is 100 mins. Good move by the SLB to relive Chandimal for T20 Capatiancy. Now he can concentrate on his batting. Wish you all the best Dinesh Chandimal!!!!!

  • ksquared on April 24, 2014, 9:00 GMT

    Taking the captaincy away from Chandimal is a good move he can concentrate more on his batting now and hopefully we will get the guy who scored a 100 @ Lords back. Thirimanne as VC is a safe choice but I would have gone with Prasanna Jayawardana or even Herath in Tests. Malinga as captain is still a bit dodgy it will be interesting how he handles it in high pressure situations without the likes of Mahela and Sanga.

  • on April 25, 2014, 9:35 GMT

    All the best Chandi. You will definitely come back

  • Dhushan on April 24, 2014, 17:43 GMT

    I think this is a good move. I blame the selectors for making him the captain in the 1st place. His potential is there for all to see, but he had not proved it consistently. Now I hope he puts his head down & works on his batting, because he's got a long way to go, as long as he bats well. Fight on Chandimal.

  • CricketPissek on April 24, 2014, 17:09 GMT

    Chandimal need not be disheartened. I remember after the 1999 WC, Sanath was appointed captain and a young Mahela Jayawardena his deputy. After months of bad form, not dissimilar to Chandi's, MJ lost his VC post. By 2006 he had matured to be a great leader and outstanding batsman. By 2009 he was the world's best tactician and along with Arjuna Ranatunga, SL's greatest captain. Chandimal is still very young. Those who know cricket a lot better than armchair critics see great potential in him. It is up to him to prove his doubters wrong and shut the short sighted fans up. Good luck to Angie and Lasith, and congratulations to Lahiru.

  • SLC-2020 on April 24, 2014, 15:09 GMT

    I heard(Chat & Music program) Malinga's explanation of winning strategy that he used in T20 cricket, and it made perfect sense! He clearly showed how capable he is to lead the side in this shorter format using his experience! Malinga proved that an experienced strike bowler can find more effective ways to curtail opponents' batting, than a Batsmen skipper... I think that is the most important aspect of T20 - Since this format is all about leather lashing... winning is somehow limiting it..! That is exactly what our boys did this time in those last 4 overs as planned & well-executed by Malinga with his fellow bowlers! He also answered to the people who were unable to understand the situations of the game & unfairly accused him when failed. Now, at-least no one can question about his Loyalty to SL :))

  • SLC-2020 on April 24, 2014, 14:08 GMT

    Some fans seem to be ludicrous to question the inclusion of Upul Tharanga- (161 innings -5228 Runs- 33.94 Av - 100x12 - 50x28) at least for the Ireland ODIs. They are questioning about his technique/ability on fast-tracks! What a joke… when you consider the flash-in-a-pan t20 technique of the lucky guy who robbed his place! I have a question for them, can you name any other young SL player who had scored 13 CENTURIES (just two short of Mahela) & 28 FIFTY++ scores all around the world against all Leading sides? Just 29 yrs , he has already proved his abilities as an opener , being the 8th Highest All Time Run-getter for SL & the youngest to get more than 5000 Runs among the 9 SL players done that! He is the most unfortunate player in SL Cricket history (apart from Upul Chandana) to be at the receiving end of the SLC's AXE , not to have his place stabilized after serving SL , establishing such an astonishing career record.! BTW he had scored 2x100's in Eng (120-Lord's, 109-Leeds)!

  • Rooohan on April 24, 2014, 14:01 GMT

    By the time we will play WC, SL will have 10 past captains in the team.

  • latnadu on April 24, 2014, 11:08 GMT

    @ Laxmi Narayan Reddy It is what we called learning. under mahela, sanga, dilshan, angelo and chandimal , he will learn it soon, catch it soon. i would like to see kula leads the team for at least 1 match. coz kula silently did lots to Sri Lanka team..

  • on April 24, 2014, 10:30 GMT

    I think during wt20 jayawardane lead the side.... Without him Malinga can't lead.....

  • on April 24, 2014, 9:38 GMT

    In T20 spot decision has to be taken.The total time is available is 100 mins. Good move by the SLB to relive Chandimal for T20 Capatiancy. Now he can concentrate on his batting. Wish you all the best Dinesh Chandimal!!!!!

  • ksquared on April 24, 2014, 9:00 GMT

    Taking the captaincy away from Chandimal is a good move he can concentrate more on his batting now and hopefully we will get the guy who scored a 100 @ Lords back. Thirimanne as VC is a safe choice but I would have gone with Prasanna Jayawardana or even Herath in Tests. Malinga as captain is still a bit dodgy it will be interesting how he handles it in high pressure situations without the likes of Mahela and Sanga.

  • Charindra on April 24, 2014, 8:00 GMT

    Finally, Chandi can focus on his batting and Malinga's importance has been recognized.

  • RMCroos on April 24, 2014, 7:06 GMT

    sometimes lucks works MALINGA is the lucky boy... sorry Chandimal you dont have luck this time but we know you will be a good leader. For SLC dont be like PAKISTAN ... A capatin should lead the team not only in filed but in off filed too ...leadership is not about only winning... Matthews and Chandimal should be nominate as Captain and Vice Capatin in all format ..

  • ms2000 on April 24, 2014, 6:59 GMT

    Finally Malinga was recongnized. He will sure do a good job. He's got so much experiece in T20's. Good decision. Chandimal now has to concentrate on his batting to make a come back to the T20 team. Congrats Lasith!

  • on April 24, 2014, 6:27 GMT

    Chandi.... You got talent. work hard, you can come back like Atapattu did.

  • Urajapakse on April 24, 2014, 5:43 GMT

    It was a 'blessing in disguise' dear Chandi. Concentrate on your batting again & help your country to do well in future too. Your time will come again for the Captaincy & then , you will be better EQUIPPED.

    They say, every dark cloud has a 'Silver lining', Prove your dis tractors that you are 'made of steel'.

    Do not have 'grudges on anyone' but let your 'bat do the talking'.

  • on April 24, 2014, 5:26 GMT

    Angelo Mathews should have been the t20 captain

  • on April 24, 2014, 4:55 GMT

    It is a very good decision. Chandimal is and can be a very good player. It is best not to burden him with captaincy and allow him to develop. I do agree with comments "Angelo should have been made the captain for T20 as well" . He has taken over the other two forms of the game with the backing from all our senior players. Look at Man United. Wrong captain the team did not perform. One good thing is Malinga played out of his skin because he was the captain. If that is what it takes, leave him as T20 captain for the time being. He has improved in his communications skills as well. Good all around.

  • on April 24, 2014, 4:46 GMT

    Mathews should be the captain in all formats. poor SLC didn't take the right decision. but, it's T20. so it doesn't matter, I hope !!

  • on April 24, 2014, 4:36 GMT

    miles100 agree with you on Chandi batting at no 04.Thiri is a genuine leader as has done for his school prince of Wales college many times. My only worry is that Thiri should open the batting to get the better out of him. He's very good at building an innings. ideal opener . which leaves Dilly a question. which is a good problem.

  • nothingnew on April 24, 2014, 3:48 GMT

    @cric1965 i agreed with you . if someone doesn't perform , they should being dropped . Chandimal is having another chance to show his colors in English tour. I remember he scored 100 runs in Loads . I asked him to play same game again to gain our trust .

  • MelbourneMiracle on April 24, 2014, 3:23 GMT

    So captaining just a couple of T20 matches (80 overs) is too much for Mathews who's going to captain about 2 Tests and 7 ODIs in England and Ireland? Is that what the selecting committee headed by Sana boy thinks?

  • on April 24, 2014, 2:45 GMT

    Chandimal is talented player. Please don't drop him.

  • on April 24, 2014, 2:34 GMT

    since no Sanga and mahela ..big time problem to malinga now... SLC not a right decision.. would have rather retained chandimal as skipper.. this guy as got talent but need to explore.. I think this is the right time...

  • on April 24, 2014, 2:25 GMT

    better to appoint Angelo to captain in all three formats. Malinga is a better t20player doesn't suit for the captaincy

  • Sri_Lankan_Cricket_Fan on April 24, 2014, 2:04 GMT

    The only good thing will happen by this is Malinga will perform well. Other times he don't perform to his full capabilities.

  • Sri_Lankan_Cricket_Fan on April 24, 2014, 1:59 GMT

    I don't understand why not make Angelo Mathews as T20 captain as well. He has proven his capabilities as a captain and he can perform without pressure as a captain.

    Given the fact Mahela and Sanga not in tht T20 squad I highly doubt if Malinga can keep our T20 no 1 ranking. A captain need not only skills but also a good brain.

  • on April 24, 2014, 0:37 GMT

    Chandimal has no leadership qualities and he cannot perform under pressure it was clearly seen. Also his poor form has been not seen by the selectors. He needs to be dropped from all formats and should be asked to play the domestic competitions and regain form and fight his way back to the national side. This challenge needs to be given to him.

  • DreamCricketer on April 23, 2014, 21:29 GMT

    DreamCricketer: I think this is a very good decision. He needs to work on his batting and performance. Now it's time to show his performance as he has been taken off the pressure of being the vice captain. Next one they should look at is Dilshan. It's time he retire or perform.

  • KosalaDeSilva on April 23, 2014, 21:18 GMT

    Malinga is not good to use as captain .Specially after Sanga and Mahela not playing T20 any more. Chandimal is a good captain and great team player as well and v good batsman , though he didn't have best of year 2013-2014. Hope Chandimal will have good tour to England.

  • cric1965 on April 23, 2014, 20:20 GMT

    if anybody not performing well should be dropped never mind even captain. Before become captain or vice captain first of all should perform continuosly to secure your place in team.

    Dilshan should compete with Thirimanna for his position. Number 5 for Jayawardana specially in Australia is a good move.

  • on April 23, 2014, 18:58 GMT

    Wuz wrong with Sanath n SLC???

    Mathews is a young player.. Why unnecessary split captaincy??

    Let Mathews handle all 3 formats n let Thira be VC for all 3 formats..

  • SLMaster on April 23, 2014, 18:02 GMT

    Logical decision as Chandimal need more experience. Chandimal is a good player because of that lots of burden forced on him too quickly. This is ia good move for Chandimal.

  • on April 23, 2014, 17:52 GMT

    For me this is like just picking solutions to save the day !!! what will happened if Thirimanne is out of form.. Will SLC appoint another vice captain...! Who ever the captain- vice captain, they need to be retained.. can not change like this. Any way its good that SLC relieved Chandimal from the captaincy burden- he is a good prospect in SL cricket for the future.

  • miles100 on April 23, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    Making Thirimanne the Vice captain might be a mistake as he is a very nervous looking player. It's sad to see this Kid Chandimal gets treated like a guinea pig all the time. The only reason why he does not perform well is because he does not bat at his ideal batting position no 4. Not because he was the captain. Old man Jayawardene occupies that No 4 place selfishly for many years.Jayawardene is an ideal no:5 Batsman and Mathews is the ideal No 6:Batsman.Thirimanne should come back to the ODI side after Sangakara retires. Come on Mahela, at least by now, give these young guys the chance to play in the top order and push your self back to No5 as you do know how to place the ball to gaps quite well which is a job of an ideal no:5 batsman. This way players like Chandimal performs well for his country better than you perform at no4 position.And SL middle order becomes stronger as Jayawardena plays at no5.Much appreciated if you push your self to No5 before the world cup in AU/NZ.

  • Lord.emsworth on April 23, 2014, 16:17 GMT

    Logical decision. I feel for the young man though! Wish him well in the Test team, where he is more ideally suited.

  • Felix1025 on April 23, 2014, 14:34 GMT

    Wrong decision. In all formats Mathews must captain. T 20 - Thirimanna or Malinga ( just to keep him happy) be the vice captain. ODI and Tests Chandimal can remain as the VC. Both Mathews and Chandi are experienced captains from school days. At least Chandi deserves the Test Vice captaincy. Malinga's off field behavior is not acceptable. True when he was made captain, he performed well personally, but always look at the bigger picture. Need to give more opportunities to shaminda Eranga, Nuwan Pradeep, and two new pacemen (sorry forgot the names) to play in ODIs.

  • gsamiru on April 23, 2014, 13:38 GMT

    I still can't understand why Mathews cannot be the captain in all formats ........ The idea of building future leaders by putting unnecessary pressure on great young talents is a rubbish. ......... Malinga as a captain, is not at all a good decision. Especially after his off field behavior after the T20 world cup win, I lost more than half of the respect towards him. He takes all the glory of T20 WC win along and thinks its the brilliance of his captaincy ....... Joke ..... without MJ, don't know what Malinga will do ........ ! Still say ... it should be MATHEWS

  • KingOwl on April 23, 2014, 13:26 GMT

    Great move. Exactly what I was saying in an earlier post! There was no way to kick aside a world cup winning captain. Malinga will do well with responsibility. It was amazing see him diving to stop runs!! Thiri seems to handle pressure well. And he also seems to be a big match player. So, it makes sense that he is the VC. But I would have liked to see Chandimal as the test VC. He is obviously talented and has done very well in test cricket. But perhaps it is best that with the England tour coming, he focuses on his batting and not on other issues.

  • Irshad991 on April 23, 2014, 13:17 GMT

    Good decision by SLC Chandimal is a good player, Captain role is too heavy for him. I Think it destroyed his career. Chandi should take this as an opportunity to show his ability as free mind and concentrate in his batting. Good luck Chandi. all the best 4 Maling & Thirimane.

  • on April 23, 2014, 13:10 GMT

    Senanayake should have been the vice captain. Vice captain should be a thinker and who should have a permanent place in the team on his own. I see that in Senanayake than Thrimanne. Besides Kusal, Thrimanna, Chandimal and Maththews has to be the core for batting in any format!!!

  • on April 23, 2014, 13:02 GMT

    Angelo should have been made the captain in T20 as well if he is to lead SL in WC 2015. T20 adds that much more pressure and Angelo will benefit from that experience leading to the World Cup.

  • bootlicker on April 23, 2014, 12:56 GMT

    This is another stupid decision by SLC. Malinga hasn't got the knack to lead the team. He is not a captain without Mahela. Of course, Chandimal should be taken off of his responsibilities but why Mathews can't handle all formats. Why you need a change in the captaincy? he is a player who can handle all formats easily and a member of the T20 team as well. Take Misbah, he is not a member of the PAK T20 team, then you need a separate captain, take Clerk, he is not a T20 regular member, so you need a separate captain, take Cook he is not a regular member of the ENG t20 team, then you need a separate player as T20 captain but Mathews is a regular player of all formats, make him as the captain.

  • SLfan on April 23, 2014, 12:34 GMT

    Appointing Thirimanna as the Vice Captain is definitely a very good decision, considering the future of Sri Lankan cricket. I closely followed this guy since he came in to the side and what I recognized was he is lot more than a talented batsmen.Most importantly he has a very cool head, which is what required for a captain....The way he scored his 1st century in Australia in a run chase was just amazing and was a treat to watch...No need to mention about the 1st match and the final of the Asia cup as we all saw how reliable he was...Good Luck Thiri, waiting to see more from you !!!

  • Hush78 on April 23, 2014, 12:25 GMT

    Except for Malinga being captain of a Side sanga and mahela is absent other moves seem to be good. We saw how motivated on his personnel play Malinga was when captain but tactician and off field press handling, representing Sri Lanka on media will be a challenge.I allways criticized chandi being selected T20 captain when mathew could have done the job specially when chandi could hold on to his place due to captaincy. It went so far as most Sri lankans started hating a very talented young cricketer who could be one of the world best in future.I think blam should be on selectors trying to destroy a bright SL prospect.. After t20 WC semi and final I think not only me most Sri lankans started respecting the man who gave up his intrest on behalf of our great moth lands intrest considering how much say captains have in Asia.now I believe someday he should be the ideal guy who could and should lead SL for more glory since he puts his country before him self. Well done & gooluck to chandi.

  • THEBEAST7 on April 23, 2014, 12:19 GMT

    FINALLY the right decision taken by SLC. Now Chandi has to perform to get selected. Now he will do really good with the bat especially now he can bat in the top 4. GOOD MOVE. GOOD LUCK to Chandi, Malinga and Thiri. WE should never forget that Chandi always had the team before him. Only captain who stepped down from captaining his side in a world cup final to give the chance to another player who could do better than him. Hats off to a true son of Ananda College. Now its time for him to silence his haters. Show the world what you can do when you bat in the top 4!!!

  • sudaththa on April 23, 2014, 12:12 GMT

    Again good decision Sanath... But how can u pullout Chandimal like this Its not good for his career.... And u said he is a good young captain.. So u ahould have think about this matter little early.. Anyway you have taken a correct decisions now.. We appreciate that.. All the best!!! SL Cricket!!!

  • on April 23, 2014, 12:09 GMT

    I feel it's a wrong decision. Usually a Captain should be a cool minded but same time a dynamic, aggressive and brave person. Specially a country like Sir Lanka ability to deal with both international and local Medias are becoming an added advantage. Best captain we had with all those qualities is Mahela. Whether his is captain or not he is very energetic in field and very sensitive in outfield. Neither Malinga nor Thrimanna have such qualities.

  • Udayanga.P on April 23, 2014, 12:08 GMT

    They wasted the chance of building an experienced young captain for the future. I always thought selectors will not be panic about Chandimals current performances. I feel bad about Malingas appointment.he is not captain material.each experienced player can't be a good captain.at least they had to give it back to Mathews and give the vice captancy to Chandimal. this is not good.I like the idea of WIJEYA of Chandimal playing only ODI and Test for some time.All the bestt Sri Lanka for their upcoming England Tour..

  • rizwan1981 on April 23, 2014, 11:55 GMT

    BHANUKA RAJAPAKSHA should be given an opportunity and Kapugedera brought back to the squad .

  • Maliduke on April 23, 2014, 11:32 GMT

    Can not b a grt decision first choosing him as captain and removing him makes it even worst. if some 1 is chosen for a job, he should given decent amount of time and try to mould him particularly young captains like dinesh @ 23. now ur going to malinga with the very little sample of malinga as captain who is already in the 30's.

    Guys like other things captaincy also be learnt.

  • kesaraca on April 23, 2014, 11:23 GMT

    Lahiru Thiri you have made we old CAMBRIANS ( Aluminai of Prince of Wales' College Moratuwa) very proud and happy. Be Blessed

  • SLisBestinEarth on April 23, 2014, 11:08 GMT

    My World cup 50-50 elevens: Dilli/Perara, Sanga sir, Mahela sir, Chandimal, Thimane,Mathews,T.Perara,Senanayaka,Malinga,Kula, Herath,

  • on April 23, 2014, 11:00 GMT

    @ Nalaka Kulathunge yes man you are true captain for the srilanka malinga cant doing this without mahela sanga and mathews, he just basebowler he cant do that so hope you came back with stong batting than thirimane good luk

  • Udendra on April 23, 2014, 10:56 GMT

    I'm ok with all appointments except Thirimanne's vice captaincy in the T20 squad. Lets see how it goes.

  • SLisBestinEarth on April 23, 2014, 10:54 GMT

    Chandimal should be considered only for away tours in Eng/Aus/SA & Newz. He is not promising in Flat tracks but one of the best in the world to play on Fast/Bounciest pitches.His play of style suits only fast bowling pitches. Currently he is one of World best in playing lively pitches that offers pace/bounce.

  • YsaKaru on April 23, 2014, 10:52 GMT

    he will definitely rise up again in eng codition..... GOOD LUCK TO CHANDIMAL AND SRI LANKA FOR ENG TOUR!!!!

  • on April 23, 2014, 10:23 GMT

    hmmm interesting! Lets see how Slingas performances in the absence of Mahela+Sanga. Lahiru good luck. keep the good form. Chandimal, wish u a strong comeback in all formats-I believe u r a truly a captaincy material-u just need to find ur batting rhythm I guess! Good luck guys

  • on April 23, 2014, 10:22 GMT

    Much appreciate the decision. Even Mahela had very bad time when he appointed as a vice captain early days once gave to Marvan, Mahela start to perform. On other hand Chandimal have to concentrait on his batting rather than anything else. What happen to his wonderful foot works and elegant strocks he shows in early days? It's better make him Sri Lanka A captain and send for few tours.

  • wijeya on April 23, 2014, 10:20 GMT

    right decision but I would question the new appointment Lastith great bowler but it was crystal clear who was really making the real calls (MJ). My biggest concern is that pushing Thiramanne into this role as VC may have the same effect in putting too much pressure on him, he really doesnt strike me as a captain is far too laid back. Dhoni is laid back but this guy looks like he is sleep walking most of the time. My Personal opinion is that Matthews should be captain in all formats and Lasith VC in T20is, and then Chandimal VC in One day and Tests and he only plays one day and tests as he is not a T20 player.

  • on April 23, 2014, 10:16 GMT

    Time for Chandi bird to fly free again. Hope he will start doing better in England. Not to forget he has a century in Lords.

  • on April 23, 2014, 10:13 GMT

    This is a very good decision. I hope Thirimanne will perform well as a vice captain. Malinga deserved to be a captain as he was the best bowler on T20 so far.

  • on April 23, 2014, 10:05 GMT

    Wise decision and not a surprise after him sitting out in the later part of t20 world cup. His batting has been poor for some time. now he can focus on his batting.

  • diyagama on April 23, 2014, 10:00 GMT

    Chandimal should be dropped to find his form and come back like they do with any other players. There are many other talents waiting out there. Mubarak has performed well in domestic matches, he should be given another chance. Tharanga has also done well and is worth to be considered for selection for the England tour.

  • on April 23, 2014, 9:56 GMT

    happy for Lahiru being from Prince of wales and Moratuwa.

  • Nadeem1976 on April 23, 2014, 9:49 GMT

    Great decision to hand over the captaincy to most deserving T2020 bowler ever. Finally a good decision by Sri Lankan board.

  • on April 23, 2014, 9:45 GMT

    Hope Thirimanne's performances won't be affected in a bad way by his new role...

  • on April 23, 2014, 9:44 GMT

    Perhaps it was the burden of leadership that was the cause of Chandimal's poor run of form. Maybe now, with that burden removed, the old reliable Chandimal will return...

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  • on April 23, 2014, 9:44 GMT

    Perhaps it was the burden of leadership that was the cause of Chandimal's poor run of form. Maybe now, with that burden removed, the old reliable Chandimal will return...

  • on April 23, 2014, 9:45 GMT

    Hope Thirimanne's performances won't be affected in a bad way by his new role...

  • Nadeem1976 on April 23, 2014, 9:49 GMT

    Great decision to hand over the captaincy to most deserving T2020 bowler ever. Finally a good decision by Sri Lankan board.

  • on April 23, 2014, 9:56 GMT

    happy for Lahiru being from Prince of wales and Moratuwa.

  • diyagama on April 23, 2014, 10:00 GMT

    Chandimal should be dropped to find his form and come back like they do with any other players. There are many other talents waiting out there. Mubarak has performed well in domestic matches, he should be given another chance. Tharanga has also done well and is worth to be considered for selection for the England tour.

  • on April 23, 2014, 10:05 GMT

    Wise decision and not a surprise after him sitting out in the later part of t20 world cup. His batting has been poor for some time. now he can focus on his batting.

  • on April 23, 2014, 10:13 GMT

    This is a very good decision. I hope Thirimanne will perform well as a vice captain. Malinga deserved to be a captain as he was the best bowler on T20 so far.

  • on April 23, 2014, 10:16 GMT

    Time for Chandi bird to fly free again. Hope he will start doing better in England. Not to forget he has a century in Lords.

  • wijeya on April 23, 2014, 10:20 GMT

    right decision but I would question the new appointment Lastith great bowler but it was crystal clear who was really making the real calls (MJ). My biggest concern is that pushing Thiramanne into this role as VC may have the same effect in putting too much pressure on him, he really doesnt strike me as a captain is far too laid back. Dhoni is laid back but this guy looks like he is sleep walking most of the time. My Personal opinion is that Matthews should be captain in all formats and Lasith VC in T20is, and then Chandimal VC in One day and Tests and he only plays one day and tests as he is not a T20 player.

  • on April 23, 2014, 10:22 GMT

    Much appreciate the decision. Even Mahela had very bad time when he appointed as a vice captain early days once gave to Marvan, Mahela start to perform. On other hand Chandimal have to concentrait on his batting rather than anything else. What happen to his wonderful foot works and elegant strocks he shows in early days? It's better make him Sri Lanka A captain and send for few tours.