Sri Lanka A in England and Ireland 2014 June 25, 2014

Tharanga to lead Sri Lanka A in England

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Upul Tharanga will lead a 16-man Sri Lanka A squad on a limited-overs tour of England and Ireland in July. They are slated to participate in a one-day tri-series involving England Lions and New Zealand A, before facing Ireland in a three-match bout, the last of which is on August 22. Four fifty-over games with county sides will gear them for the tour.

Tharanga, who has been in and out of the Sri Lanka limited-overs outfit, was reprised as captain despite losing the three-match unofficial Test series to England Lions in February at home.

Big-hitting allrounder Thisara Perera will serve as Tharanga's deputy. Perera, along with Ashan Priyanjan, Chaturanga de Silva and Kusal Perera was part of the senior squad which defeated England 3-2 in the ODI series recently.

Sri Lanka A squad Upul Tharanga (capt), Thisara Perera (vice-capt), Dushmantha Chameera, Chaturanga de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella, Vishwa Fernando, Lahiru Gamage, Danushka Gunathilaka, Sachith Pathirana, Kusal Perera, Priyamal Perera, Seekuge Prasanna, Ashan Priyanjan, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Ramith Rambukwella, Mahela Udawatte

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  • SLC-2020 on June 29, 2014, 0:24 GMT

    SLC's ploy seems to be keeping Tharanga further away from selection to the National Squad! What a pathetic approach? Despite the dearth of a stable, well experienced opener to the side, why are they sending him with A-team, without keeping him for SA & Pakistan matches?

    Why are they keep playing failures like Kusal Perera ? He ruined the chances of winning ICC Champions trophy 2013 in Enland, accumulating 9 runs from 5 ODIs! Then he miserably failed outside Bangladesh during the past year. In the recent tour of Eng we saw how he failed to survive even 2 overs!

    How comical SLC can be to send him again to Eng, expecting him to score some runs in A-team? It seems, SLC is trying hard to put him back in WC squad! The discrepancy visible in SLC's selection policy towards two different players is astonishing..!!!

    How come, an ordinary rookie like Kithuruwan Vithange get repeatedly selected for National Squads in all three formats? (having infancy stage 1st class stats & 15 Av in List-A)

  • Prem2248 on June 28, 2014, 15:35 GMT

    Schoolboy Cricketers that earn colours for consistency maintained throughout their school careers are the ideal to represent the Country at any level. Mathews & Chandimal (2nd best Sch'lboy Bat of the Y 2007 & best Sch'lboy Cricketer of the Y 2009 respectively) are two good examples. They were able to join the Team at very young age was mostly due to their all-round skills, rather than their batting skills. They wouldn't have been picked, for their batting skills alone as it happened to many a top class batter of Atapattus S'weera's class, in the recent past, however too many average players were allowed to represent the Country at highest level and some under performing players too were kept in the Team in spite of their pathetic performances (at times, failed 25-30 at a Stretch)

  • Prem2248 on June 28, 2014, 15:31 GMT

    important tasks of picking players and appointing right captains for national teams should be in the hands, past Nationals of good education & intelligence. For the reason that incompetent persons are always being appointed for these vital positions, the Country Cricket future doesn't look that healthy at present.

  • Prem2248 on June 28, 2014, 15:30 GMT

    2nd XI teams are not meant for henchmen to earn few dollars but to groom promising (Consistent) youngsters for the future. Apart from 1-2 seasoned players all other places have to be filled with young players excelled both at School & Domestic scene. On the other hand a captain of an International team has to be an intelligent Cricketer of good communication skills, since he is like an ambassador for that respective country. If one can't comprehend the questions posed at him and his vocabulary is very poor, there is no way he can face an international media. The great personalities like Mike Brealey & Imran Khan are two good examples for what is required of an International Cricket captain, Just because one is the best player of the Team, it is not a necessary ingredient to appoint him as the Captain, if he doesn't possess the most essential requirements to be a National Captain. This is another clear case that exhibit ignorance of selectors of last 15-20. These most 2bCNTD

  • SLCricketFan-72 on June 28, 2014, 14:10 GMT

    As I have said many times before, without an experienced OPENER, SL will constantly have a massive problem in ODIs outside subcontinent! Among the current players, Tharanga is the most Experienced, most Consistent Opening Batsmen to tackle the conditions that we saw in Eng. He holds the Highest Batting Average (69.4) in Eng for a SL player. He has the HIGHEST overall Batting Average (34.5) for a SL player in countries (Eng, Aus, WI, SA, NZ ) on Seaming, Bouncy Fast- Decks! He had played 51 innings, scoring 1687 Runs (with 2 N/O) maintaining almost 35 runs per inning Average! in England - 5 Ing- 347 R -120 HS- Av 69.40 in West Indies - 18 Ing- 571 R- 174*HS - Av 33.58 in South Africa - 5 Ing- 176 R- 66 HS - Av 35.20 in Australia - 15 Ing- 329 R- 86*HS -Av 23.50 In New Zealand - 8 Ing- 264 R- 103 HS - Av 33.00 I can't believe how SLC can overlook, such a valuable young player & WASTE such an asset in A-Team?? No one can deny FACTS & STATS, HE IS THE BEST

  • VikumHerath on June 28, 2014, 13:53 GMT

    @Banneh: You seems to be echoing the same lame excuse as SLC, to justify his omission, based on a few occasional dismissals common to any world-class batsmen, ignoring his GOLDEN TRACK RECORD. This weakness is absolutely true for his replacement Kusal, as repeatedly proven without surviving 3 OVERS in every ODI he played in such conditions!

    Can you explain how Upul can achieve the following as an Opener, if he he has such a chronic weakness in his batting? Tharanga has the Highest Batting Average: 69.40 with Two Centuries made at Lord's & Leeds. He has earned 13 centuries and 11 man of the match titles playing all around the world.

    Upul tharanga is the YOUNGEST SL player, who had Scored 5000+Runs .. THIRTEEN Centuries + 28x50s Against All MajorTest Playing Nation on Home Soil & SEAMING, BOUNCY, FAST-DECKS, NEED NO MORE EVIDENCE TO PROVE HIS ABILITY in ANY CONDITION. NO EQUAL or COMPARISON to HIM in SL..! Unfortunately, Upul's unstoppable progress was abruptly blocked by SLC!!!

  • Prem2248 on June 28, 2014, 10:55 GMT

    give up playing soon after leaving school as there are no incentives for them to be in the Game. There is a stark contrast between how we treat our young and all other well-established countries value their young promising future players. The officials seem to have no concern for these disastrous trends the Country's Cricket experiencing at present due their selfish interests they possess. The selector's reluctance to drop underperforming seniors and to continue with still other henchmen has made things difficult for the Country to maintain consistency for the last 15 years or more. If somebody feels players like Kusal Mendis & Sadeera Samarawickrama (Youth WC 2014) are too young to be brought in, it shows a clear ignorance on the part of that person.

  • Prem2248 on June 28, 2014, 10:54 GMT

    There is no purpose in playing too many tested, wasted & found to be useless players in 2nd XI teams, if they aren't good enough to play in the 1st XI, the best thing to do is to forget them completely and look for new talent among YOUTH as the way the other established Test Playing countries do. Students aren't admitted to state Universities that has failed the ALs, several times but only those who have achieved highest grades, thus you have to look for extremely talented players among the ones that have brilliant consistent school careers (or those youngsters who have maintained consistency both at school & domestic Cricket). It is disgusting to see too many rotten players (1st Class Bat Ave around 30 or below) are picked here as batsmen. It is selector's duty plays the best even if that player is the worst enemy's son of theirs. You have to pick youngsters of lightening reflex when they are performing well and their self-confidence at its peak. Many a talented player 2bCNTD

  • kohomban on June 28, 2014, 6:31 GMT

    sri lankan best batsmen in first class cricket roshen silva did not include,it's bad decision by selectors

  • Banneh on June 28, 2014, 1:02 GMT

    Tharange is a must in the current team. But he should find a way to handle the out swinging deliveries at the beginning of his innings when the condition helps for that type of bowlers. If he practice hard on his shot selection, he will become an unstoppable force. Otherwise he be a certain victim in that conditions.

    If he will be asked to bat in the lower middle order, he can be a great test batsmen too.

  • SLC-2020 on June 29, 2014, 0:24 GMT

    SLC's ploy seems to be keeping Tharanga further away from selection to the National Squad! What a pathetic approach? Despite the dearth of a stable, well experienced opener to the side, why are they sending him with A-team, without keeping him for SA & Pakistan matches?

    Why are they keep playing failures like Kusal Perera ? He ruined the chances of winning ICC Champions trophy 2013 in Enland, accumulating 9 runs from 5 ODIs! Then he miserably failed outside Bangladesh during the past year. In the recent tour of Eng we saw how he failed to survive even 2 overs!

    How comical SLC can be to send him again to Eng, expecting him to score some runs in A-team? It seems, SLC is trying hard to put him back in WC squad! The discrepancy visible in SLC's selection policy towards two different players is astonishing..!!!

    How come, an ordinary rookie like Kithuruwan Vithange get repeatedly selected for National Squads in all three formats? (having infancy stage 1st class stats & 15 Av in List-A)

  • Prem2248 on June 28, 2014, 15:35 GMT

    Schoolboy Cricketers that earn colours for consistency maintained throughout their school careers are the ideal to represent the Country at any level. Mathews & Chandimal (2nd best Sch'lboy Bat of the Y 2007 & best Sch'lboy Cricketer of the Y 2009 respectively) are two good examples. They were able to join the Team at very young age was mostly due to their all-round skills, rather than their batting skills. They wouldn't have been picked, for their batting skills alone as it happened to many a top class batter of Atapattus S'weera's class, in the recent past, however too many average players were allowed to represent the Country at highest level and some under performing players too were kept in the Team in spite of their pathetic performances (at times, failed 25-30 at a Stretch)

  • Prem2248 on June 28, 2014, 15:31 GMT

    important tasks of picking players and appointing right captains for national teams should be in the hands, past Nationals of good education & intelligence. For the reason that incompetent persons are always being appointed for these vital positions, the Country Cricket future doesn't look that healthy at present.

  • Prem2248 on June 28, 2014, 15:30 GMT

    2nd XI teams are not meant for henchmen to earn few dollars but to groom promising (Consistent) youngsters for the future. Apart from 1-2 seasoned players all other places have to be filled with young players excelled both at School & Domestic scene. On the other hand a captain of an International team has to be an intelligent Cricketer of good communication skills, since he is like an ambassador for that respective country. If one can't comprehend the questions posed at him and his vocabulary is very poor, there is no way he can face an international media. The great personalities like Mike Brealey & Imran Khan are two good examples for what is required of an International Cricket captain, Just because one is the best player of the Team, it is not a necessary ingredient to appoint him as the Captain, if he doesn't possess the most essential requirements to be a National Captain. This is another clear case that exhibit ignorance of selectors of last 15-20. These most 2bCNTD

  • SLCricketFan-72 on June 28, 2014, 14:10 GMT

    As I have said many times before, without an experienced OPENER, SL will constantly have a massive problem in ODIs outside subcontinent! Among the current players, Tharanga is the most Experienced, most Consistent Opening Batsmen to tackle the conditions that we saw in Eng. He holds the Highest Batting Average (69.4) in Eng for a SL player. He has the HIGHEST overall Batting Average (34.5) for a SL player in countries (Eng, Aus, WI, SA, NZ ) on Seaming, Bouncy Fast- Decks! He had played 51 innings, scoring 1687 Runs (with 2 N/O) maintaining almost 35 runs per inning Average! in England - 5 Ing- 347 R -120 HS- Av 69.40 in West Indies - 18 Ing- 571 R- 174*HS - Av 33.58 in South Africa - 5 Ing- 176 R- 66 HS - Av 35.20 in Australia - 15 Ing- 329 R- 86*HS -Av 23.50 In New Zealand - 8 Ing- 264 R- 103 HS - Av 33.00 I can't believe how SLC can overlook, such a valuable young player & WASTE such an asset in A-Team?? No one can deny FACTS & STATS, HE IS THE BEST

  • VikumHerath on June 28, 2014, 13:53 GMT

    @Banneh: You seems to be echoing the same lame excuse as SLC, to justify his omission, based on a few occasional dismissals common to any world-class batsmen, ignoring his GOLDEN TRACK RECORD. This weakness is absolutely true for his replacement Kusal, as repeatedly proven without surviving 3 OVERS in every ODI he played in such conditions!

    Can you explain how Upul can achieve the following as an Opener, if he he has such a chronic weakness in his batting? Tharanga has the Highest Batting Average: 69.40 with Two Centuries made at Lord's & Leeds. He has earned 13 centuries and 11 man of the match titles playing all around the world.

    Upul tharanga is the YOUNGEST SL player, who had Scored 5000+Runs .. THIRTEEN Centuries + 28x50s Against All MajorTest Playing Nation on Home Soil & SEAMING, BOUNCY, FAST-DECKS, NEED NO MORE EVIDENCE TO PROVE HIS ABILITY in ANY CONDITION. NO EQUAL or COMPARISON to HIM in SL..! Unfortunately, Upul's unstoppable progress was abruptly blocked by SLC!!!

  • Prem2248 on June 28, 2014, 10:55 GMT

    give up playing soon after leaving school as there are no incentives for them to be in the Game. There is a stark contrast between how we treat our young and all other well-established countries value their young promising future players. The officials seem to have no concern for these disastrous trends the Country's Cricket experiencing at present due their selfish interests they possess. The selector's reluctance to drop underperforming seniors and to continue with still other henchmen has made things difficult for the Country to maintain consistency for the last 15 years or more. If somebody feels players like Kusal Mendis & Sadeera Samarawickrama (Youth WC 2014) are too young to be brought in, it shows a clear ignorance on the part of that person.

  • Prem2248 on June 28, 2014, 10:54 GMT

    There is no purpose in playing too many tested, wasted & found to be useless players in 2nd XI teams, if they aren't good enough to play in the 1st XI, the best thing to do is to forget them completely and look for new talent among YOUTH as the way the other established Test Playing countries do. Students aren't admitted to state Universities that has failed the ALs, several times but only those who have achieved highest grades, thus you have to look for extremely talented players among the ones that have brilliant consistent school careers (or those youngsters who have maintained consistency both at school & domestic Cricket). It is disgusting to see too many rotten players (1st Class Bat Ave around 30 or below) are picked here as batsmen. It is selector's duty plays the best even if that player is the worst enemy's son of theirs. You have to pick youngsters of lightening reflex when they are performing well and their self-confidence at its peak. Many a talented player 2bCNTD

  • kohomban on June 28, 2014, 6:31 GMT

    sri lankan best batsmen in first class cricket roshen silva did not include,it's bad decision by selectors

  • Banneh on June 28, 2014, 1:02 GMT

    Tharange is a must in the current team. But he should find a way to handle the out swinging deliveries at the beginning of his innings when the condition helps for that type of bowlers. If he practice hard on his shot selection, he will become an unstoppable force. Otherwise he be a certain victim in that conditions.

    If he will be asked to bat in the lower middle order, he can be a great test batsmen too.

  • Andrew-Silva on June 27, 2014, 17:23 GMT

    Without Sanga's massive contribution throughout the Series in Eng, SL would have lost the First Test with a humiliating margin! 2nd Test would have been no better, if the valuable experience of Sanga, MJ & even Herath's contribution as a lower order batsmen, didn't kick in for Mathews to achieve success.

    Future of SL cricket is well defined by the repeated failures of youth outside subcontinent conditions. Unfortunately, there are no capable hands to play long innings, among the youth selected by SLC. Apart from Mathews (& some extent to Kaushal Silva), none of the young players did not live up to expectations. SLC seems to have an INVERTED Selection Policy found nowhere else in the world! Certain overrated Rookies like Vithanage & Kusal repeatedly get selected to National Side, while well Established Record-Holders with ample experience at highest level, slotted in SL-A for no apparent reason.

    Future of SL Cricket is Murky, as long as SL cricket MARRED with MUDDY SELECTION POLICY

  • Andrew-Silva on June 27, 2014, 17:06 GMT

    Keeping away the most experienced young hands of Upul Tharanga , from Natiional Squads is unbelievable! He is the only player who has enormous amount of experience plus a long list of incomparable SL & World records to his credit, among the young! Just 5 ODIs after establishing 2nd Fastest ODI 5000 Runs Record for SL (in 157 inning, just 4 OdIs more than Marvan), Upul was eliminated last July, to include Kusal.

    It is hilarious to see now Kusal is slotted in A team, after one year of total failure sans Bangladesh, Averaging just 6.0 from 9 ODIs in ENG/WI/Ire & Av 19.4 from 23 ODIs without Bangladesh.!

    Ostracizing a young opening batsmen like Tharanga, who was capable of making a WORLD RECORD for building the highest number of long innings (Seven 200+ partnerships even in ODIs) will certainly prove the IRRATIONALITY of SL CRICKET Administration, more than ever in near future!!

    Especially, when the last bit of valuable experience remaining in the side, exit with Sanga & Mahela..!

  • Kavum on June 27, 2014, 16:43 GMT

    Very interested to see Hashim Amla's debut as test skipper. Hope he does well but not well enough to beat SL. He is welcome to lead SAf to wins against any other team with my best wishes.

  • on June 26, 2014, 21:12 GMT

    Yes Mahroof is a must. I saw him in Sydney bowling which won us the match. Ranjan Rodrigo

  • Udendra on June 26, 2014, 4:15 GMT

    The 3 ODIs against SA are over on July 12th. So Kusal and Thisara may leave to England after that.

  • asirigamage on June 26, 2014, 2:29 GMT

    it's seems to be end of farvees maharoof. i thought he should be a good option for the next world cup in 2015 in australia. So it Seems To Be The End Of the all rounder as he didin't select in A team Also. Unluky Guy Maharoof

  • on June 25, 2014, 15:02 GMT

    Talented 19 year old Priyamal Perera is included in the Squad... Josephian Mafia continues...

    Brave Selection by the National Selectors as Priyamal Perera consistently performed in the Under 19 level...

  • on June 25, 2014, 14:47 GMT

    Galmos, I think they give prominence to Promise more than Performances in the domestic tournaments because the Domestic tournaments in SL are of such low standards it is hard to predict whether a player doing well in the Domestic scene will do the same in the international scene

  • Rizwanodayar on June 25, 2014, 14:08 GMT

    Srilanka's next test match serious is with South Africa I am almost sure SriLankan's will have a turning pitches and will go with 2 fast men and 2 spines, they have to decide what is the past bowlers combination used and more importantly has to find good wicket taking second spinner, I am not sure Dilruwan Perera is good option unless he is used as a third spinner replacing a batsmen as chandimal is wicket keeping front line batsman. This is a grade opportunity to introduce young Tharidu Kausal in to that second spinner spot to do it, they should bring him in to the system now and prepare him for the challenges in the company spinning experts.. .

  • Sinhaya on June 25, 2014, 12:58 GMT

    Well if Kusal Perera and Ashan Priyanjan are touring England it is taking into account the long term aspects such as the SL tour of England in May 2016 as per the original ICC FTP and also the 2019 world cup. This will definitely mean that Kithruwan Vithanage will get a good run in the national team when SA and Pakistan come here in July and August.

  • rizwan1981 on June 25, 2014, 12:12 GMT

    Bhanuka Rajapakshe , is hugely talented and has the potential to occumpy # 3 or #4 in the test team when Sangakkar/ Mahela retire - Chnadimal and Thirimanned have flattered to deceive as did Kapugedera.Bhanuka can also be groomed to be Mathews's vice captain.

    Its time also to bring back Tharanga as an opener instead of Karunarathne.

  • on June 25, 2014, 11:12 GMT

    @YsaKaru yes we need him against SA.he can become our spin bowling hero of future

  • TZ9383 on June 25, 2014, 11:10 GMT

    no problem about th­­e selection but 9 left hand batsman

  • YsaKaru on June 25, 2014, 10:45 GMT

    hopefully tharindu kaushal in for sl squad against SA......

  • axe_hay on June 25, 2014, 10:38 GMT

    Where is Angelo Perera , Gayan Maneeshan, Tharindu Kaushal , Sohan Boralessa , Malinda Pushpakumara , Roshen Silva,Sachithra Serasinghe and Saliya Saman ??? Why these talented players are always ignored in the A level squads ? Not quite convinced with the selections of Rambukwella , Bhanuka Rajapakshe and Udawatte as they have been average performers ! If SL need long term replacements for Sanga, Mahela and Dilshan they have to invest in strong young domestic players.

  • Liyan_SLCT on June 25, 2014, 9:58 GMT

    This is balance squad. But some Question marks having us regarding the selection decision. How come Bhanuka Rajapaksha included in this squad??? He is not performing last few domestic seasons.... But Rumesh Buddhika he has done tremendously last few seasons scoring more double hundreds.. Also Ramith Rambukwella's include this squad.. We could have easily drop him and bring it young Tharindu Kaushal.. Y he doesn't deserve a place even in SL A Squad? Pls give chance for talent...

  • Galmos on June 25, 2014, 9:20 GMT

    Surprised with the decision of the selectors to ignore Rumush Buddhika who has scored consecutive hundreds in domestic competition. Anyhow they have given a place to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, who hasn't done anything significant in last few years in domestic cricket.

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  • Galmos on June 25, 2014, 9:20 GMT

    Surprised with the decision of the selectors to ignore Rumush Buddhika who has scored consecutive hundreds in domestic competition. Anyhow they have given a place to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, who hasn't done anything significant in last few years in domestic cricket.

  • Liyan_SLCT on June 25, 2014, 9:58 GMT

    This is balance squad. But some Question marks having us regarding the selection decision. How come Bhanuka Rajapaksha included in this squad??? He is not performing last few domestic seasons.... But Rumesh Buddhika he has done tremendously last few seasons scoring more double hundreds.. Also Ramith Rambukwella's include this squad.. We could have easily drop him and bring it young Tharindu Kaushal.. Y he doesn't deserve a place even in SL A Squad? Pls give chance for talent...

  • axe_hay on June 25, 2014, 10:38 GMT

    Where is Angelo Perera , Gayan Maneeshan, Tharindu Kaushal , Sohan Boralessa , Malinda Pushpakumara , Roshen Silva,Sachithra Serasinghe and Saliya Saman ??? Why these talented players are always ignored in the A level squads ? Not quite convinced with the selections of Rambukwella , Bhanuka Rajapakshe and Udawatte as they have been average performers ! If SL need long term replacements for Sanga, Mahela and Dilshan they have to invest in strong young domestic players.

  • YsaKaru on June 25, 2014, 10:45 GMT

    hopefully tharindu kaushal in for sl squad against SA......

  • TZ9383 on June 25, 2014, 11:10 GMT

    no problem about th­­e selection but 9 left hand batsman

  • on June 25, 2014, 11:12 GMT

    @YsaKaru yes we need him against SA.he can become our spin bowling hero of future

  • rizwan1981 on June 25, 2014, 12:12 GMT

    Bhanuka Rajapakshe , is hugely talented and has the potential to occumpy # 3 or #4 in the test team when Sangakkar/ Mahela retire - Chnadimal and Thirimanned have flattered to deceive as did Kapugedera.Bhanuka can also be groomed to be Mathews's vice captain.

    Its time also to bring back Tharanga as an opener instead of Karunarathne.

  • Sinhaya on June 25, 2014, 12:58 GMT

    Well if Kusal Perera and Ashan Priyanjan are touring England it is taking into account the long term aspects such as the SL tour of England in May 2016 as per the original ICC FTP and also the 2019 world cup. This will definitely mean that Kithruwan Vithanage will get a good run in the national team when SA and Pakistan come here in July and August.

  • Rizwanodayar on June 25, 2014, 14:08 GMT

    Srilanka's next test match serious is with South Africa I am almost sure SriLankan's will have a turning pitches and will go with 2 fast men and 2 spines, they have to decide what is the past bowlers combination used and more importantly has to find good wicket taking second spinner, I am not sure Dilruwan Perera is good option unless he is used as a third spinner replacing a batsmen as chandimal is wicket keeping front line batsman. This is a grade opportunity to introduce young Tharidu Kausal in to that second spinner spot to do it, they should bring him in to the system now and prepare him for the challenges in the company spinning experts.. .

  • on June 25, 2014, 14:47 GMT

    Galmos, I think they give prominence to Promise more than Performances in the domestic tournaments because the Domestic tournaments in SL are of such low standards it is hard to predict whether a player doing well in the Domestic scene will do the same in the international scene