Sri Lanka A in England and Ireland 2014

Tharanga to lead Sri Lanka A in England

ESPNcricinfo staff

June 25, 2014

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Upul Tharanga gets into position during a nets session, Colombo, July 18, 2013
Upul Tharanga was captain when Sri Lanka A were downed 1-0 by England Lions at home in February © AFP
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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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Posted by Santhush-Perera 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)

Posted by 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)

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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

Posted by Lenard_Fernando 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

Posted by Compton-Effect 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!!!

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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

Posted by 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

Posted by 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.

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