Sri Lanka tour of Zimbabwe 2013

Boards add T20s to SL's Zimbabwe tour schedule

Andrew Fidel Fernando

August 23, 2013

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Graeme Cremer celebrates the wicket of Tillakaratne Dilshan, Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe, Group C, World T20 2012, Hambantota, September 18, 2012
File photo: Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe have added two Twenty20 matches to the existing tour schedule © Associated Press
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Sri Lanka Cricket has confirmed its national team will travel to Zimbabwe for a full, 35-day tour, which begins on October 3. The boards have added two Twenty20s to the Future Tours Programme's schedule of two Tests and three ODIs. Sri Lanka will also play a two-day warm-up match before the Tests.

Both Tests and the first two ODIs will be played at the Harare Sports Club, before the action moves to the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo for one ODI and the Twenty20 matches. The two-day match will also take place in Harare, although the opposition team has not yet been decided.

Sri Lanka are likely to experiment on the tour, continuing their focus on regeneration in this year. Angelo Mathews will lead the team in his first away Test series as captain, and Twenty20 captain Dinesh Chandimal is also in a similar situation.

However, Sri Lanka may temper their quest to blood youth with a desire to provide match practice to the senior players, in a lean year of Tests. The team has not played Tests since the Bangladesh tour in March, and have a major tour against Pakistan at the end of the year. Excluding the Test against Pakistan in Dubai, which begins on December 31, Sri Lanka have only five Tests in their 2013 schedule.

Zimbabwe will have had more Test-match practice this year, having played two matches in the West Indies in March, as well as two Tests at home, against Pakistan, in September. They will also play two Twenty20s and three ODIs against Pakistan in the ongoing tour.

SLC has also named a 27-man preliminary squad for the tour, from which 15 players will be selected. Major omissions from the side are left-arm fast bowler Chanaka Welegedara and Test-specialist wicketkeeper Prasanna Jayawardene, who was also left out of the squad for the Bangladesh series. Dinesh Chandimal is likely to keep wicket in his stead.

Sri Lanka preliminary squad: Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Rangana Herath, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dimuth Karunaratne, Ajantha Mendis, Kusal Perera, Angelo Perera, Udara Jayasundera, Shaminda Eranga, Nuwan Kulasekara, Suranga Lakmal, Dhammika Prasad, Vimukthi Perera, Kithuruwan Vithanage, Sachithra Serasinghe, Ashan Priyanjan, Thisara Perera, Sachithra Senanayake, Kaushal Silva, Dilruwan Perera, Kosala Kulasekara, Kaushal Lokuarachchi, Isuru Udana.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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Posted by   on (August 30, 2013, 3:53 GMT)

No Upul Tharanga.Why so many neglections for him.If he fails 1or2 tours he is axed .but other will remain.Its very bad&unfair

Posted by   on (August 27, 2013, 15:49 GMT)

We SL win surely but if we go there with Sanga , Mahela , Dili it will be a such a waste . I mention this because i see we still did not gave youngsters proper chance to perform in middle order . Now it is the time to understand winning is not only thing needed . SL has to make good youngsters every one say but in the ground we only see the same old recipe .

Posted by RobinMama on (August 27, 2013, 9:00 GMT)

"In a week time they`ll say tests are cancelled and aanother 3 t20s added!" Agreed Ramesh! Non of the Senior Sri Lankan Players wants to play Test Cricket while they can't make up their values high in Test Matches while considering T20s. SLC is just agrees whatever their Senior Players say! May be because they are performing lost of income all the while after 2011 world cup!

Posted by SriLankanYoungBlood on (August 26, 2013, 10:46 GMT)

no chance to younger in this tour also sanga,dil,mahi,chandi,thiri,diumth,mathews then no chance to new batter hearth,sachi,mendis,kule,eranga,lakmal then ther is no chance to new baller loku,dilruwan and thisara may selected as allrounders that's d possible 15/16 squad sorry 4 SL cricket future

Posted by RobinMama on (August 26, 2013, 9:58 GMT)

Now this is funny! Not playing two tests at home against South Africa because of SLPL. But going Zimbabwe to play two tests! I don't think non of us are more interested to watch against Zimbabwe rather than South Africa at home. Youngsters also could be given a chance in home conditions.

Posted by   on (August 26, 2013, 9:52 GMT)

i love seeing sanga, mahela and dilshan bat. but against a team like zimbabwe they really should be rested. give a chance to youngsters like shehan jayasuriya, udara jayasundera, amil aponso etc

Posted by   on (August 26, 2013, 6:36 GMT)

I cannot understand the logic of the selectors who should have kept Dilshan, Sanga, Mahela, Malinga ,Nuwan and Herath out of this tour and focused on giving the others an opportunity of showing their potential and prove their worth in the team. When and with what opposition are we going to blood these youngsters. Take a cue from the Indian's who just completed a successful tour to Zimbabwe with the seniors taking a well earned rest.

Posted by   on (August 25, 2013, 8:11 GMT)

Playing 2 Test matches with Zimbabwe instead of South Africa seems to be a clueless. Rather Sri Lanka should play 5 T20s & 7 ODIs. It will be their first choice & their main interest also. Looking at the performance of the Islanders in the recent Asian Emerging tournaments, it is difficult for them to maintain their earlier par standard where last wicket brought them to defeat from cent percent winning position. Tough time Ahead........

Posted by Prema1948 on (August 25, 2013, 2:56 GMT)

quality bowlers that are far better than the over-hyped spinner (one of the slowest movers around the field & the weakest fielder in International Cricket) that the J&Ps have always included in the Team without another genuine spin bowler (they want him to take all the wickets on deteriorating pitches so that he can become another leading wicket taker. One may notice that Ajantha & Senanyake have always been left out in the recent past though they are 2 best bowlers together with MalindaPushpakumara the best left-arm leg spinner in the Country). We were unable to win many tournaments in the recent past because of these low grade policies of J&Ps. (Stats may be verified at good websites like Cricinfo & local newspapers)

Posted by Prema1948 on (August 25, 2013, 2:56 GMT)

and often fail to deliver when the team badly needs it. The National Teams must be filled with quality players (batters in particular) that have maintained consistency from their very young age such as : Kusal Mendis (the Best Sch'boy bat 2013), Niroshan Dickwella&Sadun Weerakkody (the Best Sch'boy bats 2012),Bhanuka Rajapaksha(the Best Sch'boy bat 2010& 2011, he is one of the top 3 batters in 2010 YW), Angelo Perera & Chandimal (the Best Sch'boy bats 2009) Umesh Karunarathna( the Best Sch'boy CRICKETER all-Rounder 2008), together with other proven schoolboy batters the likes of KhausalSilva,P'withana,Dimuth,RoshenSilva,AshenAilva,GayanMaeshan,ShehanJayasuriya,Kithruwan,LahiruBhuddika,MadawaWarnapura(a son of Bandula), shehanFernando, WimangaPerera,PrabasaraWaduge,YasodaLanka,... (Some of these players may have lost interest of the Game but since they are still young they can be encouraged to play quality Cricket). I have mentioned here, only the batters and there are enough 2b CNTD

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