Sri Lanka tour of Zimbabwe 2013 August 23, 2013

Boards add T20s to SL's Zimbabwe tour schedule

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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

  • 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

  • POSTED BY Prema1948 on | August 25, 2013, 2:55 GMT

    of his bat. He is a master of controlled hitting among modern day batters, as the way the Greats Miandad & Tendulkar did in the past. His calm unruffled attitude towards batting is great to watch. He knows write time to attack particularly when the bowler is under pressure. It is the kind of batters the Country needs but not the type of the 3 seniors in the present Team. The Country needs the quality of Samaraweera, Roy Dias, Attapatu, Aravinda, Hashan, Mahanama,… as front-line batters that have all skills to tackle any tough situations.It is very difficult to digest as ardent fan to watch some batsmen whose 1st Cl Ba Av around 30 or below that have played around 50 1st Cl Inns are being allowed to represent a National Side purely as front-line batters. One can find 2-3 such bats in every Side just because they can hit the ball hard with no control (with limited number of strokes). Those who have failed to maintain consistency as youngsters are tend to be inconsistent forever2bCNTD

  • POSTED BY Prema1948 on | August 25, 2013, 2:55 GMT

    The performances of youngsters shows that the Country doesn't need the services of over-hyped (by the local media) seniors in the 1st XI team. They would have been asked to retire by now, if we have had the quality of Cricket officials that they have in England, India, SA, NZ,Aus.... The officials are responsible for ruining the future of Country's Cricket by continuing with these seniors (who have been inconsistent reckless risky stroke-makers in their entire careers that can't bat under pressure). The J&Ps of last 20 ys have a great disliking for batters of quality and consistency, the likes of Dhoni, Amla, Kholi, Trott,Bell,Cooke,.. that has controlled neat strokes Dhoni's style of batting may be different but his body is always there to give full face of the bat to each & every ball he faces and the ball always hits right in the middle 2bCNTD

  • POSTED BY on | August 24, 2013, 23:22 GMT

    in a week time they`ll say tests are cancelled and aanother 3 t20s added

  • POSTED BY Perera32 on | August 24, 2013, 20:55 GMT

    @Dumindu Rashan Kodikara: Akila Dananjaya is still very young and pretty inexperienced as he is still a teenager. Akila was selected for the Sri lanka A team to play NZ A in september. Im sure Sri lanka will help Dananjaya to become a very good bowler and use him as a threat in future world tournaments like the 2015 WC or the T20 WC next year.

  • POSTED BY ranilranathunga on | August 24, 2013, 4:24 GMT

    Amila Apons the best bolwer of u 23 not given a chance...

  • POSTED BY on | August 23, 2013, 20:58 GMT

    why hasn't farveez maharoof been picked for the past one and a half years!?

  • POSTED BY on | August 23, 2013, 20:41 GMT

    What Sri lanka cricket is doing with Kithruwan Vithanage...He is out of form during the under 23 tornery in Singapore...Instead the selectors wold have included i nform Shehan Jayasuriya who made two man of the match awards during the under 23 tour to Singapore....

  • POSTED BY xylo on | August 23, 2013, 18:04 GMT

    SL cricket is at a critical juncture. If they continue being T20 mercenaries, they might end up being more like West Indies. The newer crop of players seem at sea in foreign conditions. They have no backups for Sanga, Mahela, Malinga and Dilshan, and at least three of them will be unavailable for WC 2015.

  • POSTED BY Priyavrat96 on | August 23, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    SL should rest Mahela,Sangakara,Dilshan & test the young talent since Zimbabwe is not a very strong opposition

  • POSTED BY on | August 23, 2013, 15:23 GMT

    don't want three big guys also here...give a chance to younger players to prove their ability is better.. But why Kanishka Alvitigala is not having a chance? Don't we have new faster bowlers aiming 2015 world cup in Australia & New Zealand?

  • POSTED BY on | August 23, 2013, 13:43 GMT

    This is the Test Preliminary Squad!

    Welagedara & Prassana are good exclusions as Welagedara is injury prone & Prassana doesn't have a good Average which is necessary in the Modern Era.

    My 15 Man Squad: Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Rangana Herath, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dimuth Karunaratne, Ajantha Mendis, Kusal Perera, Shaminda Eranga, Suranga Lakmal, Thisara Perera, Sachithra Senanayake, Kaushal Silva.

    N. Kulasekara & D. Prasad - Age is not on their side, SL need to groom Two Young Test Bowlers & Eranga/Lakmal look promising & should be given a place in the playing XI for both Tests.

    K. Vithanage, , D. Perera, K. Kulasekara, K. Lokuarachchi & I. Udana - Are More Suited for the shorter Formats.

    S. Serasinghe & A. Priyanjan - Both equally Good at FC but would be My 16th & 17th Choice if the Final Squad would be 17.

    A. Perera, U. Jayasundera & V. Perera - Have time a lot more to prove for Test cricket.

    Good Luck Sanath.

  • POSTED BY on | August 23, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    where is akila dananjaya???????????

  • POSTED BY Barthelot on | August 23, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    In this tour Youngster should play more game, My 16 squad is 1.Kusal 2.Dilshan 3.Sanga 4. Mahela 5.Thirimanne 6.Mathews 7.Chandimal 8.Thissara 9. Kosala Kulasekara 10. Sachithra 11.Dimuth 12.Angelo Perera 13. Kithuruwan Vithanage 14. Lakmal 15. Isuru Udana 16. Dhammika Prasad

    Malinga, Nuwan kulasekara, hereth should rest and out of this three Sanga, dilshan,Mahela one can play in rotation policy instend of that Dimuth,Kithuruwan Vithanage and Angelo Perera can play in rotation.

  • POSTED BY TZ9383 on | August 23, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    Give Kaushal Silva( because he has very good tecnique to handle the new ball ) to Open the innings with Dimuth in the test matches and also give chance to Sachithra Senanayake to play in test 11

  • POSTED BY vinjoy on | August 23, 2013, 10:03 GMT

    Two more test hundreds in store for Sangakkara and one each for Jayawardene and Dilshan!

  • POSTED BY on | August 23, 2013, 8:49 GMT

    Lasith Malinga has been dropped by the selectors or whether he has requested not to consider him for the squad as this is a tour to Zimbabwe

  • POSTED BY on | August 23, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    is this prelimenary test squad or squad for all 3 formats?

  • POSTED BY Austinm on | August 23, 2013, 7:12 GMT

    I am very happy to see that Zim has got a lot of action this year. From Bangladesh to India, Pakistan and now Sri Lanka too. Glad to see the bigger nations supporting them. #goodGoing

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  • POSTED BY Austinm on | August 23, 2013, 7:12 GMT

    I am very happy to see that Zim has got a lot of action this year. From Bangladesh to India, Pakistan and now Sri Lanka too. Glad to see the bigger nations supporting them. #goodGoing

  • POSTED BY on | August 23, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    is this prelimenary test squad or squad for all 3 formats?

  • POSTED BY on | August 23, 2013, 8:49 GMT

    Lasith Malinga has been dropped by the selectors or whether he has requested not to consider him for the squad as this is a tour to Zimbabwe

  • POSTED BY vinjoy on | August 23, 2013, 10:03 GMT

    Two more test hundreds in store for Sangakkara and one each for Jayawardene and Dilshan!

  • POSTED BY TZ9383 on | August 23, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    Give Kaushal Silva( because he has very good tecnique to handle the new ball ) to Open the innings with Dimuth in the test matches and also give chance to Sachithra Senanayake to play in test 11

  • POSTED BY Barthelot on | August 23, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    In this tour Youngster should play more game, My 16 squad is 1.Kusal 2.Dilshan 3.Sanga 4. Mahela 5.Thirimanne 6.Mathews 7.Chandimal 8.Thissara 9. Kosala Kulasekara 10. Sachithra 11.Dimuth 12.Angelo Perera 13. Kithuruwan Vithanage 14. Lakmal 15. Isuru Udana 16. Dhammika Prasad

    Malinga, Nuwan kulasekara, hereth should rest and out of this three Sanga, dilshan,Mahela one can play in rotation policy instend of that Dimuth,Kithuruwan Vithanage and Angelo Perera can play in rotation.

  • POSTED BY on | August 23, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    where is akila dananjaya???????????

  • POSTED BY on | August 23, 2013, 13:43 GMT

    This is the Test Preliminary Squad!

    Welagedara & Prassana are good exclusions as Welagedara is injury prone & Prassana doesn't have a good Average which is necessary in the Modern Era.

    My 15 Man Squad: Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Rangana Herath, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dimuth Karunaratne, Ajantha Mendis, Kusal Perera, Shaminda Eranga, Suranga Lakmal, Thisara Perera, Sachithra Senanayake, Kaushal Silva.

    N. Kulasekara & D. Prasad - Age is not on their side, SL need to groom Two Young Test Bowlers & Eranga/Lakmal look promising & should be given a place in the playing XI for both Tests.

    K. Vithanage, , D. Perera, K. Kulasekara, K. Lokuarachchi & I. Udana - Are More Suited for the shorter Formats.

    S. Serasinghe & A. Priyanjan - Both equally Good at FC but would be My 16th & 17th Choice if the Final Squad would be 17.

    A. Perera, U. Jayasundera & V. Perera - Have time a lot more to prove for Test cricket.

    Good Luck Sanath.

  • POSTED BY on | August 23, 2013, 15:23 GMT

    don't want three big guys also here...give a chance to younger players to prove their ability is better.. But why Kanishka Alvitigala is not having a chance? Don't we have new faster bowlers aiming 2015 world cup in Australia & New Zealand?

  • POSTED BY Priyavrat96 on | August 23, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    SL should rest Mahela,Sangakara,Dilshan & test the young talent since Zimbabwe is not a very strong opposition