Mahela Jayawardene and Lasith Malinga have been dropped from the side for the T20 match against New Zealand tomorrow and Ajantha Mendis is out due to injury. I believe that gives New Zealand an advantage.
The selectors have named the final squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 minus one of Sri Lanka's brightest new prospects - Suraj Randiv. They have chosen, instead, to go with Ajantha Mendis and Rangana Herath to partner the great man, Muttiah Muralitharan.
The move is a strange one when you consider how in all of Sri Lanka's recent tours, Randiv has been their spinner of choice. Neither Herath nor Mendis got a chance in Australia recently.
Since 1985 Sri Lanka have played 40 ODI matches in Australia against Australia and have only won eight games and lost 32. That sounds more like a record that should belong to Zimbabwe or any associate nation than Sri Lanka. But it is not.
Sri Lanka have been woeful in all their tours to Australia. But can their fans Down Under expect anything different this time round or will it be the same dissapointing old story again?
In order to answer that question we must stop patting ourselves in the back and start facing the facts.
Have you wondered why Ashantha de Mel's selection panel named a second string team for the triangular series in Zimbabwe? I thought it was a strange move.
Let's face it. Sri Lanka were pathetic right throughout the tournament. They showed glimpses of their true potential against weaker opposition, whose low standards of bowling and fielding kept our semi final hopes alive.
The West Indies, New Zealand and Zimbabwe bowled poorly to Jayawardene, fielded poorly and aided our batters immensely to give our bowlers a total to defend against batsmen who have historically struggled against spin. Against India, Mathews, Perera, and Kapugedera stood up to the plate, but victory came off the last ball; not convincing at all.
Being a warm-up match yesterday's game against South Africa meant little result wise.
Over the last three years Sri Lankan cricket fans backed the team from Mohali due to Sangakkara's and Jayawardene's presence in the side, and we Sri Lankans cheered on Punjab as though the team was all Sri Lankan. Match 54 in the 2010 Indian Premier League today between Chennai Super Kings and Kings XI Punjab will be the last time players from the Punjabi franchise will play together as a team. Which means that today may be the last time we see Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene playing for Kings XI Punjab.
"Yes!" replied Malinga. It was a confident, assured response. No mincing of words. The question Mike Haysmen asked the Man of the Match was, "Going to be partying tonight?" Malinga had just bowled a sensational spell where he took four wickets for 22 runs.
The Sri Lankan selectors are said to have narrowed down their list of 31 probables to 20 prior to naming the final 15 man squad for the ICC T20 World Cup to be played in April 2010.
Chaminda Vaas has been left out of today's game against the Mumbai Indians despite being this season's third highest wicket taker.
This great game of cricket is a fascinating leveller and a pretty quick one at that too. In 2009 Delhi showed us that even the great Glenn McGrath could be sidelined.
Kumar Sangakkara sounded dejected at the presentation ceremony.
If I was all talk as he is, I would be dejected too.
His captaincy and his opinions are miles apart. All his talk of being positive and playing positive go out the door when it comes to marshaling his fielders.
There was something very evident in Sri Lanka's recent 2-0 Test drubbing at the hands of India. It was the lack of a bowler who could completely take the pitch out of the equation. Muralitharan can be that bowler, but on dull, low wickets in India even Muralitharan looks ordinary. And indeed, Muralitharan's figures in India show how ineffective he has been there.
Everything that happens under Somachandra De Silva's watch seems to get quietly swept under the carpet. Somehow if Ranatunga was at the helm people would be screaming for heads to roll. Ranatunga's head. That's a sign of how heavily politicized our cricket has become.