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My future Odi squad;

1.Kusal Janith Perera
2.Upul Tharanga
3.Dimuth Karunarathna
4.Dinesh Chandimal
5.Lahiru Thirimanne
6.Anjelo Mathews
7.Jeevan Mendis/Thisara Perera/Nuwan Kulasekera(low order batting/bowling allrounder)
8.Tharindu Koushal
9.Suranga Lakmal
10.Lasith Malinga
11.Dushmantha Chameera

or

1.Kusal Janith Perera
2.Shehan Jayasuriya(top order batting allrounder)
3.Dinesh Chandimal
4.Lahiru Thirimanne
5.Anjelo Mathews
6.Kithruwan Vithanage
7.Chamara Kapugedera/Dilshan Munaweera
8.Tharindu Koushal
9.Suranga Lakmal
10.Lasith Malinga
11.Dushmantha Chameera

Posted in: [Discussion Thread] Pakistan in Sri Lanka 2015 by Anonymous (not verified) on Friday, May 15, 2015 - 06:08. Reply to this comment.


Interesting insights and a few observations. Firstly the concern is (as always) when the actual elections are held a new lot come in, they will not share 'these' ideas and we will go in another year of working on a new plan which will take yet another year to implement when it will be time for elections (again). I think the Minister must step in and take ownership of the vision and who ever is elected must be told to roll out the one vision instead of comming up with new plans.

Secondly the provinsial teams is a must but I am not sure basing teams in say Hambanthota is practical. I agree with the idea but will this actually happen? All roads lead to Colombo and this will be a major challenge. May be basing teams in Colombo but teams are required to play in all venues over the season. There will be no case of hunkering down at the SSC for the season and scoing tons on a flat track!

The issue with the wickets is tricky. You dont expet to go to Australia in find a rank turner in as much as you dont go to SL and find a fast bouncy wicket. I think we have lot the plot somewhat by preparing wickets that are simply not suitable to groom players for interenational cricket. A lesson from India is certainly the way forward. The BCCI has already worked out alot of the things which we can use but we are not going to do that by taking fresh air shots at them all the time.

The increase in payments to local players is a must and surely cost cutting has to start at the top with the big ticket items such as luxury travel for officials etc.

Once again I am in support of all "the talk and ideas" but we need to see some action taken.

Posted in: 'We should decentralise Sri Lanka's cricket' by Stormy on Friday, May 15, 2015 - 03:43. Reply to this comment.


Test squad
Upul tharanga
Kaushal Silva
Kumar sangakkara
Lahiru thirimanna
Anjelo mattews
Dinesh chandimal
Kusal janith or kithruwan
Rangana herath
Tharindu kaushal
Saminda eranga
Suranga lakmal

Reserves
Kithruwan or kusal
Dilruwan perera
Dushmantha chameera
Dammika prasad

Posted in: [Discussion Thread] Pakistan in Sri Lanka 2015 by Anonymous (not verified) on Friday, May 15, 2015 - 01:14. Reply to this comment.


Sri Lanka A is already a restricted team with out talented young batsman such as Rumesh Buddika. Warnapura is very lucky to be in this team because of his family background.

Posted in: Late strikes restrict Sri Lanka A to 327 by Gamata Kakiri (not verified) on Friday, May 15, 2015 - 00:00. Reply to this comment.


My test squad;

1.Koushal Silva
2.Dimuth Karunarathna
3.Kumar Sangakkara
4.Dinesh Chandimal
5.Lahiru Thirimanne
6.Anjelo Mathews
7.Niroshan Dickwella
8.Kusal Janith Perera
9.Rangana Herath
10.Tharindu Koushal
11.Malinda Pushpakumara
12.Suranga Lakmal
13.Nuwan Pradeep
14.Dushmantha Chameera
15.Vishwa Fernando

Posted in: [Discussion Thread] Pakistan in Sri Lanka 2015 by Anonymous (not verified) on Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 18:40. Reply to this comment.


Why would anyone vote 'Yes'? They should either be Pakistani or probably want the team to get attacked.

Sri Lanka should be the last country that tours Pakistan - REMEMBER OUR WHOLE TEAM NEARLY GOT KILLED, ONCE?!?! How could even Pak fans say that we should tour Pakistan, seriously? :/

Because we are forgiving Sri Lankans and our crappy cricket board needs the money, we are considering it, but would any other team even think of touring Pakistan, if what happened to us happened to them???

Don't know why we're even discussing this. Zimbabwe would do it for the money. If a few other teams do tour, we should think about it. Then again, we could be targeted again, as the terrorists failed once.

Thank goodness, we have some better people in the board now. So, this topic should be off the table for a few more years, at least.

Posted in: Should Sri Lanka tour Pakistan? by Anonymous (not verified) on Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 15:56. Reply to this comment.


NOOOOOO! Please.

Posted in: Should Sri Lanka tour Pakistan? by Anonymous (not verified) on Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 15:45. Reply to this comment.


KJP must play the 1st test

Posted in: [Discussion Thread] Pakistan in Sri Lanka 2015 by Daniel Alexander on Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 12:52. Reply to this comment.


Already 6 batsmen are sure for the test squad.

1.Koushal Silva
2.Dimuth Karunarathna
3.Kumar Sangakkara
4.Dinesh Chandimal
5.Lahiru Thirimanne
6.Anjelo Mathews

Normally 8 maximum number of batsmen are included into a 15 man squad. Therefore 2 batters have a chance. Last time for the NZ test series they included Prasanna Jayawardene & Niroshan Dickwella. I don't think Prasanna will be selected this time. But Dickwella has shown some character upto now. He scored 71 runs in his debut against SA. As i think he will be selected this time as well. Then other position will be grabbed mostly by one player from Upul Tharanga,Kusal Janith Perera,Kithruwan Vithanage. Also Roshen Silva has a slightly chance because of his first class average is 48.88. But i think selectors will pick Kusal Perera because he has already scored 3 centuries & one half century in this Pak A tour. Other thing is his first class average(49.57) is only second to the Anjelo Mathews & Dinesh Chandimal. Even Kithruwan & Roshen has a chance if they can get a big hundred in 3rd unofficial test against pakistan A. Because it will be added with Kithruwan's 351 which was the highest first class score by a player in one inning or Roshen Silva's overall record of 4th highest first class average of 48.88.

But now my 8 batters are;

1.Koushal Silva
2.Dimuth Karunarathna
3.Kumar Sangakkara
4.Dinesh Chandimal
5.Lahiru Thirimanne
6.Anjelo Mathews
7.Niroshan Dickwella
8.Kusal Janith Perera ; Ha Ha 5 wicket keepers in the squad.

From Bowlers i can pickup 3 bowlers at once. Rangana Herath, Suranga Lakmal, Tharindu Koushal. Rangana is our main test bowler. Suranga is the front runner from our test fast bowlers. Tharindu is a match winner. He takes 5+ wickets each & every time when he picks the ball.

There are so many options to select other 4 bowlers.

Spinners- 1.Dilruwan Perera
2.Malinda Pushpakumara
3.Also Seekuge Prasanna or Lakshan Sandakan has a slight chance only because of adding variety to the spin attack.

Fast Bowlers - 1.Dammika Prasad
2.Shaminda Eranga
3.Nuwan Pradeep
4.Chanaka Welagedera
5.Dushmantha Chameera
6.Lahiru Gamage
7.Vishwa Fernando
8.Binura Fernando
9.Kasun Madushanka

I think mostly it will be 3 spinners & 4 fast bowlers. I don't think they will pick 5 fast bowlers & 2 spinners. Because 5 fast bowlers are too much in srilankan conditions.4 spinners & 3 fast bowlers are not bad in home conditions. But considering future we need to give more chances to fast bowlers. Because most of the countries have fast bowling friendly conditions. Ex-Austrilia, NewZealand, South Africa, England, even India, UAE, WI as well. If you fail to groom fast bowlers you can't win away from home. Therefore combination will be 3 spinners & 4 fast bowlers.

from 3 spinners Rangana Herath & Tharindu Koushal are sure. Mostly other will be Malinda Pushpakumara because he is the highest wicket taker in last first class season & he is a left arm spinner & we need to fill the Herath's position in near future.

Therefore my 3 spinners are;

1.Rangana Herath
2.Tharindu Koushal
3.Malinda Pushpakumara

from fast bowlers my first 2 choices are Suranga Lakmal & Nuwan Pradeep. Because Suranga Lakmal is the best bowler from our test fast bowling squad. Nuwan Praddep was the highest wicket taker for Srilanka in last NZ test series. If we pick Lakmal & Pradeep you can't pick Eranga because he is a similar kind of bowler as them. Dammika Prasad is different from them .He hit the deck hard. Lahiru Gamage was the 3 rd highest wicket taker in last domestic season & he was the highest wicket taker from fast bowlers. But my 3rd choice is Dushmantha Chameera. He is the fastest bowler we have. He will be the match winner for us in future specially away from home. We need to give him more chances to groom. He is the bowler who can fill the avoid of Lasith Malinga at some day. My 4th choice is left armer to add variety to the fast bowling attack. We have 3 main laft armers. Chanka Welegedera,Vishwa Fernando,Binura Fernando.

I think new boy will be choosen. Binura wasn't selected to the SL-A test squad for the Pak-A series. Therefore Vishwa will be picked. Left armers are the new trend of the cricket.

Therefore 4 fast bowlers should be;

1.Suranga Lakmal
2.Nuwan Pradep
3.Dushmantha Chaneera
4.Vishwa Fernando

Therefore my final test squad is;

1.Koushal Silva
2.Dimuth Karunarathna
3.Kumar Sangakkara
4.Dinesh Chandimal
5.Lahiru Thirimanne
6.Anjelo Mathews
7.Niroshan Dickwella
8.Kusal Janith Perera

9.Rangana Herath
10.Tharindu Koushal
11.Malinda Pushpakumara

12.Suranga Lakmal
13.Nuwan Pradep
14.Dushmantha Chameera
15.Vishwa Fernando

Posted in: [Discussion Thread] Pakistan in Sri Lanka 2015 by Anonymous (not verified) on Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 11:36. Reply to this comment.


Posted in: Should Sri Lanka tour Pakistan? by Daniel Alexander on Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 10:54. Reply to this comment.