The selection committee headed by Aravinda De Silva has dropped Fervez Maharoof from the Tri-Series involving India and New Zealand. The decision is justified when one considers the fact that Maharoof, who claims he played well in the Asia Cup had taken wickets only in one of the matches and failing to take anything in the other two matches. Everybody will remember the catch taken by Sanga for Maharoof’s hat trick in that match against India. Maharoof is not express pace but a lively seamer who generally thrives in Dambulla conditions but his batting has let him and the team down. He made a mere 11 from 2 innings.
One also could be excused for the inclusion of Rangana Herath. Herath, never a limited over specialist is included, as Murali has been rested. Muralitharan himself had a forgettable Asia Cup outing, He took only 3 wickets, is it viable to rest him?
Dilhara Fernando is a curios case, why he has been chosen over and over again is still a mystery. better known as no-baller than a fast bowler has been unlucky at times when catches of him were dropped. If Aravinda de Silva was worried about the fielding of Maharoof in one match of the Asia Cup, it is hard to see where he would have put Dilhara Fernando in that department.
Another good fielder is Chamara Silva, touted as a clone the chief selector himself, had a wonderful world cup in the West Indies, but thats about the last good thing happened to him. Silva is a good player of spin and scored a memorable hundred against India in India. Although there is a trend to go for experience than youth when selecting teams for world cup, it is hard to see why a player in caliber of Dinesh Chandimal has been overlooked. When they dropped him for Asia Cup it was told that playing in Australia would be a better experience for him, but had they played him in the Asia Cup and in the test series against India he would have matured into a another promising player like Angelo Mathews, having watched Prasanna Jayawardane bat and keep the way he did, Chandimal would have done better. Like Silva, he is also a good player of spin as he showed in Zimbabwe, in that hundred against India. For Sri Lanka’s sake one hopes all three perform well in this tournament.