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. Why did Sangakkara, Malinga and Jayawardene need to rest? Did the selectors want to emulate India who had named a second string team?
It makes sense for India to rest some of it’s players after a miserable ICC WT20 and a busy IPL season. But should Sri Lanka be resting it’s players for international fixtures where our ICC rankings stand to suffer if we fail?
Surely we can’t allow our players to skip international fixtures because they need a rest from playing at the IPL?
In 2010 Sri Lanka has only played an ODI triangular series in Bangladesh, the ICC WT20, a two match T20 series in Florida and this ongoing series in Zimbabwe. So what are these blokes resting and rotating for?
The stand in skipper, Dilshan, has done a remarkable job in Zimbabwe being very proactive and positive, and the Sri Lankan side looks refreshing compared to what they looked like under Kumar Sangakkara.
Should Sangakkara return to the side as skipper? He has after all maintained that players must be in the side on merit. His run as captain, compared to Dilshan’s recent run, suggest that Dilshan should be retained as skipper, right?