In my view there will be 5 places up for grab between Chandimal, Kusal, Thirimanne, Priyanjan, Kithuruwan, Thisara, Tharanga, Chaturanga De Silva for the WC squad present. Among this Thisara and Kusal is a must if not for a sudden drop of form for these two players. Don’t take too much of consideration who are going to be the other 3 players as all of them perform very rarely and in patches. But Thisara and Kusal are impact players who can change the game suddenly. Don’t see any other youngster who is yet to play ODI in batting department get into this squad.
But like to see one other experience batsman Kapugedara also given the chance to prove his ability and to see whether he will grab his chance. Mark my word he is a good batsman and played well in Aussie conditions when he is just 19 years of old in 2006 in his first tour. Also the public who always asking Chandimal to give a place higher up the batting order remember I don’t think Kapugedara did not even get as much opportunity as Chandimal to bat the higher up the order in his career.
But it is disappointing that selectors ignoring him over and over again and not even in the A squad to prove his ability. I don’t know he will be successful but he is the only option that we will have in addition to the players mention when World cup is looming 6 months away and these batters are not taking the opportunity.
Yeah bowling looks really worrying in the last couple of matches. In the period between 2009-2011 SL are regarded as one of the best bowling line ups with Malinga and Kulasekera at his peak and Mendis is worrying batsman with his unorthodox deliveries but they all are out of form present. I hope Sachira will be there and his bowling rhythm will be same as before after his suspension. Hope Herath will take the second spinners spot on current form.
Need to consider the pace option as we need some pace fire power going down under. Malinga form and pace drop significantly as well as Kulasekera form. Don’t even mind dropping these two out of form players if their form weaken over the year and including Lakmal and Eranga into the squad. So it is better to give both Lakmal and Eranga as well and introduce some other pace bowlers such as Lahiru Gamage, Dusmantha Chameera, Vishwa Fernando in to the International cricket in the up coming tours as a matter of readiness for possible inclusion into the World cup squad in 2015.