Obviously, after the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 its time to look towards the future for any cricket playing nation. And obviously, Sri Lanka Cricket should prepare themselves for the next World Cup. So, it is the right time to insert new blood into team.
Sanath jayasuriya’s era came to an end finally and greats like Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayaweredne and Tillakaratne Dilshan are also no younger, by any means. So, it is time to look for their replacements, capable players who can fulfil the gap. But, changes cannot be done overnight. That’s why, in this tri-series, we must try to find a team for 2015 World Cup, who are capable of repeating the glory of the 1996 triumph.
First step – shuffling of players.
Sangakkara, Jayawardene and Dilshan all are well above 33, which means by the next world cup they will have been touching their 40s. Therefore, there is no logic to keep playing them in all the matches in the next four years. If these players are swapped with the young players, it would be beneficial to Sri Lanka Cricket. Ideal scenario would be if, selectors opt for a rotation system within the team.
1. Against lesser teams, Sangakkara should be rested and wicket keeping duties should go to young Dinesh Chandimal, so selectors will be able to play an extra batsman.
2. Against lesser teams, selectors can apply same strategy with Dilshan – give Dilshan a break and bring in either Dimuth Karunaratne or Lahiru Thirimanne in the team.
3. In absence of Dilshan, give captaincy to Angelo Mathews. He is the ideal captain for the 2015 word cup, so let him make his own vision for the big stage.
4. If Angelo is injured, play Thisara Perera and persist with him, even if he fails.
These changes can easily bring great flexibility in the team.
In the next part, we try to find players for future.