In this part, we try to find some alternative plans for selectors.
‘if you are ready for changes, you must have a backup plan’.
In this case, Sri Lanka cricket look quite fortunate. The island has some of the bright players in its domestic circuit, waiting for their moment.
They are young, but ready to absorb the pressure of international cricket. They are inexperienced, but they know quite well, how to maintain their domestic talent on a bigger stage, because they are all fearless in their approach.
Take for example young Dinesh Chandimal, Thisara Perera and Angelo Mathews. Chandimal, Perera and Mathews have played approximately the same amount of domestic cricket. But, when they arrived at big stage, they already looked like mature players.
Now, after just 45 one day internationals, Mathews is being regarded as the captain for the future. Performance-wise, currently he is the most consistent all rounder in world cricket. He can win matches with both bat and ball. By following Mathews’ footsteps, 21 year old Chandimal and Perera also established themselves within a mere dozens one-dayers.
So, there is no reason why selectors can not afford to give chances to new players.
Off course, selectors will be worried by their experience of Chamara Kapugedera. He was boldly inserted into the team when he was just 19 years old. He showed promise, but now, after 5 disappointing years, he has faded. But, it is certainly a rare case, where a player couldn’t convert his talent in to performance.
Sri Lankan selectors can look towards their neighbour India, where selectors have the courage to give chances to new blood. Yes, Indian selectors also have experienced failure, when young player like Irfan Pathan and Rohit Sharma couldn’t justifies their talent.
There should be no hesitation to experiment, for the sake of the future. If the selectors show courage, Sri Lanka cricket will defiantly find other Sangas and Mahelas for the future.
In the next part, I will identify those players.