Potential all-rounders for the future.
Shehan Jayasuriya: Sanath just retired finally, so its time to bring in a new Jayasuriya. Yes, this boy, Shehan Jayasuriya is making big strides towards his goal to play for Sri Lanka. Few months ago, Bhanuka Rajapaksa gave Shehan the opportunity to bat as an opener and he showed great potential. A product of Prince of Wales College, Moratuwa, he is also a useful spinner and can bat at any position. So, he is an ideal prospect for a future all rounder.
Angelo Perera: A product of St. Peter’s College, Colombo, 21-year-old Perera is another all rounder, right hander batsman and slow left-arm orthodox bowler. He is more of a batting all rounder, with a bating average of nearly 40. He is a handy bowler as well, especially suitable for Asian conditions. In the last few months, his batting has improved quite well. A player for all situation, he can rescue the team in crisis and can hit big sixes as well. So, he looks a good prospect for the middle order.
Chathura Peiris : plays for Nondescripts Cricket Club, a 20-year-old all rounder, who has opened the bowling for Sri Lanka Under-19s team. He is a good seam bowler, can be mighty effective in England, South Africa and Australia. He is also an attacking left hand batsman, who can hit big boundaries in the death overs, similar to Thisara Perera. He has shown good leadership skills, which is why the selectors named him captain for the 2010 youth World Cup in New Zealand.
Sachith Pathirana: Bats in the middle order and bowls left-arm spin. A student of Trinity College, he was an important part of the U-17 and U-19 teams. He was Sri Lanka’s leading all rounder at the 2008 U-19 World Cup, with 231 runs and ten wickets. He Crossed the 1000 thousand-run mark and took 88 wickets in 29 first class matches.
In the next part, lets look at bowlers for the future.