Slow going mismatch Chandimal is automatically selected for ODIs despite repeated failures in Odis & in domestic Super-4 (4-day 18 Av/ List-A 1.0 Av)… !!!
Chandimal in Odis Since Jan 2017:
20 odis – 18 ings – 400 runs – 23 Average – 61 STRIKE RATE..!
Obviously, Chandimal was one of the biggest reasons for loosing so many ODIs during 2017.
Injury prone Mathews is automatically selected to Tests despite doing nothing in recent times in domestic cricket to get selected (super 4 tournament – 4-day 14 Av / List A 24 Av) & Mathews was a total failure in Tests during past 2 years –
Angelo Mathews in Tests since May 2016:
15 Tests – 29 ings – 860 runs @ 29 Average …!!!!
On the other hand, Upul Tharanga had specifically asked for just 6 months break from Tests (September 4, 2017) to concentrate on responsibilities as skipper in Odis & T20s during his brief tenure as skipper in mid-2017. Those Six months is well exceeded now and he is available for selections. Tharanga had done much better than Mathews in Tests in past 2 years, despite getting some brief opportunities scattered allover batting order (No 2-7) , unsettling his usual batting rhythm as a front order specialist;
10 Tests – 20 ings – 637 runs @ 36 Average.
But only their personal favorites (like Chandimal, Mathews etc) backing selectors (Graeme Labrooy & coach Hathurusinghe), totally ignored the most in-form experienced senior batter Upul Tharanga, despite continuing his excellent form from 2017 (one of the 3 batters in the world who topped 1,000 odi runs in 2017).
Even In recent domestic Super-4 tournaments, coastal village-school originated Tharanga was the ONLY front order batter among SL's current international batters, who made tons in both formats. But obviously he was ignored again by the Colombo-originates backing selectors, who always readily grant automatic selections to some of their Colombo based buddies across all formats, with nil performances in recent times to justify their spots in those formats (this partiality in selections was clearly pointed out in above examples).
If SL is seriously thinking of salvaging the already ruined international Cricket, they have to stop this idiotic, double-standard, merit-less policy at least now. They should select players purely according to current form plus proven abilities & experience, without any bias placed on their origin or favoritism.
SL cannot afford to select name sake baggage carriers automatically any longer. If they cannot justify their spots with acceptable overall accomplishments / productivity shown during past 12 months or longer at international level, in appropriate format…. at least they should be able to come up with some exceptional performances in domestic scene to earn back their spots. Otherwise, automatic spots should never be readily granted to such failures forever, as seen with Mathews & Chandimal, no matter how senior they are. Lack of fitness makes this unethical absurdity even worse!
As usual, the Colombo backing selectors' repeated ignorance & blind-eyed reluctance to recognize this "out-of-hub" originated front order batter's current form, vast experience & abilities…. is killing the essence of any impartial selection criteria. The truth of the matter is; if Tharanga was lucky enough to bloom from a city school, he would have never faced those historically long cruel pauses, virtually stalled his prime career beyond 3 year in Odis (2013-2016) & 7 years (2007- 2014) in Tests and today he should have made over 10 k runs with plenty of tons, beating most in each format to be among the top class batters!
Why do they still promote this despicable double-standard policy, if really thinking about salvaging SL cricket?
Recognize every senior player's achievements or failures on equal terms on a common scale for National Squad representation, without discriminating on territorial bias.!