Wrong team selection & poor performance as well as wrong decisions taken by the captain are the main reasons for this unfortunate defeat in the WC match played yesterday against Pakistan

We still have a chance of playing in the knock out stage if we can win 5 of the remaining games, if the blunders of the tour selectors  are corrected in a meaningful way

Possible two teams for the remaining matches are proposed as follows; 

Proposal 1                                                                                       Proposal 2

01  DIMUTH KARUNARATNA                                                   01 PATHUM NISSANKA

02  PATHUM NISSANKA                                                           02 KUSAL MENDIS

03  KUSAL MENDIS                                                                    03 SADEERA S

04  SADEERA SAMARAWICKRAMA                                         04 CHARITH A                             

05  KUSAL PERERA                                                                     05 KUSAL P

06  CHARITH ASALANKA                                                           06 WELLALAGE


08  CHAMIKA KARUNARATNA                                                   08 MAHESH THEEKSHANA

09  MAHESH THEEKSHANA                                                        09 RAJITHA

10  LAHIRU KUMARA/KASUN RAJITHA                                    10 LAHIRU KUMARA

11  DILSHAN MADUSHANKA                                                       11 DILSHAN MADUSHANKA

I trust that the following factors are considered by the Think Tank in team selection for the remaining matches. 

(01)  Dasun Shanaka should not play in the remaining matches. Reasons are given below and explained in the shared videos.

(02)  Selecting a non performing player like Dasun in the squad and appointing him as the captain was the biggest mistake done by the SLC selectors

(03)  This mistake will be very difficult to correct now as per ICC rule (but is not  impossible) unless Dasun is declared as injured. 

(04)  When  Dasun leavs  the squad, Chamika Karunaratne should be brought in. At present Chamika is preforming much better than Dasun as an effective fast bowler who is capable of completing his full quota of 10 overs (unlike Dasun) as well as being an aggressive no 7/8 batter. 

(05)  Every cricket expert in this WC has admitted that SL’s biggest problem is the lack of aggressive no 6, 7 batters (or a finisher, mainly a batter who has some power hitting ability) to boost up the net RR during the last 20 overs.

(06) Dhananjaya De Silva (DDS) batting at no 6 is not the solution to the problems we have on poor team balance while noting that he is not good as a finisher. If he is in the team he must bat at no 4 or at an above position. But as all the first four/five slots are occupied by proper & performing batters, he cannot find a suitable position in the top or middle order. Beside this is not time to experiment with him as an opener.

(07) In the 2 WC matches and the practice matches it was obvious that a very healthy RR of 7.5 to 8.0 RPO was achieved at the end of 30 overs.  DDS’s & DS’s (batting at no 6 &7) slow batting approaches have resulted in slowing down that healthy RR to an unacceptable level of 5.0 / 6.0 during death overs. So for the sake of finding a place in the KO stage & benefit of the country both DS and DDS should not play in the final XI

(08) Other main reason for the defeat was the erratic bowling of Matheesha Pathirana. He is basically a T20 bowler who has to bowl only 4 overs and his major bowling error of delivering an unacceptable level of wide balls has not been corrected by our fast bowling coach yet. By including him in the squad, future of this young bowler will only be destroyed.


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  1. If no Hasranga, Viyaskanth, Prabath Jaysuriya are the type of bowlers who can give that control, bowl dot balls and build pressure on batting tracks, flat tracks in India.

    Nuwan Pradeep from fast bowling point of view would have done the same, I remember him doing well in flat Pakistan tracks when the tour Pakistan for T20 series and won. He also bowled well in the recently concluded LPL.

    Nuwan Thushara is another one should really be given chance afte

    Pramod Madushan is another who bowled well in the recently concluded Asia cup, end up not selected in WC squad.

  2. Avishka Fernando is the type of player who can be that power hitter, he should be given a long run in the future.

    Mathews would have been an ideal 4-6 overs new ball bowing, who has this knack of taking wickets upfront with a new ball, saw him doing this continuously latter part of the recently concluded LPL. Also, would have given some extra runs down the order at the death. His 50 overs game, batting record in India was pretty good, if we look at the stats, he has scored 2 hundreds in India (Ranchi, Mohali are the venues).