Sri Lankan cricket fans want investigation of Chandimal’s omission from World Cup 2019

Dinesh Chandimal

There has been growing public calls for an investigation into the omission of Dinesh Chandimal from Sri Lanka’s World Cup squad which returned to the country early this week after failing to secure the all important semi final slot. The call for an investigation has been made via social media by a group of cricket enthusiasts are also in the process of petitioning the government to investigate the conduct of head selector Ashantha de Mel who even before the selection process began said publicly that Chandimal will not have a place in the squad.

Leave a Comment


  1. Its pretty simple.. We cannot play with the same folk that have been tried and tested and failed. Thirimanne, thisara, vandersay, jeevan mendis, jeevan mendis, pradeep.
    Pls slc we need new blood, asitha fernando, lahiru kumara, dushmanrha, shammu ashan, pathum nissanka, hasotha boyagoda, kamindu mendis, charith aslanka. Pls give them a solid run and watch nd see.

    My team:
    1. Kusal Perera
    2. Dhanushka Gunatileke
    3. Oshada Fernando
    4. Angelo Mathews
    5. Kusal mendis
    6. Pathum Nissanka
    7. Niroshan Dickwella
    8. Kamindu Mendis
    9. Lahiru Kumara
    10. Akila Dhananjaya
    11. Asitha Fernando

  2. Big mistake leaving –
    Avishka Fernando

    1. Avishka Fernando
    2. Dhanushka Gunatileke
    3. Oshada Fernando
    4. Angelo Mathews
    5. Kusal Mendis
    6. Pathum Nissanka
    7. Kusal Perera
    8. Kamindu Mendis
    9. Akila Dhananjaya
    10. Lahiru Kumara
    11. Dushmantha Chameera/asitha

  3. No investigation required for me. Cannot play Dimuth, Thiri and Chandi in the same batting order unless we are playing limited overs cricket in the 80’s! What’s more even Anji these days has gone in to defensive move so we simply had to leave one out. I thought the real question was why didn’t we take Oshada in place of Thiri?

  4. Already you have removed Dimuth, our captain from the team. You are no better than the idiotic selectors we have in SLC. The last thing this team needs is another captaincy change. Also, after Avishka playing well and getting some confidence in the nimber 3 spot, you decide to change him to an opener. Its these stupid decisions that hurt these young players confidence in the team. Avishka stays at number 3. Dimuth and Perera should stay as the openers. The top should stay like this for a long time:
    Kusal Perera

    SLC needs to decide what to do with players like Thirimanne and DDS. They cant just be added into the team at random positions and expected to perform. Both of these players are top order batsman. Someone that could be suited to bat at number 6 could be Dickwella because I dont think he has the right mental composure to bat at the top, or another newcomer better suited in that position can come in. Players like Thirimanne, DDS, Gunathilaka should all be in the bench until someone in the XI is injured or hasnt been performing for a very long time.

  5. During the Administration period of Interim Committee of Sidath Wettimuny from 2015-2016 Chandimal was able to maintain an ODI Batting Average of 60 odd runs, but he couldn’t maintain the same concentration under the present administrators. The selectors appointed haven’t been suitable for the profession. They lack required patient gentlemanly qualities & qualifications, It’s an intelligent respectable batsman’s the class of, Rahul Dravid’s profession. When you pick a player, his entire career has to be taken into account, especially his fighting qualities and how he has handled some tough situations have to be given first preference. You can’t pick a player, based on the performance of yesterday’s match only. Had they picked very experienced players such as RoshenS, AselaG, MPushpakumara, SenanayakeS in addition to Chandimal, we could have easily performed better, rather than fielding T/20 side for the WC.