‘Raw deal’ for young Sri Lanka cricketers as SLC finalise annual contracts – report

The decisions of Sri Lanka Cricket, whose latest feat is to sideline some of the most promising young cricketers from national cricket contracts–continue to baffle.

Kamindu Mendis, the 21-year-old former Sri Lanka U-19 skipper, has been in cracking form and has scored heavily for Sri Lanka A and Emerging teams. But he hasn’t earned even a Premier category contract–the lowest in the five tier format which Sri Lanka Cricket will offer 34 selected cricketers. Mendis has also featured in the senior limited over sides (two ODIs and four T20Is) during the last 12 months and this snub will surprise many.

Patthum Nissanka, opener, is another player with a raw deal despite being consistent with the bat for Sri Lanka A and Emerging sides. Upul Tharanga, Asela Gunaratne, Lahiru Gamage, Kaushal Silva, Shehan Madushanka, Malinda Pushpakuamara and Dilshan Munaweera, who have struggled to break into any of the national teams, too, have missed out on contracts this year. Also missing is Bhanuka Rajapaksa–a stylish left-handed batsman who made his international limited over debut in the recent series in Pakistan…

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  1. I would have kicked out Thisera Perera and Lahiru Thirimana for Kamindu Mendis (for Perera) and Pathum Nissanka (for Thirimane). We have been to the WC and could not beat NZ are home in a test series while these two have been passengers (as they have been for a while now). So why not take a chance on the next gen rather than sticking to the same old failed players.

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