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No cricket for Sri Lanka before final WC squad selection – Ranatunga

Nishantha Ranatunga

By Hilal Suhaib

December 20, 2010 (Island Cricket): Secretary of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), Nishantha Ranatunga, has confirmed that Sri Lanka will not play a series before picking its 15-man squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011.

Nishantha RanatungaSpeaking to reporters last week, Chairman of Selectors, Aravinda de Silva, hinted at the possibility of playing a short series before the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) deadline to submit their final squad for next year’s World Cup. The ICC requires all teams to submit their final 15-man squad before January 19th.

"No, there won’t be any international cricket before the stipulated deadline," Ranatunga told reporters recently.

"We have had discussions with the team management and they are of the view that the players need sufficient rest before the event. So, we respected their opinion."

Selectors were initially expected to narrow down their preliminary squad of 30 down to 15 players after the five-match ODI series against the West Indies earlier this month. Bad weather, however, led to the postponement of the series.

Unable to pick the final remaining spots in the squad due to the lack of international cricket, the selectors were then expected to rely on performances at the domestic level. But Ranatunga’s remarks now suggest that the team management’s views differ to those of the selectors, who are keen on seeing the players in action before deciding their final 15.

Ranatunga said World Cup hopefuls are not required to take part in the two domestic tournaments – the inter-club premier tournament and the provincial level tournament.

"They will play in these two tournaments but it’s not a must for them to play in all matches," he said.

© Island Cricket


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  1. I’m sure these guys will mess
    I’m sure these guys will mess up the selection process. Most of the other test playing countries are playing international cricket at the moment (England, Australia, India, South Africa)and also New Zealand, Bagladesh and Pakistan played more cricket recently than Sri Lanka. But our team, unfortunately, has to sit back and keep staring at the heavy rain in the country.Most probably Sanath Jayasuriya will be playing the world cup absolutely without any international exposure in the last one year. This is how we loose the chance of wining the world cup which will be played in the sub continent including our country.

  2. 2010.12.05 – 2011.02.19 Sri
    2010.12.05 – 2011.02.19 Sri Lanka team not play in international match.
    last time we play against west indies.
    now SANATH & VASS play cricket world cup 2011.vass ok but sanath is not good for opening the innings with Dilshan.
    Sanath is second spin bowler in team with Murali.
    Sana can bat down order.

  3. let me tell a good side for
    let me tell a good side for World cup 2011

    1/dilshan -bat ,bowl 8 batsman who can bat well
    2/jayesuriye -bat ,bowl 7 bowlers who can bowl well
    3/taharangeh -bat
    4/sangekare -bat
    5/Mahele -bat
    6/kandamby -bat
    7/methews -bat ,bowl
    8/thisere or vass -bat ,bowl
    9/kulesekere -bowl
    10/malinge -bowl
    11/murali -bowl

  4. I have to say I see him
    I have to say I see him practice and he is still better than many. He still hits sixes effortlessly. He had a bad patch. He is definetely better than Upul Tharanga and if get going will be better than Dilshan as well. He hasnt lost the touch. He just had a bad patch and was dropped unnecessarily

  5. Bad planning all the way. Now
    Bad planning all the way. Now it is too late to arrange a series. They all relied on WI tour. Early January series would have been ideal for selection and much needed practice at international competitive level. Situation got even worse by including the cricket grandpas. Sanath with all due respect should attend the parliament for which he is paid by the tax payers. He lost his form and not fit to represent the country at international level. He last played more than a year ago and not so stellar with bat or the ball. Vaas too hasnt played in a long time. I would say lets go with younger players. We already have experienced players in the side. This is a golden opportunity for us to win WC. I have serious doubts now.

    Jayasurya-All rounder, Dilshan-Bat-ball, Mahela-bat, sangakara-bat, Tharanga- bAT, samaravera-bat, kapuhethara-bat, mathews- bai-ball, vass-ball, murali -ball, malinga -ball, (silva-bat), (kulasegara-ball), (mendis-ball), (chanthimal-bat)

  7. 1 Dilshan
    2 Tharanga

    1 Dilshan
    2 Tharanga
    3 Sangakkare
    4 Kapugedara
    5 Mahela
    6 Mathiws
    7 Randeew
    8 Thisara or Vass
    9 Kulasekara
    10 Malinga
    11 Muralidharan

  8. 1 Dilshan

    1 Dilshan
    2 Tharanga/chandimal
    3 Sangakkare
    4 Kapugedara/samaraweera
    5 Mahela
    6 Mathiws
    7 Randeew
    8 Thisara / Vass
    9 Kulasekara/ fernando
    10 Malinga
    11 Muralidharan

    World cup 2010 wait for these 15 to perform….

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