Jayasuriya included in the team for T20 World Cup

The Hon. Minster of Sports & Public Recreation has granted approval for the following team to participate in the ICC T20 World Cup (WI)   &  the tour of USA.

  1. Kumar Sangakkara                           –              Captain
  2. Muttiah  Muralidharan                  –              V Captain
  3. T.M. Dilshan
  4. Mahela Jayawardana
  5. Dinesh Chandimal
  6. Anjelo Mathews
  7. Thisara Perera
  8. Nuwan Kulasekera
  9. Suraj Randiv
  10. Ajantha Mendis
  11. Lasith Malinga
  12. Chanaka Welagedara
  13. Chamara Kapugedara
  14. Sanath Jayasuriya
  15. Chinthaka Jayasinghe


  1. Mr. Anura Tennakoon                                   –              Manager
  2. Mr. Trevor Bayliss                                            –              Coach
  3. Mr. Stuart Law                                                  –              Assistant Coach
  4. Mr. Tommy Simsek                                         –              Physiotherapist
  5. Mr. Jade Roberts                                             –              Trainer
  6. Mr. Sanath Jayasundara                                –              Computer Analyst
  7. Mr. Lal Thamel                                                   –             Masseur
  8. Mr. Chandika Haturusinghe                         –              Shadow Coach
  9. Mr. Asantha De Mel                                       –              Selector on Tour
  • http://kmccricket.blogspot.com kmc

    i think T THUSHARA add this team he is good ipl player in this day

  • edward

    Personally,.I’m bit disappointed to see Sanath in the final squad. But, Sanath does not deserved all negative comments in this page. I think all this comments against him could’ve been different if he stayed out of politics. I think people are talks abt politics because of that in this selection. Actually I can see tha logic behind in this selection. He plays as a spinning all rounder. Something to do with the balance of the team. It maybe the pre planned balance requested by the team management with regard to the WEST INDIES PITCHES…….Anyway, this should be the Snath’s last chance for selection…..Hope he will struck gold…..He brings lot of experience to the squad and that really matters……….Sri Lanka always had been a country which dwells with experience in the team….So far we did not do much bad with that theme……why not now….Abt, Kulatunga…He had a chance in the SL team before in the T20, which he failed to perform…or make a mark for himself…….which is very unfortunate …….Then his future performance are doubted in the international arena……People who are screaming abt his inclusion…why don’t u guys go and search for his video clips and see his performance in the T20 tournament in Canada he featured.

  • shenal

    This is selection however.But jayasuriya should out from the side.no problem he come’s in becouse he’s very experience player.but he taking chance from young players laike chandimal it’s not good srilanka cricket future.
    Playing 11.
    1.TM Dilshan
    2.D Chandimal Or S Jayasuriya
    3.K Sangakkara
    4.C Kapugedera
    5.M Jayawardene
    6.AD Mathews
    7.C Jayasingha Or T Perera
    8.S Randiv
    9.M Muralidaran
    10.L Malinga
    11.C Welagedera
    this is the perfect team to play.For no 7 spot T Perera was the better player.if jayasuriya fail replace chandimal.we have 4 seamers with 1 left arm bowler.2 spinners and 2 partime spinners.Dont give chance chandimal in middle order becouse then he lost chance to big scores it’s not god for his and counrty future.he’s pefect for opening or at no3.

  • Sana shud play

    Sana shud play & prove during this WC that he still can play………(i’m sure he will)……BUT THIS SHUD BE HIS LAST CHANCE!!!!!!!!!

    He has a lot of experience, it will only help sri lanka……. screw politics he still is a gud playa!!!!!!!!!(most of these comments wud hav been different if sana did not enter politics{or if he contested for some other party})

  • mohammed

    good selection.hope for the best
    jayasuriya will fire.

  • sisira

    to pubudu?

  • pushpitha

    jeewantha must play ,Ashantha de mel is crazyyyyyyyyyyyy

  • Bonggo


    I agree awith your comments on Sanath. He will give a balance to our bowling attack and it will be possible for us to go with 3 pacies and one spinner with seven batsmen (among them one all rounder).

    Sad to see Kulatunga out. He deserves a place as the most successful batsman in local tournaments. Also I do not know why Maharoof continues to get step mother’s treatment. He will bring extra strength to the team and a Mathews-Maharoof combination can be deadly.

  • shenuka

    hmmm…well i feel that thilina thushara and maharoof should have being included ind a final 15 men squad.Both these players have experience and currently performing well at the ongoing IPL 3.Thilina and maharoof are da two key players fro CSK AND DD respectively in which they make break through earlier.Why Is kapu included???eVEN when he is not in form da selectors select him???ny favourism???DUHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Dinesh chandimal can prove now what he is capable of.Wishing da team all da best to bring da cup this time…GO LIONS ROAR HIGH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Pubudu

    this is a really good selection. sanath especially has to prove his selection. sanath is included in my playing 11. My initial playing 11(could be change depending on the form of the first 1/2 matches)

  • jazeel

    Its a bad selection. Jayasuriya cannot play. But i think they should have considered Maharoof. But if UNP wins the general election then there will be a change in the squad & jayasuriya will be dropped out.

  • Faraas

    @Manula: Quit good selection. but i have some suggestion.all Pitches in west indies are in favour of pace attack.no need of two spinners in playing XI,While Sanath and Dilshan can bowl spins.Murali deserve his place.Welagedara would be the choice in place of Mendis

    This is My Team
    2. DILSHAN
    4. MAHELA
    6. MATHEWS

    I hope Jayasuriya will perform well .he can be a Match winner
    If Jayasuriya fails, Mahela opens the bat and both Kapugedara and Chandimal would take the spot

  • Brian

    hi there

    Its a shame on slectors. SL cricket is just politics.

    Sanath can be justifi but other are lucky. the unlucky ones are the one performing well on IPL. Maroof, Vass. Jevantha could have been given a chance.

  • sisira

    to SLC & scc( Asantha)
    its a correct selection.
    its joke???????????.
    sana. kapu kule what selection???????????????????????
    jeewantha. jiwan mendies.what happan??????????????????????????????
    THILAN THUSHARA where are???????????????????????????????

    hhhhhh hhhhhhhhh haaaaaaaaaaaa .
    slc foolish>

  • Amila bandara

    Eventhough there are lot of douts behind the selection. This team is not bad. But if thilina thusara pick for nuwan kulasekara?s port it is become even better.because thilina doing very well in current IPL tournament. It was sad not to see the the jiwantha kulatunga in the team. But althougth sanath didn?t perform well with the bat through out the last year or so. We need to remember that sanath can ball well. Last T20 match which we won against india at nagpur he was really ball well also he was ball well in IPL too at the games he played for mumbai.Perticlally in the T20 matches scoring quick fire 25-35 are very handy.So since sanath can perfrom both bat and ball his inclusion may effect in good way.
    Nice too see dinesh chandimal. He may be the mahendra sing dhoni for sri lanka in future.kapu also not bad.he is good fieder and score big shots when ever team neades. Only thing is to worry is consistency of batting. If we do well with bat then we can have good chances to win the T20 cup .

  • Ramesh

    this is a great Selection

    the battle was between

    1)Sanath & Kulthunga

    they gve Sanatha ago bcz f his bowing capabelities
    WI pitches are good 4 spinners

    2)Raniv & Sachithra

    thy choosed Raniv bcz in a WC we need experiance

    This should bethe playing 11

    Malinga God!!

    Sanga & Mahela should come down the order
    bcz our middle order is inexperianced
    plus in 1st 6 overs it z relatively easy to bat(close ur eyes & slog!!)

    If sanath fails in 1st two matches Chandimal should open & shud drop Hon.Minister Sanath!LOL
    then we can give chinthaka jayasingha a chance in middle order


    How is this Selection? I think Selection committee is mad>
    Don?t mix-ups political with cricket> I think jeewantha must included 15 man squad.
    Its joke? If jayasuriya win the election he is joint team? I think it?s foolish? That mean he can?t do
    Any job.
    Slc have some responsibility for give the advised to selection committee? Otherwise what is the meaning slc >

    So everybody suppress this selection. What to do ?Asantha like joker. He also doesn?t have good record for his carriers how he is selection others.

  • pinsara

    zaharan? Dont go to the “Kade” (SHOP) for Santh.
    YOu should be think what are the going on SL cricket.
    Every thing depending political?

    Better dont give any vaote for Gamini lokuge to comming election. bzause he is appointed “Asantha for selection committe post. that why main resones. actualy he also dont know what is the cricket.

    What to do Every thing in depend on political that why its a “SRILANKA:

  • samee

    this is a joke, wht happend jeewantha kulathunga

  • Zaharan

    I will not find fault with the selectors for including Sanath, as he is still good enough to contribute at the big stage. Most people are very concerned about him, probably due to his political connections.

    However, to have more balance in the side, they should have drafted in Maharoof, to go with his bowling, of recent he has also improved with his batting to a great extent providing with some useful contributions with the bat for his employers Unichela, NCC and Wayamba.

    Kapugedera and Chintaka do not have any noteworthy performances to warrant selection, forget the IPL, both Sanath and Maharoof have done their part at the domestic scene.

    The selectors went on record saying that, the selections would be based on domestic performance.

    Considering that, Sanath is lucky but luck went against Maharoof.

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  • pramod

    this is not the team selected by selectors. this is a team selected by president. like his intrest towards cricket. but politics should not take part in selections.if they pick a team on current form sanath,kapugedara,kulasekara should not be there. kulathunga.maharoof,vaas must be in the team. this team will knokout from 1st round

  • Rizna

    sadly Sri Lanka left out talentd Jeevantha Kulatunga , who is dubbed as, because of his long very consistent Sri Lanka domestic career as an alrounder and for outstanding performance, “the Sri Lanka Domestic Star”. Kulatunga was the best player in all the three T20 domestic tournaments Sri Lanka had so far in 2008/9/2010, in which Sri lanka national players were also playing. His team “Wayamba Elevens” won the cup in all three years and Jeevantha Kulatunga was the main countributor in runs. Kulatunga did better than Chandimal in the T20 tournament in 2010 with a higher number of boundaries, highest average: 69.25, only and fast century (62 balls) in Sri Lanka T20 by any Sri Lankan player, aggregate score of 277 in 6 matches (compared to Chandimal’s 7 matches) with two not outs and earning the most valuable T20 player award. He was the man of the final T20 match in 2008 for his match winning 78 in 42 balls (5 six and 5 fours) and a catch and, the highest aggregate runs but there was no best player ward in 2008, as it was for Chandimal in this year for the highest aggregate runs. Kulatunga got 4 wickets in nine overs in 2009 domestic T20. He scored 28 in just 16 balls, cathes and a direct hit to out a dangerous hitter for a duck and a wicket in the only over given to him to bowl ending a long opening partnership that the likes of Ajantha Mendis and Isuru Udana (Sri Lanka National Team bowlers) could not break, which marked the turning point for his team’s winning the cup last year. (But the authorities gave the player of the match award in the final to a bowler who took only four wickets). Despite is consistancy and performace, Kulatunga has been victimized and never been considered for a good opportunity by the selectors.

    Those players who are exposed to international theater become famous and people get to know only them as talented players. This is Sri Lanka and, they called that it is in the Third World because may be certain people do third class work overlooking talents and skills, as seen in the Kulatnga episode.

  • Venura

    my playing XI

    tissara / jayasinghe

    12th man – Mahela J / Sanant

  • Ama

    who ever criticize kapu, please see how well did he perform in the 50 over match, he was highest run getter in the recently
    concluded provincial tournament, from the perspective of middle order players.

    Kapu is a really good choice for the T20 arena, who else is there to hit a six out of the park freeing there arms, you think mahela J would hit, sanga would hit, fly a kite I would say

    I am really happy to see players like chandimal, angelo, and kapu, cause they are the ones who have the strength, technic and sl cricket’s next generation, only thing these guys have to get matured to play a little sensible cricket.

    just give some breathing space to kapu, every time he comes to bat the overs getting near to 50th over, so he has to hit out or get out, cause he is shuffled across the order many times, since the sl cricket numbering is handled by the senior pro’s with the likes of the non performing permanent member, mahela J specially, it is hard to get a berth in the XI, nor to be promoted up on the order, provided kapu is in the playing XI.

    if am not mistaken, please see whether Mahela J, would be bidded for the next edition of the IPL, I would say no, considering the recently concluded performance in the IPL, perhaps he may get a bid of 100000, and be in the bench watering the grass, and to be a cheer leader accompanied by preety zinta

    so, am convinced with the squad, except kulatunga’s axe, he could have given an open, instead of the many openers we have got

    please enjoy the cricket, and let us hope that SL will come home with the cup, cause we are all sri lankans

  • stutidutta mishra

    vaas and thushara must have been included………i am still surprised how VAAS can be left out…..see the ongoing IPL,how a player like adam gilchrist has tremendous faith in VAAS…..he is byfar the most useful sri lankan pacer……maharoof too should be there…….

  • Fareed

    my sqoud

    1. Sanath
    2. Dilshan
    3. Mahila
    4. Sanga
    5. Mathewes
    6. Kulathunka / Kapukethara
    7. Chandimal / Jayasinghe
    8. Welegathera / Kulasekara
    9. Malinka
    10.Mendis / Suraj
    11. Murali

  • http://deleted nixy

    thnx alot 4 the info SLC .. we weren’t aware of the selectors been an independent set of ppl who has been chosen by e sports minister … but stil it says it al .. how 1 sided politics czn affect the lovely game of cricket .. i dnt kno y the minister cant change or re shuffle the selectors cz they’ve made soo many blunders durin e past few yrs .. :(

  • Dilz

    omg Sanath in cos of politics.Wat wil happen after he wins da election and is in the team???MP and cricketer.wat a joke??plus he has been in poor form ryt thruout.Mumbai Indians have benefited alot and won most of the games after Jayasuriya was dropped.Jayasuriya mu7st b thinking of playing forever denying a young palyer.Look at Sachin he is in amazing form but he has refused to go for the 20 20 world cup because he wants to give young players a chance.Jayasurya was a great player but now its time for him to quit witout disgracing cricket

  • http://no chama

    sanath should be replaced by jeewantha.Inclusion of chandimal is a good decession.but selectors must protect him coz he is a future cricket of sri lanka.So have to use him very carefully and have to give him good support to build his carrer slowly but steadily.

  • Nuwan

    Lookina at all comments, SANATH has become a trouble to alot. But we never forget that Sanath is a CRICKET LEGEND of the world & also a PROUD to Sri lanka. When he is in the team we all know that it is a big trouble to the opposite and also we never know that when he will FIRE. HE is a match winning player. Most of the teams afraid to ask even his name. So i see nothing wrong giving a chance to Sanath. If he fails continuously, then he can be replaced. Never Know!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Because on my point of view Winning is important, Some how!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Wish U All D Best SRIL LANKAN LIONS………………….

    The T 20 WORLD CUP is YOURS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • sumudu

    This is not the best team,Jeewantha kulatunga must be included,I don’t know the reason why they selected sanath,if it is for his performance in the past,that’s stupid,every living man knows about his form except selectors,hope coach & sanga will go with the better 11.

  • Vikum

    I think this is a good side.sanath has to palay well.

  • Ramesh

    good selection
    pecialy bcz f Chandimal
    But the problem is Sanath`s inclusion
    Now he is a burden 4 SL
    he is using his political backup
    Selectors should have given a chance 2 Jeevantha instead f Sanath

  • Manula

    At the end of the day only 11 players get the chance to play in the middle. We should not forget the fact Sanath is still a very good player. If he fails to score with the bat he’ll do something with the ball. But I personally don’t like to see him getting involved in politics while playing cricket. I think that is the main reason loads of people don’t like to see him in the squad.
    I don’t know why Chamara Kapugedara got selected in the squad. He didn’t play well in the provincial 20/20 or in the 4 day tournament. He’s continuing to fail. But still in the squad. That’s surprising.
    Thilan Thushara should have beed picked. He’s doing well for the Channai team in IPL. But selectors can’t have all the players in the squad. Overall It’s not a good selection. We have better players in form at the moment. I was surprised to see Sanath and Chamara in the squad despite their poor form.

    With this squad my first choice 11 is,

    1) Dilshan
    2) Sanath
    3) Sangakkara
    4) Mahela
    5) Dinesh Chandimal
    6) Mathews
    7) Kapugedara (or Chinthaka Jayasinghe)
    8) Thisara Perera (If he fails to deliver then Chinthaka)
    9) Suraj Randiv or Mendis
    11)Lasith Malinga

    If we play an extra fast bowler our tail would look bit long(we miss Maharoof here). Since both Mathews and Thisara can bowl I think this is the best option we have. If Kapugedara fails to get runs then we can replace him with Chinthaka so we have another fast bowling option.

  • Dan

    Oh poor again!!!
    Blunders – selecting Sanath,Kulasekara & Kapugedara
    Dropping Kulatunga & Maharoof.Maye Vaas should have been considered as well.

    We know how Jayasuriya got selected & Kulatunga got axed.
    At least I’m happy about not including players like Chamara Silva,Zoysa & Pushpakumara.
    Nice to see Chandimal.He should make the playing 11.

  • Nisansala

    It is a shame to hear that KULATHUNGA is not included in SL T20 team.He could have opened the innings with DILSHAN and he also is in form.This is very unfair that 2 players are treated differently.JAYASURIYA is of course a legend BUT the time is up for him to quit

  • Duminda

    Where’s JEEWATHA KULATHUNGA ? But Sanath jayasuriya in the team bcoz of his political conection. Sanath unable to cater his place even Mumbai Indians team. Asantha De Mel , You can”t understand these short of things bcoz you haven’t passed atleast G.C.E O/L exam.

  • Nadeeshan Silva

    all d best Sanath…..
    u r d hero in our cricket.

  • chaminda

    true is jayasuriya were gread cricketer but that not mean he must be team forever selectors are dont have brain whats going to hapend to srilanka cricket with crazy politics is srilank cricket going to deep?

  • chaminda

    crazy nomind and stupid

  • jiji

    Notin wrong in jayasuriya goin but jeewantha kulatunga shud be given an oppurtunity!!!!!!
    Guys jayasuriya will shine!!!!!!!!!

  • Manula

    Are you serious??????
    This is a joke!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://- Poorna

    come on srilankan fans think positively,we don’t want to be like Indian fans,
    this is a really good squad,good to see Dinesh Chandimal in this squad,bad luck for Jeewantha,but selectors are doing a very hard job,end of the day only 11 players playing in a match,so stop insulting selectors,all these players are talented,most of them are match winners,

    WELL DONE SLC selectors!!!

  • Collin

    So you deleted my post because of the humiliation Lol.Out of form politician over Jeevantha (player of the T20 tournament).Kulasekara over Maharoof.What has Kapugedara done in recent times to get into the squad???
    Another big joke

  • Faraas

    only one change in my selection. Randiv included in place of maharoof.mmmmmmm
    anyway good selection.BEST WISHES TO OUR TEAM

  • eranga

    what happen to kulathunga the best player in the provincial tournament.jayasuriya in the team because of political power.his form is poor in recent times he is even dropped from the mumbai indian team god bless for sl cricket

  • ishara

    where is jeewantha kulathunga? what happened to him?

  • nixy

    this is totally absurd , i cant believe that jeewantha kulatunge has been over looked again . except 4 jayasuriya’s selection the rest of the 14 players deserve a place but not him . He can barely find a place in the mumbai indians team but he’s been sent on tour with youngsters having to warm the bench or stay back in sri lanka … shame on you asantha … i dont know how on earth a man who failed his o/levels is holding such a major post in the cricket board ???

    • SLC Moderator

      Selectors are not part of SLC, but an independent body appointed by the Hon. Minister of Sports.

  • Udara Vimukthi

    Why does SLC conducts Provincial Tournaments if the Player of the Tournament cannot get a place in the 15 man squad and a player who does not deserve a place is included just because of his political connections…Shame on you ASANTHA DE MEL and the other selectors….What has Sanath Jayasuriya done to warrant selection in the recent past he is a utter failure…..SHAME ON the selectors you are a DISGRACE to the country….