Sangakkara, Bayliss and De Mel very optimistic

All three decision makers namely Sangakkara, coach Baylis and chairman selectors are very excited with the youngsters who will be on tour to Bangladesh . Answering media quires about the young hopefuls, Coach Trevor Baylis clearly stated that Suranga Lakmal, Chanaka Welegedera and Suraj Randiv were the most impressive, against the Indians in the recently concluded series. Sangakakra added that players in the caliber of Thisira Perera and young Lahiru Thirimane have a great opportunity to cement their place at national level.

Sangakkara also praised Thisira Perera for his positive attitude and his enthusiasm to do well at this level. The head table consisting of head coach, captain and selectors were very informative and did well by answering all media queries to the best of their ability.

The media wanted a definition on some of the senior players left out for the Bangladesh tour. Chairman selectors Asantha De Mel stated that Mahela Jayawardena, Muttiah Muralitharan and Angelo Mathews were nursing injuries while Sanath Jayasuriya will be given more opportunities, however will have to play as a bowling all rounder. He also added that Jayasuriyas’ tour of duty will be to bat at any position depending on the match circumstances.

The media was critical of Samaraweeras’ inclusion in the squad. Sangakkara justified his selection by stating that Thilan has a new approach to his batting and further the unavailability of premier batsman Mahela Jayawardena was also taken into consideration when selecting Samaraweera for this tour.

Sri Lanka who were runners up in World Cup 2007, have been down hill in the shorter version of the game. De Mel then justified the down trend to certain seniors calling it a day in the international arena, further the out of form aspect in some, and also certain pitches or venues that give an added advantage to winning the toss and wrapped up his views by stating, that too much of cricket is being played in this era.

All three decision makers and the rest of the selectors were in unison in strengthening the bench and took the India as an example. Sangakkara also stated that the current out look is healthy because no player can rest on his past laurels, both seniors and the youngsters will have to perform to cement their respective places. He also made a pertinent point when he told the media that we were dependent only on a few players like Jayasuriya, Chaminda Vass and Muralitharan to win games for Sri Lanka, the time is ripe now for every single player to put his hand up and be counted.

Commenting in the drop of the fielding standards its one area along with our bowling that needs vast improvement. The skipper spoke of the high standards set by players in the caliber of Mahanama, Jayasuriya, Upul Chandana and T.M. Dilshan. Sangakkara also in no uncertain terms stated a specialist fielding coach sourced from overseas on an intermediate basis will help the cause.

Speaking to the media on the recently concluded series he showered praises on Dilshan for his contribution on the field, off the field and also at team meetings. Captain and the coach spoke very highly of 21 year old Angelo Mathews who has matured into a great all rounder.

De Mel answering to a query by the media on Jayawardenas’ poor form stated that even though he is shy of runs they take into consideration the circumstances of his failure and quickly stated that Mahela has an excellent strike rate. Chairman selectors also stated he was very optimistic that Jayawardena will come good soon; hence from his view point, the former skipper occupies the top spot in the batting arena.

Coach Trevor Baylis stated beating India in their back yard is a herculean task very similar to getting the better of the Aussies in their own soil. Trevor also stated that assistant coach Stuart Law will bring in all his experience hence, this augurs well for the coaching department to help the players to perform.

Sri Lanka will leave for Bangladesh on the 1st of January for a tri series tournament involving India and host Bangladesh. The youngsters are given a golden opportunity, it’s now up to them to cement their respective places and be counted, since many are knocking on the door. The youngsters must take into account that Jayasuriya can fit in even at the age of 40. The south paw is still in the reckoning  from Sangakkaras’ and De Mels’ view point hence performance and knowing the art of winning a game should be priority number one.

  • senake

    Dear Mr Selectors! What about that prolific scorer from St. Peters College, Bambalapitiya Angelo Perera?

  • Chinthaka Kulatunga

    De Mel may be a dictator but he can take brave decsions, with the necessary backing. Who else is there to do the job in these trying circumstances?

    Suranga Lakmal is definitely a good prospect. Welagedera will be the star with the ball.

    I am happy that Pushpakumara is in. He was spotted by Sidat Wettimuny, the great. He must be given an extended run. One match will not be sufficient. Hats off to selectors for continuing with him. He was the best player in the last inter-provincial tournament. He has to be persisted with.

    Suraj Randiv will eventually replace Murali. Tissara Perera will turn out to be the surprise package. If backed, he will be more useful than Angelo Mathews.

    Lahiru Thirimanne can replace most batsman. That talks volumes of his ability.


  • riyaz

    i dont think some one like sanath mendis and vass or jayawardany should be out of side even after being fit . i think sanga should relise that what happen on india tour

  • Para

    They have 2 be optimistic as three of them are on the line.

  • John

    All the best guys for the coming bangaladesh tour
    but i would really like to say why sri lanka cricket not giving oppertunity to domestic performers.i’ve been watching of domestic performers for long times.likewise batsman Dinesh Chandimal,all-rounder Kosala Kulasekara are doing well in the current time.As i’ve seen kosala has been performing well in domestic level for long time.but i dont know why dont selector’s pick him to any squad?
    anyway I wish you Good luck,guys who’s touring today


  • soori

    I like those three players specially welegedra he bowls like chaminda vaas he is the next vaas for my team, wele realy impressed me alot. I want him to impress me even more and i want my team to win the triangular series.


  • Premasiri

    The present authorities of SLC are quite ignorant & scared of bringing in brilliant schoolboys cricketers who have maintained consistency from their U-15 levels. As a result of this lack of knowledge many a classy young players of the last 15 years were unable to represent the country. Team selection is truly an experienced successful batsman’s job. It is not meant for ordinary players who represent the country unsuccessfully. We need past successful batsmen of the class of Dilip Vensarkar or David Boon as selectors who know the value of youthful exuberance and who can pick talent by seeing out of the corner of the eye. With this kind of present irresponsible persons we will never see Tendulkars, Umar Akmals,…… in this country where the game has been played well over 175 years. The present new comers to the team are ordinary schoolboys of year 2000 or earlier. Ajantha, Angelo & Thirimanne aren’t selectors 1st choices but they themselves have forced their way into the team by performing brilliantly, consistently in the domestic cricket scene. Incidentally both Ajantha & Angelo lead the 1st class bowling & batting averages respectively among the 1st class cricketers of the country. Interested parties are fighting very hard to remove both Ajantha & Malinga from the team in order to provide places for their favorite ordinary players. By picking them for matches on an ad hoc basis & not providing the mandatory field placings, the responsible people have made them to lose confidence in themselves. These two big time players of class would have a very bright future under a knowledgeable management. Chamara Silva has been a very big favorite of responsible cricket authorities as in the case of Kapugedra & Mubarak, though IPL management has found out within a very short period, that there is nothing special in these two players( 2Chamaras). Randiv is not the best spinner after Murali & Ajantha. One may find half a dozen of consistent performers in the domestic cricket who have performed far better than Randiv. Suranga Lakmal on the other hand has no physique to bowl lengthy spells. Fast bowlers of weak physique are not considered for selection where there well developed cricket structure is.

  • Thomas Brian

    No need to lie. There is only one decision maker Ashantha De Mel. As long as that dictator is there, everyone else is just muppets.