Tharanga & Malinga return

Upul Tharanga, Lasith Malinga, Chamara Kapugedara, Jeewaan Mendis, Chamara Silva & Tisara Perera have been drafted in to the 16 man squad named for the 1st 2 ODI’s against the touring West Indies team to be played at Hambantota.

The other notable inclusion has been the retention of middle order batsman Thilan Samaraweera to the ODI squad after being overlooked for the tour of Australia.


  1. T.M. Dilshan
  2. Upul Tharanga
  3. Mahela Jayawardena
  4. Kumar Sangakkara
  5. Angelo Mathews
  6. T Samaraweera
  7. Chamara kapugedara
  8. Suraj Randiv
  9. Ajantha Mendis
  10. Rangana Hearth
  11. Lasith Malinga
  12. Nuwan Kulasekera
  13. Tissara Perera
  14. Dilhara Fernando
  15. Chamara Silva
  16. Jeewan Mendis
  • Kenneth Fernando

    My 15 for the WC 2011.
    1.) Upul (Give him confidence and get the maximum / must go 4 centuries in all games)
    2.) Dilshan (Need confidence / Quick scoring / Don’t be hurry to score in every delivery)
    3.) Sanga (Discipline as usual / Respect to all other teams / Gentlemen game / Patience)
    4.) Mahela (Use experience / Form / Responsibility / Fullest assistance to Sanga)
    5.) Samaraweera / 12.) Chamara Silva (Patience and quick scoring / Consistency)
    6.) Anjelo (Young energy / Quick runs / Spirit )
    7.) Thisara (Thisara’s batting skills has to be used in an appropriate way / should play all games)
    8.) Vass / 13.) Kulasekara (Vass should definitely be in 15 / minimum runs in 10 over spell / Some batting / Experience)
    9.) Herath / 14.) Ajantha 15.) Randiv (Herath must be given a chance at the very 1st game)
    10.) Lasith (Use Lasith in best way. Do not let him lose his fitness / Spirit)
    11.) Murali (Should play all games, Murali must introduce another miracle to the world)

  • Aundray

    Tour postponed :P

  • shaya

    chandita mokada uneeeeeeeeeeeeeee we wona chadi

    • Bubber

      We\’ve airvred at the end of the line and I have what I need!

  • http://no chama

    amazing!!!!!!!! chandimal not included for training match against WI, so I thought he would be leaving for Asian Games…But after I found he was not included there also…So I thought he would be included for ODI series…but he is not there… Pls mr. Aravinda de silva we cricket fans need explanation from you……If he is not getting chance to play for 1st team(national team) , he must be included for 2nd team (team which played practice game against WI)atleast…if he is not suit for 2nd team as per our selecting mupphets he should have been included for 3rd team which travelled for Asian games.Pls don’t act like stupids and don’t tarnish the future of youg cricketers…. aravinda pls explain the logic behind your selections

  • Premasiri

    This is a comment appeared in another web site,which I feel is quite appropriate to publish here as well.
    {Posted by Al-Entity on (December 05 2010, 02:50 AM GMT)}

    “What is this LOVE affair the Selectors have with Chamara Silva and Chamara Kapugedera! They have failed throughout their careers. Any other team would have dropped them long time ago! Why not give Dinesh Chandimal a chance? Since he is also a wicket keeper then Sanga can let go of the gloves and focus on his batting! This really baffles me!”

  • nnn

    SLC moderator, Please update some latest photos of Sooriyawewa stadium before the 1st game begins there. And have that ground completely prepared for the first two games?

    • SLC Moderator

      basic facilities such as player dressing rooms and media facilities are in place along with flood lights. The field too is in good condition.

      • Vijitha

        Does that mean the pavilion hasn’t completed yet?I heard the deadline given by ICC to complete world cup venues is 31st December.Can SLC complete grounds before that?please answer these questions.(best way is upload some photos)

  • thushan

    aravinda sir, this is a good squad.but there were some mistakes.chandimal is a good young player.look at kholi in india.indian selectors give lots of chances for their young players like kholi,rohit,raina,jadeja.because they are the future of cricket.sachin is a good doubts for it.but indian seek and give chances to youngsters to be like sachin.we also need a player like sachin or mahela.but where were the chance for youngsters.every time sl chosen same and old side.u tharanga got lots of chances.but he could not play very well.fielding is also a not good for him although he got runs. I think chandimal is a talent young player.he is a wicket keeper.
    randiv or mendis or thisera
    if sri lanka may this side i think it will be a all round good side.

  • Indika

    Chandimal shouldn’t have been left out after that ZIM tour in the first place.Proven failure Kapugedara is still there.

  • Sajitha

    Has anybody watch the news about this team selection in ITN news?They said Angelo Mathews and Thilan Samaraweera recalled to the team.I wonder why didn’t they say Mahela Jayawardana and Kumar Sangakkara recalled to the team.

  • Duke

    Having both Chamara Silva and Thilan Samaraweera is waste. It has to be either Silva or Samaraweera.
    — Well guys Samaraweera is included because he is the insurance policy —
    — And what will you say when Jayasuriya returns to the WC squad out of no where??? —-

  • Pubu


    What is the going on? kapu & dilhara its best player in our srilanka. chindimal. jeewantha also very good players in OID. Bu i i cant understand which type of thing going in our cricket.

    Aravinda please use your mind & Heart for selection. Dont selected useless players in our cricket. its not for your private Assets. its for all us.


    Pububu from KSA

  • http://slc udara

    look how kholi & darren bravo are delivering. It is the talent of the batsman that counts 1000 times than the experience. any experience without talent is worthless.But other way around it is worthy.
    so where is chandimal? aravinda, sir who found the formula that a player should play 50 odi s before he plays for wc. was it sir albert instien ? I really can’t understand these old concepts.
    if samaraweera plays then let mahela open. no tharanga please. it is boring to see him play.

  • Asanka

    Let me know about SLPL & date its going to happen?

  • heshan

    mr aravinda C.SILVA./ .Samaraweera not matching odi and t20 team pls include chandimal

  • Premasiri

    Comparision of Leading ODI batsmen of the World with the Favourite batsmen of SL selectors.
    Name Country Averages Remarks
    ODI 1st Class
    Kevin Pietersen England 42.17 48.71 World’s leading ODI Players.
    Jonathan Trott England 48.30 45.31 pl have closer look of their 1st
    Ian Ronald Bell England 36.41 44.74 Class Ba. Avs. 1st Class Batting Ave.
    Ricky Ponting Australia 42.75 56.74 is the mirror of a quality player
    Michael Hussey Australia 52.32 52.78
    Michael Clarke Australia 44.01 45.41
    Shane Watson Australia 39.57 46.87
    Hashim Amla South Afrika 59.56 48.78
    Jacques Kallis South Afrika 45.84 54.27
    Graeme Craig Smith S Afrika 40.14 51.47
    A B de Villiers South Afrika 45.06 48.03
    Gautam Gambhir India 41.04 54.62
    Virat Kohli India 49.23 60.48
    Rahul S Dravid India 39.43 53.31
    Sachin R Tendulkar India 45.12 56.55
    Cheteshwar A Pujara India 58.42
    Virender Sehwag India 34.64 51.29
    Suresh Kumar Raina India 36.11 44.03
    Saurabh Sl Tiwary India 46.13
    Rohit G Sharma India 33.50 60.28
    Yuvraj Singh India 36.94 45.10
    Mahendra S Dhoni India 50.28 37.46
    V V SLaxman India 30.76 52.70
    Misbah-ul-Haq Pakistan 37.90 50.88
    Younis Khan Pakistan 32.48 50.48
    Fawad Alam Pakistan 37.48 56.87
    Mohammad Yousuf Pakistan 41.71 48.80
    Umar Akmal Pakistan 37.33 46.73
    LDineshChandimal SriLanka 71.50 54.46 Should be in the ODI squads
    Mahela Jayawardene SriLanka 32.47 52.54 do
    AngeloDMathews SriLanka 33.30 50.48 do
    ThilanTSamaraweera SriLanka 27.70 49.23 do
    Kumar Sangakkara SriLanka 36.76 48.01 do
    FDimuthMKarunaratneSriLanka 45.02 do
    JKaushalSilva SriLanka 44.62 do
    RLahiru Thirimanne SriLanka 18.50 42.10 do
    NTParanavitana SriLanka 41.31 do
    TMDilshan SriLanka 35.35 38.59 do
    SanathTJayasuriya SriLanka 32.43 38.49 Favorites of Selectors
    LPChamara Silva SriLanka 30.57 37.63 do
    CKKapugedera SriLanka 22.95 37.23 do
    SHThilina Kandamby SriLanka 32.58 36.96 do
    WUpul Tharanga SriLanka 33.29 35.48 do
    Jehan Mubarak SriLanka 23.20 32.31 do
    MDilruwan KPerera SriLanka 11.00 24.07 do

    • Premasiri

      I’m so sorry that I have failed in including Angolo Perera ( The Best Schoolboy Cricketer & the Best Batsman of the year 2009) who is an equally good player like Chandimal & has maintained a 1stClass Batting Ave of 44.71. Sangakkaras, Mahelas &Chamaras do not have this kind of records to boast of as schoolboys. Even their early ODI careers are very pathetic to describe here. It was sheer stupidity of selectors of last 25 years that they have failed to realize the value of players who have maintained consistency from very young age. We don’t have to see very far for examples, Mahela & Sangakkara are two good cases, even now with 900 odd Internationals in between them, they still struggle to bat under pressure & under difficult batting conditions, please see for yourself how they have performed in Bangladesh & Zimbabwe. Some local media personnel who are very busy on making the game of Rugby as No 1 sport in Sri Lanka does not highlight these shortcomings of these star players or maybe they too very much ignorant of the Game like the National Selectors. Since the selectors of last 10 years had no life without Mahela, Sangakkara, Mubarak & Chamaras many a brilliant schoolboy cricketers of last decade must have had lost interest of the Game by now or they must have left the country as many past National cricketers did after retirement abandoning the country’s cricket. We don’t hear much of Ian Daniel, Sahan Wijeratnne, Nilushan Nonis, Lahiru Peiris….who have won the Best Schoolboy Cricketer & the Best Batsman of the year Awards previously. At a time players of the caliber of Chandimals & Angelo Pereras have become worthless in the eyes of these stupid spineless selectors, what’s the justice all others can expect from them. Sri Lankan cricket enthusiasts are highly worried over the Future of Cricket in this Country, because neither the politicians nor the media personnel have done anything to uplift the Game in the country as it happens in our neighboring countries. I am sure they (fans) are quite aware that the responsible people have done nothing to keep the young in the game as it happens in India & Pakistan.

      • veryknown person

        mama pahugiya aurudu 5 team selections study kala mata nigamana vagayakata enna puluvan una…….
        1 . 2007 wc idan mea 2011 wc venakal srilanka odi team eke changes vaata mea playersla select una……isara amarasinghe, welagedara, thusara, udawatte, warnapura,vandort, randiv , lakmal, thisara , mendis, chandimal, tirimanne, j.mendis ,eath mea playerslagen…mea venakota team eke inne …………chandimal, j,mendis , thisara, randiv , mathews .a.mendis… vitarai etakota anith aya ain unea ay…..isara amarasinghe kapune hodata karakara innakota , udawatta kapune jayasuruiya nisa, warnapura tirimanna kapune inconsisten nisa………. eath mea aurudu 4 atulata chanse labiyayuthu eath nolabunu aya kiyak innavada …….jivantha kulatunga, sujeewa silva, sikkuge prasanna, senanayaka, mea ayata chanse labunea,… eath meaya okkomata vada adu skills pennana …kapugedara, kandamby , samaraweera….sanga nisa team eke innava

  • thilan

    Yesterday i some bought orange from market. Shop owner has sold me 2 rotten orange fruit to me with good ones. This team selection is same. Good selection and has add their favorite players ( Dilhara and Chamara silva ) to sit in the bench. Surely compared with the others they will have to sit on the bench . But Aravinda, sri lankan young talented players should be given that chance. Dilhara is a Strike bowler. It is some times true. But his issue is he is not consistence. If he play well for one match he will be failed for several matches. Cricket is not a game which tests fortune. Selecting committee must select a best team while giving chances to young generation to learn.

  • ishini

    Seems nice team selection. chamara silva hasnt played as a good team player for a long time. For what sort of thing chamara silva has to be selected for the team. I think chandimal should be selected for that place.
    If selectors think chandimal is not worth for play in sri lankan team why haven’t they given a chance in Asian games.

  • Ahamed

    why hasnt murali been included?

  • Arnold

    where z Chandimal I simply can not understand thz

  • 123

    SLC modulator

    this is a very good site ,but u guys should update SL cricket news quickly than cricinfo to make this site popular in SL .and make that updates (videos, interviews,talks )to share in social networks .i’m fed up with cricinfo writers ,i hope this site will improve in the future

    good luck

    • SLC Moderator

      Thanks for the constructive suggestions. We are working on a model that will benefit all SLC enthusiasts.

  • Premasiri

    If we are to win or draw any tournament that we participate, at consistent basis we need quality young batsmen ( With experience we know Young quality batsman’s’ agility, flexibility, quickness in reflex & eye sight is 1000 times better than players who are around 30 years & above) ) who know how to preserve their wickets under trying circumstances the likes of modern day batsmen Jonathan Trott, Ian Bell, Hasim Amla, AB de Viliers Virat Koli, …With them bowlers have no loop holes to break in & with their water tight defense bowlers lose their confidence in no time. Above all they play only very few risky (false, edgy & lofted) strokes. The top grade batsmen can always play the ball all along the ground, right from the middle of the bat at will.

  • Premasiri

    It is good for cricket enthusiasts of SL that it rains through entire series, rather than watching these same old players ( who were very ordinary schoolboy cricketers selected & given numerous opportunities to represent the national teams due to incompetency of selectors of last 25 years) playing for the Country all the time irrespective of their shoddy performances, while deserving schoolboy cricketers of last 5 years have been asked to sit out while young players of other countries have taken the center stage of their respective National teams. Very few people only aware that we have lost almost all ODI tournaments since 2007(Lost five home series to England once, India thrice and Pakistan once in recent times,)& hardly won any Test match outside the country. If we had won any that is mainly due to our young players who have joined the team recently & the promotion of Dilshan to the opening position who has been wasted as a middle-order batsman in the best part of his career.

  • kuma-

    What the hell? Kapugedara in squad ? Aravinda now you are play cricket or ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,?
    Kapu is play lot of matches but no any enough talents for cricket? why still believe for him?

    i think Aravinda also doing some political? jewwantha its better to kapu? Chandimal also get some chance?

    i dont know our cricket going where???????????????????

    Kuma- UAE

  • veryknown person

    this is a good squad …but wonder abt ..chandimal..but nothing to worry….he will get a chance for next 3 games…….i hope…jeevantha kulatunga ans vass will get a chanse to play T20 match against WI…..sanga, mahela, mathews , should be rested …for..t 20 match …or may be 5 th game….