Udawatte to leave for Bangladesh

Left handed opener, Mahela Udawatte will be joining Mahela Jayawardena and Dinesh Chandimal as reinforcements to the injury hit Sri Lankan squad taking part in the IDEA cup triangular in Bangladesh.

Udawatte  will be joining the squad as an additional player. Chamara Silva will be returning home due to the finger injury he sustained yesterday. Silva’s place will be taken by experienced middle order batsman Mahela Jayawardena.

Tillekeratne Dilshan, who suffered a groin injury during his match winning innings yesterday will stay back in Dhaka as he is expected to take part in the latter part of the triangular series.

Udawatte last played an ODI in 2008 against Zimbabwe in Harare.

  • ChrisCairns

    Yes, Dilshan Munaweera z da next srilankan opener!
    Btw he z an allrounder. A crafty offspiner.

  • Amanda

    Hi Mayura,

    When one is given chances over and over, despite his past consideration of poor performances, yes at some point they score…

    He is not a player who could play in bowler friendly wickets…



  • Shehan

    saw ur artical on the web!!y ?arn’t da selectors givn a chance to Dilshan Munaweera? I’m soo depressed with da sri lankan selection..this boy should b atleast in the 20/20 sri lankan team. da next new face in sri lankan team DILSHAN MUNAWEERA!!!!!!

  • Amanda

    Was Chamara Silva was injured or was he just labeled as an injured man, for a reason, so to get down the greatest pal of sanga who is the permanent non performer for the 21st century, one and only mahela J

  • mayura

    Mahela back in good performances. He made century and 71 runs at the final. Its good isn’t it?

  • dulara desilva

    I think u havn’t follow his records or his present form,how can a player score 5 hundreds including two big hundreds in the last premeire and the u 23 season with out playing the spinners well???in between Dilshan munaweera has scored some valueble half centuries as well.wat ever all the best to you Dilshan,hope to see u in the sri lankan colours very soon.

  • http://yahoo.com Chinthaka Kulatunga

    I agree Dilshan Munaweera is a very hard hitting bat and a good opener. I am sure the selectors are aware of this. However have you seen him bat against the spinners? I am sure the selectors are also aware of that.

  • dulara desilva

    Dilshan munaweera is the best replacement for sanath jayasuria.hve a look at this player asantha demel.

  • hewamunige

    y is this selectors not giving a opportunity to munaweera????thy should hve sent dilshan munaweera as a replacement of pushpakumara.hve a look at this player asantha demel.

  • charith fernando

    No more santh jayasuriya..want 2 c some new faces,thirimanne for test matches,chandimal for ODI and Munaweera for 20/20,
    the way that munaweera has been hitting the ball since the u 19 world cup i’m amazed that he is stil not in the 20 /20 sri lanka team,looking at the stats (u 23 one days ,2days ,premeir one days 3days )dilshan munaweera has hit over 50 sixers ,and maintaind a heavy strike rate ,WE HOPE TO SEE DILSHAN MUNAWEERA VERY SOON…

  • nuzrath

    T.M Dilshan he is a class act!!now itz time 2 say good bye to sanath,ive gone through the records of the youngsters even in the last tour to new zealand the opener Dilshan munaweera has proven that he is the new santh jayasuria,so y not gve him a chance to prove him self in the 2o /2o..and ODI..dinesh chandimal and lahiru thirimanne are class players that will be most suitable for the longer version!so Asantha demel gve these three youngsters a opportunity to make a name in the international stage!


  • ramdin

    hey com on !!!wat iz this????we wnt 2 c dilshan munaweera in action quickly,he is one of the best openerz that can be ever produced !!so gve him a go at the international level.he’l show his colours gve him a chance,he is real made for 20/20 THANK YOU!!

  • Pradeep

    Mahela might score against Bangladesh.. and that would be it..!! It will be a waste of Sri Lanka Cricket’s money..! Let him play in the domestic matches and find his form. You should not let national players to find their form during international matches..! Specially when a large number of extremely talented young players are waiting in the list..!

  • sri lanka FOREVER

    if think giving chandimal a chance is good for sri lanka but i do wonder why sanath has not been added into the squad also somebody like tharanga paravitiana should be given a chance in one day cricket some big descsions for sri lanka cricket board to make in the future also what about somebody like rajapaksha in the under 19’s so many descison to make

  • sri lanka FOREVER

    if think giving chandimal a chance is good for sri lanka but i do wonder why sanath has not been added into the squad also somebody like tharanga paravitiana should be given a chance in one day cricket some big descsions for sri lanka cricket board to make in the future

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  • kumara- KSA

    good opportunity for udawaththa & chanidmal. so captan do the chance from them. but i dont happy send to the mahela. he is poor batting for last torunements also. but thiramanna also did good job last match. but evey time we will give chance only youngsters. jaya. mehela. murli now we can give some break…………………


  • Premasiri

    Sanath nor Udawatte can ever win a tournament with their risky stroke play. Sanath couldn’t do it even in 1996 so how can he do it now at the age of 40? In his all 6 innings in that world cup he has managed only two 50s. Incidently there is no big difference between Mahela Udawatte & Sanath in their stature but Sanath’s batting skills as a youngster was far superior to that of Udawatte, who is very slow in his movements. We need controlled hitters the likes of Tendulkar, Shewag,Dilshan & Umar Akmals but we don’t want blind hitters anymore in our team.

  • Ajith

    There are so many hard hitting youn playesrs like Jayasuria nowadays in SLC clubs. Whay dont they get a fair chance? Why sending Mahela again?

  • tharanga

    so good opportunity for udawaththa as a oppener. because he have good ability.but jayawardhana as a senior still he cant manage pressure.he cant build big inning under pressure considering (gambir,dhoni) mahela is a pour senior.

  • hasith

    what about the oppener Dilshan Munaweera a hard hitter from Bloomfield.I think he is the Jayasooriya No 2

  • prasanna

    what they r doing they must get young players into the team like tissara perera dont waste the time with old bcos sanath is too old now

  • rocky

    its great mahela being sending for tri-series in bangladesh i think he will play opean the ining with tharanga

  • go SL

    Why can’t they replace Dilshan with Jayasuriya..? SL need Jaya til 2011 WC. I wonder why SLC is pushing Mahela when he has been in poor form compared to Jaya. SLC should have included Mahela and Jayasuriya for the tri nation tour.