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Dimuth Karunaratne
Sadeera Samarawickrama
Kusal Mendis
Dinesh Chandimal (captain)
Lahiru Thirimanne
Niroshan Dickwella (wk)
Dilruwan Perera
Rangana Herath
Suranga Lakmal
Nuwan Pradeep
Vishwa Fernando / Lakshan Sandakan

Posted in: [Discussion Thread] Sri Lanka in UAE & Pakistan 2017 by Suren1998 on Monday, September 25, 2017 - 12:07. Reply to this comment.

Niroshan Dickwella will keep wickets

Posted in: [Discussion Thread] Sri Lanka in UAE & Pakistan 2017 by Daniel Alexander on Monday, September 25, 2017 - 10:23. Reply to this comment.

Buddy who keep the wickets ?

Posted in: [Discussion Thread] Sri Lanka in UAE & Pakistan 2017 by cricexp on Monday, September 25, 2017 - 10:02. Reply to this comment.

Using Kaushal silva as an opener was a bad decision taken by the selection committee as his playing style and height is not ideal for an openner.He was the most prolific middle order batsman we had in the domestic games at that time.
However, I believe he should be tried again in the middle order and see the performance

1. Dimuth
2. Sadeera
3. Mendis
4. Chandimal
5. Thirimanna
6. Kaushal siva
7. Dilruwan
8. Sandakan
9. Herath
10. Nuwan Pradeep
11. Lakmal

Dilruwan's bowling performance has not been effective in recent past. However, he should be considered for the 1st test due to his recent batting performance and the balance he brings into the side.

Posted in: [Discussion Thread] Sri Lanka in UAE & Pakistan 2017 by Dinith on Monday, September 25, 2017 - 03:02. Reply to this comment.

The facts are Sri Lanka had much better cricketing talent in the 1980s and 1990s even though they didn't win much for the first 15 years. Arjuna Ranatunga was the lucky beneficiary of a talented Sri Lankan cricket team. However that said, he must get credit for moulding this talent and make the team believe that they can compete on the world stage. The proof was the winning the 1996 world cup by that team. Sri Lanka had a golden opportunity to win another WC and should have either won the 2007 or 2011 world cups with a world beating team. But failed to do so. However I think it would be a good idea for Arjuna Ranatunga to get involved in Sri Lankan cricket right as he is a very smart and tough guy and now as it is on a low ebb and World Cup 2019 just one and half years away. Thats provided he can combine with his shipping ministerial duties.

Posted in: Rapid decline in Sri Lankan cricket aside, Arjuna Ranatunga refuses to attend brainstorming session by RohanMarkJay on Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 19:53. Reply to this comment.

Why not CHandimal ??

Posted in: 11 Sri Lankans to play in Bangladesh Premier League 2017 by Anonymous (not verified) on Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 09:28. Reply to this comment.

All good ideas but this is not the first time Ara has had good ideas and he is not the only one. There have been many in the past who have come with these good ideas but here is the problem....all the plans in the world are of little use if the very foundation of SLC is based on a 147 vote system and the Minister appoints the selectors, in short, there cannot be politics. The ICC requires this and the ICC can do us a huge favor by pulling the plug on the money. The Minister and the 147 will vanish in a flash with no money around and the real men can start rebuilding the game again. Else we know what is going to happen, Ara is going to storm off in frustration, as he has done several times before. There comes a time when enough is enough and the head needs to be cut off in order to start again.

Posted in: Aravinda's pill for cricket's ills: Is this the answer to cricket’s impasse by Stormy on Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 08:55. Reply to this comment.

Yes he should, especially considering we are most likely going recycle some player instead. But here is the key, play him but give him a chance to perform. Lets not drop him after one game, give him the whole series.

We all agree (most of us anyway) that our first class structure is poor and what this means, the output from such a set up needs time at international level to prosper. We cannot just drop a guy after a few games and what's more we are here because we did exactly that and got no where!

Posted in: Should Charith Asalanka play in the ODI series against Pakistan? by Stormy on Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 08:46. Reply to this comment.

Not sure i agree with the notion that SLC made a mistake but preparing spinning tracks when it should have been seaming tracks. The point is India have both options well covered and our only hope was to compete on spin. The only problem was the tracks didn't spin enough which meant the team winning the toss had the advantage of racking up a good score. What we should have done is prepare rank tuners looking for a low scoring spin dominated series. Again asleep at the wheel was SLC but the blunt reality is there is no way this SL team was going to beat this Indian team on any wicket!

Posted in: Who is fooling whom? by Stormy on Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 06:46. Reply to this comment.

So since there is no left to blame and no one wants to blame the only person who is really to blame (Shhhh...the honorable man) lets blame the players shall we.

So who is left after the coach, captain, selectors, ground staff, fielding coach, fitness coach, high performance coach? I can think of a couple more - umpires and team doctor?

Posted in: Sri Lanka cricketers want 'shocking' corruption allegations by former selector probed by Stormy on Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 06:38. Reply to this comment.