For the two matches in Scotland we should use our best team.
Who ever underperforms in both games, say for example Kusal Mendis, then Kapugedara should take his place and play the two warm up matches against NZ and AUS. This is also the same for the openers and the bowlers.
I am not sure why Tharanga and Kulasekara in the squad instead of Dhanuska who is more dynamic and Vikum Sanjaya who can swing the ball unlike Kulasekara who is not the same bowler anymore. I think Sri Lanka would be the only side who has named two players who are not clean hitters of the ball. Sri Lanka is going to struggle in power play overs with lack of choices. As far as I can see only Kusal, Kapugedara, Asela, Thissara and Angelo who are capable of clearing boundaries. Where's other teams are packed with clean hitters. Niroshan lacks discipline and probably meekly surrender his wicket trying to invent shots. It will be interesting to know how many catches Chandimal and Tharanga going to drop collectively.
To be realistic, Chandimal will definitely play i think.. But this is my pick among the players available in this squad..
1st one.. I don't mind the 2nd option but the 1st is best... As i thought, selectors knew offspinners won't be effective in England.... Its pretty obvious.. What i don't like is filling the substitutes with spinners... Pathirana, siriwardene, akila dananjaya, dilruwan,etc... They should have picked dasun at least as a substitute...
I think selectors have picked a pretty solid squad under the circumstances.. The only shocker to me is that they have completely forgotten dananjaya de silva.. Other than that, its ok.. Vikum sanjaya should be in the squad though..
KULASEKERA, Lakmal, and chandimal are three failures representing Sri Lanka. what a shame that they have been picked ahead of hasaranga, dasun and vikum sanjaya or even sadeera samarawickrame
I doubted 3 selections
Dhanuska Gunathilaka over Niroshan Dickwella
Dhananjaya De Silva over Dinesh Chandimal
Diruwan Perera over Lakshan Sadakan
No proper off spinner in the squad.
If Dhanuska and Dhananjaya included they can bowl some good part time off spinners so we can have more batting dept in the team.
Suren No Puspe here. We need an experience one. Puspe havent played any matches for SL so suddenly throwing him to a very important tournament like this is not suitable.
Suren which combination do u prefer? Seems most people like the first though I dont like it
Really though Pushpakumara could make it to the squad. I guess SL doesnt want someone to replace Herath.
So the provincial tournament was pretty useless i guess. Only Kapu got his spot and akila dananjaya on standby. Not even Dasun Shanaka was considered.I had a feeling this was going to happen but we need our most experienced players if we have any chance in winning.
Nuwan Kulasekera/Seekuge Prassana
I dont see Kapugedera being in the normal XI, he doesn't deserve to bat at 5 or 6, he needs to be a top order player. If Mendis fails Kapu will definitely take his spot.