'I hope to be selected for the England one-day series' - Jayasuriya

By Staff Writers

Sanath Jayasuriya
Sanath Jayasuriya hopes to be selected for the upcoming ODI series against England. AFP PHOTO/ Ishara S.KODIKARA.

June 3, 2011 (Island Cricket): Veteran Sri Lankan batsman Sanath Jayasuriya said that he is eyeing a comeback and hopes to be selected for the upcoming ODI series against England.

"I was disappointed when I was not picked for the World Cup. I have been part of the team and also in the [30-man preliminary World Cup] squad and when I missed it, I felt very disappointed," Jayasuriya told Gulf News in an interview.

"Our chief selector Aravinda De Silva said that he picked the best 15 players for the World Cup, which I don't think was the best. However, I don't want to comment on that much."

The 41-year-old, who has 444 ODIs under his belt, made his debut in 1989 and is now also a member of parliament. He last played an ODI for Sri Lanka in 2009, but appeared to be nowhere close to contemplating retirement.

"I hope to be selected for the England one-day series. I have been playing in the provincial series and have played well and got most runs in the domestic season," Jayasuriya said.

"If I get a chance I will give my best again for my country or I will continue with my preparations for the coming Sri Lankan Premier League (SPL) in July, which is going to be a big and interesting tournament."

The ODI series between England and Sri Lanka gets underway with the first ODI at the Kennington Oval in London on June 28.

© Island Cricket

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Sujan's picture
Member since:
27 December 2008
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That's so nice to hear.. Hope he'll be given a chance because of his experience !!

chillichicken's picture

Guess some people never know when to bow out!

tupsi4peter's picture
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3 June 2011
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5 years 46 weeks

Datz A Tremendous Newz.....He Surely Deserves A Place........

Anonymous's picture

Shameful! Look at players like murali and vaas who bowed out in their prime with dignity. Sanath needs to retire and let the next generation take over. Otherwise, players like Chandimal are the ones who will be playing the price! Just stick to politics!!!!!

Marcian's picture
Member since:
8 December 2010
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41 weeks 2 days

He will be 42 end of this month, when is he going to retire from the shorter formats of the game? I guess never!

Dinesh Chandimal and Lahiru Thirimanne should get a place in the ODI squad, not a player who lives on past laurels - it is time to groom the next generation of batsmen.

I can understand, to some extent, the logic of having Jayasuriya in the world cup team, but selecting him for the England ODIs is irrational and lacks vision for the future.

HIBATHULLAH FAROOK's picture

Yes we need jayasuriya and vass they can

picodef's picture
Member since:
15 April 2010
Last activity:
2 years 29 weeks

face it Sana..let us rebuild a good young team..spend time with your kids, have a good time with Maharaja in Rajapakistan. There are enough players to take over from you..we do not want to dwell in the past! :P

Amila bandara's picture

y? sana y? enaugh is enaugh

ANUSH GANESH = U.K's picture

YOUNG PLAYERS ARE WAITING
LIKE CHANDIMAL 22 ,THIRIMANNE 22 , RAJAPAKSHA 20
AFTER THEY JOURNEY GOING TO SPOIL
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JAYASURIYA TRUE LEGEND
DNT 4GET HIS AGE 42
WE RESPECT HIM
VERY BIG THANKS TO SERVICE
BUT YOUR TIME INNAF
PLEASE GO TO ADMINISRATION SIDE
DEVELOP THE SRI LANKA CRICKET
==================================================
HE ACHIEVED LOTZ OF RECORDS IN CRICKET
WORLD POPULARITY & NICE FAMILY
HE IS IN FIRST 25
SRILANKAN TOP RICH PEOPLES LIST.
THIS IS GOD GIFT LIFE
===================================================
MONEY IS NOT LIFE + IT IS PART OF LIFE
GREEDINESS + SELFISHNESS
PLEASE GIVE UP EVERYTHING
HELP & LOVE THE WORLD
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Anonymous's picture

GREAT! WE want him back!

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