Muralitharan dropped for tri-series

Very little has been written about Muttiah Muralitharan's omission from the upcoming triangular series starting later this week in Sri Lanka.

Muralitharan retired from Test cricket in July, but made it known that he would like to continue playing ODIs and T20s till the ICC World Cup next year. He even featured in Sri Lanka's last ODI series, the Asia Cup 2010.

Rumours were rife that Murali would be dropped for the Asia Cup 2010 final. But his inclusion in the playing eleven for the final, squashed rumours that suggested the selectors and captain Sangakkara would drop him.

Then there were those rumours that suggested Murali only played in the final after Sri Lankan president Rajapaksa's intervention.

Below, I am quoting myself from a post I wrote back in July,

The night before the Asia Cup final there were rumours all over Dambulla that the selectors and the skipper chose to drop Muralitharan for the final. In response, it is rumoured that Muralitharan had threatened to retire from all forms of the game. Let us not forget, Muralitharan was the squad's vice captain.

Enter Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Rumour has it that the Sri Lankan president then ordered an emergency meeting with the selectors and asked them to include Muralitharan for the final.

Sangakkara was confronted with the issue during the post match press conference after losing the Asia Cup to India.

“There was no such thing like that. Muralitharan will have to play a changed role in the Sri Lanka team in keeping with its requirements”, the skipper said quickly dismissing the rumour and reaffirming his own views on how a player should only be selected on merit, not reputation.

But there is no denying it. Barely two weeks after all this, Muralitharan fast tracked his Test retirement from November to July. It makes you wonder why Muralitharan didn't announce his retirement earlier when it was known as early as February that India would tour the island for a three Test series.

Barely a month later, Muralitharan hasn't been just dropped for one match. He hasn't been selected at all in the squad! It surprises me that the mass media hasn't questioned his omission. The headlines spoke of Chamara Silva's return to the squad and Kandamby's axing, but the axing of the highest ODI wicket taker from a side that is ranked low in the ODI Rankings flew under the radar.

After an embarrassing defeat in the third Test against India where Sri Lanka looked a weak unit without Muralitharan, captain Sangakkara cannot afford his opinions and his philosophy to take prominence over the ultimate goal of winning matches. Can the skipper and the selection panel led by de Silva afford to leave out Murali? After all it was thanks to Murali that Sri Lanka managed to win the first Test in Galle which was the only win in the series for the islanders.

Without Muralitharan, Sri Lanka struggled to bowl out India in the last two Test of the recently concluded series. How then can they leave him out?

Muralitharan, along with seniors like Vaas and Jayasuriya, have all humbly requested that they be given a chance to bid farewell to the game in next year's World Cup. The captain Sangakkara, and now this selection panel that dances to his every tune, appear to be doing everything they can to ensure that does not happen. It's not like they are winning without seniors, so why discard them in such an unappealing manner?


Sujan's picture
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Dunno whats happening.. The ones who want just youngsters in the team and want all the so called greedy uncles not to play will see Sri Lanka not standing any chance to win WC 2011. RIP SLC.

Sajith's picture

We have no chance of winning the World Cup without the experience of Murali, Jayasuriya and Vaas. Sangakkara is a control freak and he feels he is not in control when there are players more senior than him still playing. Time for him to go now.

Pontiya's picture

What is going on SL cricket nowadays??

Anonymous's picture

Sangakkara is a very good batsman, but not a top grade captain.
He has quite a lot to learn yet. When the luck is on his side, he shines and does lots of noise and becomes over-confident; When the luck leaves him, he looks just like a "themichcha Kukula" (wet chicken).

He feels quite uncomfortable and inferior in the presence of senior Stars .... . That is the reason why he is practising this "cut throat" tradition.

Samuel's picture

this is rubbish

st's picture

if sanga continue to do things in his own way it is game over for sl

Anonymous's picture

This is rubbish. If u closely look at some news items and articales appearing these days you can figure out that there are other hidden agendas other than journalism. lol. Get a life. 'humbly requested' Get a life. Whom are you trying to kid?

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I certainly agree with them for not selecting jayasuriya but can't stand the decision to ommit murali and vaasy. welagedara has been bullshit and if they are gonna rely on him to replace vaasy it would be really bad for us in the worldcup. Vaas can do wonders on subcontinent slow wickets.
Ommission of Murali is not excusable as well though we have to admit his performances had deteriorated with time and theres competition from the likes of randiv, herath and senanayake. But still you can't drop murali as he still has something left for odi cricket.

Aravinda, Sanga and co whts wrong with u people?????????????????????????????

(Last edited by batman87 on August 9, 2010 - 23:15)
Anonymous's picture

When Aravinda became the chief of selectors, I really expected a grand change ! What has happened now is that he has become a mere tool of Sangakkara !!! What a shame, what a pity !!!

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As a Sri Lankan we can't forget Sanath,Vass and Murali.Forget about Sanath.But Vass and Murali both develop their skills well in recent past.If we want to win 2011 world cup.They both need to play.

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