Test cricket takes a back seat in Sri Lanka

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The news that Lasith Malinga would be rested for the entire Test series against the West Indies has taken me by surprise. Malinga may not play any part in this upcoming Test series against the Windies because the selectors, senior players and the administration won't risk playing him.

If vice captain Mahela Jayawardene is to be believed, Malinga is being protected for the World Cup.

Playing Test cricket is not as important as the ODI World Cup next year, I guess?

A shame, isn't it? Gone are the days when cricketers quit limited overs cricket to prolong their Test career.

Malinga suffered a knee injury a couple of years ago, but has remained fit and has bowled hundreds, if not thousands of deliveries in the nets, during the IPL, at the Champion's League and even for Sri Lanka in Tests and ODIs! He played his last Test for Sri Lanka in July this year! Why play him back in July then? Why play him at all?

“With the injury he has, it could easily come back. It’s a very rare injury as well on the knee and playing a lot of cricket is not going to be beneficial for him or for the team,” Mahela Jayawardene told The Nation.

“I don’t think we’ll risk playing him in Test cricket just before the World Cup. We have to manage him properly. He is gradually building up nicely strengthening and all that and getting into a good groove. Playing three Test matches against West Indies would definitely hamper him. The selectors and everyone think to give him a break in this series and probably play him in a few of the one-dayers against West Indies,” said Jayawardene who is vice-captain and elder statesman of the Sri Lanka Test team with 113 appearances for his country.

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Hilal's picture
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I wonder what his knee injury is? Does anyone know? If anything, he should be playing for SL not IPL and CLT20.

Sanki8OH8's picture
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I think our cricketers have put it out there more than once that they respect and prefer test cricket more than any other format. The title of this article is a little too blown up?

Right now, I understand them wanting to play safe. Malinga is the main man in our bowling attack for the world cup, IF something goes wrong, who's going to replace him?

The real argument is not 'Tests VS other formats', it should be 'a test series against the West Indies Vs the world cup'. Something we have been building towards for the last four years. Ok we'll use Mali and win the test series in style, will it be more valuable than winning the world cup???

It's ICC's fault, they're the one's who have led the world to the current priorities, hopefully there will be a world test championship and things will change.

SunJ's picture
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I agree with @Sanki would you not think the World Cup is more important than some random test match against the no 7 or 8 side in the World,don't devalue the WC,its after winning the 96 WC that SL cricket took off and people noticed us and we started going on the path that has lead us to these heights,yes Id say The World Cup IS more important than playing Test Cricket against a lowly ranked team like WI

maestro_of_cricket's picture
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Sanki and SunJ are spot on there. Plus, with only two pacies likely to play in the XI, there's more than enough fire power in our ranks to fill those spots.

Blinkers's picture

I think short-leg has fast tracked himself to being the weakest blogger on this site. Another totally useless and thoughtless point by him.

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