Sri Lanka Cricket: Life after 2015 Cricket World Cup

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Discuss Sri Lanka Test, ODI and T20 team combinations in future especially when trying to build a formidable side when the 2019 World cup begins in England.

Who are the players that you want in each of the 3 formats. Reply by giving your playing squad for each format.

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Test: Openers: Kaushal Silva

Test: Openers: Kaushal Silva and Dimuth Karunaathne,
3. Lahiru Thirimanna
4. Dinesh Chandimal
5.Kumar Sangakkara (after retiring Ramesh Buddika Roshen Silva)
6. Mathews
7.Niroshan Dikwella(Drop Prasanna Jayawardhana)
8. Rangana Herath
9. Tharindu Kaushal/Chameera
10.Suranga Lakmal
11.Shaminda Eranga/Dhammika Prasad
for 15 man squad I would include two batters Ramesh Buddhika and Roshen Silva)

ODI: 1. Upul Tharanga,
2. Shehan Jayasooriya(opener and part time bowler)
3.Lahiru Thirimanna
4. Dinesh Chandimal (Wk)
5. Mathews
6 Ashan Priyanjan (can bowl few overs)
7. Kusal Mendis/Kithruwan Withanage/Thisara Perera
8.Tharindu Kaushal (should give him a descent run)
9. Chameera (need few matches to see how he goes)
10.Shaminda Eranga/Suranga Lakmal
11.Lasith Malinga
One extra batman should include to the squad and four fast bowlers should rotated.

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Test Playing

Test Playing 11

7.Kusal/Kithruwan(To improve their patience)
9.Herath/Malinda/Binura (In Asia)
Eranga/Pradeep/Dammika/Vishwa/Kasun (Outside Asia)

Odi playing 11

2.Dhanushka (As a free scoring player)
Dimuth (Due to solid technique & Ability to play a long inning)
9.Sandakan/Malinda(In Asia)

T20 Playing 11

9.Sandakan (In Asia)
Lakmal (Outside Asia)

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For ODIs I think we need to leave Dilshan aside and bring in new players This is my squad of 20 players that we might be able to develop towards next WC, Dickwella, Kusal Perera,Thirimanna, Chandimal, Mathews,Kithruwan, Anjelo Perera,Chameera, Malinga, Lakmal, Tharindu Kaushal, Malinda Pushpakumara,Shaminda Eranga,Upul Tharanga,PLS gamage, Banuka Rajapakse, Binura Fernando, Sadakan,Priyanjan, Shehan Jayasuriya. Thisara Perera need to improve if he has then he will be a replacement to Binura Fernando, I think Senanayakkas carrier is over and he was never a wicket taking bowler. We will loose few matches but its well worth it. Because some of these batsmens are power hitters. Kithruwan, Kusal Perera, Anjelo Perera are name a few. No more Bits and pieces cricketers. Players to keep an eye on is Roshen Silva,. No Herath in ODI team, No Kulasekara this should be the way forward. With this we need to change our coaching staff. Athapathu needs to go because he gives his defensive mind set towards batsmen. We need to hire good foreign coach or Hathurusinghe and also good batting coach (Aravinda is preferred, He did a wonderful Job at Under 19 level) if we cant get him then another foreign coach. Then a good foreign fast bowling coach Champaka didnt do anything. Treveor is a good enough fielding coach.

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@ WJKALANA - Where

@ WJKALANA - Where Dimuth, Kapugedera, Munaweera, Dhanushka, Vihwa, Kasun, Rumesh, Chathuranga, Pradeep, Dammika?

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Dimuth is more of a test

Dimuth is more of a test match player, Kpugedara- Seriously Kapu again?, Munaweera Avg of 31 in FC cricket 26 in list A dont think he is cut out to play International cricket,Danushka- SR is too low in list A cricket he needs to improve that,Vishwa Good prospect should have been in there,Chathuranga- We have better spinners than that in the squad, Pradeep-Good prospect should be in there, Dammika-He will be 35-36 by 2019 so I dont think he can play

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2016 t20 WC and Asia cup

I feel 2019 is a long way off with too many holes but agreed no harm in makng plans. The 2016 t20 WC and Asia cup will be in familiar conditions so that would be an immediate tartget. Who ever we go with we should have some patience letting guys settle in to the team. Lets not get in to the 'up and down the order' and 'in and out of the team' strategy we have had. Stick with a few guys and let them settle in.

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Srilanka has the printouts of

Srilanka has the printouts of World cricket legends;

Kusal Janith - Sanath Jayasooriya
Lahiru Thirimanne - Kumar Sangakkara
Ashan Priyanjana - Mahela Jayawardene
Dilshan Munaweera - Virender Shewagh
Kithruwan Vithanage - Uvaraj Singh
Tharindu Kushal - Muttiah Muralidaran

We can easily remove players like Dilshan Munaweera, Chamara Kapugedera, Anjelo Perera, KusalPerera, Danushka Gunathilaka due to their bad performance. But we should understand what are they capable of when they are get going. If those guys can eradicate their technical issues, Loose shot selections & improve their patience & common sense of cricket they can definitely be a most dangerous players. Therefore we should stick with those players without considering their failures.

I am personally disappointing about the Bhanuka Rajapakse because when he played for the under 19 world cup he was the best batsmen in that squad passing players like Kithruwan, Romesh, Dhanushka, Andri, Udara. I thought that he will be our next Sangakkara. But what happened to him now. Even he doesn't have a good domestic record as well. Why authorities are allowing those kind of players to be destroy.

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Srilanka Future ODI

Srilanka Future ODI 11;

1.Upul Tharanga
3.Dinesh Chandimal
4.Lahiru Thirimanne
5.Anjelo Mathews
6.Kithruwan Vithnage
7.Ashan Priyanjana/Chathuranga de Silva/Binura Fernando/Thisara Perera/Lahiru Gamage (5th Bowling option)
8.Tharindu Koushal/Lakshan Sandakan
9.Dushmantha Chameera
10.Suranga Lakmal
11.Shaminda Eranga

Srilanka Future Test 11;

1.Koushal Silva
2.Dimuth Karunarathna
3.Lahiru Thirimanne
4.Dinesh Chandimal
5.Anjelo Mathews
6.Kithruwan Vithanage/Upul Tharanga
7.Niroshan Dickwella
8.Tharindu Koushal
9.Malinda Pushpakumara/Shaminda Eranga/Nuwan Pradeep/DammikaPrasad
10.Dushmantha Chameera
11.Suranga Lakmal

Srilanka Future T20 11;

1.Dilshan Munaweera/Danushka Gunathilaka
2.Kusal Janith
3.Kithruwan Vithanage
4.Dinesh Chandimal
5.Lahiru Thirimanne
6.Anjelo Mathews
7.Thisara Perera/Binura Fernando
8.Tharidu Koushal
9.Lakshan Rangika/Seekuge Prasanna/Shaminda Eranga
10.Dushmantha Chameera
11.Suranga Lakmal

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Target 2016

After the CWC 2015, SL should first target Asia cup & T20WC 2016. Then we can target next stages. So I believe following ODI team can emerge strongly in the Asia cup 2016.

01) Tharanga
02) TM Dilshan
03) Thirimanne
04) Chandimal (wk)
05) Mathews (C)
06) Priyanjan
07) Thisara
08) Senanayake
09) Herath
10) Eranga
11) Malinga

However, all depends on how these players establish themselves in the team during the upcoming year. Especially the competition is tight at #6,7 & 8 positions. So hope these players will perform well during next few months & get to their peak level next year for the Asia cup.

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