[Discussion Thread] Pakistan in Sri Lanka 2015

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Discuss Pakistan's tour of Sri Lanka here.

Cricket Statguru's 15 member test squad for Pakistan series

Playing XI

1. Upul Tharanga
2. Lahiru Thirimanne
3. Kumar Sangakkara
4. Anjelo Mathews
5. Dinesh Chandimal
6. Kusal Perera (W.K)
7. Kithuruwan Vithanage
8. Tharindu Kaushal
9. Rangana Herath
10. Shaminda Eranga
11. Suranga Lakmal

Other 4 members

12. Dhammika Prasad
13. Malinda Puspakumara  
14. Roshen Silva
15. Dusmantha Chameera

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Anonymous (not verified)
at statsguru; do you think

at statsguru; do you think that Dimuth Karunarathna,Koushal Silva,Niroshan Dickwella who have been included to the last test series in New-Zealand will not be choosen?

My Test squad for Pakistan Series;

1.Koushal Silva
2.Dimuth Karunarathna
3.Kumar Sangakkara
4.Anjelo Mathews
5.Lahiru Thirimanne
6.Dinesh Chandimal
7.Kusal Janith Perera(wk)
8.Tharindu Koushal
9.Rangana Herath
10.Suranga Lakmal
11.Shaminda Eranga

others - 12.Kithruwan Vithanage/Roshen Silva
13.Malinda Pushpakumara
14.Dammika Prasad/Nuwan Pradeep
15.Dushmantha Chameera

-Tharindu Koushal & Malinda Pushpakumara were the first 2 highest wicket takers in the last premier league season.
-Kithruwan Vithanage scored the highest first class individual score in that event (351).
-Roshen Silva's first class average is 49;only second to Anjelo Mathews & Dinesh Chandimal
-Kusal Perera consistently performed well in last pakistan A series.
-Dushmantha Chameera is the fastest bowler in srilanka & this is the ideal time to give him a chance.
-Others are typical members of the squad.

other players to be considered -Niroshan Dickwella
-Rumesh Buddhika
-Udara Jayasundara
-Lahiru Gamage (highest wicket taking right arm fast medium bowler in last PL season)
-Vishwa Fernando-(Highest wicket taking left arm medium fast bowler in last PL season)
-Binura Fernando- (best individual bowling in an inning(9 wickets) in last PL season )

samare (not verified)
very good team Cricket

very good team Cricket StatsGuru!!!

Anonymous (not verified)
Nuwan Pradeep (the inform

Nuwan Pradeep (the inform fast bowler) in for Chameera and how can you pic Tharanga ahead of Dimuth Karunarathne? get your facts right bro

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@Anonymous 5:03 : I said my personnel opinion bro :) I also doubted selectors will drop Dimuth and Kaushal from the test team but in my opinion these two together with Dicwella not in my squad. However I think Dickwella may not found a place in selectors line up too in the upcoming test series. Otherwise he should have playing in the A series.

I also like your ideas and list of 'other players to be considered' but I like if you select only one among Kithuruwan and Roshen and Dhammika and Nuwan in the original squad selection. I'm looking forward for your reply with choosing only two player between these 4 players in the squad of 15.

@Samare : Thank you I hope I have selected one of the best squad.

@Anonymous @ 8.39 : Nuwan Pradeep is not that much inform currently. Chameera is a much faster bowler than Pradeep in addition to he is young 6 years compared with Pradeep. If this is in Aus/Nz conditions I would have choosen Pradeep as well in the squad. But in SL conditions 4 fast bowlers is enough so Pradeep unfortunately misses out.

I don't think either of Dimuth, Kaushal and Tharanga will be successful at test level. But seems to be we lack to find a quality opener in the FC level yet. Kusal is a good player to open but since he is W/K batsman he have to come down the order. So If I have to choose one player between Dimuth, Kaushal and Tharanga I will choose Tharanga. But like a new player to grab the test opening batting slot instead of these 3 players.

Anonymous (not verified)
at statsGuru; we should give

at statsGuru; we should give priority to players who have a good first class record. If they can't perform well in domestic level no point of talking about international level.

- Koushal Silva's first class average is 47.53 & Dimuth Karunarathna's first class average is 46.78. Both of them have centuries in international level as well. Both of them have better techniques to deal with new ball specially in test matches. Dimuth was the only batsmen for srilanka who scored a 100 against last NZ test series except Sangakkara. Therefore no point of removing both of them from test squad.

- Kithruwan Vithanage's first class average is 44.80 with strike rate of 85.44. Roshen Silva's first class average is 48.88. Considering overall record Roshen Silva has the best. But at the moment Kithruwan among the runs. He scored a 351 runs in one of his first class match more recently. It is the highest score by a srilankan batsmen in domestic level. Kithruwan has a better strike rate as well. Therefore Kithruwan definitely should be in the Odi squad. But we can't waste player like Roshen Silva who has the 3rd best average in domestic level after Mathews(54) & Chandimal(52). Therefore I prefer to pick up Roshen Silva ahead of Kithruwan Vithanage only for test matches.After retirement of Sangakkara ,Kithruwan can fill his position.

- Instead of Dammika or Pradeep chance should be given to the Binura Fernado to add more variety to the bowling attack. Also he can gain some confidence because this is a home series.

Therefore my 15 again;

1.Koushal Silva
2.Dimuth Karunarathna
3.Kumar Sangakkara
4.Anjelo Mathews
5.Lahiru Thirimanne
6.Dinesh Chandimal
7.Kusal Janith Perera
8.Tharindu Koushal
9.Rangana Herath
10.Suranga Lakmal
11.Binura Fernando

Others- 12.Shaminda Eranga
13.Dushmantha Chameera
14.Malinda Pushpakumara
15.Roshen Silva

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Welcome back cricket!

Nice to get back to cricket after the WC and the lead up to Sanga's retirement!

If we go back to the last test V NZ I guess there is not much expected to change but I see most of you have slotted in Kusal Perera for the wicketkeeper! I thought Dickwella was the man on the bench with a potential for Chandi to step in as well. I presume Kusal's recent form has prompted his name for the test side. I am all for Kusal as I beleive he can be something special but in the limited overs game. Not sure of Kusla's wicketkeeping skills for test cricket given he doesnt keep in limited overs cricket - the equation is simple: the best keeper must play. We cannot play a second choice keeper because he can bat.

I would also make two other selections with the future in mind. (1)Tharindu the spinner and bascially give him the chance to become the next big spinner (Dilruwan didnt exactly do badly but dont see him being a match winner). (2) I would also select a young pace bowler who is in decent shape. Our fast bowlers (Lakmal, Ernaga & Prasad) have been like "made in china" products seldom able to play a few games in a row before falling apart or not performing. I would like to just select a young chap and given him a decent run in the team.

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Good squad selection @Stats

Good squad selection @Stats Guru. Looks reasonable to me how ever my squad is different. I think we need Dimuth and Kaushal. We have grromed these two openers and they have done reasonably well too. So it is a crime to leave them out. And I dont think its a wise move to open with Tharanga and Thiri bith are left handers too, Pakistan has got some world class left arm fast bowlers like wahab riaz. I can only imagine Tharanga and thiri struggling and edging the ball. Opening with our already settled gutty and genuine test players is the best option. My squad is as follows.

Dimuth Karunarathna
Kaushal Silva
Lahiru Thirimanne
Ashan Priyanjan (Looking forward to him becoming an excellent test player in future. So far nothing much impressive)
Angelo Mathews
Dinesh Chandimal (WK)
Tharindu kaushal
Rangana Herath
Dushmantha Chameera
Shaminda Eranga
Suranga Lakmal

3 Spinners including Ashan and 4 Pacers including Mathews. And we got good batsmen up to number 7. I think this is the best way to balance the team for the time being.

Other Players in the squad

Kithruwan Withanage
Nuwan Pradeep
Dilruwan Perera
Kusal Perera / Prasanna

nuwan bandara weerasekara (not verified)
best 11 players agents pakistan 2015

koushal silva, lahiru tirimanne, kumar sangakkara, angelo matiws, kithruwan vitanage, kusal janith perera, upul taranga, tarindu koushal, rangana herath, suranga lakmal, shaminda eranga, other players: dushmantha chameera, dammika prasad, danushka gunatilaka, dimuth karunarathna

Sajeewa (not verified)
Test squrd for Pakis tn tour

My team for Pakistan tour is Kaushal Silva and Dimuth should open Sanga one down Thirimanna two down , then mathews , No 6 chandimal , Kusal should get a chance as a keeper ,Tharindu kaushal , Rangana Herath , prasad and Nuwan pradeep should be the 11 , then Shaminda, Dushmantha ,Kithruwan , Malinda Pushpakumara as reserves ...

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