[Discussion Thread] Pakistan in Sri Lanka 2015

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My proposed test squad for Pakistan series

1) Dimuth
2) Kusal
3) Thirimanne
4) Sangakkara
5) Mathews (c)
6) Chandimal (wk)
7) Kithruwan
8) Tharindu
9) Herath
10)Lakmal
11)Eranga

Other players: Tharanga, Pradeep, Prasad, Dilruwan

Selectors have to give a chance to Kusal since he performed well recently. Hope Kusal will carry the patience built up in tests into shorter formats of the game.
Sangakkara has to grow up a replacement for his position at least now. So I believe Sangakkara should bat at #4 letting Thirimanne to grow up at 3.

Anonymous (not verified)
Koushal Silva,Dimuth

Koushal Silva, Dimuth Karunarathna, Kumar Sangakkara, Dinesh Chandimal, Lahiru Thirimanne, Anjelo Mathews are 6 established players in the test team. After performance of Kusal Janith Perera against Pakistan A he will be given chance to Wicket Keeping job & no 7 position. Extra batsmen in the squad will be one of Niroshan Dickwella, Kithruwan Vithanage, Upul Tharanga. Even we can't ignore Roshen Silva who has a first class average of almost 49. But unfortunately he didn't get any match against pakistan A. There are various reasons to pick one from these players.

Niroshan Dickwella -He was in the last NZ tour test squad & he scored a 72 runs against quality SA bowling attack in
his debut.
Kithruwan Vithange -He has a international century against Bangladesh & He scored the highest first class individual
score in an inning in last PL Season(351) & also scored a match saving century & 96 runs against
Pakistan A team.
Upul Thranga -He is the most experience player we have after Sanga.
Roshen Silva -He has the 4th highest first class average in srilanka only second to Mathews, Chandimal & Kusal.
All these 3 players are regular members in the team. Even players like Kithruwan, Ashan, Tharanga,
Chathuranga, Thirimanne who have first class averages below than him got chances in the national
team.

But among these players I pick Kithruwan Vithanage because he is a player who has the ability to score big hundreds when he get going.

Anonymous (not verified)
We need 8 batters & 7 bowlers

We need 8 batters & 7 bowlers into the squad. I think 3 spinners & 4 fast bowlers will be there. Among spinners Rangana Herath & Tharindu Koushal are my first 2 picks. Then one from Malinda Pushpakumara & Dilruwan Perera. I pick Malinda Pushpakumara because after Herath's retirement(now he is 36/37) we need to develop another left arm spinner to fill his position. Malinda is the best left arm spinner we have after Herath. There are other left arm spinners also like Sohan Boralessa & Dulanjana Mendis. But my option is Malinda. Another biggest reason to that is ; he is the highest wicket taker in last PL Season.

Therefore My spinners.

1.Rangana Herath
2.Tharindu Koushal
3.Malinda Pushpakumara

If our selectors consider the future we need to develop the variety of our fast bowling attack. We need to pick the fastest bowler we have & also a left armer. Dushmantha Chameera is the fastest bowler we have. Among fast bowlers Binura Fernando & Vishwa Fernando are the front runners. I pick Binura because he has the ability to create a extra bounce due to his height. other option is Lahiru Gamage because he is the highest wicket taker among fast bowlers in last PL Season. Then other option is Suranga Lakmal. But here 3 fast bowlers to debut. I don't think it will happened.

As i think 3 experience fast bowlers & one youngster will be included. My 4 fast bowlers are Suranga Lakmal, Shaminda Eranga, Nuwan Pradeep & Dushmantha Chameera.

4 fast bowlers.

1.Suranga Lakmal
2.Shaminda Eranga
3.Nuwan Pradeep
4.Dushmantha Chameera

My 15 squad;

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.Shaminda Eranga

12.Nuwan Pradeep
13.Dushmantha Chameera
14.Malinda Pushpakumara/Dilruwan Perera
15.Kithruwan Vithange

justice (not verified)
Did any one remember tharanga

Did any one remember tharanga 's come back performance against SA and PAK ...and last test that we won because of his batting and dilruwan and herath's brilliant bowling...

sana's tak took method once again choose wrong option and omited tharanga... so is that fair?

He should open with tharanga and kaushal because we need to correct the mistake.. otherwise we will miss the experience talanted batsmen we have in the international level.... because after the sanga's retirement we want solid players to build our cricket...

yahapalanaya (not verified)
Yeah may be we should include

Yeah may be we should include tharanga in the test team but thats also after sanga's retirement. I dont think tharanga has a role to play in ODI or t20s. We got exciting young players with better strike rates and averages.

Anonymous (not verified)
this yahapalanaya guy only

this yahapalanaya guy only see tharanga's name in comments and only replies with comments putting down tharanga... ignore him

yahapalanaya (not verified)
This anonymous guy aka Siri

This anonymous guy aka Siri Sirisena, Humble Bee, See through, Sirisoma, Umesh Yadew, justice only sees kusal's name and Tharanga's name in comments and promotes tharanga putting down kusal. Well if you see all my comments you will see what I stand for. I am not a blind supporter like you are on Tharanga. I have blamed kusal for his inconsistency and named squads without him too. But have you ever done so? I will praise Kusal and whenever its due and now it is coz he is in absolute red hot form. You can ignore the truth but you can never deny it. Users of IC feel vomitish whenever these Tharanga fan boys cry out here. It's even worse than bring back mahinda campaign, coz at least mahinda has a few real supporters while tharanga only has one fan boy who appears in various user names. lol.

Anonymous (not verified)
My favourite batting lineup

My favourite batting lineup to seen in shorter format. But i'm not sure about the sustainability. That is why need players like Upul Tharanga,Dimuth Karunarathna,Niroshan Dickwella.Specially Dimuth & Niroshan are 2 technically correct players.

1.Dilshan Munaweera
2.Kusal Janith Perera
3.Kithruwan Vithanage
4.Dinesh Chandimal
5.Lahiru Thirimanne
6.Anjelo Mathews
7.Chamara Kapugedera
8.Tharindu Koushal
9.Lakshan Rangika
10.Dushmantha Chameera
11.Lasith Malinga

12.Rangana Herath
13.Upul Tharanga
14.Suranga Lakmal
15.Binura Fernado

Anonymous (not verified)
My test squad;1.Koushal

My test squad;

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

12.Nuwan Pradeep
13.Binura Fernando
14.Malinda Pushpakumara
15.Roshen Silva

I include 3 experience fast bowlers into the squad. Suranga Lakmal is our best test fast bowler & Pradeep & Eranga bowled well in last NZ tour. Then we have 4 good options like Dammika, Welegedera, Gamage & Dushmantha. But i include young tall left arm seamer Binura Fernando. Then left arm spin bowler Malinda because he is the best left arm spinner we have & highest wicket taker in last domestic tournament. Then right hand batsmen Roshen Silva who has a first class average of 49 only second to Mathews, Chandimal & Kusal.

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Pakistan Test squad

Mohammad Hafeez, Ahmed Shehzad, Shan Masood, Azhar Ali (vc), Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Younis Khan, Asad Shafiq, Haris Sohail, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Yasir Shah, Zulfiqar Babar, Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan, Imran Khan, Ehsan Adil.

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