Sri Lanka drop Jayasuriya, Mendis and Perera for Asia Cup 2010

Dinesh Chandimal was also preferred to play on bouncy Australian tracks for the A team tour, Thissara Perera disregarded but Kandamby, Welagedara and Kapugedara retain places while Maharoof is recalled. A well balanced squad which can win for the fifth time if they bowl well! Best of luck boys!

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Well recalling Maharoof back is a pretty good thing. But im not impressed on dropping Jeevan Mendis and including Kandamby. It would be curtains for Kandamby if he not does well. Sending Chandimal to Australia is the best decision of the trot as he could well prepare for the pace and bounce when going there again on October.

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Jeevantha Kulatunga?. Are the new selectors also sidelining this talented player?. Jeevantha is the only player to score centuries in all Prov. formats : 4 dayers, 50 overs and T20 Tournaments in 2010. Dilshan like (or better) fielder, he can also bowl well as he has shown in domestc 4 dayers this year taking 4 wickets in the small number of overs given to him for bowling by Mubarak the captain while Mubarak himself bowling more than a regular bowler with no impact. (No impact, but surprisingly he is seen as a reserve somewhere). Even at a time when so many tournaments are present this talented player (Jeevantha Kulatunga) is not seen around. Where is the good governance that the new administration promised? . Did Somebody say "walking Naked".

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Guys do u know how old Jeewantha Kulathunge is to make his ODI debut? He is 37.. So I reckon Aravinda must have considered about that as well. Kulatunge is really unfortunate. He started show colours after turning 35 and one can say its too late.

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Dear Batman87
Yes we know that Jeevantha is 36 and not 37. He was born in 1973 November 19 to be precise. In your way of mathematics Mahela and Sanga are 34 and Dilshan is 35 , so what is the difference with Jeevantha one or two years.

Debuts and all are just words men. Tell something that a person can correct. Do you say that Jeevantha should go to the past and make his first appearance and come. Can he do that ? . So let him do it now and not in his next birth. Let the selectors correct their mistakes now since they cannot go to the past or next birth things are unknown. Jeevantha has made his debuts in cricket in his 20s. If you are going by debuts there are so many of it. One can say debut in a ground and, all the players are yet to make their debuts in Hambantota ground. When Dilshan and all make their debuts in Hambantota ground they will be well past Jeevantha's age. Does it make therm disqualified ?. There are many good players who made their debuts in T20 after they past 30s . Reason? T20s introduced only a few years ago. What you say is that they shoud go to their 20s and introduce T20 to cricket and make thir debuts and come. I do not know what you fellows have in your mind. Don't go by miths my freind. Go by realities.This palyer is performing. If you think young alone would win matches tell Aravinda to take my bro he is 8 and see any thing would come in the score board.

Good player is a good player men. A good players' actions tell it all, come to him naturally, shown from his phisique. Lion is a lion , you cannot make a fox a lion howevermuch you train it, at younger age, at international matches or whatever. Eg You cannot make an Aravinda out of Kapu or Chamara or Mubarak howevermuch you train them.

Though you do not know, Jeevantha performed in his early days as well. But he did not have influential related to a so called big school connections at press/media who would give publicity. His talents came to light when domestic cricket mathes were began to show on TV (from 2008). Till that time you and me knew those players at Intl matches shown on TV. There were many occassions where his performances were written against another players' name in the press. One eg. i s in Canada cup his catches were mentioned in web that gave the match live, as it was caught by Udawatta. In the press also it came like that although the web corrected it several days later. Then people praised Udawatta for Jeevantha's catch. Then there Mubarak selling matches does not give this player an opportunity to bowl despite him being good in bowling as well. 2009 domestic T20 final's breakthrough came from Kulatunga's bowling. There were many occassions where his performances were swept under the carpet . Hong Kong Sixes trophy was one example. These poor fellows brought to Sri Lanka for the first time what Sri Lanka Wisdom international players coud not do defeating vetarans like Lara,Warne Kumble,McCullam etc etc. What happened? , What was the publicity given ? . If publicity was not given how mundane people like you and me get to know that they did perform before 35. If Sri Lanka Wisdom international players had got it , red carpets all the way, vehicle processions all the way, make the players met with the President. What not.
So do not block, let him go forward , he is a harworking , committed player.

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First of all,No Mr you are wrong. Jeewantha is living his 37th year and sangakkara is going through his 33rd and dilshan his 34th (according to you they are 34 and 35 respectively which they would be in 2011 :) ). So thats the way I consider ages in cricket rather than the years they have completed.

Debuts aren't just words . I'm not talking about just debuts but INTERNATIONAL DEBUTS which are much different compared to normal debuts you have mentioned. That's why you get heaps of palyers who perform brilliantly in domestic level but do not perform well on the big international stage. So please differentiate domestic debut with respect to international debut. Jeewantha started to perform well during the recent past. Maybe few years back. Listen, It's true that Sangakkara is 33 & dilshan is 34 . They have already gained more than sufficient expereience in international stage and there's nothing left to nurture them. But Jeewantha has to restart it again. The age difference between them and jeewantha is 3 years which may not be important to you. But in cricket those age gaps are important. What's the point in brining in Jeewantha if he cannot continue cricket for more than another 3 years maximum huh??How futile is it? That does not make any sense.It's better to nurture young players like chandimal matthews and thirimanne who have almost one and half a decade of cricket left so that they can reach the pinnacle of their careers .They have a future in cricket. But what about jeewantha? You cannot blame selectors 100 % in kulathunges case though they can be blamed for many other stuff. Hongkong sixes tournament is not the one you should look for when considering players. There's a structured domestic tournament and a provincial tournament. Selections should be based on them.What can they do when a player like kulathunge start performing in the dusk of his career? I can name a player who got overlooked deliberately and that was Sajith Fernando. Just compare the FC and List A records of Fernando and kulathunge you would see the difference.

I've no issues in letting kulathunge to go forward. We are not looking for the benefit of a one player. Every decision has to be made for the sake of the whole team and the future of SL cricket. Hence It's 1000 times worthier to give chances to young blood like chandimal, thirimanne and matthews rather than giving it to someone who is over 36 and yet to make the international debut.

(Last edited by batman87 on June 12, 2010 - 05:55)
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Dear Batman87

yes I am wrong. It was proven. One guy I knew who is 34 plus was going to make an application for a job, the age limit for which was 35. I wanted to dicourage him in applying because, given his skills he was sure to get the job and I felt little jealous if he gets the job and gets established, my favourites who are low performers and me would be nowhere. Fortunately I had your comment, he was fully convinced and did not apply. Reason : he was convinced that he was not 34 but is actually going through 35 years of age. But another fellow who was 34 plus applied and the company accepted his aplication and now going for the interview. I always had arguments with my grandmother because she was following your method to calculating the age. Your age calculation would be an exclusive way that you have applied in Cricket, but everybody sees on TV when a player comes to the ground his age is mentioned in my way and not the age that he is going through. That is how the age is calculated any where in the world, be it a game , examination , job vacancy or anything for that matter. I am going by how age is taken internationally and not going by wild ways like turning a monitor to iguana when I want to eat it. So in how the world is calculating the age, Jeevantha Kulatunga is still 36.

Just look at cricinfo player profiles, in your way of age calculations Sanga and Dilshan would be " going through" 34 and 35 while Jeevantha Kulatunga is still in the age of 36, because they (S and D) are born on 1977 Oct 27 and 1976 Oct 14, respectively. (Kulatunga is November 2).

For your information , Jeevantha Kulatunga has had enough international exposure, starting long years ago both with International teams ( eg. he scored a half century against England full team in his early days), as a member of A team and when playing in English/Irish seasons, to name a few.

I do not know why these fellows cannot understand that Cricket is Cricket. Whether you played with white skin or dark skin it is the same. International sides do not use sqaue balls and round bats ?. Can you name one single player who did not play and performed in domestic scene before getting selected to national team ?. As far as I know all our national players are eangaged in Domestic matches. Selectors always use players performances in Domestic arena to select them to National sides. Chandimal, Thirimanne,Mathews all of them got their places in the national team because of their outstanding performances in the domestic level. A nationsl team constitutes a group of such domestic players. And that group of players having a successful season with international sides come and play in grounds in Sri Lanka where Srilanka hosts International matches and, against and amongst them Kulatunga earns Most Oustanding or Most valuable player. He got that not only once. He came up beating most of those SL iternationaly experienced players who succesfully engaged international players in international matches: some of them are in Wisdome magazines as well. Then still some fellows are telling he has to get international experience. I don't see anything in it other than Monitor and Iguana theory.

Sajith Fernando, when compared with most Sri Lankan players, was on top in many aspect of the game. Why I should compare him only with Kulatunga ?. I will compare Sajith with all the national players. People who know about Sajith know what aspect of the game he was short at lately.

I never said Chandimal, Thirimanne,Mathews should be taken out. They are brilliant players and have got the blessing of all including the selectors. So we do not have to waste time in trying to get them places in the national side. We are trying to open the eyes of the powers that be, about an equal or a better player who have not been caught the attention of the powers that be and who have been deprived of an extended opportunity so far despite his outstanding performances. We are fighting for the injustice. Spending our valuable time on a deprived and desrved player,because time is running out and if we do not do it now, we would never be able to de it in this birth.

Not only you, everybody likes to see a srtong Sri Lanka team. We want to have strong players in the place of weaker ones (who are pyggy backing) and then only a stronger team could be built. Now take T20 WC episode, they took Jayasinge , who was also in his thirties (and as you say is late for a so called debut) and kept him on the bench. If they wanted to take a player for keeping on the bench, why couldn't they considered to give that chance to Kulatunga , who who toiled hard at qualifying matches and therefore stood tall to get that place?.

I took Hong Kong Sixes Trophy as an example where this player's achivement was swept under the carpet. To cite one such example where adequate publicity though due, was not given and that's why many people did not know about Kulatunga's performaces alhough he did well, before 2008 when his matches were first shown on TV.

I do not know why only in Cricket that everything is different. In other games ony the best plyers are give the chance to repesent the country. Usain Bolt was selected to reresent at Olympics 100 meters because he did well in domestic meets. If Jamaica had selected a low performer that was performing low at Domestic meets (to train him so that he could be placed at next olympics)they would not have got the 100 meter gold medal at the last olympics. That's why those things happened to Sri Lanka in T20 WC 2010 and in all those trophies that it lost and, why we got it in 1996 and in Hong Kong Sixes 2008.

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