It will be a great opportunity: Mario Villavarayan

“The level of experience we have right now is keeping us ahead of Sri Lanka. It is going to be a very interesting and excellent series. Our cricketers are waiting to play against the host country. We will try to play our own game and give our best in Sri Lanka.”


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Its true that BD has more experienced players, but i feel that SL players are more talented. I hope SL change the top order because Karunaratne and Silva have been failures. I think Tharanga should open alongside Dickwella. Number 3 batsmen should be Mendis. Number 4 would be Chandimal but i really hope that he doesnt play. Instead i would like to see Sadeera Samarawickrama who has been in excellent form in the last few months. He is currently playing England Lions at around 170 not out. Roshen Silva may come into the side aswell.

Upul Tharanga
Niroshan Dickwella
Kusal Mendis
Sadeera Samarawickrama
Asela Gunaratne
Roshen Silva
Dhananjaya de Silva
Dilruwan Perera
Rangana Herath
Suranga Lakmal
Lahiru Kumara

Dinesh Chandimal
Ron Chandraguptha
Malinda Pushpakumara
Lakshan Sandakan
Nuwan Pradeep (if fit)

Its quite a big change to team, so its unlikely SLC will do that, but something has to be done because our openers are useless.

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Dimuth 140 and Sadeera 177 means wicket must have turn flat. Otherwise, no way Dimuth could score this much. Unfortunately, this could be enough for selectors to include to the side again.
Bangladesh is experienced but yes Sri Lankan players are a country mile ahead. My opinion is selectors should look into the future with this series. I did not see any specialty from Herath when he was captaining in Zimbabwe. Also, we should groom a captain for the future. So my thinking is captaincy should go to someone else other than Herath. Kaushal Silva is very good against spinners so I would retain him for any home series so my playing XI for the series is
Kaushal, Tharanga, Samarawickrama, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya, Gunaratne, Dickwella, Herath, Lakmal, Kumara, Sandakan.
Pushpakumara, Chandragupta, Pradeep, Dilruwan as reserves.
Wicke should be sporty one. Bangladesh players good against spin so if we can use pace more it would be better. Last time Bangladesh went on to score 650 odd runs in Galle so hope curators are aware of that.

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