WORLD CUP T2O – PROPOSED SRI LANKAN SQUAD
Posted on March 5th, 2016
BY M D P DISSANAYAKE
During the recently concluded Asia Cup T20, Sri Lanka won only one match and that was against the UAE. Victory was not convincing, winning by a meagre 14 runs. Bangladsh beat UAE by 51 runs, Pakistan beat UAE by 7 wickets and mighty India beat UAE by 9 wickets. It was Lasith Malinga factor eventuated Sri Lanka success, as he took 4 wickets, otherwise Sri Lankan Cricket was destined for a funeral parlour.
Tissara Perera did not stand upto his much publicised reputation as an all rounder. In the 3 matches played by him against Bangladesh, India and Pakistan, he had given 71 runs and taken 2 wickets. In the two innings he batted, did score 21 runs. He cannot be ranked as an all rounder, in comparison with other players in competing teams.
In T20 format, the concept of specialist batsmen is no longer an attractive, affordable or effective option. Based on the pitch, and other conditions, the skipper must have at his disposal variety of players who could handle both bat and the ball in quick succession. We propose the following squad of 15 players, recognising the all round skills (AR), for the upcoming World Cup:
AR BAT BOWLER MF ANGELO MATHEW
AR BAT BOWLER RAM CHAMARA KAPUGEDERA
AR BAT BOWLER RAM DANUSHKA GUNATILEKK
AR BAT BOWLER RAOB DILSHAN TILEKRATNE
AR BAT BOWLER RAOB SACHITHRA SENANAYAKE
AR BAT BOWLER SLA MILINDA SIRIWARDENE
AR BAT BOWLER LB JEEVAN MENDIS
AR BOWLER RAFM NUWAN KULASEKERA
BAT KITHRUWAN VITHANAGE
BAT BOWLER RAOB SHEHAN JAYASURIYA
BAT WK DINESH CHANDIMAL
BOWLER RAF DUSHMANTHA CHAMEERA
BOWLER RAF LASITH MALINGA
BOWLER RAFM DAMMIKA PRASAD
BOWLER SLA SPIN RANGANA HERATH
We wish courage and determination to Sri Lankan Team.