India series chance for fringe players: Jayasuriya

19 October 2014 03:20 pm - 5     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Sri Lanka Cricket's (SLC) chairman of selectors Sanath Jayasuriya on Sunday said the upcoming five-match One-Day International (ODI) series against India will help their team in trying out their fringe players before the World Cup.

 

"This is an ideal opportunity for some of the bowlers who have been around to grab their chance by performing against a top team like India. These players have been in the system for some time and thrown into the deep end we can see how they cope with the pressures," Jayasuriya was quoted as saying by espncricinfo.com.

 

Three Sri Lankan seamers Lasith Malinga (ankle), Suranga Lakmal (stress fracture) and Thisara Perera (hamstring) are yet to attain full fitness.

 

"Malinga has already begun rehabilitation work and with 16 weeks left for the World Cup, we are hopeful he will be fit. Perera is not training at present," the former Sri Lanka captain said.

 

Jayasuriya added that time has come for young batsmen like Lahiru Thirimanne, Dinesh Chandimal and Niroshan Dickwella to ensure that the team doesn't rely on veterans like Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara.

 

"It is high time these batsmen take the responsibilities and perform without leaving everything to the experienced players. At the moment apart from the players involved in the Sri Lanka A series with the West Indies A, the rest of the players are undergoing physical training. They will need at least 5-6 strenuous batting sessions to be ready for the Indian series," the former left handed batsman said. (NDTV Sports)

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  • Kiri Gamarala Monday, 20 October 2014 12:13 PM

    Send a team comprising "fringe players".

    N.T.M. MOHINUDEEN Monday, 20 October 2014 09:46 AM

    Why cannot we send a team with new faces to gain much needed experience rather than risking our top players when the WC is so near?

    Helmet Monday, 20 October 2014 02:50 PM

    Send a veterans team captained by Sanath..

    g. Hapun Monday, 20 October 2014 08:44 AM

    good time for another bollywood dance and partner!

    old citizen Monday, 20 October 2014 11:34 AM

    Let the national team undergo the fitness schedule send a B team to gain experience.


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