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A day ahead of the World Cup final, Sri Lanka have replaced injured allrounder Angelo Mathews with offspinner Suraj Randiv from their 15-member squad. Mathews' absence is a crushing blow for Sri Lanka, since he was a significant presence in the middle order, in addition to being a reliable back-up seamer.

Mathews had left the field during the semi-final against New Zealand with a quadriceps muscle injury when Sri Lanka were fielding, and was visibly hampered for movement when he later came out to bat with a runner. Muttiah Muralitharan was also not in peak physical condition during that game, and the Sri Lankan team management decided to call-up Randiv and veteran seamer Chaminda Vaas as standbys. The pair joined the Sri Lankan team on Thursday evening.

With Mathews not recovering soon enough, Sri Lanka had sought approval from the ICC's technical committee for swapping him with Randiv, and they were given the go-ahead on Friday, less the 24 hours before the final. Randiv was a regular member of Sri Lanka's limited-overs' side last year, but initially missed out on a World Cup spot to Rangana Herath and Ajantha Mendis, who were picked ahead of him as the spinners to support Muralitharan.

Despite struggling with a number of niggles, including injuries to his knee and hamstring, Muralitharan is expected to play in what will be his last international game.

India have injury worries of their own ahead of the final, with seamer Ashish Nehra a doubtful starter, having sustained a fractured finger on his right hand during the semi-final victory against Pakistan. (ESPNcricinf)

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  • Mushi Friday, 01 April 2011 01:11 PM

    Guys! Nothing to worry! Still they didn't make 11 member team. As per ICC, You can't just swap players based on poor performance. all based on injury.Now murali and mathews injured. so, SL decided to swap mathews for randiv as murali wants still to play.No one else is injured than these two in 15. so, they can't swap anyone else for vaas to come in. i guess it will be thisara for mathews and randiv for Herath.

    mohamed Friday, 01 April 2011 10:26 AM

    well decision aravinda common srilanka. we need vass also

    Wimal_Modawansa Friday, 01 April 2011 10:27 AM

    Percy uncle and his contingents will be on stand by and tax payers will pay for their trip for which no official invitation was received.,

    anu Friday, 01 April 2011 10:40 AM

    Why not vass..? No use of having another spinner in the side instead of a fast bowling all-rounder. It's clear that vass is out due to politics within the players.

    Walli Friday, 01 April 2011 10:51 AM

    Yes for certain.

    Ajit Friday, 01 April 2011 10:52 AM

    Randiv should have been in the original squad. Now they are asking Mathews to opt out to make good that mistake ?

    PRADEEP Friday, 01 April 2011 10:55 AM

    Good it is not vass.Tisara Perea should play in place of Angelo.

    blazinfire Friday, 01 April 2011 10:53 AM

    Come on...Vass is way better than him...

    PRADEEP Friday, 01 April 2011 10:57 AM

    Vass on current form is no match for Angelo.Thisara Perera should play in place of Angelo.

    Ravi Friday, 01 April 2011 10:58 AM

    This is a final, no experiments please. Include Thisara or Vass if replacing replace Rangana Herath with Randiv.

    Ratne Friday, 01 April 2011 11:01 AM

    It is because of the pitch in Mumbai suits spinners

    Labby Saturday, 02 April 2011 05:04 AM

    What's the problem with Ashish Nehra having an injured finger on his right hand? He's a left arm seamer.

    King_Modapaksha Friday, 01 April 2011 11:04 AM

    We will pay for our trip

    Arsh Saturday, 02 April 2011 05:26 AM

    We need a proper middle order, arragements should have been done for that.

    Dr.Harsha Friday, 01 April 2011 11:11 AM

    Too much of anything.....good for nothing = deat this will be the final result

    Sarath Friday, 01 April 2011 11:25 AM

    Definatly we loosing the final match. every day luck not with us. Sanga and aravindia doing the polticies in sri lanakan team. sorry for sri lanaka

    asanka Friday, 01 April 2011 11:27 AM

    his average is 15.60 i feel vass is a better all-rounder than him

    trim Friday, 01 April 2011 11:29 AM

    Randiv bad choice with India. Tissara is a good choice.

    shehan.eranga Friday, 01 April 2011 11:31 AM

    vaas should be given a chance as well, because he has got a vast experience. And that could help our team!

    Nadija Friday, 01 April 2011 11:39 AM

    OH NOOOOOOO..............We want Mathews! ;-(

    tharanga Friday, 01 April 2011 11:35 AM

    hey, don't go against our mother nation. no need new equations. Equation to win the Cup is at its best

    Lankan Friday, 01 April 2011 11:52 AM

    Why need mathews....to sight the Girls around the stadium or to win the match? Which one u need SIGHT OR WIN? ANSWER

    Mama_Real_Modaya Friday, 01 April 2011 11:57 AM

    Why Vaas was taken then? Same was done for Marvan in 2007 due to politics, Now Vaas has been trapped as well.

    Hero Friday, 01 April 2011 06:56 PM

    Please tell me this is an April fools joke!

    Godaya Friday, 01 April 2011 12:10 PM

    Randeev, Vaas or Angelo, Sri Lanka will be the Winners!

    Man In the iron mask Friday, 01 April 2011 12:16 PM

    We will send Ranil as the replacement. He will win the trophy without a match.

    tharanga Friday, 01 April 2011 12:11 PM

    WIN

    Mallika Friday, 01 April 2011 12:30 PM

    Now Now! When the mighty lions loose the match they have a valid excuse saying Angelo was not present. Don't keep any loop holes to get excuses.

    shanthapriya Saturday, 02 April 2011 08:23 AM

    THE TRUTH IS THIS
    SELECTORS ONLT WANT TO SHOW THEY LIKE TO PLAY VASS. THAT IS WHY HE WAS JUST BROUGHT DOWN.
    AT THE SAME TIME MURALY IS NOT 100% FIT. THEY USE RANDEV TO BOWL THE BALANCE OVERS LEFT BY MURALI WHOS IS NOT FIT TO BOWL 10 OVERS. CAUSE THAEY WANT TO PLAY MURALI AT ANY COST. AT THE SAME TIME THEY DONT WANT VASS TO PLAY.
    ALL THESE AT THE COST OF MOST COVETED WORLD CUP.

    edwin deva Friday, 01 April 2011 12:20 PM

    Well a bad blow for us! this in turn will create an imbalance in the team. However " all happens for the better"
    Tissera Perea should be there in the playing XI whether Mathews was there or not, we should use pace as a attacking weapon. Lets see what unfolds in 20 hours time
    God bless SL!!!

    Lankan Friday, 01 April 2011 12:29 PM

    Ranil he is not man to do such crazy things like present one spending public fund unwantedly as an entertainment trip...So do not mention RW name here ok

    Yehiya-Doha Friday, 01 April 2011 12:55 PM

    Very difficult to select the team. Selectors done the good job.

    shanthapriya Saturday, 02 April 2011 08:41 AM

    murali must leave out this match like a true hero because of his injuries for the sake of the country.
    selectors must be heavily blamed not murali.

    Don Batsman Friday, 01 April 2011 01:00 PM

    Reading herein comments reminds of " TOO MANY COOKS SPOIL THE SOUP"

    Do what is best for Lanka selectors. Personalities do not come into play but ability to suit the playing conditions.


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