President Mahinda Rajapaksa today instructed the Sri Lankan Cricket authorities to select the best players for the forthcoming Cricket Word Cup 2011, the President’s House said.
In a meeting with the Sri Lanka Cricket Interim Committee at Temple Trees this morning, the President had instructed the officials not to leave out Cricketers on whims and fancies of various people and select the best fifteen players for the team. (Daily Mirror online)
12. Chamara Kapugedara (12th man for the whole world cup/specialist batsman)
13. Suraj Randiv (reserve specialist off-spinner) 14.Sanath Jayasuriya (reserve specialist on all departments) 15.Dilhara Fernando (reserve specialist fast bowler)
Although there's enough spinners I selected Suraj Randiv in the 15 as Aravinda also would have him. Also I went for experienced Sanath Jayasuriya instead of Jeevan Mendis
citizen1 Tuesday, 04 January 2011 05:35 PM
Sometimes I wonder about MR..
bis Wednesday, 05 January 2011 07:15 AM
Good team except Sana include Chandima!
namal Tuesday, 04 January 2011 06:04 PM
No! Gota, Chamal, Mahinda, Basil, Sajin, Wimal, Namal, Mervin, MR's second son, third son, Sana, Dinesh G. Howz that?
King Kasyapa Tuesday, 04 January 2011 06:17 PM
Hello Sanath, please have no worries about ungrateful folks. If you score a century they will embrace you with garlands of love and, if you were gone cheaply in the next encounter, the very same stupid ones will kick. We have climbed high on your shoulders, though we speak very high of others in SL team, none of them has reached close to the centuries that you scored for your country. It's ur passion, we want to see our hero come alive there again, play as long as you feel so. Let our wishes to be an encouragement to you to take us to a further step, disregard of ungrateful folks.
bala Tuesday, 04 January 2011 06:21 PM
sana was a good team player before entering in to politics....then we had lot respect and prefrence for him......but now he has been declined / demoted to a politician(you all know all the mps have sold their vehicle permits,,including jvp-iers)
Priyantha Perera Tuesday, 04 January 2011 06:21 PM
12.Thilan Samaraweera 13.Mutthiah Muralitheran 14.Jeewan mendis 15.F.Maharoof. But I am sure Old Boy Sana will be selected.
Dushyantha Tuesday, 04 January 2011 06:45 PM
I would suggest instead of Kandamby - Chamara Kapugedara should be included in the team.
bigsam Tuesday, 04 January 2011 07:15 PM
Rajitha, lighten up - TOEJOE wasn't serious.
bigsam Tuesday, 04 January 2011 07:22 PM
I say Jude - is your real name Ponting or Dhoni?
Amused Tuesday, 04 January 2011 07:20 PM
The selectors were not going to select the best team up to now. They have now got a clear direction from the CEO. No wrries they can do their job without "Fear or Favour". Well done HE. Other test playing nation leaders are not as competent as ours, so they do not and/or can not get involved due to lack of knowledge.
Amused Tuesday, 04 January 2011 07:36 PM
The President is an enlightened person and all SL should be proud. HE is always trying to keep best "Talent" on his side and not in the opposing side as the "Royalist" fears. He does the same with govt parliamentary group! Opposition policies and supporters elected by other parties are recognised and elevated to serve better as Ministers, than languishing in the opposition! Great Idea comes only from competent leaders! Well done HE and based on your wisdom the World Cup will be ours. Jayawewa.
viraj Wednesday, 05 January 2011 08:38 AM
yessss... he done a great job for srilanka cricket..
this is the only intelligent & realistic comment on the article
ranjan Rodrigo Tuesday, 04 January 2011 08:37 PM
I will leave out Thilan and Thilina and bring in Chamara Silva and Mubarak who are both now performing may be as they have matured.Mahroof is not a good fielder or else he being a power hitter shud be there.Hamara is a superb fielder unlike youe two who are slow in field.
Ramzil Thursday, 06 January 2011 12:38 AM
Ranil Wickramasinghe should be the captain. He brings luck!
ranbanda Tuesday, 04 January 2011 09:11 PM
where in the world does a president advice the cricket board what state of affairs in SL .Its going down the drain into the gutters forget about the world cup.
DHA Tuesday, 04 January 2011 11:58 AM
Now Sana boy would've got an Automatic entry to the top 11
In no other country will President have time to ask Cricket selectors to select the best and not omit due to personal reasons. Ranjan Rodrigo, Sydney
Razor Blade Tuesday, 04 January 2011 12:23 PM
Victorious President's advice came at the right time, make the best out of it to win & bring the World Cup back. GOOD LUCK TEAM SRI LANKA.
Chamara Silva Tuesday, 04 January 2011 10:32 PM
please what ever happen dont select Chamara Silva and Sanatha lokka
Amarapala Tuesday, 04 January 2011 12:31 PM
Getting involved in selecting a team. Does not he has any other things to do
Jagath Tuesday, 04 January 2011 12:30 PM
MR should first select the best to run the cricket board. Not the present crowd who are corrupt.
Bluff Bluff Wednesday, 05 January 2011 10:09 AM
Please keep the politics aside. Politicians please keep away. There is a man already who has wealth of experience in cricket appointed for this task. He does not need any political advice for that. Let him do his job.
12. Chamara Kapugedara(Specialist batsman -if extra bat needed for no.7) 13. Ajantha Mendis (as spinner for no.8) 14.Chanka Welagedera(as fast bowler for no.10) 15. Jeewan mendis ( Allrounder replacement )
Anton Tuesday, 04 January 2011 11:07 PM
I have a good idea. Chinthanaya has enough money to buy the Opposition MPs. There could still be some excess money from the tsunami funds and all the commissions. So why not palm off a few billions to the outside players and also to the umpires and win the World Cup for MotherLanka. If it could be done in politics, why not in Cricket!
Lal Thursday, 06 January 2011 02:09 AM
CAN PRESIDENT DIRECT SLC APPOINT PABA AS WELL TO THE TEAM - AS A CHEERLEADER??
Cobra Tuesday, 04 January 2011 12:25 PM
They will, if they are left to do their job without political interference!!!
Lal Thursday, 06 January 2011 02:09 AM
PABA AS THE CHEERLEADER!
ravi .s Tuesday, 04 January 2011 12:28 PM
does it means that SJ is still the best ??????????? Automatically selected ?
Dimz Tuesday, 04 January 2011 12:43 PM
This is a real joke.. After done everything MR ammend it again and take vast media publicity. I wonder why these ministers maintain by our Tax ??
Benadict Tuesday, 04 January 2011 12:42 PM
MR PRESIDENT ! Please don't interfere, cricket authorities know better than you.
Mushroom Wednesday, 05 January 2011 01:11 AM
Amused by Amused's comments !!
Royalist Tuesday, 04 January 2011 12:48 PM
Great... Sanaa can be picked up to play for the 'other side'!
Zif Wednesday, 05 January 2011 01:29 AM
First President should select the best team for his cabinet, before asking the cricket board.
Jason Patta Wednesday, 05 January 2011 01:36 AM
Here we go again. There's no end to political interference in all spheres of our lives. When will be ever be free from this political meddling?
King Kong Tuesday, 04 January 2011 12:55 PM
Any combination without SANA will be a best team!!!!!!!!!!
TPB Tuesday, 04 January 2011 01:02 PM
Depends on what he means by the best team
Ranjith Wednesday, 05 January 2011 01:41 AM
Well, Our victorious president in play mood. He fell involve with cricket whether he is good at cricket or not he should well welcome to joint. I never seen DUTUGAMUNU But I can see MAHINDA.
Janath Jayaweera Tuesday, 04 January 2011 01:05 PM
Pls president let our popular game exists without political interference, don't try to do everything on your own.
Johann Gunasekara Wednesday, 05 January 2011 02:08 AM
Interim committee should resign
jude Tuesday, 04 January 2011 01:01 PM
Sanath and Vass shoud play if we want to qulify for at least the semis owinng to their experience talent and physical fitness.CAn anybody replace these two legends?
ruwan Wednesday, 05 January 2011 11:10 AM
MR should select best team to the run countru and cricket team.
lalinda Tuesday, 04 January 2011 01:01 PM
If sana is going to be included in the first 15, it will mess up the team spirit and result in absolutely ineffective ODI team.
I Hussein Tuesday, 04 January 2011 01:09 PM
Sajin,Wimal, Duminda and Namal too perhaps?
CrazyCicFan Tuesday, 04 January 2011 01:09 PM
I think there's no need of MR to advise on this. Because great Aravinda knows what he's supposed to do and best to do.
noxurs Wednesday, 05 January 2011 11:31 AM
Do political leaders of other countries also instruct sporting bodies to select the best sides. Will Manmohan Singh or for that matter Raul Gandhi ever advise Indian cricket Board to select the best side. This is pure cheap popularity seeking. Sporting bodies know that they have to select the best sides. When we won world cup in 1996 did Chandrika instruct to select the best side?!
Extra 12.Suraj - spinner 13.Tharanga - batsmen 14.Kulasekara - face baller 15.thushara Mirando - face baller
we have blasting 3 batsmen top order & down to 9 every one can bat... also I prefer kandambi as he's in Arjuna's caliber who can really keep the score board running while saving his wicket... Also I sujjest mahela to open with dily as even though tharanga is in form his strike rate will definitly effect in these kind of tournaments.also we need the experience of vasy as apart from malinga there is no baller we can rely.
jayantha Wednesday, 05 January 2011 11:35 AM
M.Silva to push the drinks trolley.
Patriot Wednesday, 05 January 2011 02:52 AM
We already have an talented team with hopeful players., to bring the world cup again to our country. Therefore Please don't interfere to our victory.
farhan Tuesday, 04 January 2011 01:08 PM
even this your statement no good for selector...
roshan123 Tuesday, 04 January 2011 01:35 PM
Sana is the best . we should have experience player in
Rajitha Tuesday, 04 January 2011 01:44 PM
where's Aravinda???? you have left out the all time best batsman sri lanka has ever produced!!
Rajitha Tuesday, 04 January 2011 01:45 PM
i think he's implying not to take the sanath in...
Daya Perera Tuesday, 04 January 2011 01:50 PM
Sanath should step down gracefully. As a MP he should concentrate more to serve the poor.
Nips Tuesday, 04 January 2011 01:52 PM
If Sanath plays the world cup, Im supporting India.
ruwan Tuesday, 04 January 2011 01:53 PM
Then that old money-minded non-performing cricketer turned politician should be left out !!!!!
OsandaSaumya Tuesday, 04 January 2011 01:59 PM
D. S de Silva Captain Nishantha Ranathunga Santh Jayasuriya Promodya Wickramasighe Jehan Mubark Chaminda Vass Namal Rajapakse Asantha De mel
Ranjith Tuesday, 04 January 2011 02:00 PM
No leader in other test playing nations influence in selections. SJ in SL team? Joke of the century
Darrak Tuesday, 04 January 2011 02:04 PM
Shame on Sri Lanka if the blind old sana plays....he cant even lift a bat....shame shame.....
Pissu Poosa Thursday, 06 January 2011 04:43 AM
Yes as MR says select Sanath plus the best team.
rohandil Tuesday, 04 January 2011 02:16 PM
Let them(Vass/Sana) play for the last time in the world cup...both are very good players to be left out and SL has good chance of winning the World Cup.
ONLOOKER Tuesday, 04 January 2011 02:22 PM
Legends or Brigands, man go get your head examined.
Faleeldeen Wednesday, 05 January 2011 01:20 PM
Mr. President....this is sheer descrimination against Muslims. We want one of our clowns in pls. You can do "justice" a favor.
shavantha Wednesday, 05 January 2011 04:08 AM
Wish Aravinda de SIlva will select him self to No4 slot we seriously need that bloke