No one seems to want Sri Lanka cricket team.

  • 18 Dec 2008 00:13:17 GMT

    When the ruler of the country is a culprit . It will attract only culprits all institutions good decision by the business community and the unpatriotic players deserve it too

  • 18 Dec 2008 06:04:22 GMT

    [continuing political meddling]

    ...........that says it all.

    SLC should have people like Ana Punchihewa, i don`t think he will rejoin SLC even if offered a special posting as he was unceremoniously dumped after doing so much of `good work` for SLC.

  • 18 Dec 2008 07:04:39 GMT

    Zaha, same was posted y`day in Rapa`s or Pacha`s space.....

    since political meddling came into the topic,,,, read this too

    [`Sri Lanka cricket should be free of politics` - Lanka de Silva

    Sa`adi Thawfeeq

    December 14, 2008

    Lanka de Silva, the former Sri Lanka wicketkeeper-batsman who became only the tenth player in his country`s history to pass 10,000 runs in first-class cricket, has said Sri Lankan cricket will not improve unless it breaks free of politics.

    de Silva has been on the domestic circuit for nearly two decades, which leaves him well-placed to assess what ails Sri Lankan cricket. `There are a number of players who continue to be ignored by the national selectors even for A teams despite performing consistently in domestic cricket,` he said. `A majority of them have decided that they have no future playing for the national side and signed up with clubs in the English leagues to earn a living.

    There are a number of players who continue to be ignored by the national selectors even for A teams despite performing consistently in domestic cricket. A majority of them have decided that they have no future playing for the national side and signed up with clubs in the English leagues to earn a living

    `What is happening now in our domestic cricket is that these players are only interested in playing five first-class matches for their clubs which qualifies them to play in the leagues. Once that objective has been achieved they are no longer interested in giving 100% to their clubs. This is leading to a deterioration of our domestic cricket standards,` de Silva said. `Our cricket will never improve until we get rid of the politics that is continuing to ruin it.`]

  • 18 Dec 2008 07:04:59 GMT

    Continues...

    [Having made his first-class debut for Kurunegala Youth CC in 1991-92, de Silva has consistently been among the runs in domestic cricket for the past 17 years. He reached the 10,000-run mark in Tamil Union`s first Premier league match of the season against Ragama CC at the Saravanamuttu Stadium.

    de Silva played three Tests in his career, all on the tour to India in 1997-98 when he replaced Romesh Kaluwitharana briefly as the team`s first-choice wicketkeeper. He was floored by a bouncer from former Indian fast bowler Javagal Srinath in the third Test and was out of favour before recovering from the injury.

    `For the next ten years I tried hard to regain my place in the Sri Lankan side with consistent performances in domestic cricket, but the selectors continued to ignore me.` In those years de Silva constantly topped 500 runs in Sri Lanka`s domestic season and finished in the top ten of the batting averages.

    Frustrated by the continuous shunning by the national selectors de Silva said that from last season he took a decision to divide his time between league cricket in England and domestic cricket in Sri Lanka. He played for the Potters Bar in the Home Counties league in 2008 and will continue to do so till he decides to eventually quit. `I think I have another five seasons of cricket ahead of me.`

    Cricinfo]

  • 18 Dec 2008 07:08:42 GMT

    Seems Lanka deSilva is also referring to his experience too..... he has a UNP back-ground, and was ignored most of the time due to that problem..... (as widely beleived in streets)

  • 18 Dec 2008 07:13:03 GMT

    [Seems Lanka deSilva is also referring to his experience too]

    Ramz,

    If players like Indika De Saram, Anil Rideegammanagedera cannot find a place in the side, then how come Lanka De Silva get a place.

    To make matters worst for him, we have Sangakkara and Prasanna as top rated wicket keepers for any forms of the game.

  • 18 Dec 2008 07:20:39 GMT

    Zaha,,,,

    he is not refferring to his experience with current team..... but when he got into the team and was kicked out..... that time, political involvment was inside the team too,,, this resulted lot of talks in the streets that time.....

    my brother was in Kurunagala that time, he/his father and their family business were also under focused attack that time...

    having both Sanga & Prasanna in form nowadays, no one else can even dream about the spot......

    or, someone may emerge in like Sana (with real fire works) in ODI, and may get the place ahead of them..... in this case, Sanga will be in as a batsman

  • 18 Dec 2008 07:31:47 GMT

    [he is not refferring to his experience with current team]

    Ramz,

    Check below, my view is highlighted towards that point.....

    [For the next ten years I tried hard to regain my place in the Sri Lankan side with consistent performances in domestic cricket, but the selectors continued to ignore me]

    I still very well remember that bouncer by Srinath which knocked down Lanka De Silva.

    Whenever Srinath appears on TV, i recollect that particular incident.

  • 18 Dec 2008 07:37:17 GMT

    Agree Zaha,,, you are the expert..hehehehe, that bouncer did a part in his exclusion,,,, but, I still beleive also in some political factor,,, as his father was a strong UNP supporter in Kurunagala.... we can`t ignore it, specially after seeing the things happened with Mahanama & Aravinda during that stupid era...

  • 18 Dec 2008 08:01:32 GMT

    [specially after seeing the things happened with Mahanama & Aravinda during that stupid era...]

    Ramz........it all started with Asanka Gurusinghe, in vain Sri Lanka lost his services so early, what a brilliant No. 3 he was.