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Transition time for Sri Lanka, says Dias

Sri Lanka’s under-19 head coach Roy Dias, one of the most elegant batsmen, is delighted to visit the Brabourne Stadium, Cricket Club of India.

“The under-19 team should be proud of playing matches here.

Good exposure

“The facilities, conditions and wickets are fantastic. It’s a good exposure for them.

“India has proved to the world they are the best. This is the first time majority of the players have come to India.

“Maybe six or seven players from this squad will be chosen for the Under-19 World Cup. Some of the players train in our academy,” said Dias at the conclusion of the BCCI’s Challenger Trophy under-19 final.

Talking about the senior team, Dias said: “It’s just that we are a young side, there is no doubt about it.

“They need more experience and we should not get excited or too much worried about their performance. We should continue to play India and other top countries and get the required experience.

“Cricket is a funny game; as a batsman you don’t want to get out. Some times you don’t have the luck. Hopefully they would have learnt a lot from this tour of India.

“We should keep supporting the team, give them the confidence and make them mentally strong.

“This is the transition time for Sri Lanka cricket.”

About school cricket he said: “There is quantity, but there has to be quality as well.

“The Sri Lankan Cricket Board is working towards this aspect.” (Courtesy The Hindu)

1 Comment for “Transition time for Sri Lanka, says Dias”

  1. Eng.M.V.R.Perera

    It is not transition time but because of Ajantha Mendis being left out out of the playing eleven in any format of cricket where as a mystery spinner we could defend any scores the opposition could make or limit them to a total we could defend Please find below credible evidence from Cricinfo that Ajantha Mendis was not permitted by Sri Lanka Cricket to use his skills as the worlds best spinner to win the 2015 world cup for Sri Lanka which has cause colossal loss, to him, loss to Sri Lanka and loss to me and Sri Lankan Cricket fans. Any comment on Ajanta Mendis is not published in the print media , the electronic media or the by Andrew Fiedel Fernando who edicts the Criinfo

    It is the Sri Lanka team that has suffered from the day Ajantha Mendis was thrown out of the squad in November 2014 the very next day he was named the best ODI bowler in the world for year 2014 by the elite ICC panel , this same panel selected him has the only Sri Lankan Cricketer to be in the eleven for the world ODI team for the year 2014. This was during the English tour of Sri Lanka in the 7 match series when he was the highest wicket taker of 9 wickets in 5 matches. After which he was left out of the ODI squad to New Zealand and left out of the world cup 2015 no reason given by the captain and selectors for such actions and also our so called independent media not a hum. We may see him sitting on the bench not been chosen for the playing eleven due to the captains decision of playing . S. Senanayake similar to what the captain did in the last Asia finals leaving out Ajantha Mendis after he had help eliminating mighty India in the semi finals of the Asia cup when before this Finals Ajantha Mendis had taken the most Number of Wickets 9 Malinga 6 S Senanayake 4 the captain Angelo dropped Ajantha Mendis, only Malinga took 5 wickets in the finals and non of the others a wicket the captain’s favorite bowler Senanayake No wickets.

    Quoting From Cric Info ” Ajanta Mendis: Even as the Sri Lankan mystery spinner found himself out of favour many a times through the year, he ended up as the leading wicket taker of 2014 in ODIs. In 17 matches, he took 38 wickets at an average of 21.63, with a wicket every 22.5 balls economic rate 5.76. Apart from some steller batting performances, Ajantha Mendis’ fin form with the ball played a key role in Sri Lanka’s success in 2014, the 5-0 thrashing against India notwithstanding”

    He also in the 2011 world cup with the limited opportunity he got performed better than Murali in getting wickets in the semi finals against New Zealand taking wickets and having in the whole tournament the least economy rate of

    3.1 to Murali 4.1 but the selectors left him out in the finals and we lost the finals no reasons given by the selectors .Sanga the then captain resigned .

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