No place for Sanath Jayasuriya in the test squad

Sanath has been dropped for next month's test series against India. But couldn't the Sri Lankan selectors have waited one more day and then announced their decision. I have never really understood the logic of announcing the team for the next series before the end of an ongoing one. If Sanath scores a big century in the Vadodara match, the selectors would end up feeling embarrassed. Why put themselves in that position? It does seem like the Sri Lankan selectors strongly believe in following what their Indian counterparts did and that by dropping a senior left handed batsman, their fortunes would take a similar turn for the good.

In an interesting move, Mahela Jayawardene has been replaced by Chaminda Vaas as the vice-captain. The only explanation that I can think of is that the selectors are seriously monitoring Atapattu's leadership skills and that they now feel Vaas could be an ideal replacement. Mahela was being groomed to take over from Marvan after the next world cup and after the debacle against India, the selectors seem to think that Atapattu may not last that long at the helm and that Mahela might not be ready yet. I would have picked Kumar Sangakkara instead - he sure does seem to be a better bet.

Arnold, Chandana, Zoysa and Lokuhettige are the other players who wouldn't be returning next month. Avishka Gunawardene - the explosive left handed opener, Charitha (thatz my wife's name) Malinga Bandara - the Gloucestershire leg-spinner and Lasith Malinga - the fastest bowler in Sri Lanka have been recalled. Left arm spinner Sajeeva Weerakoon and middle order batsman Chamara Kapugedara are the new-comers.

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