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Friday, December 5, 2008

Sanath Jayasuriya’s call-up by Sri Lanka minimal loss to Dolphins

Sanath Jayasuriya hasn't had the most remarkable of starts playing for the Dolphins in South Africa - in three matches Jayasuriya managed just 6, 1 and 0.

Jonathan Cook of The Witness speaks of Jayasuriya's woes with the bat and talks to The Dolphins manager of playing affairs, Jay Naidoo on Sanath's return to Sri Lanka for the tour to Bangladesh.

Jayasuriya, who is still contracted to Sri Lanka cricket, was given permission by his board to join the Dolphins for the limited-over section of their season on condition that any selection for his national team during that period would be honoured.

The hard-hitting batsman and spinner has 421 ODI appearances behind him, but he has misfired with bat and ball in the three Dolphins matches so far. Naidoo, who is also convenor of the selection panel, is convinced that the player’s class will prevail.

Naidoo said Jayasuriya was signed on a contract befitting his status but his total package — paid in U.S. dollars — “is well below the exaggerated sums mentioned in certain sections of the media”.

“Sanath has yet to come good, but he is a complete professional and has had a positive influence on the squad,” said Naidoo. - The Witness.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous said...

Blog seems to have gone almost dead without cricket for us (sobbing).

Issues: Vaasi in for tests and out for ODI's. Is it the right call ? Is not an aging veteran better of bowling 10 overs with fire than 50-60 over in five days without fire ? Shouldn't he be playing ODIs instead of tests ?..

Hilal said...

Sorry folks. The Blog has gone a little quiet, I do apologise. I have been busy of late. Give me a couple of more weeks and I promise it will be worth the wait. In the meantime search through the archives, there is a wealth of information on this blog that some of you may have not come across yet.

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