January 4, 2011

Sri Lanka will name their final squad likely on 5th January for World Cup Cricket 2011

Sri Lankan selectors are expected to declare the final team on 5th January after the completion of Premier League limited-over cricket tournament The performance of the players in this tournament will heavily influence the selection of the player for the world cup cricket. But the performance in this league tournament will not be the sole criteria for the selection. While selecting for the final team, a player’s past performance will be taken into consideration though he fails in this Premier League limited-over cricket tournament, Chairman of Selectors, de Silva said.

The Premier League tournament kicks off on December 27. All matches are expected to be completed by January 4 - in time for the selectors’ meeting on January 5 to decide the final squad. The selectors will get time till January 19 to finalize the squad of 15 men

The selectors have the time till January 19 to finalize their 15-man squad, but are expected to name the squad in the first week of January. Last week, Sri Lanka’s selectors announced a 30 manned squad which included Sanath Jayasuriya and Chaminda Vaas - both, members of Sri Lanka’s 1996 World Cup winning team.

 De Silva said the selectors are satisfied with the current players but consider the veterans if they feel the team needs experienced hands.
Source:  Island Cricket