I found this pretty interesting...
Sri Lanka Cricket News: Dinesh Chandimal awarded top contract by SLC | ESPN Cricinfo
Disappointing to see Randiv off the contract list altogether, Jeevan Mendis, Welegedara and Tharanga were also cut. Looks like Sri Lanka are really putting some faith in Chandimal, Thirrimanne and Kusal Perera, all of whom gained promotions. A few other interesting things to note...Quote:
Full list of contracted players
Category 1: Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Nuwan Kulasekara, Angelo Mathews, Rangana Herath, Dinesh Chandimal
Category 2: Lahiru Thirimane, Ajantha Mendis
Category 3: Kusal Perera, Thisara Perera
Category 4: Shaminda Eranga, Sachithra Senanayake, Kaushal Silva, Suranga Lakmal
Special category: Prasanna Jayawardene, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Lasith Malinga
- Kulasekara remains in the top bracket, which would suggest that the selectors still see him as a test bowler, so we may see him playing on the England tour in the test side alongside Eranga and Lakmal, not entirely sure how I feel about this, as he brings control but not much penetration, not exactly sure that's what our attack needs with Eranga and particularly Lakmal in there, remembering of course that Matthews can also provide a bit of control too.
- Ajantha Mendis is in the second bracket, which is another bracket that is presumably for three-format players, I think the selectors now see Mendis as our second spinner, possibly at test level, I don't like the sound of that very much at all.
- Lakmal and Eranga are both in the bottom bracket, meaning they are being treated largely as test specialists it would seem, although they still play in a few ODIs, that's ideal as far as I'm concerned.