Labrooy defends Silva omission

Published : 8:03 am  May 17, 2018 | No comments so far |  | 


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Life-1-1By Shehan Daniel

Former Chairman of Selectors Graeme Labrooy yesterday defended the selection of rookie opener Mahela Udawatte over the more experienced Kaushal Silva for the upcoming tour of the West Indies. 

With Dimuth Karunaratne ruled out of the tour with a fractured finger and no other experienced batsman to take over the opener’s slot, Sri Lanka opted to go with the untested Udawatte over Silva, who has played 37 Tests. 

“When you look at domestic experience, Udawatte is equally or more experienced than Kaushal,” Labrooy told the  yesterday. 

“Udawatte also performed well in the Super Fours Tournament, and that had an impact on his selection.”

Udawatte was the third highest scorer in the Inter-Provincial Cricket Tournament having scored 283 runs in six innings. 

Silva meanwhile, was the third highest run scorer in the Inter-Club Tournament that preceded the Provincial Tournament, scoring 743 runs in 11 innings, with three centuries and a half century at an average of 82.55. 
Silva last played for Sri Lanka in the two-Test series against Pakistan in the UAE, and was dropped for successive Test series against India and Bangladesh.

Silva also has experience with pink-ball cricket, having featured in the only day-night Test Sri Lanka has played so far, during the series against Pakistan. 

The final Test of the three-match series against the West Indies will be a day-night encounter.