Originally Posted by mufi_02
I think Jeevan Mendis played 1 ODI and Sachitra Sena. played no matches in AUS. They are picked solely on their reputation of good T20 players. I didn't mention Malinga and Murali because they are quality players and deserve to play anywhere.
Our last tour of Aus was in 2008 I think and Shakib, Tamim, Mushy were just starting out then (played 3 ODIs). So we don't know how they would perform now. We don't have any tour planned for AUS in next 5-7 years. That means an entire generation of our best bunch (Shak/TI/Mushy) might not play in AUS again (beside the 2015 WC).
It's just sad to see no name cricketers like Lakmal, Pradeep, Karunaratne, Thirimanne play in SCG/MCG and our boys missing out.
You guys do realize that there is a sizable (86.4K) immigrant Sri Lanka community in Australia ... http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine...ry/598345.html
Perhaps their picking up cheaper Sri Lankan 20/20 talent may be connected to that?