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Ten players in contention for Davis Cup

By Revata S. Silva

Ten players have been included in the squad for observation  matches for the forthcoming Sri Lanka versus Thailand Asia-Oceania Zone Group-II  Davis Cup tie, Rohan de Silva, one of the members of the National Selection  Committee told ‘The Island’ on Tuesday, January 10. The Davis Cup  Group-II 1st Round tie against the Thais is to be held at the Sri Lanka Tennis  Association (SLTA) clay courts in Colombo from Feb. 10 to 12.

"There are seven players appearing in the first round of  observation matches from Jan. 4 to 7. Thangarajah Dineshkanthan (reigning  National Champion), Rajeev Rajapakse and Oshada Wijemanne will join in the next  round," said de Silva. Each country needs to name four players plus a captain  for each Davis Cup tie.

Sri Lanka’s preparation for the much-anticipated event was  severely hampered due to the pulling out of the country’s leading player  Harshana Godamanna this week. He has been single-handedly carrying Sri Lanka’s  hopes in the Davis Cup continuously for seven years since 2005. Godamanna was  required every single year to play Singles as well as Doubles in each tie to  make sure Sri Lanka perform respectably. In the way, he twice helped the country  reach Group-II in her Zone, within three years, once (in 2010) beating New  Zealand No.1 player Daniel King-Turner –a world rank of 217— in a fascinating  display of tennis in Colombo; undoubtedly the highlight of Godamanna’s Davis Cup  career.

The ten (10) players in contention for the Sri Lanka Davis Cup  team:

Thangarajah Dineshkanthan, Rajeev Rajapakse, Oshada Wijemanne,  Amresh Jayawickrema, Mohammed Shaakir, Vimuktha de Alwis, Nishangan Nadarajah,  Guyanga Weerasekera, Ashan Dep and Chinthaka Shaveen.

Posted on 2012-01-12 14:51:59
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“That was pathetic. No excuse at all. The whole team is responsible. Whoever the captain is, we have to back him and try and support him. The captain has to do so many other stuff. All the 11 guys must back him and support him.” “We have addressed the issue of finishing off the overs on time in the past as well, but it cropped up again. It’s so unfortunate to see Upul going out as he is a crucial player in our set up. He batted well against South Africa and it’s so unfortunate. This can’t happen again,” - Angelo Mathews

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Cricket is a game of fine margins and Mathews is set to be a modern great. Hang in their Angie, this team can achieve something on this tour. Thirimane and the youngsters form was a real positive. Prasad was missed. Chameera should be persisted with. If Bairstow was our early outcome could have been very different.

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