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Sri Lanka's chairman of selectors Ashantha de Mel who has strong political affiliations with the president of the country has used it to his advantage causing great damage to the game in the country, writes Sa'adi Thawfeeq in the Colombo-based Nation.
The Sunday Times also discusses the controversy over Atapattu.
One may argue that Atapattu was originally selected and then he on his own opted to stay out because of his differences with the chief selector Asantha de Mel. But, we are talking about a thirty seven year old man who played his last Test match against India way back in December 2005, where he scored 40 and 16 in a match that Sri Lanka lost by 259 runs at Ahamedabad.
Siddhartha Vaidyanathan is a former assistant editor at CricinfoFeeds: Siddhartha Vaidyanathan
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