Sri Lanka news January 22, 2013

SLC committee recommends five-man selection panel


Sri Lanka Cricket's executive committee has recommended that the national selection panel be increased to five selectors, including two full-time selectors, when the sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage names a new panel at the end of the month. Sri Lanka's present panel consists of three part-time selectors, with at least one usually accompanying the team for each series.

"We thought [we should] create a greater diversity of opinion, it would be better to increase the number of selectors to five," SLC CEO Ajit Jayasekara said. "At the moment the selectors have their own source of income, and having two full-time selectors should improve the selection process as well."

The new panel will likely be appointed for a period of a year, and one of their initial tasks will be to choose a new captain for the ODI and Test teams, after Mahela Jayawardene's resignation from the post.

Aluthgamage has spoken out in favour of a split captaincy after Sri Lanka's 3-0 loss to Australia in the Test series. Aluthgamage has also expressed desire to build a distinct team for each format, and he may appoint a panel that shares his vision for the team. Under the sports law, the minister must also approve each selection before the team is finalised.

"Whether or not to have a split captaincy is ultimately the selectors decision," SLC secretary Nishantha Ranatunga said.

SLC has forwarded the names of 11 candidates to the minister, from among whom the new selection panel will be appointed. Sri Lanka's sports law dictates that the sports minister must appoint the selection panel.

Current selectors, Ashantha de Mel, Don Anurasiri and Hemantha Wickremeratne are all on the SLC's list, which also includes former players Hashan Tillakaratne and Mahes Goonatilleke.

Andrew Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Al on January 24, 2013, 17:00 GMT

    Pleasing to note that minister Aluthgama is doing something about the selector issue. I read your other article Andrew which informs that perhaps even Jayasuriya may get a nod. I like jayasuriya a lot but isn't he a politician now? Diversity is fine for arguing selection merits but the old selectors staying on doesnt augur well. We need FRESH faces; non-political ones. Split captaincy is also fine as Test cricket demands another kind of captain calibre.

  • Nilantha on January 24, 2013, 16:59 GMT

    @naseer shah - absolutely not my brother, that's what is ruining our cricket..IMHO the selection panel should be Sanath , Arjuna , Vaas , Aravinda and the magician Murali..these guys are the cream of the crop and know what modern cricket is all about...

  • sri on January 23, 2013, 21:43 GMT

    Why oh why has the minister got to be involved in the process of selecting a 'selection panel' . Pray enlighten me on this one please. Do the other western countries have ministerial interference in sports bodies ??????. YUK,YUK,YUK.

  • Miles on January 23, 2013, 14:34 GMT

    The only issues that I see with the SL selection is that at least 90% of the the debutantes hardly debut at the age 21 and before these days like Arujna's Era. In a country like SL,this is the age that youngster's international cricketing career is decided & therefore If one is a good school player, he should be given a chance to join the national squad directly from School. In this case, out of the few selected youngsters, the bravest youngsters(Under 21's) will survive in the national squad.This can make a big difference to the confidence of the survived youngsters in terms of winning matches.The other big mistake that Mahela & Dilshan made was playing as openers and top order position(No:4) that put the middle order a lot of pressure, when these 2 get out. Dilshan used to be an excellent middle order player. Now it's too late. When these seniors retire, the next generation should employ seniors to play at no 5: & No: 6 batting positions as these are match saving positions in ODI.

  • Naseeruddin on January 23, 2013, 12:47 GMT

    A question from Srilankans ... are you people happy that your sports minster involved in cricket as last time when Pakistan sports minister got involved in PCB turned to a disaster ... Younis khan gave resignation at the end and i think icc doesnot recommend to any involvement of politician into cricket organization ........

  • Nimmie on January 23, 2013, 2:12 GMT

    Samaraweera,Mathews,Chandimal,Khaushal,RosenSilva,AngeloPerera,Bhanuka,AshenSilva,Sachithra Serasinghe,Maneshan,Dimuth,Thirimanne,JehanJayasooriya,Niroshan Dickwella...(They have scant respect for, (don't know the value of) promising young players of quick reflex that maintain consistency from very young age. Selectors of any country should possess vast experience as players in addition they should be intelligent, knowledgeable i.e. that has thorough knowledge of the Game: 1. what has happened in the past, 2. what is happening now in the World scene, & 3. can plan for the future with the healthy continuity of the Game in the Country in mind. Above all they should be wealthy persons that do not have any interest, whatsoever on players' earnings.

  • Nimmie on January 23, 2013, 2:10 GMT

    The SLan selectors of last 25 years have always been acting far below the accepted norms adopted by their counterparts in other Test-Playing Countries. We badly need the kind of selectors that they have in England & SA, as we can't carry on with these aging reckless batters that do not possess total control over their stroke play that perform well at times on flat pitches, offering 101 straight forward chances & bowlers, the average performers at Domestic level, (the henchmen that always go after politicians to find places in touring sides). It was due to total ignorance of J&Ps that batters of defective techniques have been preferred as front-line batters to quality players the class of (2 B CNTD)

  • sajan on January 23, 2013, 1:51 GMT

    its a good sing to Sri lankan cricket & thanks for minister to his brave decision. In the past Sri lankan cricket selection on favor basis.its better to appoint another sub committee which include district level monitor , media person, school level monitoring to give their best players to the national section. Also should be a performance base system to name a squad and also for the experienced players too. they also must keep a standard average(batting & bowling) for at least for 10 matches who played for the country and choose best informed players from domestic cricket too.. Hashan is the best option as a chief.(no asantha pl). feel Arjuna,sanath, Mural, Vass,sidath like persons will help to select best players to the National side.Give more chances to younger player like Thirimanna,Anjelo perera, Maharoof etc.

  • namal on January 22, 2013, 17:21 GMT

    bangladesh..odi team pls rest mahela,sanga,dilshan,herath mathews(c),upul(vc),thirimanna,chandimal,dimuth,kushal,anjelo perera,kula,lasith,thisara,saminda,mendis,sachithra,akila,jeewan.

    Test. Mathews(c),upul(vc),dimuth,thirimana,chandimal,anjelo perera,kula,shaminda,suranga,welagedara,tharidhu kuashal,mendis,herath,jeewan.