Sri Lanka news May 26, 2010

Aravinda de Silva takes over as chief selector

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Former Sri Lankan captain Aravinda de Silva has been named chairman of a new four-member national selection committee by sports minister Chandrasiri Bandara Ratnayake on Wednesday.

The other members of the committee are Ranjith Fernando, Amal Silva and Shabbir Asgerally. All four members have served in the capacity as selectors in previous committees.

The new panel replaces the one headed by Ashantha de Mel and also included Don Anurasiri, Vinothen John and Chaminda Mendis. de Mel and Anurasiri have been selectors for the past four years.

de Silva, 44, is best remembered for playing the key role in his country winning their only World Cup in 1996 when he scored a century in the final against Australia at Lahore. He was Sri Lanka's foremost batsman for almost two decades since making his Test debut at Lord's against England in 1984. He represented Sri Lanka in 93 Tests and 308 ODIs, and was till recently consultant coach to the Sri Lanka Under-19s World Cup team.

Fernando, a former wicketkeeper-batsman, played for Sri Lanka in the inaugural World Cup in 1975 and has served in various administrative capacities and managed several national teams. He is currently manager of the Sri Lanka's A team which is due to tour Australia next month.

Silva, a left-hand bat and wicketkeeper played for Sri Lanka in the eighties in eight Tests and 20 ODIs. Asgerally is the only member who has not played for his country but was a prolific opening batsman and wicket-keeper for Bloomfield on the domestic circuit.

The new selection committee's main priority would be to pick a team to win the World Cup which will be hosted by Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh in February-March next year. The last occasion Sri Lanka won the World Cup was when it was held in the subcontinent.

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  • MENDIS_Forever on June 2, 2010, 7:23 GMT

    Wow..thanx god.Finall the correct man has entered to the scene.ASHANTHA DE MEL ,the blood bull(who is jealous of chaminda vaas,boz he could not be such a legend),can not do a proper job.he is a maniac.Former Minster sir LOKUGE is another bull!.Please ARA,remove MP old sana . All the best!!!

  • ajithabey on June 2, 2010, 6:24 GMT

    Good to have a change in selectors although it is a thankless job.It will be wise to confine the term of the selection committee to a maximum of 2 years so that they do not get into a slumber and only enjoy the perks offered by the Cricket Board.Let's hope that they pick the right squad for each category of matches instead of rotating the same team over and over again.The players too have to show more responsibility and commitment when they represent Sri Lanka.After all they have contractual obligations which should be matched by performance. The only concern is that 3 of the selectors are from 1 club in Colombo and we hope that they will ensure fairness in team selections . It'a pity that the New Sports Minister was unable to find a set of selectors who represent Clubs, Associations,Districts and Provinces which would have been more transparent especially when he has dubbed the Cricket board as the 3 rd most corrupt organizaton in Sri Lanka.We wish Aravinda and his team Good Luck .

  • CricketMaan on May 31, 2010, 11:02 GMT

    In India an MP can conitune to hold his post and act in Bollywood, reality shows et all, looks like in SriLanka its the same, you can be an MP but keep playing domestic,county, international ciricket..We must be the greatest Democracies in the world.

  • on May 31, 2010, 10:17 GMT

    i don't know that this is good move or bad move but i think this is a positive move. because Aravinda & group have to prove by selecting capable players not by press conferences.Politics should not involve in player selection so Mr Aravinda please be honest when you select our team

  • Partha25 on May 31, 2010, 9:27 GMT

    It couldn't be better Aravinda de Silva becoming the chair man of selector. I think this will only en reach Srilankan cricket. During his playing time he was second to none when it came to srilankan batting. He was one of the best bats men in the world in his playing time. Best bats man of srilanka. May be only Sanath, mahela and sangakara can come close to him. However, hope how he contributed Srilanka in winning the 1996 world cup by his batting, bowling and fielding, he will contribute srilanka to win another world cup by making proper selection. My only advise to him peak players on the basis of form rather than age or reputation. End of the day its the form that counts everything else is useless. So if vass or sanath is in good form that time they can be peaked. If kapugedera or chandrimal arent in good form they shouldnt peak just because they are young. Best of luck to one of my most favoutite players ` Aravinda '.

  • SLJohn on May 30, 2010, 17:38 GMT

    hello Dhushan,

    i dont know the other players , but i saw sevral innings played by Indika seram, he is good for domestic matches, how many times he came to ICC matchers and he spolied the match, he can't play in ICC matches well, also Kulatunga also not a power full hitter.

    we need a powerful hitting batsmans, like kapugedara,Angelo mathwes,Jayasinghe,tisara perera,

  • SLJohn on May 30, 2010, 17:34 GMT

    Good luck Aravinda ,

    please select the 50ODI & twenty20 team that i given below, hense dont select the blowlers who coudn't bat well,

    01. Upul Taranga 02. TM Dilshan 03. Tisara Perera 04. Kumar Sangakara 05. Mahela Jayawardena 06. Angelo Mathwes 07. Chamara Kapugedara 08. Dinesh chandimal 09. Suraj Randiv 10. Nuwan Kulasekara 11. Tilina Thushara 12. Mendis

    Test team, 01. Warnapura 02. Mahela Jayawardena 03. kumar Sangakara 04. Tilan Samaraweera 05. Angelo Mathwes 06. TM Dilshan 07. Dinesh Chandimal 08. Nuwan kulasekara 09. Tilan thushara 10. Suraj Randiv 11. Muttai Muralidaran 12. Mendis

  • on May 30, 2010, 13:57 GMT

    look players like saram, munaweera ,jeevanta kulatunga these players are really suit for 50 overs and t20 format but unfortunatly kulatunga and saram subject to injustic due to poor selecter ashanta but ihope and 100 percent sure new selstion pannelwill remove sj and confirm good young bastmans like munaweera ,kulatunga, lokuhettige,saram, janaka gunarattne, jeewanmendis specially kulatunga and vaas

  • Dhushan on May 30, 2010, 6:29 GMT

    Thank you Mr. Sports Minister for sending away Ashantha De Mel. Sri Lanlka cricket suffered too much under that man. I am full of sorrow for Sri Lanka losing a great cricketer in Marvan Atapattu. I hope that with this new selection committee Chaminda Vaas will atleast have a chance to play for Sri Lanka again. Good luck Aravinda & Co. Let's start well for the World Cup next year.

  • Rici737 on May 29, 2010, 19:30 GMT

    CONGRATULATIONS to Mr. ARAVINDA DE SILVA & CLAN.

    Concerning Mr. Sanathi Teran Jayasuriy: A LIVING GOD OF CRICKET BORN IN THE WRONG NATION OF THE WORLD. ""AT THE AGE OF 40 ON THE WAY TO WORCESTERSHIRE, ENGLAND"".

  • MENDIS_Forever on June 2, 2010, 7:23 GMT

    Wow..thanx god.Finall the correct man has entered to the scene.ASHANTHA DE MEL ,the blood bull(who is jealous of chaminda vaas,boz he could not be such a legend),can not do a proper job.he is a maniac.Former Minster sir LOKUGE is another bull!.Please ARA,remove MP old sana . All the best!!!

  • ajithabey on June 2, 2010, 6:24 GMT

    Good to have a change in selectors although it is a thankless job.It will be wise to confine the term of the selection committee to a maximum of 2 years so that they do not get into a slumber and only enjoy the perks offered by the Cricket Board.Let's hope that they pick the right squad for each category of matches instead of rotating the same team over and over again.The players too have to show more responsibility and commitment when they represent Sri Lanka.After all they have contractual obligations which should be matched by performance. The only concern is that 3 of the selectors are from 1 club in Colombo and we hope that they will ensure fairness in team selections . It'a pity that the New Sports Minister was unable to find a set of selectors who represent Clubs, Associations,Districts and Provinces which would have been more transparent especially when he has dubbed the Cricket board as the 3 rd most corrupt organizaton in Sri Lanka.We wish Aravinda and his team Good Luck .

  • CricketMaan on May 31, 2010, 11:02 GMT

    In India an MP can conitune to hold his post and act in Bollywood, reality shows et all, looks like in SriLanka its the same, you can be an MP but keep playing domestic,county, international ciricket..We must be the greatest Democracies in the world.

  • on May 31, 2010, 10:17 GMT

    i don't know that this is good move or bad move but i think this is a positive move. because Aravinda & group have to prove by selecting capable players not by press conferences.Politics should not involve in player selection so Mr Aravinda please be honest when you select our team

  • Partha25 on May 31, 2010, 9:27 GMT

    It couldn't be better Aravinda de Silva becoming the chair man of selector. I think this will only en reach Srilankan cricket. During his playing time he was second to none when it came to srilankan batting. He was one of the best bats men in the world in his playing time. Best bats man of srilanka. May be only Sanath, mahela and sangakara can come close to him. However, hope how he contributed Srilanka in winning the 1996 world cup by his batting, bowling and fielding, he will contribute srilanka to win another world cup by making proper selection. My only advise to him peak players on the basis of form rather than age or reputation. End of the day its the form that counts everything else is useless. So if vass or sanath is in good form that time they can be peaked. If kapugedera or chandrimal arent in good form they shouldnt peak just because they are young. Best of luck to one of my most favoutite players ` Aravinda '.

  • SLJohn on May 30, 2010, 17:38 GMT

    hello Dhushan,

    i dont know the other players , but i saw sevral innings played by Indika seram, he is good for domestic matches, how many times he came to ICC matchers and he spolied the match, he can't play in ICC matches well, also Kulatunga also not a power full hitter.

    we need a powerful hitting batsmans, like kapugedara,Angelo mathwes,Jayasinghe,tisara perera,

  • SLJohn on May 30, 2010, 17:34 GMT

    Good luck Aravinda ,

    please select the 50ODI & twenty20 team that i given below, hense dont select the blowlers who coudn't bat well,

    01. Upul Taranga 02. TM Dilshan 03. Tisara Perera 04. Kumar Sangakara 05. Mahela Jayawardena 06. Angelo Mathwes 07. Chamara Kapugedara 08. Dinesh chandimal 09. Suraj Randiv 10. Nuwan Kulasekara 11. Tilina Thushara 12. Mendis

    Test team, 01. Warnapura 02. Mahela Jayawardena 03. kumar Sangakara 04. Tilan Samaraweera 05. Angelo Mathwes 06. TM Dilshan 07. Dinesh Chandimal 08. Nuwan kulasekara 09. Tilan thushara 10. Suraj Randiv 11. Muttai Muralidaran 12. Mendis

  • on May 30, 2010, 13:57 GMT

    look players like saram, munaweera ,jeevanta kulatunga these players are really suit for 50 overs and t20 format but unfortunatly kulatunga and saram subject to injustic due to poor selecter ashanta but ihope and 100 percent sure new selstion pannelwill remove sj and confirm good young bastmans like munaweera ,kulatunga, lokuhettige,saram, janaka gunarattne, jeewanmendis specially kulatunga and vaas

  • Dhushan on May 30, 2010, 6:29 GMT

    Thank you Mr. Sports Minister for sending away Ashantha De Mel. Sri Lanlka cricket suffered too much under that man. I am full of sorrow for Sri Lanka losing a great cricketer in Marvan Atapattu. I hope that with this new selection committee Chaminda Vaas will atleast have a chance to play for Sri Lanka again. Good luck Aravinda & Co. Let's start well for the World Cup next year.

  • Rici737 on May 29, 2010, 19:30 GMT

    CONGRATULATIONS to Mr. ARAVINDA DE SILVA & CLAN.

    Concerning Mr. Sanathi Teran Jayasuriy: A LIVING GOD OF CRICKET BORN IN THE WRONG NATION OF THE WORLD. ""AT THE AGE OF 40 ON THE WAY TO WORCESTERSHIRE, ENGLAND"".

  • Sampath_KCS on May 29, 2010, 6:15 GMT

    Good Bye the Set of Muppet's Headed by the Joker !!! Dear Aravinda lead us to the lost Glory !!!!

  • irfi.amir on May 29, 2010, 6:07 GMT

    @KiwiRocker ....your comment proves that you are not a sri lankan cos you have no idea whats going on here.....true, jayasuriya is a legend, he is a great allrounder..that was in the past..he should realise that he is 40+ now not 20+ and its high time for him to retire from international cricket.....cos we have some talented young players.....didnt u watch the IPL??? or the world t20???? 15 runs from 6 matches, thats pathetic....if he doesnt quit now and allow a young player to get in to the team....we can kiss the world cup goodbye...even i dont want the selectors to drop him from the team, thats why i think he should retire now so the selectors dont have to make any harsh decisions.

  • sandeep.sandy on May 29, 2010, 5:23 GMT

    I agree with you KiwiRocker.SANATH JAYASURIYA is a legend in cricket and he was the one who revolutionized the opening batting.His recent failures have got him out of form but he should not be criticized for that.Batsman like Sachin Tendulkar have also gone through this kind of poor form in their career.So SANATH JAYASURIYA just needs one good knock to get him back on track.Pls stop critisizing SANATH the legend and once he gets back to form where will all those critisized words go????So some stupid people who have made negative comments about the VETERAN, better keep their mouth shut.Once SANATH gets back on form he will be a rocking player for the world cup mainly becoz it will be played in india and srilanka and the conditions favour SANATH.

  • SLfan on May 28, 2010, 6:47 GMT

    @KaZsa - You're spot on ! Marvan is the one who correctly identified the inability of the former selection commitee, before everyone do. Unfortunately because of that, we missed that great player very early & he had to face lots of ungreatful treatments as well... Because of Aravinda's great coaching, Sri Lanka U19 team played very well in the U19 world cup. As you said, his knowledge about young cricketers will definitely help him to identify potential players for the future.

  • on May 28, 2010, 5:53 GMT

    i happy to telling. our sri lankan former don taking this way for sri lankan future will be more improvement.

  • KaZsa on May 28, 2010, 4:37 GMT

    Right decision at last....the selection committee of puppets headed by a muppet (De Mel) according to Marvan is dropped.Sri Lanka cricket needed this for a long time. And what better replacement than Aravinda himself.The thing with him is, he has a such a great cricketing profile that its going to be difficult for politicians to poke in his decisions.Which is exactly what SL cricket needs.He did well as a coach for the U19's. I hope he will spark as a selector too and the knowledge he must be having about the young cricketers will be important in fine tuning the side for the world cup.Because we have one of the best sides in the world with all the aspects of the game covered, we just need to give the guys confidence and fine tune the side and we will be unbeatable.Sanga and Ara is are two biggest match winners in their own eras.Let's hope they will do the job for SL cricket. All hail Lions!!!!

  • on May 27, 2010, 17:13 GMT

    Woah!!!! At last the perfect guy at in the right place he deserved to be. i am confident that he will make the right decisions for the benefit of the Sri Lanka cricket. Under his govern we can expect Chaminda vaas, Maharrof, Jeewantha Kulathunga will make their way back again to the national squad, specially Vaasi and JK. It was obvious that former chairmen was making decisins about players without considering their performance and ability.He ran his own plan. Its rally good to get rid of him. Any way all the best Aravinda!!!

  • ruwanlrd on May 27, 2010, 15:27 GMT

    congratulations Aravinda !!!!!!!!!!!!. The most suitable, highly professional person was appointed at last. Srilanka cricket suffered enough because of Asantha de mel and the gang.... It seems administers have a glimpse of hope for the world cup....

  • on May 27, 2010, 14:46 GMT

    Right Man in right place.. Aravinda... go on boy...good luck

  • on May 27, 2010, 13:26 GMT

    Really good move..! Ara is the best whom has shown colors to be studied rights players for last few years.!

    Also would like marvan, Sidath like players will come to the team as they are players who played really master cricket.! Good luck ara & new tea.

  • on May 27, 2010, 12:55 GMT

    Wonder whether this is to handover Aravinda the task of dropping Sanath, as there were nobody around to do it.

  • shanepe2003 on May 27, 2010, 11:24 GMT

    coment on deepfreezed......I ve read lots of comments u have posted (specially sri lanka tour to USA) seems like u have big problem with S/L ( u got deported??? Frm sl By any chance) let me give u good suggestion why don't u go and play for the country ……… (@leest we can have real fun seen dum freak) don't give this sort of dum comments what u do by doing this is that u r showing u r poor mentality to the rest of the world perhaps long term medical treatment could prevent sort of a disorder u suffering , u freak….

  • KiwiRocker- on May 27, 2010, 11:03 GMT

    I am neither Sri Lankan nor I support Sri Lankan cricket team. However some of comments have astonished me. Calling Jaysuriya is a joke. He is being selected and he is not forcing anyone. This is a legend of world cricket. Jaysuriya was/is the most under rated batsman from modern era along with Inzemam. Jaysuriya revolutionized cricket with his amazing stroke play. It makes me sad that he is being judged on his recent failures. Jaysuriya bowls, bats have always been a wonderful fielder and team man. He is better than over rated Indian batsmen such as Tendulkar and so on. Bullying week attacks means nothing. While so called legends like Tendulkar saved themselves from facing two of most fearsome fast bowlers of 90's Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis, Jaysuriya scored against them. Only Jaysuriya and Sri Lankan selectors can decide when he needs to quit. Posting stupid comments disgracing a wonderful cricket legend and even better modest human being is just pathetic!

  • Cannuck on May 27, 2010, 11:01 GMT

    Hmmm.. of all the comments posted here, there's only one idiot who still wants the 41 year old, blind & selfish player to continue.. and yet calls the others idiots, who wants him out for the same of the country's cricketing future !!!! ROFL!

  • SLfan on May 27, 2010, 10:49 GMT

    I agree with you 'Kushh'. Aravinda will definitely do better than Jayasuriya. lol.... What is this joke Jayasuriya is now providing to the world ?? Please, Aravinda do something to this matter. As your first assignment, take necessary steps to protect Sri Lanka cricket as well as the chances of young Sri Lankan cricketers. We saw in T20 world cup, that some talented youngsters did n't get the chance bcoz of Jayasuriya !

  • ChamindaW on May 27, 2010, 10:40 GMT

    I have been an admirer of Aravinda from day one of his career as a player who puts country before self. I have seen a number of occasions he is scoring runs having no. 11 batsman at non striker's end to save and win matches. On the other hand he has thrown his wicket to accelerate the score when he was even in nineties in ODI matches. Therefore I am sure he will not compromise this quality as the chief selector. I wish him all best and courage to make decisions and call a spade a spade. I believe that is the need of the hour to get our cricket back on track.

  • Bang_La on May 27, 2010, 10:31 GMT

    My Sri Lankan friends! Having Jayasuriya in the team, you at least have a world record to have a MP playing cricket for his coutry :) In Bangladesh, the MPs only steal, never contribute to anything good for the country! But I agree, Jayasuriya should carry his glasses to batting.

  • Bang_La on May 27, 2010, 10:27 GMT

    Congratulations Aravinda! He is the most unsung hero of modern cricket!

  • on May 27, 2010, 7:43 GMT

    I hope this would be the start of new era in SLC. Gud luck Mr. Aravinda de Silve

  • Kushh on May 27, 2010, 7:10 GMT

    Since jaya's 41 n still in the team..... wonder if aravinda (being only 44) myt be backing himself to make a come back..... im sure he would do better than the (now) blind jayasuriya

  • on May 27, 2010, 6:57 GMT

    Good move. I think Arvinda and rest of selection will choose most suitable players. I hope NO politics will influence choosing players. Good Luck Arvinda hope u will do good job

  • prikand on May 27, 2010, 6:33 GMT

    Aravinda is fine.Don' t know about the others.His first priority would be to drop Jayasuriya.It is sickening to see how he clings on to the team using his influence.We are terribly sorry.But must say we are loosing all the respect we had for him.I don't think anyone can be more selfish than Jayasuriya.Some have wanted him to play for next world cup without considering his age related decline.That is ridiculous and suicidal.We have nothing personal against sanath.We still love him. But we love our cricket team million times more.Simple as that.Good luck Ara.

  • CRICKET1981 on May 27, 2010, 6:07 GMT

    this is the right decision by sports minister.ara is a man who knows the game very well.hopefully he will form a wonderful team for the future..good luck ara...

  • on May 27, 2010, 5:55 GMT

    At last they'v got a great move,ahead of WC 2011.Thanks 4 minister.Dear Ara,pls tc of mental strenght/motivation (hv 2 remove Sana),specially fielding strenght of the team.V hv 2 learn smthing from the present teams like Aus/Eng.1996 SL ws superb in all forms.(specially in fielding).And u may attend for the batting order & consider abt Vass too.All the very best & go SL GO....

  • HLANGL on May 27, 2010, 5:50 GMT

    An excellent move ... De Silva, being himself one of the two best matchwinning batsmen from Sri Lanka along with J'ya, would understand the real importance of even this 41-year of aging legend & handle him properly implanting some confidence in him ... Surely he won't be stupid enough to dump him at this stage just one year away from the main event, mainly because such dumping won't provide the answers to the inability of current Sri Lankan batting lineup, especially when it comes to ODIs where attacking strokeplay is much more important to win matches than mere occupation of crease & accumulating runs. Who guarantees Dilshan & Mahela, the only 2 players in the current lineup capable of taking the attack to the opposition on some consistent basis would be able to carry the entire burden all the way to WC2011 ? What will happen if these 2 fails, who would fill the gap, or who can ? Only an idiot would write off a proven matchwinner like J'ya just 1 year away from the major event.

  • on May 27, 2010, 5:32 GMT

    great! hope he will help to make some good decision at the right time!

  • irfi.amir on May 27, 2010, 5:26 GMT

    good move....very very good move.....Araninda is a player who loves cricket and his country...im sure he will give a chance to the young players....the former selectors made some stupid childish decisions....like droping some very talented players so some big names can get in to the team....

  • on May 27, 2010, 2:51 GMT

    Silva should ease out oldies like Jaysuria...

  • bjcm12 on May 27, 2010, 2:22 GMT

    Well done Sports Minister. But no one should interfere including The President Mr. Rajapakse. We all know he interfered getting in Sanath to tour 20-20 world cup. Aravinda - please persuade Jayasuriya to retire from all forms of the game. He is blocking youngsters.

  • on May 27, 2010, 2:11 GMT

    Finally, Sri Lanka Cricket made a correct decision. Thank you, All the best.

  • on May 27, 2010, 1:37 GMT

    get kulatunga in for the odi and t20 teams pleass, long time overdue.

  • on May 27, 2010, 1:01 GMT

    Great move... getting De Silva as the chairman.. But not sure of Ranjith Fernando though!!! Any how, I hope at least from now on the SL team will have 11 players on the field instead of just 10.. or make arrangements to get every other team to play with 10 as well!

    Good luck and all the very best to the new committee..

  • on May 27, 2010, 0:03 GMT

    Haha... Mr R fernando... has a new career..... One might say that the corridor of uncertainity looming around in the right channels (broadcasting), created by the general public has made him to finnaly succumb to the pressure.. :) One might also wish him all the best in selecting a balanced srilankan team.... and certainly it would be more balanced than his commentries.....

  • on May 27, 2010, 0:02 GMT

    It's a good decision to include Aravinda to selection committe. First thing he must do is to remove Sanath from the team. He is over 40 years old and obstacle for the new opener.

  • Cannuck on May 26, 2010, 23:53 GMT

    Luv this move! Finally someone who knows cricket is heading the selection! But I wonder if he would be given a free reign to build a strong young team for the future or, the heavy hand from the top would pressure Ara as well. I am worried for him as no matter what, or who he picks, cricket crazy (not necessarily knowledgeable) SL fans will never be happy. Hope Ara is not used as a scapegoat & I am sure if that's the case, he would not hesitate to step down. So let's think positive & support the sports ministers efforts. Good start indeed Mr. Minister specially by appointing R.Fdo., he has made sure the fans no longer have to listen to the most irritating commentator ever. ONE IS VERY HAPPY INDEED, & going by his commentary, I am sure he will agree with everything Ara does, which is a good thing! Finally the biggest task Ara now has is to take his buddy & one time team mate "master blaster" out to dinner, & make him understand that his days of playing cricket for SL is DONE! Good luck!

  • on May 26, 2010, 23:24 GMT

    Finally!!!!All the best Ara!!

  • Ellis on May 26, 2010, 20:18 GMT

    The most important matter is that Aravinda and his fellow selectors be allowed to carry out their function without any interference from anybody, including President Rajapakse. Most Cricket fans in Sri Lanka will agree with the Minister's choice of selectors. Now that he has chosen them, let them get on with it. Aravinda is a strong enough personality in his own right to brook no interference. Cricketing and team skills must prevail if Sri Lanka is to put up a show in 2011. Go get 'em, Sri Lanka!

  • muditha-jayaekara on May 26, 2010, 20:04 GMT

    A job well done by the Sports Minister! Thank you very much! Hope Aravinda Desilva and the crew will do the job right and wish Srilankan Cricket all the very best!

  • randikaayya on May 26, 2010, 19:56 GMT

    Finally..! Wish you all the best Ara.. Get rid of the dead weight and infuse SL cricket with young blood and fresh legs. We grow tired of legends who don't seem to get the message to their heads after several bouts!

  • ARad on May 26, 2010, 19:51 GMT

    The last committee did make some mistakes but I was under the impression that some of those choices were due to the pressure from the top, i.e., political circles.

    It is too soon to be optimistic about this new committee. Some governments love to appoint new committees as a way to deflect criticism (See also the endless committees appointed to tackle or monitor the abuses of SL government in local politics/wars) but that does not necessarily mean there will be improvements.

  • Abaa on May 26, 2010, 18:58 GMT

    HAHA THE BEST SL BATSMAN EVER FINALLY SOMETHING GOOD HAPPENS :O) HE WON US THE WORLD CUP NOW IT IS TIME FOR ARAVINDA TO BUILD UP A TEAM FROM SCRATCH WITHOUT BEING PART OF IT ...

  • Maestro_of_Cricket on May 26, 2010, 18:51 GMT

    Good move by the sports minister. I'm not going to say that these 4 people would make a perfect committee, but as Shehan has said, getting rid of Mr. De Mel is a very good start.

  • on May 26, 2010, 18:40 GMT

    Athi yantham ! Budu Saranai Mr. Ashantha De Mel ! Thanx a lot 4 ruining SL CRICKET !

  • shamic on May 26, 2010, 18:39 GMT

    The Sri lankan Team needs this change and hope that more young Blood will be intruduced to the side,Experience is required but the Future should be planned too.

    All the very best to Aravinda and his team of selectors.

  • on May 26, 2010, 18:35 GMT

    thank you sports minister!!!! you have started solving the mess from the right place........

  • NISH67 on May 26, 2010, 18:28 GMT

    All the best to Aravinda and his team ! At last Sri Lankan cricket is rid of de mel and his stooges who were the worst set of individuals to ever sit on a selection committee and almost killed the game of cricket in the country .

  • CricketPissek on May 26, 2010, 18:24 GMT

    I hope Aravinda the selector will be as classy as Aravinda the batsman. Goodluck to him and his committee members

  • homerr on May 26, 2010, 18:19 GMT

    Hallelujah baby Hallelujah !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • on May 26, 2010, 18:16 GMT

    Who put Ranjith Fernando in the mix? He is pretty much universally renowned as a highly incompetent commentator. I doubt he is any better at administration, judging talent, or anything else for that matter. Google his name, and this is the first hit: http://ranjitfernandosucks.blogspot.com/

    Hopefully Aravinda and the rest can keep him on a tight leash, and run things smoothly.

  • on May 26, 2010, 18:09 GMT

    aravinda best for coach but this appointment helpful.

  • Deepfreezed on May 26, 2010, 18:07 GMT

    Hopefully Aravinda can fix the hapless Sri Lankan team. There needs to be a batting overhaul. Sri Lankan batters are beyond pathetic against pace and bounce. Sanga need to step down and Mahela needs to take over. Why let an average captian run the team when we have a really good captain?

    Lolly-pop bowlers like Kulasekera need to be taken out. Really, who is threaten by these kind of slow bowlers? Batters get out trying to hit these guys out of the ground, that is the only way these bowlers get wickets. Surely, there are other quality bowlers around?

  • on May 26, 2010, 17:47 GMT

    Dear De Mel:

    I am happy that you are gone. GOOD RIDDANCE!

  • on May 26, 2010, 17:46 GMT

    Finally!! Sri Lanka Cricket on the right track :)

  • on May 26, 2010, 17:37 GMT

    Thank You sports minister for doing this. This is a good start for all of us. I hope Aravinda will start by sacking Sanath from the team and including some new young blood from the A team and the U19 team since he's been working very closely with them. All the best!!!

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  • on May 26, 2010, 17:37 GMT

    Thank You sports minister for doing this. This is a good start for all of us. I hope Aravinda will start by sacking Sanath from the team and including some new young blood from the A team and the U19 team since he's been working very closely with them. All the best!!!

  • on May 26, 2010, 17:46 GMT

    Finally!! Sri Lanka Cricket on the right track :)

  • on May 26, 2010, 17:47 GMT

    Dear De Mel:

    I am happy that you are gone. GOOD RIDDANCE!

  • Deepfreezed on May 26, 2010, 18:07 GMT

    Hopefully Aravinda can fix the hapless Sri Lankan team. There needs to be a batting overhaul. Sri Lankan batters are beyond pathetic against pace and bounce. Sanga need to step down and Mahela needs to take over. Why let an average captian run the team when we have a really good captain?

    Lolly-pop bowlers like Kulasekera need to be taken out. Really, who is threaten by these kind of slow bowlers? Batters get out trying to hit these guys out of the ground, that is the only way these bowlers get wickets. Surely, there are other quality bowlers around?

  • on May 26, 2010, 18:09 GMT

    aravinda best for coach but this appointment helpful.

  • on May 26, 2010, 18:16 GMT

    Who put Ranjith Fernando in the mix? He is pretty much universally renowned as a highly incompetent commentator. I doubt he is any better at administration, judging talent, or anything else for that matter. Google his name, and this is the first hit: http://ranjitfernandosucks.blogspot.com/

    Hopefully Aravinda and the rest can keep him on a tight leash, and run things smoothly.

  • homerr on May 26, 2010, 18:19 GMT

    Hallelujah baby Hallelujah !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • CricketPissek on May 26, 2010, 18:24 GMT

    I hope Aravinda the selector will be as classy as Aravinda the batsman. Goodluck to him and his committee members

  • NISH67 on May 26, 2010, 18:28 GMT

    All the best to Aravinda and his team ! At last Sri Lankan cricket is rid of de mel and his stooges who were the worst set of individuals to ever sit on a selection committee and almost killed the game of cricket in the country .

  • on May 26, 2010, 18:35 GMT

    thank you sports minister!!!! you have started solving the mess from the right place........