Sri Lanka news April 6, 2011

SLC selection committee quits before end of term

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The Sri Lankan selection committee, headed by chief selector Aravinda De Silva, has handed in its resignation to the sports minister. On what was a second successive day of churn in the country's cricket establishment, Mahela Jayawardene also quit as the team's vice-captain. Kumar Sangakkara had on Tuesday announced his decision to step down as the the limited-overs' captain of the side.

Aravinda's selection committee was appointed in June 2010, and included Ranjith Fernando, Amal Silva and Azwer Ali. Its term was to end on April 30 and the decision to stand down in advance was, it said in a statement, to allow the new selection committee "an opportunity to make short- and long- term plans, in the way they think is best for our cricket".

"When we took over our assignment, our broad goal was always to hand over Sri Lankan cricket in better shape than when we took over," Aravinda wrote in his resignation letter to the board. "While like everyone else associated with SLC, we are also enormously disappointed at not being able to annex the coveted World Cup, which was lost to India in a highly competitive final, we are happy we have been able to meet most of our objectives in a very short space of time."

SLC secretary Nishanta Ranatunga clarified that the committee had resigned since it did not want to interfere with the selection at such a critical juncture when the team was without a captain. "They are willing to serve again as long as they are appointed," Ranatunga said. "But in the absence of a captain or a vice-captain they felt that the minister should handle the selections and they have given him the opportunity to do so. They have left it now for the minister to take a call on their resignation."

Ranatunga also confirmed that on its own, the SLC was not planning to interfere until the sports minister takes a call. "We will not appoint any interim committee or anything such," he said.

Jayawardene was Sri Lanka's captain before Sangakkara took over in February 2009. He had agreed to be Sangakkara's deputy on an interim basis for the World Cup. "I think it's time to move on, give the reins to someone younger in the team," Jayawardene told AFP.

SLC chairman DS de Silva said the governing body had accepted Jayawardene's resignation. "The selectors will sit down in the next two to three days to choose a captain and vice-captain," he said.

Angelo Mathews and Tillakaratne Dilshan are the top candidates for the captaincy ahead of a tough season for the Sri Lankan team, including tours of Australia and England. Sangakkara had earlier insisted that his decision to step down would not create a leadership vacuum in the side.

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  • on April 9, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    @Vineesh Vedsen; whats your point mate?

  • jagathclaude on April 9, 2011, 7:32 GMT

    We should think in various ways when selecting a captain. He should be able to speak fluent English as he is representing the country. We were all proud of how Sanga spoke at various press conferences etc. We need someone in that calibre. Think overall Mathews would be the best when considering all factors. Plus he has captained all jr. Sri Lankan teams.

  • on April 8, 2011, 9:03 GMT

    Dilshan should be captain with Angelo as vice captain

  • GalVeddah on April 8, 2011, 5:20 GMT

    To all those who blame Sanga, Mahela, Aravinda, Ranjith F'do etc for abandoning the ship, you should know that there is a thing called 'personal dignity'. There were things speculated to be happening behind the screen prior and during the finals that put the 'gentlemanly' individuals in an awkward position. So, they had to make a decision; either continue to hold into their positions sacrificing their esteem or resign from the posts and give whatever they can to SLC with self-esteem and dignity intact.

  • on April 8, 2011, 5:15 GMT

    Sanga has done a gr8 job 4 d past 2 yrs 4 our team. Dis is d correct time 2 quite captaincy 2 show his gentlemanliness. If he was there as a captain 4 us its still gud. Bt remember, he is still there in our team as a player & his tallent is included in our team. So there is nothing 2 worry. I think Dilshan is d player most suitable 4 d captaincy now coz he has d xperince done dat 4 our team before & won d triangular series between in Zimbabwe with IND & ZIM. He was d captain when we won d t20 quadrangular series in Canada. Angelo is very gud 4 d vice captaincy by looking his maturity and his reliability. By looking @ these things one could assure that he is d future captain. Samaraweera mst be in d team 4 his vast xperince test & staying in d crease 4 long time. This will give a gr8 stability 2 our middle order too. ..

  • SL_Boy on April 8, 2011, 2:19 GMT

    Dilshan should be the next capton ... no politics guys ... He is doing great for sri lanka i think for next world cup mahela and sunga both gone play thay are not that old.

  • Saman_W on April 8, 2011, 2:14 GMT

    Time for SL cricket to begin a new era..

  • on April 7, 2011, 20:19 GMT

    its time for mahanama be selector and dilshan be the captan he will be very close to arjuna.he will get under indians skin.

  • on April 7, 2011, 12:57 GMT

    The only thing sri lanka lacked in the final was a bowler to partner malinga. They had posted a very good score which was more than defendable but after malinga the attack looked like a neutered one. The support seamers lacked quality and sangakarra had little choice but to pursue with one of them in the last 10 overs. murli for some reason or other wasnt used in the power play overs either and this allowed dhoni to attack the inexperienced kulusekera.

    However the mass resignations of captain and selectors is probably uncalled for as getting to a final is a good show, certainly as fancied sides such as south africa, england and australia were all out in the first knock out match.

  • on April 7, 2011, 10:57 GMT

    Right thing to do given there's going to be a new coach as well. I hope Dilshan gets a crack at the captaincy. SL could benefit from his "aggressive" attitude towards the game.

  • on April 9, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    @Vineesh Vedsen; whats your point mate?

  • jagathclaude on April 9, 2011, 7:32 GMT

    We should think in various ways when selecting a captain. He should be able to speak fluent English as he is representing the country. We were all proud of how Sanga spoke at various press conferences etc. We need someone in that calibre. Think overall Mathews would be the best when considering all factors. Plus he has captained all jr. Sri Lankan teams.

  • on April 8, 2011, 9:03 GMT

    Dilshan should be captain with Angelo as vice captain

  • GalVeddah on April 8, 2011, 5:20 GMT

    To all those who blame Sanga, Mahela, Aravinda, Ranjith F'do etc for abandoning the ship, you should know that there is a thing called 'personal dignity'. There were things speculated to be happening behind the screen prior and during the finals that put the 'gentlemanly' individuals in an awkward position. So, they had to make a decision; either continue to hold into their positions sacrificing their esteem or resign from the posts and give whatever they can to SLC with self-esteem and dignity intact.

  • on April 8, 2011, 5:15 GMT

    Sanga has done a gr8 job 4 d past 2 yrs 4 our team. Dis is d correct time 2 quite captaincy 2 show his gentlemanliness. If he was there as a captain 4 us its still gud. Bt remember, he is still there in our team as a player & his tallent is included in our team. So there is nothing 2 worry. I think Dilshan is d player most suitable 4 d captaincy now coz he has d xperince done dat 4 our team before & won d triangular series between in Zimbabwe with IND & ZIM. He was d captain when we won d t20 quadrangular series in Canada. Angelo is very gud 4 d vice captaincy by looking his maturity and his reliability. By looking @ these things one could assure that he is d future captain. Samaraweera mst be in d team 4 his vast xperince test & staying in d crease 4 long time. This will give a gr8 stability 2 our middle order too. ..

  • SL_Boy on April 8, 2011, 2:19 GMT

    Dilshan should be the next capton ... no politics guys ... He is doing great for sri lanka i think for next world cup mahela and sunga both gone play thay are not that old.

  • Saman_W on April 8, 2011, 2:14 GMT

    Time for SL cricket to begin a new era..

  • on April 7, 2011, 20:19 GMT

    its time for mahanama be selector and dilshan be the captan he will be very close to arjuna.he will get under indians skin.

  • on April 7, 2011, 12:57 GMT

    The only thing sri lanka lacked in the final was a bowler to partner malinga. They had posted a very good score which was more than defendable but after malinga the attack looked like a neutered one. The support seamers lacked quality and sangakarra had little choice but to pursue with one of them in the last 10 overs. murli for some reason or other wasnt used in the power play overs either and this allowed dhoni to attack the inexperienced kulusekera.

    However the mass resignations of captain and selectors is probably uncalled for as getting to a final is a good show, certainly as fancied sides such as south africa, england and australia were all out in the first knock out match.

  • on April 7, 2011, 10:57 GMT

    Right thing to do given there's going to be a new coach as well. I hope Dilshan gets a crack at the captaincy. SL could benefit from his "aggressive" attitude towards the game.

  • on April 7, 2011, 10:45 GMT

    SL was not good enough to win a game against India in India, forget the WC finals. To my memories, these are the date wise wins of SL in India against India:

    24-12-86 Beat India at Kanpur. Series ended 4-1 for India, all games won by India after this. Beat us in a Asia Cup game in India in 1990, but the final India beat SL to avenge and lift the Asia Cup 08-12-91 Beat India at Goa the third match of the series, after India had wrapped up 2-0 20-02-94 Beat India at Jalandar, the other matches were won by India 17-05-97 Beat India at Bombay in India Independance Cup 19-12-97 Beat India in an ODI game 28-12-97 Beat India in Goa to win the series 2-1, only series won in India. In 1997, India was lead by Sachin, and looking at his captaincy record, and SL being strongest, this was an exception period. 06-11-05 Beat India in an ODI game at Ahmedabad. India won the series 6-1 18-12-09 Beat India venue dont remember, but India won the series 3-1. They won some games in 2007.

  • on April 7, 2011, 9:04 GMT

    Oh its just gets better.... Its good that Sanga and Mahi have risigned...as long as they are with the new captain to give him the support he needs. The furure for Srilankan Cricket will be in good hands... Dont forget you need that little luck on your side too.

  • on April 7, 2011, 9:02 GMT

    i think aravinda is a good selector( logicaly & practicaly )there are no douts about that.(only misstake he was done for me is leaving suraj ) .. sanga also got bad decision to leaving the captaincy . this is verrrrrrrrrrrrrrry bad for sri lanka cricket.

  • bala_ind on April 7, 2011, 9:01 GMT

    They have put themselves in an awkard situation here, there should have been a deputy to sangakara so that he could have been mould for a year or 2, if this was coming they should have been more professional. I feel sanga should continue for another one year atleast and shape his deputy to lead for the next 3 years to the world cup, look at the Aussi system they are good in planning. There is never a chaos. win and loss is part of the game, sanga be bold and face it and look at the future, same goes for the selection committee.

  • courierpost on April 7, 2011, 8:28 GMT

    Assalam o Alaikum to all Well he is a genius. I don't have words to praise him (probably my english is not too good as well) I am a Pakistani but I love Srilankan cricket to an extreme extent, they have been great since 1996. I have been so emotional about Srilanka that I follow each and every match they play and against Pakistan I used to support Srilanka so madly and emotionaly that even the Srilankans can not afford to do that. Specially in the late 90's and early 2000's I was so mad and fierce about cricket. May Allah give the Srilankan Cricket heights they really deserve.

  • courierpost on April 7, 2011, 8:26 GMT

    Daniel Vattori is looking for a captaincy job with Graham Smith , any chance??

  • indianzen on April 7, 2011, 7:06 GMT

    The success of the team was becoz of only these - introducing at least 1 new bowler every tournament, by which the batsmen play against an unfamiliar bowler and make mistake. Play at the toss and not during the match...

  • on April 7, 2011, 6:54 GMT

    `Difficult time to Srilanka to choose Captain and vice captain and more after resignation of selection committee.. But Srilanka can still emerge , it is one of the best..Good luck

  • Greatshoot on April 7, 2011, 6:13 GMT

    Methews our next Leader!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Greatshoot on April 7, 2011, 6:08 GMT

    Our great hope is Angelo Methews. Everyone hope it. Sri Lanka hopes Methews to the captaincy.If Methew will Captaincy,Methew Storm will beat every opposite team. Because he is Great Wagon Wheel in the ground and Methew has superior technics. I wish him to take captaincy for carry great job.I wish you to glorious Captain!!!!!

  • jagathclaude on April 7, 2011, 5:46 GMT

    I personally think Sangakkara should have waited a little longer having Mathews as his Deputy. There is no doubt Mathews is the future captain, but think its too soon.

  • timohyj on April 7, 2011, 5:20 GMT

    I am struggling to understand what is happening to SL cricket. They were runners up and their captain, vice captain, and selection commitee have all of a sudden resigned. This is the reaction that you would expect from a team that lost in the fist round not frmo the runners up. In fact, SL is the only country that is making so many changes even England has not made any major changes. Does SLC realize that in 4 years their entire team will be gone so they are just looking to the future?

  • Shaps on April 7, 2011, 5:17 GMT

    I think Dilshan shud be Made Captain for next 1 year & Angelo Mathews as a Vice Captain , before giving Job in Mathews hand , & then after 1 year Mathew can be a Captain with any youngster as a Vice Captain along with him. :)

  • plintercell on April 7, 2011, 4:36 GMT

    There's only 1 guy that's Angelo Matthews but if he keeps getting injured theirs only 1 guy that comes to my mind that is Upul Tharanga no one else and if they choose Dilshan Thats it END OF SRI LANKAN CRICKET.

  • bramville on April 7, 2011, 4:26 GMT

    I guess they are having a guilty conscience now. Without a doubt, the omission of Vaas and Jayasuriya from the squad has definately cost SL the WC. Bringing in young inexperienced players(who eventually did not perform contrary to the ideas of the selectors, prior to the WC start) at the cost of players like vaas and jaysuriya was a big mistake. The presence of them is a physchological advantage and would have definately put the opposition on the back foot. I still feel both of them should have been given a chance considering that it would have been their last world cup performance. They are definatly better than their replacements !!

  • Karthik_Runja on April 7, 2011, 4:02 GMT

    Its Really hard to Replace the Sangakkara's and Jayawardene's Place as Captain and Vice captain respectively in the team......on a positive note Both should come back and play their respective role and challenge the 2015 WC.I Can't see Dilshan as a Captain because am afraid that he may lose his Batting form due to additional responsibilities......After Arjuna Ranatunga I happened to see a stratergic Leader in Sri Lankan's Team..... Go On Sanga till now you had good show Please keep it on....... Best Of Luck :)

  • on April 7, 2011, 3:34 GMT

    it shud be yes Mathews No dilshan

  • on April 7, 2011, 2:44 GMT

    give responsibility to upul taranga... he always looks calm and cool as MS dhoni

  • on April 7, 2011, 2:40 GMT

    i dont think Dilshan is the right choice i hv seen him leading in a T20 game, he looses his control often, Mathews is too young to captain, and may ruin his career and form he has lot more to show the cricket world, he is a top runner to become one of the top all rounders in all format of the game though he is yet to perform in test matches as he has done in the shorter format of the game. and i think Thranga is the right choice and Mathews as the vice captain also taking in to consideration the seniority. with the likes of Dilshan is also around.

  • on April 7, 2011, 1:50 GMT

    Srilanka cricket in utter mess,after their heavy defeat against India in the world cup final.Top ones are resigning one after another.Not a good sign.

  • on April 7, 2011, 1:26 GMT

    if we looking long term it should be Mathews as Dilshan is older than Mahela and sanga

  • on April 6, 2011, 21:34 GMT

    Good decision to go with Sanga's.

  • on April 6, 2011, 21:04 GMT

    no way to giv samaraweera he shud be droped from limited over side,ans evn too old as wel....ma choice is dilshan but the problm is he doesnt know posh english and evn just shouting to da players unnessaraly ...........

  • cooljack_143 on April 6, 2011, 20:46 GMT

    Everyone is trying to RUN instead of facing the situation.They are just giving a name of BACKING young guns, which is just a REASON for them to see off from the FINALS DEFEAT.When you are so SCARED to face the crisis then why come into these respective roles before.I am sure all the players and Team are looking into prospectives in IPL now, players to play and the selectors like desilva to start as commentators since they have fair chance in IPL being neighbors.Iam sure SL is not going to go to even semis in 2015 and the team which will tour SL now will clean wash the series like 5-0 or 3-0.Just watch .SL cricket is goneeeeeeeeeee now!!!!!!!

  • on April 6, 2011, 20:22 GMT

    One word answer ridiculous....Sanga dont care about his team, much caring batsman.

  • on April 6, 2011, 19:39 GMT

    Cant fathom what's happening... captain and vice captain has resigned.. a legend has retired.. n now whole selection committee has relinquished!! SL had not done that bad a job.. They were undoubtedly the second best team in the tournament (sm Pak fans may challenge me on this though). Why is their whole system behaving as if thing have gone terribly wrong. Though the defeat in final must be stinging them, they should be proud of having done so well in a highly competitive WC like this

  • sweetspot on April 6, 2011, 19:28 GMT

    This sounds not like captains handing over the reins but captains abandoning ship before the rest of the crew.

  • MaruthuDelft on April 6, 2011, 18:59 GMT

    What is this business of old, young, groom, generation, opportunity... and so forth? Who is the most influential cricketer in Sri Lanka now? It is Sangakara; so he must be the captain. A cricketer should not resign or retire; it might be a good etiquette for politicians, corporate leaders..snd so forth; a cricketer must fight until sacked; he should be like a warrior; then only he thrills which is his one of two most important duties paying and supporting public expect. Grooming someone is no good idea; See Aus and SA; it will lead to a period feeling like off time; whoever has the greatest enthusiasm, track record and personality should lead the country. Jayawardena is not as good as Sangi; Samaraweera doesn't look confident; Mathews is a jack of all trades type; so it is Sangi all the way.

  • on April 6, 2011, 18:43 GMT

    Utter madness, Sanga and jaya are not that old. Mathews and Dilshan are NOT captaincy material and the latter hasn't even proved himself at odi or test level yet. Putting mathews in charge is even worse a conception than when Sammy was put in charge of WI. All the talk is of the WC in 2015 but that is FOUR YEARS AWAY!! sri lanka need to focus on the short term..i.e. the next 12 months to two years. I personally think Jayawardene should have had a "volte face" and taken the captaincy up from sanga in odi's. This would help spread the captaincy load but also it would instill a lot of experience into the leadership (i am aware that Jaya did stand down from this captaincy but he still has a good 4 years left in him so does sanga)

  • Hiindy on April 6, 2011, 17:57 GMT

    Very sad to hear this happened to SL Cricket. This is definitely bcz of Politics. There was no other reason these gentlemen to step down.They were doing great including Sanga n Mahela. But they had no choice. I'm still shocked. I smell this when I was watching our fielding and bowling in the final. The way we hand over the match to Indians. Now I know what happened. No matter what happened you all will be in our hearts. You all are legends.

  • on April 6, 2011, 17:32 GMT

    Dear Sirs, please dont resign from the selection commity since you ppl like Mr.Aravinda de Silva & Mr.Ranjith Fernando were known as real gentlemen.And also they did a really good job during the last selections.you can be remain as selectors for another 50 yeasr even.

  • BiSONN on April 6, 2011, 17:20 GMT

    Age-wise (since that seems like the main criteria) I would go with Matthews, but I just don't get that vibe from him, that's he ready to lead the team. Dilshan doesn't make any sense since he's a year old than Sanga, so him quitting and giving it to Dilshan doesn't solve anything. Malinga is 27, but he himself has said that he doesn't see himself lasting till the next world cup because he's so injury prone, so he's out. Tharanga? He's just 26 and is a consistent performer, but again, just don't get that vibe from him. I think it'll go to Matthews and it'll be a little weird at first, just how Smith was appointed captained of South Africa at an unexperienced age, but eventually everyone will get used to it. It's obvious the Lankans are huge fans of Matthews and see him as the future, so I can see him getting the nod. Good luck - these transitions can be tricky!

  • on April 6, 2011, 17:13 GMT

    More problems for the SL cricket...

  • on April 6, 2011, 16:52 GMT

    Angelo is my choice!!!!!!! I think he will be hero of SL cricket in upcoming year !!!!!!!-

  • mk18 on April 6, 2011, 16:51 GMT

    All in all I think the future looks extremely bright for Sri Lankan cricket. The younger generation has a lot in store.

  • on April 6, 2011, 16:44 GMT

    Right thing to do given there's going to be a new coach as well. I hope Dilshan gets a crack at the captaincy. SL could benefit from his "aggressive" attitude towards the game.

  • on April 6, 2011, 16:11 GMT

    i dont think so ..if sangaa resign from captaincy they have both of good players to take the captaincy.....dilshan...mathews ...r the recovers

  • on April 6, 2011, 15:54 GMT

    Dilshan should be the Captain and they should groom Malinga as Vice Captain. Malinga would bring new innovative ways of playing Cricket.

  • on April 6, 2011, 15:54 GMT

    NOT HAPPY WITH SANGA'S DECESION.....HE IS BEST LEADER FOR SRI LANKA, THEN ALSO IF DOES NOT WANT TO REMAIN CAPTAIN THEN DILSHAN AND MATHEWS ARE NOT GOOD OPTION, IF THEY WILL HAVE BURDEN OF CAPTAINCY THE WILL FORGET TO PLAY THEIR GAME UNDER PRESSURE. I THINK THARANGA IS YOUNG AND GUD HARD HITTER, ONCE GIVE HIM THE CHANCE.

  • T.e.n.d.l.y.a on April 6, 2011, 15:53 GMT

    I am an indian cricket fan, and first want to applaud SL's world cup campaign. But I think now is the worst time for these senior players to run away from the difficult job at hand. It might sound clique, but it looks like everyone is trying to jump off the ship that is not sinking yet, but surely will head in that direction if the big players do not pick up their part of the responsibility. Sure, you will need a new captain, but the transition process should be smooth. This seems more like hack-and-chop method. I gave really high hopes from SL cricket for it is the only team, that is more consistent and has good potential to reach the top position in both ODI and test ranking.

  • nyroot on April 6, 2011, 15:42 GMT

    I think whole Sri Lanka is over reacting to the finals match. Sri Lanka did fairly very well through out the tournament. Even in the finals game, if they had got the wicket of Gambhir early, then things would have been totally different. Sanga has been chosen ICC World XI captain, that implies he is the best captain in the world. Then why all this mess? One match driving so many changes? I don't get it.

  • ami77 on April 6, 2011, 15:27 GMT

    It's very disappointed that SL lost the final BUT according to the ways the things are happening now, it tells that the suspected situation at the finals of tied hands of selectors and/or the captain might be having some bitter truth. According to the agreements Cricketers or the selection committee can not tell anything to the media.

    So it's better to keep silent as a cricket loving fan, rather than putting the blame on Sanga or Selection committee. We know one thing for sure that both Sanga as captain and Aravinda as chief selector did their jobs at their very best until they hold their positions. Hats off to Sanga, Mahela and Aravinda for their great contribution to SL cricket.

  • joseyesu on April 6, 2011, 15:17 GMT

    A mass change doesnot looks like a decided one rather it looks like a forced one. Kapugendra ahead of Csilva baffles me. Also Randiv who was not in squad but in final. Too much dependency on Murali and Malinga. Dilshan and Tharanga didn't attack at all as they did with others. A wonderful century jayawardene to dissatisfaction. local 2020 can bring the best players like Kohli, Raina, Yusuf, Ashwin. All the best.

  • NALINWIJ on April 6, 2011, 15:08 GMT

    ANYONE WHO WINS GETS CREDIT FOR THEIR DECISION NO MATTER HOW STUPID and the loser gets criticised no matter how good their decisions. DHONI is praised for his captain"s innings that won not for selecting Srisanth over Ashwin. Sri Lanka has had their greatest leadership team in Mahela and Sanga and for them to step down in a kneejerk manner is counter productive and does not help the development of Angelo Mathews. Sri lanka should be proud of their achievements and build for the future and not bulldoze the good work done. The country and selectors should back Mahela and Sanga and encourage them to defer these hasty decisions for at least two years until someone else is ready.

  • on April 6, 2011, 15:08 GMT

    @ WPDDESILVA: You are absolutely right. The selectors got the team awfully wrong, but the players (mainly Sanga, Mahela, Dilshan, Tharanga, Malinga) gave more than their 100% to cover up other players weaknesses. I felt that SL were not as aggressive as they used to be in this world cup. I couldn't believe my eyes when Suraj Randiv was not in the original squad, seriously instead of Kapugedara and Silva, Jayasurya would have been logical. I also believe that if Murali was not 100% fit for the final, then he shouldn't have played even if it was the last intl game. Team is important not a member...anyways a legend has retired and I wish him all the best for the future...

  • on April 6, 2011, 14:59 GMT

    this is not the SL team I have known... SLs are tigers.. they are fighters.. why does everyone have to step down.. and not fightback... c'mon guys.. at the end of day.. one team has to win.. though I am an Indian.. I am very disappointed with these decisions.. I am a fan of dilshan, mahela & sanga but this is not the way to leave the team afloat.. its going to hurt the morality of the entire team.. plz stand up for your national team..thats what I have to say... :(

  • on April 6, 2011, 14:58 GMT

    never mine lets move on ,Dilshan the captain and Mathews the vice captain Good luck guys....

  • on April 6, 2011, 14:44 GMT

    SLJohn very ridiculous to suggest 2015 WC team now. During 4 years there could be many changes. Injuries may prompt some players to quit. some may loose form and get dropped. WC is one event only. There are test matches a lot of them to be played.

  • MahanBharat on April 6, 2011, 14:16 GMT

    If you are true cricket fan, thn post on ICC page forcing them to have atleast 14 teams in WC. Just say we want 14+ teams. We Want minimum 14 Teams in 2015 and 16 Teams in 2019 and 20 Teams in 2023. No, this is not right, we should have atleast 14+ teams always in world cup, we should try to do it like soccer. More nations means more fun and for got sake its world cup, don't make it only main 10 teams. Shame on ICC for not including non Test playing nations.

  • on April 6, 2011, 14:08 GMT

    I would like to remind those who commented regarding the ability of Angelo, He was the captain of under 19 team and don't forget Gream Smith named as the captain of SA when he did play just around 20 ODI matches.

  • VicMackey on April 6, 2011, 13:47 GMT

    @ Gilliana totally disagree with you..Please define "captain type".

  • on April 6, 2011, 13:26 GMT

    Karmat, Misbah is pakistans best one day batsman and their 2nd best in tests behind younis khan, so why drop him? he still has a good year or 2 left and he is still improving his international stats. With so many youngsters in the team they need some experience and its good to see Taufeeq umar back too he is good player and ahmed shazad just scored a great hundred against NZ be4 the WC he is a good player just had a bad WC.

  • on April 6, 2011, 13:16 GMT

    Hey, this team of SL has fought well in the world cup.....These resignations all around the place could wreck that spirit.............

  • Catch2020 on April 6, 2011, 13:02 GMT

    While you have to be admire the integrity of Sanga, Mahela, Arvinda and the rest of the selectors; I get the feeling that they're over-reacting a little. I think it might have been better to have a more gradual/ staged transition. Sanga is one of the best captains in the world and I am at a loss to understand how SL will benefit from losing his services as a captain without having a successor identified and groomed. Despite his good intentions, Sanga has put SL cricket in a bind. If SL picks the wrong captain, there is a risk of SL cricket losing it's way. Great heart, poor thought process.

  • on April 6, 2011, 12:57 GMT

    Come on man ......Srilankans performed well in this world cup......... wininng or losing is second...but the they had a good team spirit ..and leaving the captainship doesnt sound nice.......and sangakkara and his men did well. in the worldcup...................

  • Ignatious.J on April 6, 2011, 12:57 GMT

    It's all like a dream whats happening in Sri Lanka cricket these days. :(

  • Smatcher on April 6, 2011, 12:52 GMT

    I don't understand how they can consider Dilshan for captaincy. He is already 34 and is older than Sangakkara. If they are saying they need to have a strong captain for next world cup, they should think of some young blood taking over. However, there are no youngster who has a guaranteed spot in Srilankan team in all formats of the game, other than Mathews and Tharanga. I am not sure if Tharanga is a captain material, hence they have no option but to stick to Mathews. However, Sanga can still be the captain in Test Matches, till Mathews establish himself as a permanent player in the squad, improving his fitness. This can be similar to what Kumble did till Dhoni took over in Indian squad. The team also need to get rid of players like Kapugedera and Silva who have failed too many a times in non Srilankan conditions. Even Dilshan is not great at non subcontinent pitches.

  • on April 6, 2011, 12:48 GMT

    @SLJOHN....Where is the Young team? I think you made 2 changes...

  • on April 6, 2011, 12:47 GMT

    What is happening, captain quits, vice captain quits, mallinga not gonna make 2015 WC, selection committee resigns, what next? one loss shattered everybody's mind, you guys have good batting, good bowling attack and sangakkara, he is one among the best captain. What else u want to be a good team. come out from these sort of thinking, believe in yourself and play your game.

  • Seether1 on April 6, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    @Gayan Sahabandu: That is one of the funniest things I have read on Cricinfo lol. Very funny mate!

  • on April 6, 2011, 12:26 GMT

    C'mon guys!!!! You ppl played really well overall in the tournament and deserve to keep ur heads high. Losing in a WC final doesn't make SL a bad team at all. And de Silva was the hope of SLC. This is really surprising....

  • on April 6, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    Dilshan 's place is sure in all forms of the game. Dilshan should captain and the deputy should be Mathews.

  • on April 6, 2011, 12:20 GMT

    well, what is done is done. if sangakkara wants to resign from captaincy, then I don't really think anything can be done. But Dilshan is definitely not a good choice considering how old he is, he is a year older than Kumar. Samaweera too, this is d time when they actually need to mould a new captain. Angelo is my choice. :)

  • on April 6, 2011, 12:07 GMT

    AnasNZ - I do not know which team you are recommending tests/ODI/T20? Regarding tests please read my comment or else go through Angelo Mathews test statistics. It is puzzling to see how you have got Kapugedara in your team. Based on what credentials? Please be reminded playing international cricket is no easy task and younger players should be gradually absorbed into the setup. No one in his right mind will rcommend a vice captain from school scene.

  • Rishuraj on April 6, 2011, 11:52 GMT

    i think that this is not the good time for sangakara to step down from the captaincy. Looking for the long term he should remain captain for atleast 1 year so as to make and keep the team in good shape.

  • SLJohn on April 6, 2011, 11:50 GMT

    good dicission we should forcus on youngers this time.hence we have 4 years for next WC. 2015 WC team should be 01.Dishan 02.Tharanga 03.Chandimal 04.Sanga 05.Mahela 06.Mathews 07.Kapugedara 08.Thisara 09.suraj 10.Mendis 11.Malinga 12.Thirimanne 13.Nuwan kulasekara 14.Nuwan Fernando

  • on April 6, 2011, 11:49 GMT

    Cant understand what is going on?

  • on April 6, 2011, 11:48 GMT

    Politics Politics Politics....thats all...

  • WPDDESILVA on April 6, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    Selectors should go yes! They got it wrong anyway.....good for you. This is the price you pay for for selecting Kapugedara, Silva and Samaraweera. ha Ha

  • KarmatBaig on April 6, 2011, 11:33 GMT

    Pakistan selection committe should do the same, they are doing a mess once again by selecting tested and aged players for West Indies, Misbah and Ahmed Shahzad need to be dropped.

  • on April 6, 2011, 11:32 GMT

    Angelo Mathews has not established in the test team neither as a batsman or an allrounder. His batting contributions are inadequate at No. 6 and he cannot be even considered as a part time bowler. He can be considered for ODI and T20 captaincy provided he remain physically fit but not at all for tests.

  • Gilliana on April 6, 2011, 11:27 GMT

    I think that the captaincy should be handed over to Samarveera and not to the other two especially Angelo Matthews who has untilly recently entered the Test arena. He is not a captain type neither is Dilshan. Hence Samarveera gets the job.

  • on April 6, 2011, 11:25 GMT

    what happen to sri lanka cricket?

  • perl57 on April 6, 2011, 11:18 GMT

    Good gets to ridden. Let them leave, build a better team. Also taken out Dilshan the ice cream scoop.

  • mravikiran on April 6, 2011, 11:15 GMT

    I dont think Dilshan is a good choice for Captaincy. A lot of times he was out for rash shots not warranted in the situations, going for more fancy than resposiblity. He was also instrumental in the controversial no ball to deny Sehwag a century. A person of this temperment cannot be a good captain. Rather he should be left to his own instincts and freedom to play the way he does. It will be a loss for both Sri Lankan cricket and also for Dilshan if he is made the captain.

  • AnasNZ on April 6, 2011, 11:14 GMT

    Well done Kumar it's time for the new era players to take over the reigns. I suggest that some of the current school scene players should be included in the SL squad and groom them for the future. My SL team listing would be - Captain Angelo Mathews in all format of the game with a radical vice captain from the school scene Bhanuka Rajapaksa the make up of the team should be Dilshan, Ramit Rambukwella/Tissara Perera to open, one drop Angelo, Kumar, Mahela, Bhanuka, Upul Tharanga/Dinesh Chandimal, Chathura Peris(very important player for the future), Andri Berenger/Lahiru Thrimanne/Chamara Kapugathera, Randiv, Malinga, Mendis etc. Important to get the young guns exposed to international cricket very early.

  • on April 6, 2011, 11:12 GMT

    Is there any need for so many people resigning..... Ok. the team didnt won the WC.... bt does tht mean everything..... Team s good.. there will b many good performances in the future.

  • on April 6, 2011, 11:09 GMT

    hmmm yeah thatz it...bcoz wewant to wins finals....won't be a runners up

  • SriDCric on April 6, 2011, 11:04 GMT

    At the end, it's all about politics!

  • on April 6, 2011, 11:03 GMT

    What is going on with Sri lanka Cricket why does the selectors quit?

  • on April 6, 2011, 10:58 GMT

    I wonder why the west indies captain and selectors can't take a page fr their SL counterparts and do the right thing. Oh how we love to hold on to power even when we are failing!

  • stormy16 on April 6, 2011, 10:49 GMT

    If anything is left to the Minister god help SL cricket!!!

  • sanath007 on April 6, 2011, 10:47 GMT

    All the gentleman are resigning. hope there has been no undue political influences

  • gorod675 on April 6, 2011, 10:47 GMT

    I wish the Australian selectors would follow there Sri Lnakan counterparts and resign as well

  • on April 6, 2011, 10:41 GMT

    Another BIG BLOW to SLC .......

  • smartjude on April 6, 2011, 10:36 GMT

    i personally believe this gonna be a big negative mark for Sri Lankans future cricket, so we heard yesterday sanga has step down and now selection committee, so at the movement we don't have a choice who's gonna be next captain, only Matthews can do that job but he's stil 23 and not much of experience player. I think Arjuna has did the difference and he will do something to our future cricket.

  • Jasbier on April 6, 2011, 10:32 GMT

    I simply dont understand why they are resigning? The team selected was good, the captain n vice captain are superb , it is just that Indian played better on that day.. I think they should keep playing the way they have playing

  • on April 6, 2011, 10:26 GMT

    So right now, Sri Lanka has no captain, no vice captain and no selectors. Great. and

  • on April 6, 2011, 10:25 GMT

    this is not da time for a drama!!!!!!!!!!!!!! so badly we need Sanga & Mahela in the team!!!!!!!!!!!! unless it will be a disaster for SL Cricket!!!!!!!!!! please "review" those decisions!!!!!!!!

  • on April 6, 2011, 10:24 GMT

    Dear our hero's!!!

    What's happening!

    You are (Kumar, Mahela and Aravinda) should be there, no one can substitute!!!

    If you resign then who will lead?

    Please be positive and help to keep our cricket team at top level...

  • Has6265 on April 6, 2011, 10:24 GMT

    every1s droping out!!! shotgun for the captaincy...:D

  • on April 6, 2011, 10:22 GMT

    What's happening???? is there a controversy around this?

  • shaarim on April 6, 2011, 10:19 GMT

    decision of Sri Lankan selection committee good for sri lankan cricket

  • on April 6, 2011, 10:17 GMT

    now only ppl left to step down or resign from SL cricket is us. Yes we as SL cricket fans are going to hand over our resignation today. So from today onwards we will not watch SL cricket matches. It's time we let under 5 year old babies to watch SL cricket...!!!!

  • on April 6, 2011, 10:12 GMT

    Obviously more to it than meets the eye. Very sad to see Sanga and Mahela step down. As leaders they make most of us in Sri Lanka proud. There are a few nit wit nay sayers of course, but what can one do about that. Not only are Sanga and Mahela great cricketers, they are also terrific ambassadors for the game. I feel really proud when Sanga speaks. He is the most articulate captain from all of the teams and that includes English public school boy Strauss. Not bad for a Kandy boy. Good luck to both Sanga and Mahela and good on you for sticking it to them. In the end you will be remembered, not them (whoever they are).

  • anandoz on April 6, 2011, 10:12 GMT

    what is exactly going on? SL winding up things in the their country? anticipating doom day or something :P

  • on April 6, 2011, 10:11 GMT

    This is nothing new, every time after a world cup the selectors resign. Don't know who'll be the new captain. Mathews is too young to be a captain. Dilshan is too old and will not play another world cup

    However in 2015 Angelo Mathews will lead the Sri Lankan team, and hopefully luck will be on our side

  • yorkslanka on April 6, 2011, 10:07 GMT

    what on earth is going on with our cricket?is this the result of the government meddling into things that arent their business again??

  • Stark62 on April 6, 2011, 10:06 GMT

    SL cricket is starting become chaotic all of a sudden!

    People are resigning from their positions left, right, center and possibly even back.

  • fwd079 on April 6, 2011, 10:06 GMT

    Amazing, what's happening there? :O

  • on April 6, 2011, 10:05 GMT

    what the hell is wrong with SLCB????? they ruin the chance of getting the worldcup n now?? what the hell r they thinking???

  • on April 6, 2011, 10:04 GMT

    Come on guys .. you have played really well ...but Indians were good on that day ... Just do not throw your decision ... above all the seniors should build a team for the future ... another murali , sanga and jayawardene should be made .. and they will not come with this type of decisions

  • on April 6, 2011, 10:02 GMT

    what's going on in Srilanka Cricket

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  • on April 6, 2011, 10:02 GMT

    what's going on in Srilanka Cricket

  • on April 6, 2011, 10:04 GMT

    Come on guys .. you have played really well ...but Indians were good on that day ... Just do not throw your decision ... above all the seniors should build a team for the future ... another murali , sanga and jayawardene should be made .. and they will not come with this type of decisions

  • on April 6, 2011, 10:05 GMT

    what the hell is wrong with SLCB????? they ruin the chance of getting the worldcup n now?? what the hell r they thinking???

  • fwd079 on April 6, 2011, 10:06 GMT

    Amazing, what's happening there? :O

  • Stark62 on April 6, 2011, 10:06 GMT

    SL cricket is starting become chaotic all of a sudden!

    People are resigning from their positions left, right, center and possibly even back.

  • yorkslanka on April 6, 2011, 10:07 GMT

    what on earth is going on with our cricket?is this the result of the government meddling into things that arent their business again??

  • on April 6, 2011, 10:11 GMT

    This is nothing new, every time after a world cup the selectors resign. Don't know who'll be the new captain. Mathews is too young to be a captain. Dilshan is too old and will not play another world cup

    However in 2015 Angelo Mathews will lead the Sri Lankan team, and hopefully luck will be on our side

  • anandoz on April 6, 2011, 10:12 GMT

    what is exactly going on? SL winding up things in the their country? anticipating doom day or something :P

  • on April 6, 2011, 10:12 GMT

    Obviously more to it than meets the eye. Very sad to see Sanga and Mahela step down. As leaders they make most of us in Sri Lanka proud. There are a few nit wit nay sayers of course, but what can one do about that. Not only are Sanga and Mahela great cricketers, they are also terrific ambassadors for the game. I feel really proud when Sanga speaks. He is the most articulate captain from all of the teams and that includes English public school boy Strauss. Not bad for a Kandy boy. Good luck to both Sanga and Mahela and good on you for sticking it to them. In the end you will be remembered, not them (whoever they are).

  • on April 6, 2011, 10:17 GMT

    now only ppl left to step down or resign from SL cricket is us. Yes we as SL cricket fans are going to hand over our resignation today. So from today onwards we will not watch SL cricket matches. It's time we let under 5 year old babies to watch SL cricket...!!!!