Sri Lanka news April 6, 2011

SLC selection committee quits before end of term

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Dummy4 on April 9, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    @Vineesh Vedsen; whats your point mate?

  • Jagath 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.

  • Dummy4 on April 8, 2011, 9:03 GMT

    Dilshan should be captain with Angelo as vice captain

  • Gal 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.

  • Dummy4 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. ..

  • chami 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.

  • Nu on April 8, 2011, 2:14 GMT

    Time for SL cricket to begin a new era..

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

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