Sri Lanka news January 28, 2013

Jayasuriya named chairman of selectors

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Sanath Jayasuriya has been appointed chairman of selectors by sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage, and the number of selectors increased to five, Sri Lanka's sports ministry confirmed on Monday. Jayasuriya is a member of parliament for the ruling United People's Freedom Alliance, of which Aluthgamage is also a member. He was a late addition to the list of nominees sent to the minister by Sri Lanka cricket, and will begin his tenure on February 1, 19 months after his last appearance for Sri Lanka.

Former fast bowlers Pramodya Wickramasinghe and Eric Upashantha were also appointed to the panel, as well as former batsmen Chaminda Mendis and Hemantha Wickramaratne, who is the only selector to receive a second consecutive term, having also served in the last panel under Ashantha de Mel. 



The panel was also appointed for an indefinite period, a change from previous years, where Sri Lanka had new panels every 12 months. "Under the sports law, it's the minister's prerogative to hand down a term for the selectors, but he hasn't done that this time," a spokesperson for the sports ministry told ESPNcricinfo. "If the selectors are doing a good job, they can continue."



Two of the five members are also likely to become full time SLC employees, also a change from previous years, when all three selectors were unpaid. SLC will meet with the new panel on Tuesday to discuss which of them will come on board as paid staff.

Jayasuriya played 110 Tests for Sri Lanka and was captain in both formats from 1999 to 2003. In 2008, he regained his place in the Sri Lanka squad only after the then-sports minister intervened.



Jayasuriya's appointment mires SLC further in the nation's politics, months after the board had said it would endeavour to remove the political influence in Sri Lanka's cricket. Haroon Lorgat's review of SLC recommended that the sports law be amended so that the minister is no longer involved in selection, and although the board said the minister had been receptive to the idea of an amendment, there have not yet been any moves to remove him from the selection process. Under current law, the minister approves each selection made by the panel in addition to appointing the selectors.

Among the panel's first tasks will be to choose a new captain for Tests and ODIs, following Mahela Jayawardene's resignation. Twenty20 captain Angelo Mathews is tipped to take the reins in ODIs, but may not receive the Test captaincy, after the minister said he would prefer to have two separate captains.

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

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  • trav696 on January 29, 2013, 5:03 GMT

    I am not sure if Jayasuria is going to do a good job as chairman of selectors or not, but if he has any say in what format and how much of it SL plays from now on, he HAS to make sure that we play much more test cricket. Mathews being captain of all 3 formats will help that. For more than the first half of 2013, SL will only play 2 Tests against Bangladesh and that is not good enough. We went to Australia for a 3 Test series, and lost 3-0. What do they expect, if SL doesn't play enough test cricket in a calender year, they are going to remain at the bottom of the world rankings and will not improve. Not only does there need to be a lot of test cricket for SL internationally, but domestically as well to get youngsters ready and used to the format. Please Sanath Jayasuria, if SL cant play much more test cricket from now on, then SL will never win a test against Aus in Australia and against other countries outside the subcontinent. This is vital towards the development of SL cricket.

  • Sugath on January 29, 2013, 4:18 GMT

    What matters is not about selecting a panel who may be former players or any other persons. What matters is about how strategic planning is introduced to cricket. You need an annual strategic plan with an audit, a SWOT setting clear goals which can move with progress made having set of clear objectives and modest action plans. You must know the strengths and weaknesses of the players and clearly build career pathing for the next 5 years. You also should have succession planning and not come to reactive decisions. If you take the Aussie tour it was clear that no SWOT had been done for the 3 test series or for each match, environmental appraisal, resource appraisal etc.Please do not get to the habit of reactive decision making with no clear focus which will be very detrimental. Also the coach may necessarily need not be a ex-player but some one who understands the Psychographics of each player and work with them using that understanding. Our players are good in cricket understand them

  • on January 30, 2013, 5:55 GMT

    Politics is a leading part everywhere in the world....

  • on January 29, 2013, 11:24 GMT

    with all respect to our champion cricketer the legend Sana, and his past experience to lead the team we have no doubt that he can help to develop SL cricket team. But you see other selection committee members that is where you do not find legends or past experience as leader I would say those were member of the winning team not as leaders. we would like to see caliber like, Hassan, Mahanama, Gurusinghe, Vass, Murali, Aravinda, Ranathunga, Dulip Mendis, Madugalle, Sidat W'muny, Roy Dias, Rumais Rathnayake, Ravi Rathnayake, Amal Silva, Kalu, Arnold, Warnapura, Kuruppu, and so on .... Now can any one tells that no political interference on the proposed selection committee.

  • 21tu on January 29, 2013, 11:16 GMT

    Congrates Sana Boy.Now we can form a new team you lead Mahela Sanga,Dilshan,Hashan,Marwan can join.We shall not give a chance to the young lads.You wont have another chance to form a team on your own.This is pure Luck my dear..

  • stormy16 on January 29, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    I dont understand why the Minister is not the selector? Also how can anyone be appointed indefinitley in this day age of performance based appointments. I have just seen 3 young players for SL in Aus (Kusal, Dimuth and Lahiru) and wonder what the selectors (and Minister) were thinking when they selecter Tharanga Paranavitharan and Upul Tharanaga for the tour.

    As for Sanath - well his record off the field has been nothing short of poor and infact he forced himself in to the team through the Minister, just to play one game and retire. It is questionalble if someone with such a set of values will ever do the right thing. What's more he is a politician which makes this decision nothing short of appauling.

    SL needs something to change fast and lets hope Sanath changes things like he did in the middle or else the light at the end of the tunnel just dissappeared.

  • Surajdon9 on January 29, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    Congrats santah i'm sure u will help to reach lions cricket height further.....

  • priceless1 on January 29, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    Well, one thing he cannot do is ask the senior players to retire of leave them out of the team pointing out their ages , coz Sana him self wanted stay in the team forever without worrying about his age( until the management and the Caption kicked him out)

  • Rahulbose on January 29, 2013, 8:47 GMT

    SLC is simply competing with PCB for the title of the most political cricket board. Amazingly though both nations keep producing quality players despite all the mismanagement.

  • denwarlo70 on January 29, 2013, 7:48 GMT

    Making comments here about SLC won't make any difference. We can cry till the cows come home but what difference would it make? Where is the HL report? Where are the recommendations now? Have they implemented a single? The answer is a big NO. So, no matter what takes place at SLC, let's support the playing 11. At least the 11 on the field make us Sri Lankans proud.

  • trav696 on January 29, 2013, 5:03 GMT

    I am not sure if Jayasuria is going to do a good job as chairman of selectors or not, but if he has any say in what format and how much of it SL plays from now on, he HAS to make sure that we play much more test cricket. Mathews being captain of all 3 formats will help that. For more than the first half of 2013, SL will only play 2 Tests against Bangladesh and that is not good enough. We went to Australia for a 3 Test series, and lost 3-0. What do they expect, if SL doesn't play enough test cricket in a calender year, they are going to remain at the bottom of the world rankings and will not improve. Not only does there need to be a lot of test cricket for SL internationally, but domestically as well to get youngsters ready and used to the format. Please Sanath Jayasuria, if SL cant play much more test cricket from now on, then SL will never win a test against Aus in Australia and against other countries outside the subcontinent. This is vital towards the development of SL cricket.

  • Sugath on January 29, 2013, 4:18 GMT

    What matters is not about selecting a panel who may be former players or any other persons. What matters is about how strategic planning is introduced to cricket. You need an annual strategic plan with an audit, a SWOT setting clear goals which can move with progress made having set of clear objectives and modest action plans. You must know the strengths and weaknesses of the players and clearly build career pathing for the next 5 years. You also should have succession planning and not come to reactive decisions. If you take the Aussie tour it was clear that no SWOT had been done for the 3 test series or for each match, environmental appraisal, resource appraisal etc.Please do not get to the habit of reactive decision making with no clear focus which will be very detrimental. Also the coach may necessarily need not be a ex-player but some one who understands the Psychographics of each player and work with them using that understanding. Our players are good in cricket understand them

  • on January 30, 2013, 5:55 GMT

    Politics is a leading part everywhere in the world....

  • on January 29, 2013, 11:24 GMT

    with all respect to our champion cricketer the legend Sana, and his past experience to lead the team we have no doubt that he can help to develop SL cricket team. But you see other selection committee members that is where you do not find legends or past experience as leader I would say those were member of the winning team not as leaders. we would like to see caliber like, Hassan, Mahanama, Gurusinghe, Vass, Murali, Aravinda, Ranathunga, Dulip Mendis, Madugalle, Sidat W'muny, Roy Dias, Rumais Rathnayake, Ravi Rathnayake, Amal Silva, Kalu, Arnold, Warnapura, Kuruppu, and so on .... Now can any one tells that no political interference on the proposed selection committee.

  • 21tu on January 29, 2013, 11:16 GMT

    Congrates Sana Boy.Now we can form a new team you lead Mahela Sanga,Dilshan,Hashan,Marwan can join.We shall not give a chance to the young lads.You wont have another chance to form a team on your own.This is pure Luck my dear..

  • stormy16 on January 29, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    I dont understand why the Minister is not the selector? Also how can anyone be appointed indefinitley in this day age of performance based appointments. I have just seen 3 young players for SL in Aus (Kusal, Dimuth and Lahiru) and wonder what the selectors (and Minister) were thinking when they selecter Tharanga Paranavitharan and Upul Tharanaga for the tour.

    As for Sanath - well his record off the field has been nothing short of poor and infact he forced himself in to the team through the Minister, just to play one game and retire. It is questionalble if someone with such a set of values will ever do the right thing. What's more he is a politician which makes this decision nothing short of appauling.

    SL needs something to change fast and lets hope Sanath changes things like he did in the middle or else the light at the end of the tunnel just dissappeared.

  • Surajdon9 on January 29, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    Congrats santah i'm sure u will help to reach lions cricket height further.....

  • priceless1 on January 29, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    Well, one thing he cannot do is ask the senior players to retire of leave them out of the team pointing out their ages , coz Sana him self wanted stay in the team forever without worrying about his age( until the management and the Caption kicked him out)

  • Rahulbose on January 29, 2013, 8:47 GMT

    SLC is simply competing with PCB for the title of the most political cricket board. Amazingly though both nations keep producing quality players despite all the mismanagement.

  • denwarlo70 on January 29, 2013, 7:48 GMT

    Making comments here about SLC won't make any difference. We can cry till the cows come home but what difference would it make? Where is the HL report? Where are the recommendations now? Have they implemented a single? The answer is a big NO. So, no matter what takes place at SLC, let's support the playing 11. At least the 11 on the field make us Sri Lankans proud.

  • vithur1507 on January 29, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    Interesting to see Jayasuriya heading the selection panel, is this what we call "automatic selection" to the team?

  • thirimanna on January 29, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    @ Hitwicket99 mate... may be u should read more abt cricket n get some knowledge abt history of cricket.. Sanath did retire from test matches little earlier and he retired from ODIs when he played in UK in 2011. He will make some surprise selections but 20years worth of experience with him mate... he wont do any harm to SL cricket but lots of good things just like he did in his playing days...

  • WeeBee on January 29, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    well well well! ... It shows there is so much involvement of SL Politics or Govt into their Cricket Board, which does not show any positive sign. Sanath was a great cricketer , no doubt about it, but i am not sure whether he will justify his current position.

  • sachchca on January 29, 2013, 5:57 GMT

    Ohh calm down ppl.We still don't know how he's gona do his job in this new position.So let him do his job for a while and then you can decide whether he's good or bad.

  • DilumSL on January 29, 2013, 4:49 GMT

    come on guys.. he has not done any bad thing yet. I also don't like the fact that Sanath is politician other than that he is the man for this job. Even the Great Arjuna has said that. Please don't put on things that you do not know for sure such as Sanath's problems with Mahela n Sanga. Those are just gossips but anyway Mahela, Sanga and Dilly have to retire soon if they are not planning to play until the next WC. But my concern is Sanath is a busy person. Will he be able to find time for a local game??? those are the real problems. Please give Sanath some respect guys. If not for this guy most of this cricket fans won't be here. Criticize him for his politics in a political page not here. this is about Sanath the legendary cricketer.

  • xylo on January 29, 2013, 4:43 GMT

    okay...so mahela and sangakkara's careers are effectively over, I suppose. In any case, I do not remember reading any news about Jayasuriya retiring. Also, let's not worry about his term... when the ruling party changes, expect Jayasuriya to be sacked.

  • on January 29, 2013, 4:31 GMT

    @Hitwicket99- which century do you live in ? sanath retired from odis and tests a long time ago. i think he is the right person for this job.

  • cricket12namal on January 29, 2013, 4:29 GMT

    plz rest dilshan,sanGA,MAHELA FOR bangladesh tour,,this my team odi mathews(c),upul(vc),dimuth,thirimanna,dinesh,kushal,angelo perera,kapugedara,thisara,kulasekara,shaminda,akila,mendis,dulanjana mendis,suranga..also rest lasith,drop jeewan

    test team.. dinesh(c),upul(vc),dimuth,thirimanna,mathews,kaushal silva,kapugedara,suranga,mendis,tharindhu kaushal,kulasekara,thisara,anjelo perera,welagedara,suraj randiv..rest herath also

  • Udendra on January 29, 2013, 3:34 GMT

    We'll see how unbiased he is in selections and whether favoritism creeps in.

  • Tal_Botvinnik on January 29, 2013, 3:28 GMT

    I don't care whatever they do, just win matches and entertain me

  • taniap on January 29, 2013, 3:23 GMT

    There goes whatever dignity left in SL cricket. Sanath may have been a great player but his politics divided the team and his influence over the sports minister played havoc in the team selections a few years back. Now he is chairman of selectors,.. I bet we will see him on the field on a T20 sooner or later!

  • on January 29, 2013, 2:43 GMT

    This is an absurd silly decision taken by the SL Govt. What's the specialty Sana having to become the chief of selectors. Agree he was a good hitter but how he could be a selector. Political involevement is too much in SL sports where the the sport will be demolished and the genuine sportsmen will be demoralized. I indeed respect Sana being a player but..... And also there are veterans than Promodya & Eric for the panel. Mr. Haroon Logart has seen something in SLC before all these occured. Extremely sorry for the last-age players like Mahela, Sanga etc..

  • ScoreField on January 29, 2013, 1:42 GMT

    this is a no brainer; SAD day in SL cricket history, at his best he can do is create a par team... he never can visualize a future: upashantha and Promodya what a funny...

  • caromball on January 29, 2013, 1:11 GMT

    This is really a D day for Sri Lankan cricket.As we all know Sanath is a world class cricketer.But he is not the best person to chair the selection panel as long as he is a active politician in the government.Government will use him as a puppet to fulfill their political agenda.Because some of the politicians want to get rid of Mahela,Sanga and Dilshan as early as possible from all three formats of the game.So it will be easy to groom the young cricketer Prageeth Rambukwella the son of the Minister and government spokesman Keheliya Rabukwella fast track to the Sri Lanka T20 or the ODI side as their plan.....My opinion is Hashan Thillakaratne(Chairman),Mahesh Goonatilake,Gamini Wickramasinghe,Chaminda Mendis,Jayantha Amarasinghe could have been a better and independent panel than this.I don't think

  • SL_Boy on January 29, 2013, 1:01 GMT

    Excellent choice, Sanath was the best cricketer SL ever had. He know bowing, batting and good fielder, he was the first one to give up his role as a Caption (this was very rear quality in asia)

  • Thushaa on January 29, 2013, 0:48 GMT

    oh..this is the last years of SLC running as a cricketing body..the end of cricket in terms of pure politics muddling their views on with the only game on the island.. Don't know why this much of politics are ruining the country and its very heart.?

  • SLkrishan on January 28, 2013, 23:17 GMT

    Lets give him a chance and see how he goes.. When Sanga's back, I hope Thirimanne gets dropped instead of Chandimal or Kusal.. Whoever are the selectors, they are going to have a hard time because we dont have any good fast bowlers in the domestic circuit.. Hope the 2 classy young batsmen in Niroshan Dickwella and Angelo Perera gets a go as well..

  • ex-Srilankan on January 28, 2013, 22:32 GMT

    Sri Lankan cricket will head in the same direction the country as a whole is heading. Congratulations to all you Sri Lankan 'lions' fans, you have got what you wanted.

  • Hitwicket99 on January 28, 2013, 21:41 GMT

    This is ridiculous. How can they appoint Jayasuriya as a selector when he has not officially resigned from either Test Cricket or ODIs? What prevents from him selecting himself as a player given his desire to continue playing until old age? I was under the impression that selectors have to be past players of some repute? What are the records of Pramodaya and Upashantha? Pathetic to say the least. With Sanath at the helm, Mahela and Sanga better retire because they will be the first to get axed. So much so for Haroon Lorgat's review of SLC!!

  • Are-we-there-yet on January 28, 2013, 21:37 GMT

    This is a sad day for SL cricket. I have utmost respect for Sana as a cricketer but little as a politician. SL cricket has been politicised to the Nth degree since winning the world cup. It is incredible how the team keeps performing at this level despite political interference and thuggery . So, despite another step towards chaos I expect the team will keep winning (and losing). But, just imagine where SL cricket would have been if there was no politics and players were chosen on merit...I can just dream on eh?.

  • Jay.Raj on January 28, 2013, 20:02 GMT

    Next 2 years of SL cricket:

    Srilanka loose the highest amount of test and one day series ever in history Mathews is sacked as the captain A first class average of 20-30 is selected as batsmen of SL Very average bowlers are picked in the SL squad

  • KingOwl on January 28, 2013, 19:55 GMT

    Well, I have had the least amount of concerns with the selectors. I think they have done a solid job over the years. The problem is not with selectors, but with the running of SLC. I don't think this selection panel will be any worse than what we have had before. Sure, it is political. But then, what is not political in SL? That is part of life. They will muddle their way through, just like others before have done.

  • goldeneye075 on January 28, 2013, 19:39 GMT

    Oh NOOOOO !!! This is the nail in the coffin for sri lankan Cricket I guess... There will be nasty politics and our cricket team will go down ,, fast as ever once Santh heads the pannel, just what he wanted to get even with Mahela and Sanga, because they opposed him being in the team at his old age... Sri lankan board is going in the opersite direction to the recomended report by H. Logart last year, instead of geting rid of the politics they are getting more involved in sl cricket. , as the fan,, I regret this new pannel, and can not see any one who has the right to be there ..

  • mark2011 on January 28, 2013, 19:35 GMT

    why everybody talks negetively about Sanath. Russel Arnold has twited this as a positive sign for SLC. even there is a another news that Murali & Vass going to be new bowlling coaches for spin/fast which is good if true. althoug SJ is a politician why there's no chance him to do a better job in cricket. remember he has over 20 years experience in highest level of the game and he still stand in top of the list among players of the game. what is important here is not his politics, but his knowledge and experience of the criket and how that can be used to build the SL cricket, specially this young talent. Jayasuriya is one who takes challenges and often he had succeeded, moreover he has the luck.. so lets hope he will do a better job in this selection process.

  • ChrisPerera on January 28, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    Only Sanath has credibility others ?

  • on January 28, 2013, 18:27 GMT

    As a cricketer sanath great player.. While he politician he can't do the good job for Sl cricket as a panel.... Lots of pressure will be behind with he's political leaders to select the playing Xl and team... Lots of young they will miss to select.... Lot of politics will play in and out of the ground...

  • gsingh7 on January 28, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    sanath was always hard hitter and aggressive player , won some and lost some by being over aggressive , he need help of calmer colleagues to assist in seleting right team otherwise crisis might grow bigger in sl cricket as they r still suffering from pm interferance in selection committe

  • Shakzzz on January 28, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    luks lyk mahela's nd sanga's retirement getting closer...... :(

  • kockneyred on January 28, 2013, 17:15 GMT

    Sanath is a legend. He was the main man for SL at the top of the innings for many years. He has become embroiled in politics, like many superstar cricketers from the sub-continent. Imran Khan, Sachin Tendulkar to name a couple. But this move, is in some respects a good thing. At least he will be overseeing cricket, rather than other random politics which he has no knowledge of. I wish him well, and hope he uses his influence well, for the good of the SL team.

  • Naseer_shah on January 28, 2013, 17:15 GMT

    It will surely be a good decision . From the Srilankan fan , Can I ask one question " Are you people happy that the politician interfering in the Srilankan cricket administration as there is some rule in ICC that Cricket board will be a separate from all . Lots of Love from Pakistani Cricinfo please publish comment

  • cricfaninlv on January 28, 2013, 16:53 GMT

    Looking forward to seeing sana open the batting again!!! I used to hero worship this guy when a was kid. Just nasty politics these days. Sad thing is if politicians stay away from cricket, we can build a genuinly good cricket team like South Africa. so much talent in that little island and its getting completely wasted. what a sorry story....

  • MilroyL.S.A.Don on January 28, 2013, 16:49 GMT

    Jayasuriya's selection indicates more drama in Sri Lankan Cricket. If he was a genuine cricketer, he should have retired before the last world cup when he was loosing the grip...how could you trust a person who never set an example while he was a senior player in the team??? now as a political selector???

    It would be very interesting to get a copy Jayasuriya's job description as a minister and timetable/schedule with other activities to see how he manages all his responsibilities and extra curricular activities with in a 24 hour period:))

  • owlseye on January 28, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    Sanath, We loved you and we cheered you, Do not make us jeer at you when you take decsions. Do not tarnish your name in the game of Cricket. Be wiser and think before you lap! Good Luck.

  • Harding119 on January 28, 2013, 16:37 GMT

    I have been reading the responses. No one wants political interference. It looks like the SLC is going to be collection of MP's? I beg your pardon, Parliament. A clear message is being sent out to cricket lovers - Do not interfere with us SriLankan cricket.

  • CRmadrid on January 28, 2013, 16:36 GMT

    Political things apart but we must all remember that this guy changed cricket in Sri Lanka, If not for him SL will never be where they are now in cricket. This guy is the only reason we as kids wanted to see & play cricket. So show him some respect people.

  • Ramansilva on January 28, 2013, 16:32 GMT

    Jayasuriya the cricketer was a national hero and Jayasuriya the politician is a national joke. It was not so long ago that he tried to force himself into the team with some political backing. It will not be surprising if he select himself for the team.

  • Karnain on January 28, 2013, 16:29 GMT

    Are we going to loose Sanath Jayasuriya the commentator? :)

  • on January 28, 2013, 16:28 GMT

    PM appointing another PM as the head of SL cric selection panel, truly SL is a land like no other.

  • jerryman on January 28, 2013, 16:26 GMT

    Not the best choice . I think politics should not mix with cricket .. have an independent board .. maybe sanga /mahela shoud have been in the selection panel and the chairman should have been Arjuna Ranatunge . but that is just wishful thinking.. time for younger players to be given more opportunities ..only thinking I agree with is that different captains for the tests and ODI is not a bad thing.. play everyone on merit .. tests teams chosen for overseas should be players willing to be gritty and not roll over .. develop the sport at grassroots and have pace wickets built as well .. good test players should be able to play both pace & spin equally well..

  • on January 28, 2013, 16:23 GMT

    guys what are you talking about being political ....this is one of the all time great cricketers who loves SL cricket and has given them so much glory ....

    im sure he will make decisions good for sri lanka cricket...if hes involved in politics of the country how does that make any difference...

  • Sri1967 on January 28, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    Chaminda Mendis - 01 ODI, Hemantha Wickramaratne - 3 ODI's, Eric Upashantha - 2 Tests and 12 ODI's.....HW is selected for the second term...with this kind of experience, how could they select a team? Most of the current players have played much better cricket than them....seems like none of the creditable seniors who had served SL cricket haven't come forward due to political influence...same happened with SL Rugby and Football....Hope our country don't go down the lane of Zimbabwe cricket...

  • Kapila.K on January 28, 2013, 16:04 GMT

    Bad news of SL cricket. I predict chaotic times ahead.

  • Sri1967 on January 28, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    Another world record from Sri Lanka....Sanath yet to announce his 100% retirement from representing SL cricket, he is still a member of parliament, ICC says they would remove political involments with Cricket and that too has become a big joke, couple of selectors even don't have represented SL at least in 10 matches....God bless Sri lanka Cricket....

  • nuwanr on January 28, 2013, 15:54 GMT

    In a way this is making the selection panel officially Politicalized. Hope Jayasuriya will use his knowledge and power for the good of SLC.

  • caromball on January 28, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    This is very sad.With the politician Jayasuriya as the head of the selectors,Hemantha Wicramaratne and Pramodya Wickramasinghe(he is another active member from the same political party of the minister) doesn't look any good.I don't think we can expect any good hope.This is a completely political agenda.God bless SLC!

  • TrueLankan on January 28, 2013, 15:50 GMT

    This is bad news for the Sri Lankan team. We could go much deeper into darkness.

  • Philip_Gnana on January 28, 2013, 15:49 GMT

    Did we expect any surprises? Welcome to Sri Lanka. The Politicking to continue regardless. So the minister reckons that SL need two captains. I thought something was not right when Matthews was appointed on merit.

  • onebump on January 28, 2013, 15:43 GMT

    Depressing.... why do these politicians have to ruin everything? For a country with 30+ years of test cricket, we have included 3 selectors with no test experience! They maybe nice folks, but.... Jayasuriya has so many commitments (politics, business, dancing, commentating, playing t20 around the world).... depressing.

  • jabbarahmed on January 28, 2013, 15:43 GMT

    hope jayasuriya do his best and truely pure selection....

  • ShehanJ on January 28, 2013, 15:41 GMT

    Politics and politicians entered SL cricket after the WC win in 1996, and SL has never won a major tournament since then. Lets see what happens to SL cricket after a politician has been made chief selector...

  • dilanz51 on January 28, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    My first reaction to this story was oh no....................

  • dilanz51 on January 28, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    My first reaction to this story was oh no....................

  • ShehanJ on January 28, 2013, 15:41 GMT

    Politics and politicians entered SL cricket after the WC win in 1996, and SL has never won a major tournament since then. Lets see what happens to SL cricket after a politician has been made chief selector...

  • jabbarahmed on January 28, 2013, 15:43 GMT

    hope jayasuriya do his best and truely pure selection....

  • onebump on January 28, 2013, 15:43 GMT

    Depressing.... why do these politicians have to ruin everything? For a country with 30+ years of test cricket, we have included 3 selectors with no test experience! They maybe nice folks, but.... Jayasuriya has so many commitments (politics, business, dancing, commentating, playing t20 around the world).... depressing.

  • Philip_Gnana on January 28, 2013, 15:49 GMT

    Did we expect any surprises? Welcome to Sri Lanka. The Politicking to continue regardless. So the minister reckons that SL need two captains. I thought something was not right when Matthews was appointed on merit.

  • TrueLankan on January 28, 2013, 15:50 GMT

    This is bad news for the Sri Lankan team. We could go much deeper into darkness.

  • caromball on January 28, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    This is very sad.With the politician Jayasuriya as the head of the selectors,Hemantha Wicramaratne and Pramodya Wickramasinghe(he is another active member from the same political party of the minister) doesn't look any good.I don't think we can expect any good hope.This is a completely political agenda.God bless SLC!

  • nuwanr on January 28, 2013, 15:54 GMT

    In a way this is making the selection panel officially Politicalized. Hope Jayasuriya will use his knowledge and power for the good of SLC.

  • Sri1967 on January 28, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    Another world record from Sri Lanka....Sanath yet to announce his 100% retirement from representing SL cricket, he is still a member of parliament, ICC says they would remove political involments with Cricket and that too has become a big joke, couple of selectors even don't have represented SL at least in 10 matches....God bless Sri lanka Cricket....

  • Kapila.K on January 28, 2013, 16:04 GMT

    Bad news of SL cricket. I predict chaotic times ahead.