Sri Lanka news February 7, 2013

SLC's full-time selectors to follow team closely

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sri Lanka's new selection panel has said its selections would remain transparent throughout its tenure, at a meeting with players, coaches and officials, held at Sri Lanka Cricket headquarters on Wednesday.

The panel also committed its two full-time selectors, Hashan Tillakaratne and Pramodya Wickramasinghe, to be present at every international match and team training session. In addition, the selectors outlined their expectations of the players - particularly the national team, emphasising fitness in particular, both as a way to enhance performance and remain injury free.

SLC's match referees were also asked to play a part in feeding information about domestic players to the panel. "The selectors told the match referees that they see all matches, and are in the best position to identify talent," an SLC release said. "They were requested to give them information on noteworthy players."

The selectors' meeting with the players came after a week of discussions held with domestic cricket coaches, clubs and match officials, whose views had not been canvassed systematically by previous panels.