Sanath Jayasuriya Retained As The Chairman of Selectors By SLC
Sri Lanka Cricket is undergoing a really tough time as the team is currently struggling to maintain its stature at the international level across all formats.
Regardless of quality in the opposition, Sri Lanka has consistently lost games which they were supposed to win considering their reputation. The loss of cricketing heavyweights like Mahela Jayasuriya and Kumara Sangakkara has left a huge void in the team which the selectors failed to fill. The newer crop of players have emerged but the lack of consistency has hurt them very badly.
In recent times, they have lost a Test to Bangladesh and an ODI to Zimbabwe in their own backyard apart from the dismal knockout from the recently concluded Champions Trophy 2017 where they managed only win only one in three matches during the league stage before bringing an end to their time in England.
The selection committee, led by Sanath Jayasuriya, faced a lot of criticism for these performances and was supposed to be sacked. But, it seems SLC has decided not doing it.
Chief of Selector Sanath Jayasuriya Retained.
Jayasuriya has been retained as the Chairman of Selectors along with his team for the next six months, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC). The decision was made public on Tuesday (July 4). The current term expired on June 30 but it was been rumoured that an extension looked like a far possibility considering Sri Lanka’s poor performance. Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara had indicated a new set of selectors will be brought in.
However, it has now been extended until the end of the year (December 31) following a consultation with SLC.
“SLC wanted continuity and requested me to retain the same set of selectors,” Jayasekara told Cricbuzz.
Accordingly, Jayasuriya’s batting partner Romesh Kaluwitharana, fellow World Cup winner Asanka Gurusinha, Ranjith Madurusingha and Eric Upashantha were retained.
Jayasekara rubbished Sri Lankan players and called them unfit after their poor performance against Pakistan in the do-or-die Champions Trophy clash in Cardiff. The Lankans dropped three catches and these mistakes proved to be fatal for them eventually.
While most of the players kept mum over the remarks, Lasith Malinga, the veteran fast bowler retaliated called the Minister a ‘monkey.’ This outspoken reaction earned Malinga a 50 percent fine and suspension of six months. The original sentence was for one-year suspension but the punishment would be extended if he repeated a similar event within the stipulated six-month period).
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