Sri Lanka’s selectors are set to step down after the current series against India, sources told Cricbuzz on Tuesday (August 29). Their decision comes in the aftermath of Sri Lanka’s humiliating defeat in recent times, during which they lost the Test series 0-3 and have already conceded an unassailable lead of 3-0 to India in the ongoing five-match ODI series.
The selection panel headed by former batting legend Sanath Jayasuriya took office on May 1, 2016. The other members of the panel are Romesh Kaluwitharana, Ranjit Madurusinghe, Eric Upasantha and Asanka Gurusinha.
During this period, Sri Lanka defeated Australia 3-0 in a home Test series and won 2-1 in the T20I series in Australia. However, the lows were more pronounced where they suffered a first-round elimination in Champions Trophy and lost an ODI series to Zimbabwe for the first time, at home.
This was not the first time Jayasuriya held the post, having performed the duties from January 2013 to March 2015 during his first stint. The high point of this phase was Sri Lanka’s ICC World T20 win in 2014.
On 27 Apr 2016 Sanath Jayasuriya returns to head Sri Lankan selection panel
Sanath Jayasuriya, the former Sri Lankan opener, has made a return as the chief selector, the cricket board confirmed on Wednesday (April 27).
In an official release, the board stated that it has got the nod from the sports ministry for bringing back Jayasuriya, and expressed its gratitude towards the current five-member committee led by Aravinda de Silva and comprising Kumar Sangakkara, Romesh Kaluwitharana, Lalith Kaluperuma and Ranjith Madurasinghe.
Jayasuriya will lead the committee that will include Kaluwitharana, his former opening partner in One-Day Internationals (ODIs), Ranjith Madurusinghe and Eric Upashanta. “The new Committee will take office on the 1st of May 2016,” the release stated.
Deflated Sri Lanka wait on Kapugedera fitness ahead of fourth ODI
Sri Lanka could field a new captain for the fourth ODI against India after stand-in skipper Chamara Kapugedera was sent to meet doctors after complaining of an acute back pain following the third ODI at Pallekele. The hosts have brought in middle-order batsman Dhananjaya de Silva and opener Dilshan Munaweera as cover for Kapugedera and Danushka Gunathilaka.
Kapugedera, who captained the side in the absence of regular captain Upul Tharanga, was sent to meet the doctors, alongside opener Gunathilaka and Test captain Dinesh Chandimal. While Gunathilaka hurt his shoulder during the second ODI while fielding, Chandimal sustained a hairline fracture on his right thumb after being hit by a Hardik Pandya delivery. Chandimal, though, has already been ruled out of the series.