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Sri Lankan selectors under scrutiny for controversial decisions

A leading Sri Lankan newspaper has criticised Sanath Jayasuriya's selection panel  © Getty Images
A leading Sri Lankan newspaper has criticised Sanath Jayasuriya’s selection panel © Getty Images

Jul 28, 2014

In a scathing editorial, a leading Sri Lankan Sunday newspaper has hit out at Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) officials for “politicisation of the dressing room”, while also calling out Sanath Jayasuriya‘s selection panel for poor selections that saw the selectors’ choices for T20 captaincy and Test and One-Day International (ODI) vice-captaincy discarded not long after after their appointments.

Dinesh Chandimal, who was picked ahead of Angelo Mathews and Lasith Malinga to captain Sri Lanka in the T20 format, was embarrassingly axed midway through the ICC World Twenty20 tournament in Bangladesh earlier this year. In similar fashion, the Sri Lankan selectors recently-axed Lahiru Thirimanne, who had been their choice for Test and ODI vice-captaincy until his recent slump of form.

Apart from highlighting the new selection panel’s haphazard selection policies, the editorial published on Sri Lanka’s Sunday Times newspaper accused cricket board officials of interference with detrimental consequences and highlighted the alleged dislike the Sri Lankan players have for an SLC official.

“It is learned that the dressing room does not enjoy the presence of a certain official who is supposed to be the chief reporter of the in-house gossip paper…,” the editorial on Sri Lanka’s Sunday Times claimed.   ”We feel the politicisation of the dressing room has sparked off many untoward issues. If the status quo is given to continue unabated, there would be more debacles. We even hear the boys want this guy out of the room as soon as possible.”

It is unclear at this time which official the paper is referring to but it is not the first time the island’s controversial administrators have been criticised by the Sri Lankan media for failing to back up Sri Lanka’s highly-skilled cricketers with sound decision-making void of interference from politicians. A number of current selectors are politicians themselves.

(This article is courtesy of Island Cricket)

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